Who Wins – Hot Melt or Acrylic Tape?

The Facts Adhesion: Hot melt tape wins when it comes to adhesion strength. It has significantly higher adhesion as compared to acrylic tape on most surfaces including fiberboard. Shear Value: Hot Melt Tape has a very strong holding power and is more flexible, performs better under constant stress. Price: Both hot melt tape and acrylic tape are comparable…

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2016 Reflection by Dave Lewis

Boy, it seems like we just celebrated New Years for 2016 and now the year has come to an end. That may be a testimony to my advancing age or simply that I truly enjoy what I do, solving customers’ challenges and making them more profitable. In any case, I always find it a great exercise…

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3 Steps to Assessing your Label and Ribbon Pricing

Spring clean your budget. Now is always a good time to make sure your budget calculations are tracking in the right direction. Label and ribbon pricing is a focus when saving money on your packaging spends. The view from a spreadsheet doesn’t always represent the specifics. See the ways IPC solves your challenges.   1)…

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2016 IPC Challenge – Solving Your Dilemmas

Daily in the news, we hear political pontiffs trying to communicate why they are the right person to lead our great country. Most are qualified and capable candidates but each is uniquely different in their beliefs and thoughts. The same holds true for you in business as you pick your solution supplier. You’re contacted by…

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Concerned about the environment? Why not switch to plastic bubble mailers?

In today’s e-commerce product shipping world, many companies are utilizing plastic bubble mailers instead of cardboard boxes. These mailers are durable, lightweight, save space, water resistant plus they can reduce your shipping budget. Did you know it takes approximately 50 times more water to recycle cardboard than it does to recycle plastic? The EPA supports…

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New Equipment Eases Workflow

Spring into new equipment options that can increase your production and save your budget from less downtime and repairs. This will increase your yearly profits as well. Let’s take a look at two new solutions. Take a look at the Intertape Tandem bagger. It is designed to go right behind your bagger, allowing you to…

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IPC Announce IPC SMART Stretch Film

IPC announces another product in the line of IPC SMART. Our IPC SMART Stretch Film has been tested and meets the demands of consistency, plus it is affordable in any budget. IPC is commented to providing our customers with solutions to increase your PROFITS! Take a look our new IPC SMART Stretch Film. Not familiar…

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Where did Duct Tape come from?

  IPC offers a variety of tape solutions to meet the challenges you may face in your operation. Just ask us your questions. IPC offers many 3M solutions to deal with your difficult taping surfaces. Also, checkout our IPC SMART Tape.

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Can Spending Money Actually Save You Money?

Absolutely! It sounds counter-intuitive, but we see it daily here at IPC. Think of it this way: if you’re buying the cheapest products on the market but having to use more of them, stepping up to the next level of product may actually save you money. For example, let’s say you use A weight paper…

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Did you know? Post-It Notes

Did you know 3M’s Post-It notes were invented by accident by Dr. Spencer Silver and Art Fry? Silver was trying to create super strong adhesives to use in the aerospace industry. Instead of a super strong adhesive, he accidentally created an incredibly weak, pressure sensitive adhesive agent called Acrylate Copolymer Microspheres. Later, Fry came on…

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January 1- Shipping Rates Rise! Are you ready?

January 1, 2015, will look very different to companies utilizing FedEx and UPS for single parcel shipments. Hopefully, your current corrugated supplier has made you aware both shipping companies are changing how they calculate shipping rates. They will utilize DIM weights for calculating shipping charges. This practice is already used for air shipments, but now…

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Tired of running out of supplies?

Vending or VMI? Which is best for you? Are you aware there are two popular types of managing inventory at a customer’s site? These solutions are Vending Machines and Vendor Managed Inventory. Both solutions are better than ordering the product once it is depleted. Curious which solution is right for you? Let’s take a closer…

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Do you understand printer ribbon options?

Wondering where your profits are going? What solutions are you utilizing for printer ribbons? There are so many different types of ribbons to choose from. If you choose the wrong application or ribbon, it will quickly affect your budget. A thermal transfer printer prints on a substrate (such as paper or other materials) by melting…

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Understanding Cling & Loading a Stretch Wrapper

To properly utilize today’s stretch films and understand how they are supposed to be loaded onto your wrapper, you must first understand “cling”. Cling is a bonding agent added to stretch film to increase the stickiness quality of the film. This is desirable to allow the layers of stretch film applied to bond to the…

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No Box Cutter Needed – Ripcord

Wouldn’t it be great to open a box without needing a box cutter? Imagine fewer employee accidents from opening shipments. Did you know approximately $15 million is lost in damaged products due to cutting devices? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple way to open shipments without utilizing a cutting device? Now, there…

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Where’s the corrugated board business?

Did you know processed food currently forms the single largest segment for end-use corrugated board packaging, encompassing a quarter of all consumption? Yet, fresh food and produce represents 9% of corrugated board packaging and beverages only 7%. Non-food products, however, still compose the absolute majority, providing relatively flexible opportunities in all sectors of the market….

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How Much Tape is Need to Tape a Box?

This would seem obvious, but it’s a legitimate question. We see the overuse of tape everyday. There is a simple formula to follow and it is this:   Top + Bottom + 11″ = the proper amount of tape to close a carton.   The top and bottom are simple in that you need coverage…

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Resin Prices Rise

So far this year resin prices have risen twice. Here is some insight as to why.   Second LLDPE Resin Price Increase – March (Dow) “Polyethylene was mostly higher in moderate trading. Prices were up $.01/lb pretty much across the board PE resellers still seem to be working through old inventories. Nonetheless, producers have pricing…

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