Packaging Your Summer Fun!

It’s been a fantastic summer and thankfully it looks like we still have a bit of sun to enjoy before the season turns to Fall. After walking around our homes and work-spaces in the last few weeks, we have been noticing all the colorful packaging and wrapping paper for many of the food products that we eat on a weekly if not daily basis, and we realized that we haven’t shared our fun summer side with our readers! candy graphic

When it comes to food packaging, there are so many types of specialty papers that can be used to protect and keep the products safe and fresh. But also…they can help make the products fun! Everything from glassine paper, to waxed paper to parchment paper are used by many of our clients.

With features such as; siliconized parchment papers on one or two sides, greasepoof papers in a variety of colors, FDA approved for food packaging and various roll widths, diameters, core sizes and die cut pieces there is little that we are not able to offer you.

For example, what is the first thing you think of when summer comes to mind? The beach, of course! We have a large client base on the Jersey Shore with people who make and sell taffy, chocolates and other summer beach-time treats.

We love working with our independent mom and pop candy stores, because we get to show our fun side.  We also LOVE sampling all of the products that we get to help our customers produce!

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Will Genetically Engineered Trees Impact the Paper Industry?

Recently, there has been a push to be more environmentally friendly when manufacturing products and performing services in almost every industry. The paper industry has seen many advances that will lessen its impact on the environment. A breakthrough came recently when researchers at the University of British Columbia designed trees that are simpler to process into paper and biofuel products.

A particular polymer known as lignin complicates the processing of pulp, paper, and biofuel. The removal of lignin from wood requires numerous chemicals, energy, and produces excess waste. Due to this, researchers can now use genetic engineering processes to rework the lignin so that it is easier to remove without sacrificing the trees strength. Additionally, the genetically engineered trees can be processed with less energy and chemicals.

Although this is a groundbreaking accomplishment in wood and paper production, some environmental groups are against this new process. According to the Sierra Club, new genetically engineered trees could contaminate natural trees that are already growing in forests. Environmental groups also argue that the best way to be environmentally friendly is to reduce our reliance on paper products.

Ultimately, the breakthrough at the University of British Columbia could have a major impact of the paper and wood industries. The issue does spark a great debate between manufacturing and special interest groups. Many people and industries will be playing close attention to this research of the coming years.

Which side of the fence do you fall on?  Reach out to us on our social media pages and let us know!

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The Importance of Proper Lining for Food Packaging

Safety has been a major concern for the food industry since its inception. And since the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law by President Obama in 2011, it has become even more important. Whether it be in processing or packaging, being sure that all edible product is kept fresh and good until it is eaten is a responsibility of all that come into contact with the product, and that includes our packaging and lining.

As it is so efficiently stated in this article from Packaging Digest: “It is important to remember that any item or environmental stimulus, edible or not, that enters the confines of a food-producing, transporting or storage facility, has the potential to cause harm, to persons, pets, products and businesses if not vetted and validated for suitability and wholesomeness from a regulatory and industry standards standpoint.”

That being said, we take these precautions very seriously at Papertec and have manufactured many polycoated and wax papers for the packaging of food products. These papers are grease proof treated and some of them are made into bags and pouches that hold some of your favorite snacks!

Besides working within the regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act, we also concern ourselves with staying green whenever possible and we are happy to see that the trend in food packaging lately seems to be heading in that direction also. Natural colored stocks and recycled papers are being used more and more often, and we are more than happy to provide food packaging and lining that falls in line with those ideals.


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Introducing Our New Website!

Now that our new and improved website has been up for a while, we wanted to formally introduce it, and hear any feedback that you might have! balloons

While we loved our old site, it was designed almost a decade ago when the internet was still blooming. Many people, especially people within the industry, didn’t have websites and we were ahead of the game.  As the years went on, we realized that it was time to take another look at the site and make it sharper, more user friendly.

Besides just updating the look and feel of the site, we also had a lot of new information to share! If you haven’t already, browse around and check out all the new information. We have updated product descriptions, a monthly blog, a simple way to request a quote, pretty much all you could ask for.

