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New Packaging Innovation to reduce food waste

By Sarah Tyas, Senior Packaging Consultant and Health & Beauty Industry Expert at iDi Pac Ltd In UK we waste close to a fifth of all foodstuffs bought into our households (2016 WRAP food waste report), due to “missed ‘use by’ dates”, confusion with ‘best before’ dates, or lack of small size portion pack availability, […]

Interim Packaging Support

As a business Director or Owner you’ll understand the effort required in building and maintaining specialist technical departments. Skilled resource is frequently hard to find and then to retain for a variety of reasons whilst technology advances require continual investment in equipment and training. An outsourcing support model may well provide a convenient and effective […]

Augmented Reality In The Real World

Augmented Reality (AR) is the bridge between actual and virtual reality. Where computer generated, virtual objects are simulated over a real world environment. With Google stating that they have a bigger focus on Augmented Reality than Virtual Reality (VR) (9to5google, April 2016) and Digi-Capital predicting that AR will be a $90 billion industry by 2020 […]

Business Sustainability

When we look at projects, opportunities and so forth connected with “sustainability” within iDi Pac we look additionally at the other definition we use. Is it sustainable for the business? Does it create a more sustainable business? Business sustainability is a completely different area; new and innovative technologies create a business that grows novel approaches […]

Use of ‘SMART’ and Intelligent Packaging

Active, Intelligent and Smart Packaging, these are all terms which are regularly banded around, but what exactly are they and how do they differ? To put it simply, Smart Packaging is Packaging that provides additional “Smart” functionality; Intelligent Packaging and Active Packaging are subgroups within Smart Packaging. More specifically, Intelligent Packaging uses sensors, measuring devices […]

Outsource and reap the benefits

As a business Director or Owner you’ll understand the effort required in building and maintaining specialist technical departments. Skilled resource is frequently hard to find and then to retain for a variety of reasons whilst technology advances require continual investment in equipment and training. An outsourcing support model may well provide a convenient and effective […]

Outsmarting the Counterfeiters

The Pharmaceutical (and other!) industries continuously aspire to update its defences against counterfeit action; through supply chain regulation and importantly through novel packaging technology. However, in recent times, following on from other regions the 28 EU member states has introduced the Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) in an attempt to form a united front by 2017. […]

Positive Packaging – an oxymoron

61% of consumers think fruit and vegetables “go off” quicker when in packaging. This statistic from EPA highlights some of the negative connotations associated with packaging. The vital benefits of protection and preservation that packaging provides are often ignored or misunderstood and instead packaging is often viewed as the enemy to sustainability. The reality is […]

Line efficiency – how to improve it

Over the years I have witnessed many packing lines and I have been on the receiving end, and instrumental in the delivery of line efficiency programmes. So what is the key to achieving high packing line efficiency and how can you tell when it has reached its maximum? There are many aspects involved, and only […]