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The History of Packaging

Posted by Hedwin on April 18, 2017

Dating back to the earliest days of humanity, packaging has long played a critical role in our daily lives — from hunting and gathering societies to modern industrial times. 

The earliest human who found a large leaf to carry water away from a stream created the first rudimentary package and sparked an industry that still endures today, thousands of years later.

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Cubitainer vs. Bag-in-Box: 3 Major Differences

Posted by Hedwin on March 13, 2017

CUBITAINER® and bag-in-box (BiB) systems both provide reliable, effective liquid packaging solutions — however, their properties and benefits are different across applications.

To help packaging professionals choose the best option for their specific needs, the team at Hedwin has analyzed the key differences between the two and outlined their unique features and advantages. Below are three major differences to keep in mind when selecting a liquid packaging solution.

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Common Liquid Packaging Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Posted by Hedwin on February 9, 2017

The field of liquid packaging solutions is constantly evolving.

No matter how ideal a solution may seem, there are undoubtedly areas in which it could be improved.

The design of liquid packaging solutions encompasses a tremendous number of factors, each of which adds to the difficulty of achieving perfection. The process starts with the type of liquid being packaged; this can range from food and beverages to paint, ink, cleaning chemicals, and medical and pharmaceutical liquids, all of which have their own packaging requirements.

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The Consequences of Sacrificing Quality for Low Costs

Posted by Hedwin on February 6, 2017

We’ve all heard the horror stories: To keep costs down, procurement managers order the cheapest liquid packaging solutions, and a short while later, materials need to be replaced.

In industries that rely on liquid packaging solutions, experienced manufacturers understand that packaging products which guarantee durability and reliable results are ultimately a more cost-effective option, as long-term benefits easily outweigh the higher upfront costs.

When choosing packaging products for your unique application, it’s important to understand the potential ramifications of sacrificing quality for low prices.

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Effectively Utilizing Recyclable Liquid Packaging Products

Posted by Hedwin on January 11, 2017

When you run a facility where liquid processing is part of your everyday routine, you want to ensure that your liquid packaging solutions are recyclable. Recyclability encompasses cost-effectiveness, as the need for expensive product replacement shrinks with the use of low-cost disposables in tandem with your semi-permanent containers.  Environmental friendliness ensues, since the durable container can be utilized more than once and your disposable is constructed of an easily-recycled material.

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TOPLINER®: Ideal for Two Components in One Container

Posted by Hedwin on December 20, 2016

Innovation is a staple of Hedwin Division of Zacros America (HDZA) products.

As of June 2017, Hedwin no longer manufactures this type of product; we invite you to explore our CUBITAINER® product line as a possible alternative.

Our expertise in sustainable packaging solutions enables us to serve industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to sanitation to disaster relief. And the list goes on.

The reason our Plastic Liner products are an excellent fit for so many industries is because they offer endless benefits in terms of cost savings, product protection and waste reduction.

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Our Product Philosophy: Serving Your Bottom Line, Promoting Sustainability

Posted by Hedwin on December 8, 2016

At the Hedwin Division of Zacros America, we focus not only on improving our customers’ bottom lines but also on promoting environmental consciousness.

All of our products provide the highest-quality liquid packaging solutions available while ensuring sustainability.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Plastic Liner

Posted by Hedwin on November 21, 2016

As of June 2017, Hedwin no longer manufactures this type of product; we invite you to explore our CUBITAINER® product line as a possible alternative.

Any facility manager who prioritizes product protection, waste reduction, and cost-effectiveness understands the critical importance of selecting the plastic liner that can accomplish all of the above. Hedwin liners have the capacity to serve as an integral part of a shipping container, in-plant product storage system, or waste management method.

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Polyethylene: The Basics

Posted by Hedwin on November 10, 2016

A truly versatile polymer, polyethylene (PE) has an interesting history and an excellent track record in many applications. It is relatively easy to mass produce, easily modifiable, and widely recyclable. In fact, polyethylene is one of the most commonly used resins in the world.

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Pushing Beyond the Material Limits of LDPE

Posted by Hedwin on September 29, 2016

LDPE (low density polyethylene) is an extremely versatile material, lightweight, durable and fairly inert.  It is the material of choice for many popular packages.  According to the National Association of Container Distributors, about 75% of all polyethylene produced globally is LDPE.  Our proprietary blends of LDPE and/or sometimes LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) in CUBITAINER® take advantage of these flexible material properties in every way possible. However, the resins used to manufacture Cubes® aren't compatible with every filling material.

To further expand the possibilities of packaging for LDPE, secondary material treatments create options for manufacturers who have requirements beyond the expectations of standard LDPE packaging. These treatments allow CUBITAINER® to work in some surprising places!

Customers in the industrial industries often choose a Fluorinated Cube® for enhanced chemical resistance. In this process, fluorine molecules are bonded to the inner and outer surfaces of the CUBITAINER®, to double-coat the Cube® and limit the effects of aggressive chemicals. The fluorine prevents permeation and degradation of the container itself. Such degradation can lead to lost or contaminated product, warped containers, damaged labelling, and leaks or emissions. It does not affect the recyclability, weight or longevity of the Cube®, either. We have seen greatest success with fluorinated CUBITAINER® in the adhesives industry.

Many of our food and beverage customers opt for additional PVDC (Saran) coating to prevent oxygen permeation and protect their flavors or fragrances. This PVDC coating can extend the shelf life by up to 10 times!  It leverages the best of the barrier properties of PVDC with the malleability of LDPE in forming the Cube®.  However, the coating can make the Cube® more brittle than LDPE in its normal state, so it's a good idea to enforce the CUBITAINER® with a double wall corrugate carton prior to shipping.

Buyers in the medical, reagent and biopharma space sometimes put CUBITAINER® through a gamma irradiation sterilization process to ensure utmost purity. CUBITAINER® is manufactured in a clean, low-particle environment. Our operators go through an air shower and wear protective "bunny suits" during production to reduce possibilities for outside contamination. We can also take steps such as double-bagging the stacks of CUBITAINERS® to minimize exposure to outside air.  However, this is not enough to meet some sterile requirements, and a secondary process becomes necessary. The secondary sterilization process is costly, but is the best assurance when stringent aseptic packaging requirements are in place.

We love finding solutions which take CUBITAINER® into new applications!

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