We have gotten some great feedback so far and even seen a return from some old customers, but we always want to hear more. Leave us a comment and let us know what you think. And don’t forget to sign up for our Newsletter while you are browsing around the site for even more news and information.

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The Benefits of Recycling Your Paper and Paper Products

As we have mentioned in previous blogs, we take being “green” or being environmentally conscious very seriously here at Papertec. The most important step that is necessary in our line of work in order to stay responsible, is that of recycling. green footprint graphic

There are many benefits to recycling paper. Conserving natural resources, saving energy, and reducing waste are just a few. One ton of recycled paper can “save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 380 gallons of oil, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space and 4,000 kilowatts of energy.” When you take a look at those statistics, recycling paper is just a no brainer!

This past year, we are proud to say that Papertec recycled over 350,000 lbs of paper. While 350,000 already sounds like a very large number, think about it this way; that is the same weight of 106 Ford Mustangs, 700,000 Snickers bars or 1,166,667 iPhones!

We are committed to saving our planet and helping out at every turn to assist our environment.  The next time you go to throw away your paper products, remember how much more useful it would be to our planet, your fellow man and your wallet by recycling them instead.

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Traverse Winding

One of our specialties at Papertec is traverse winding, a process in which coils or sheets of paper are neatly wound on a spool for the customer’s convenience. We can perform this process in addition to a variety of other services on a number of types of a paper, with several shipping options.  Our comprehensive traverse winding capabilities make us an excellent choice for all of your custom needs.

One of the benefits of working with Papertec is our expertise with a wide variety of paper. We perform traverse winding on the following materials: siliconized release paper, polycoated paper, waxed paper, bond paper, parchment paper, Kraft paper, board stock, glassine paper, onion skin paper and paper tape. Our ample selection of materials adheres to the highest standards of quality set by the FDA and U.S. military.

In addition to a broad range of materials, we also provide our customers with a number of different services, including jumbo and narrow-width slitting. We can custom slit your rolls from master rolls that reach up to 72 inches in diameter, and 62 inches in width. We can also slit rolls in sizes ranging from just ¼-inch to 62 inches wide.

Our plant also features advanced equipment that’s not only fast, but effective. Our machines are capable of pancake unwinding and layon roll tension at up to 500 feet per minute. We can wind paper that’s up to 16-inch wide, with a 24-inch diameter on a core of 3 to 6 inches. Our master rolls, in addition, can reach up to 30 inches in diameter. We also have precision CNC slitting equipment and laser guided set up, which means that you can expect exact tolerances of 1/64 inches for your products.

Papertec is proud to be your source of high quality paper for a number of different industries. Some examples include automotive, aerospace, food service, archival, manufacturing, packaging, and military industry. In addition to a wide selection of materials, advanced equipment, and valuable services, we offer a number of different shipping options for our customers that ensure a timely delivery for both low and high volume orders.

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Happy Holidays from the Papertec Family!

2013 has been a very busy year for us, and a very positive one as well! We have invested a significant amount of money in new machines and have added a lot of new equipment  including a traverse winder and a tight tolerance narrow width slitter, so that we can continue to offer our customers the best service possible.  We have also added personnel and are excited by the growth that we have been seeing throughout the year.

We want to keep those positive vibes moving into 2014. Now that we have the additional equipment and manpower, its time to build the customer base as well! We can now offer more products and services to our customers,  and still keep fast turn around times as  we fill machine time on the new equipment.

We hope to see you in 2014 and in the meantime, please have a happy and healthy holiday!

~The Papertec Family

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Product Spotlight: Waxed Paper

At Papertec, our variety of products is as abundant as is our experience in the industry. We offer many specialty papers to serve varying needs and industries.

One of our popular specialty products is waxed paper, which is offered in different grades and varieties, and serves many applications—from food packaging to steel wrapping, pallet liners, abrasion protection, interleaving, and more. On offer, we have dry, one-side waxed, two-sided waxed, and semi-waxed paper, available in bleached and natural colors. Not sure which you need? Here are some details to help:

  • Dry waxed kraft paper: Applications include meat interleaves, cheese interleaves, metal interleaves, and butter wrap. This product is available in bleached or natural colors, 20# to 84# basis weights.
  • Waxed 1 side kraft paper: Often used for food packaging, moisture barrier applications, and food interleave, this comes in bleached or natural colors, 30# to 70# basis weights.
  • Waxed 2 side kraft paper: Acting as a moisture barrier, this product is used for food packaging, and pallet interleave when stocking or stacking pallets. Available in bleached or natural colors, 20# to 90# basis weights.
  • Semi waxed kraft paper: Serving many food and packaging applications, this is available in bleached or natural colors, 18# to 47# basis weights.

