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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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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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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All About Strapping

Using strapping in your packaging line can help reinforce packages in different ways.  In today’s post we are going to outline the most common uses, benefits, and drawbacks of different strapping materials to help you determine if your packaging configuration could benefit. There are four different strapping mediums: steel, polyester (PET), polypropylene (polypro), and cording. Steel Strapping Steel strapping is the strongest of all the strapping materials.  It is recommended where high strength is necessary, low elongation (stretch) is important, and where the product may be sharp or hot.  Steel…

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Five Questions to Ask Before Buying Packaging Equipment

If you have learned one thing in the packaging business thus far in your career it is probably that you can’t always go off of price.  There are a lot of decisions that go into why one product works over the other and that innovative advances can’t always be seen by looking at the product.  We understand this and know the same is true for purchasing equipment.  So, how do you make your decision after you have compared basic features and prices?  Here are five questions to ask your supplier…

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Feeling Green Yet? How Thinking Sustainably Can Up Your Packaging Game

Amazon.com has already revolutionized the way companies and customers think about e-commerce sales. Now, similar to Walmart, they are making waves in regards to how companies and customers are thinking about packaging and bringing that conversation out of the warehouse and to the forefront of a customer’s mind. Recently an article was published on how Amazon is suggesting packaging tips to its resellers to reduce packaging while still maintaining the integrity of the package while in transit.  If suppliers follow their tips they are promised better promotion across the site…

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Welcoming Ryan Wentz Aboard

Colony is excited to announce Ryan Wentz as a new member of the sales force team.  Ryan came to Colony recently after six years as a Territory Manager for Ranpak – one of Colony’s leading vendors in void fill solutions. The transition from Ranpak to Colony was an easy one for Ryan. “I had always been welcome with access to employees and the warehouse. It already felt like a family,” he said. Ryan is most excited about being able to continue to help customers problem solve.  He says, “It’s about…

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Welcome to our blog!

Welcome to our new packaging blog!  We’ve been in the business for over 50 years and we know keeping up with what’s going on in product development and industry news can be a bit daunting when you have a business to run.  This blog will act as a user-friendly guide to product information and equipment within the industrial packaging industry.  We’ll update you with industry news, product guides, dos and don’ts when searching for what you need, and more.  Have a product question or suggestion for a blog post?  Contact us and…

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