Understanding Packaging Boxes and Corrugated Cartons

Understanding cartons can make or break your product – literally – by the time it gets to your customer’s door.  For instance, recycled corrugate is not created equally, and there are several ways to determine what kind of box you need besides the actual carton type.  Depending on the application companies can save money when it comes to changing the way their box is configured or even manufactured (for custom cartons).  Check out our top 4 points when looking into corrugated boxes. Strength The strength of a corrugated box starts…

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New Partnership: LEIBINGER Continuous Inkjet Systems

We are excited to announce our new partnership with LEIBINGER Coding and Marking Systems. LEIBINGER helps fill the gap in our marking and coding equipment with their state of the art CIJ printer and printhead. If you know anything about CIJ you may have rolled your eyes at the “state-of-the-art” bit in that last sentence. But, we’ve got to tell you, they are seriously changing the game when it comes to their patented printhead. LEIBINGER is within its third generation of family management and manufacturers all of its equipment from…

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5 Things to Consider When Buying Stretch Film

Understanding the difference between stretch film and shrink film is just the beginning to understanding stretch film’s capabilities in your production line.  Here are some points to discuss with your sales representative when determining the best film for your budget and application. 1. Determine the Load Size Type A Loads: Uniform in shape. The load size closely matches the pallet size. These are obviously the easiest loads to wrap. Few film puncture points exist. This type of load is often seen at manufacturing locations where the same product is prepared for…

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Bubble It!

Okay, we may not be starting the bubble wrap jacket craze (yet), but we are still crazy about bubble wrap. Bubble wrap has been getting a bad rep lately from companies talking big about environmentally-conscious packaging. But, we are here to tell you bubble wrap is here to stay for good reason. Made-on-demand options, curbside recyclable features, historical success in packaging valuable products – air filled packaging is a tried and true method of getting your products safely to your customer the first time. Plus, it is easily reusable! Made…

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Now Partnering with H. B. Fuller for Adhesives

We are excited to announce our new partnership with one of the top adhesives companies in the world, H.B. Fuller. We still represent other adhesive manufacturers including Gluefast, 3M, and Technical Adhesives. Two of H.B. Fuller’s pillars of success are customer-focused innovation and collaborative problem solving. We at Colony always keep the customer as our main focus and aim to deliver solutions to problems, not just products. Because of their expertise in the adhesives market and customer-focused sensibility we are confident our partnership will add another avenue of success for…

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Manufacturer Highlight: Ranpak Paper Cushioning Systems

Deciding on the best void fill solution for your application can sometimes feel like a shot in the dark. But, knowing how each solution works to protect your product can be a big benefit to the decision making process. There are positives for paper, bubble, foam, and air pillows, but today’s post is all about paper void fill in the form of Ranpak cushioning. Ranpak has been around for 46 years and is the leading manufacturer and innovator of kraft paper cushioning and void fill. Their machines have been perfected…

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Thermal Transfer vs Direct Thermal Labels

A common question we are asked is, “hat is the difference between thermal transfer and direct thermal transfer label printing?” Well, it’s all in the name to start, but there are a lot of considerations a company should review before making the decision on which system to go with. What’s in a name? Thermal transfer printing uses a heated ribbon to produce durable, long-lasting images on a wide variety of materials. But, when it comes to direct thermal printing no ribbon is used. Instead, the image is printed directly onto…

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What’s in the Bag: Poly Bag Materials, Differences, Types, and More

We believe in the importance of empowering customers to feel more comfortable in conversations about the products being used in production lines. Pricing and recommendations are heavily based on meeting the spec of the job, but if everything about the product is confusing that can make it hard to understand why certain materials are being recommended over others. Not to mention understanding why one material might not work over another even if they seem similar. We offer stock and custom bags and can have most stock to you within 2-3…

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Industrial Branding: Is it the right move for you?

In our business we find a lot of customers shipping to stores or working off margins that seem to not allow for that “premium” thrill that is so common with the very trendy #unboxing experiences seen across social media the last few years. While celebrating the holidays this year you may have taken notice to some pretty cool packaging that sparked your interest and got you thinking, “Can we do this too?” 2018 is in full force and blogs everywhere are outlining the trendiest retail packaging predictions.  We couldn’t help…

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The Season of Oktoberfests: Marking and Coding More Than Beer Bottles

Event coordinators around the world have it made for the month of October.  Between Oktoberfest events (cheers to you, Reading Leiderkranz – the best in all the US lands), Fall Festivals, our own local Yorktoberfest and all the pumpkin spice someone can take it is a busy time of year for everyone, including breweries. Central PA’s local micro-breweries have been popping up left and right to add to the already hoppy landscape with big-time brewers like Yuengling, Tröegs, and Victory.  It’s exciting to witness and gives us the opportunity to…

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