We supply in many roll widths, roll diameters, core sizes, sheets, and die cut pieces—whatever suits your needs best. We also offer FDA-approved grades and industrial grades.

Need custom printed paper? No problem. Simply let us know what you want printed, and the paper is printed and then waxed, in roll or sheet form, and then converted.

Still not sure what’s best for you? Contact us, we’re happy to help!

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Papertec blog: National Manufacturing Month

Manufacturing Day was launched in 2012 to highlight the importance of manufacturers to the nation’s economy. Last year’s success has not only led to Manufacturing Day becoming an annual national event – occurring on the first Friday of October – but has also prompted an extension of the day into the entire month of October, supporting hundreds of manufacturers that host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and others local community members to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

Designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers, Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and, in a coordinated effort, attract young people and get them excited about pursuing a career in a technology-driven, innovative environment that will also provide a good-paying job.

Many people still have the misconception that the manufacturing industry involves unskilled, repetitive tasks. Yet people who think of manufacturing as a tedious job with no intellectual stimulation haven’t visited a U.S. factory floor or manufacturing space lately. Manufacturing today is about fast-paced, diversified work environments and advanced, innovative technologies.

For many manufacturing professionals, a manufacturing career can offer a wide variety of work. Because there are often different projects to work on because manufacturing firms often service so many different industries, there is always a different grade or part size being made from what a manufacturer produces.

Here at Papertec, we speak from experience: Whether producing water-activated gum tape for fireworks manufacturers or onion skin paper for everything from love letters to military use – we aren’t doing the same thing day in and day out, meaning we are never bored on the job.

No doubt, every job has repetitive aspects. Although manufacturing is constantly changing, there is some consistency. For instance, did you know that manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector?

Meanwhile, the growing use of technology and innovations, particularly in high-tech industries, means manufacturing is almost constantly applying new technologies to new developments. This requires highly skilled workers, many of whom are in STEM fields, and they are the people who are developing and applying breakthroughs that ultimately drive the innovation necessary for the U.S. to remain competitive globally.

For these reasons and many others, manufacturing jobs remain highly fulfilling – and in demand – despite the misconceptions many people still hold of such careers. That is why we look forward to this year’s Manufacturing Month, as a time when companies across the nation open their doors to show the public why manufacturing remains a great industry to work in. Will you be participating?

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Having a “Blast” at the 2013 PGI Convention

Everyone at Papertec is just thrilled to have participated in our first Pyrotechnics Guild International Convention. Known this year as “BOOM & a Blast”, the PGI’s annual convention is an exciting weeklong event that includes technical seminars, classes, a trade show, an art show, a banquet, and exciting nightly pyrotechnic displays. The 2013 PGI Convention ran from August 10-16 and was held in beautiful Butler County, PA.Papertec-Google-plus_03

We had an amazing time, and met a whole host of great people including many of our current and past customers. As well, the outstanding atmosphere and set up of PGI’s 2013 convention, gave us the opportunity to make new friends and customers and spread the word about our specialty papers, films, packing tapes, and boards. Some of our favorite parts of the weeklong celebration included:

We had a chance to check out everything from lectures to more hands-on presentations.

·Trade Show
Trade shows are always a great way for Papertec share our amazing products and ideas. PGI 2013 gave us a first chance to mingle with leaders in the Class B and C pyrotechnics industry.

·Public Displays
Every night was a celebration, with music, food, and simply the best fireworks displays we have ever seen!

Overall PGI 2013, certainly lived up to the “Boom and a Blast” title! We learned a ton, gained new friends and customers, and had our own blast! No doubt, we will be returning for PGI 2014 next year. To learn more about the PGI you can always visit their website.

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