Monday, December 23, 2013

The Importance of Antistatic Packaging During Dry Winter Months

The cold, dry air of winter is the culprit of a number of minor maladies; from chapped lips, to dry skin, to the occasional zap of static electricity as you open your car door. But these discomforts aren’t the only concern. For manufacturers, distributers, and suppliers of sensitive electric components and semiconductors, seemingly harmless static electricity can damage products.

 To counteract this issue, it’s important to make sure all electrical products are protected by a layer (or two) of antistatic packaging. The packaging is either silver if made of metallic PET film, or pink if polyethylene is used for production. While both materials can be used to make sheets or bags, polyethylene offers some versatility as the packaging can take the form of bubble wrap or foam, as well. So if a metallic film is used as the primary packaging around an electric component, a pink polyethylene layer of bubble wrap can offer added protection not just from electrostatic, but from physical damage as well.

But the physical form of the packaging is not the only consideration to keep in mind when selecting an antistatic material option. The pink polyethylene bags are effective in an Electrostatic Protected Area (EPA), while metallic, silver bags can be used outside of an EPA so long as the material is not creased or punctured, which would render the film useless against static electricity.

General Plastic Extrusions is a custom manufacturer of polyethylene bags, tubes, and sheets. We are an experienced supplier of antistatic packaging solutions, and will work with you to determine the best material for your needs. For more information, please feel free to contact us and follow us on Twitter for additional industry updates.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Commitment to Quality in the Food and Beverage Industry

With all of the recent news surrounding contaminated and unsafe food hitting store shelves, it is more important than ever to ensure that proper food safety standards and requirements are in place. One option for monitoring food safety is quality certifications such as the SQF code.

SQF certification is administered by an independent agency, Eagle Food Registrations, Inc. In order to be certified, companies must submit to regular audits that check for overall cleanliness and quality in manufacturing facilities.

General Plastic Extrusions, a Wisconsin-based food packaging manufacturer registered for this distinction and is SQF Level 2 certified. The certification covers our range of food-grade packaging materials and flexible film products. To keep this certification, GPE must undergo annual audits to make sure we are maintaining a safe operation for food packaging and film.

Having a food packaging provider that is SQF certified to Level 2 helps food manufacturers in the selection process because they can rest assured that the packaging will not impact their product integrity. Keeping food safe from outside contamination is vital to building consumer trust, and will help the success of the brand. Within the food processing supply chain, there are many areas of vulnerability. This is why it’s so important to choose a food-grade packaging provider that is regularly audited for quality and cleanliness.

For more information on GPE’s commitment to quality in all areas of our flexible packaging operations, please visit us online. Feel free to follow us on Twitter for additional industry updates and company information.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Transporting and Storing Metal Components and Equipment

Anyone who depends on metal parts for their manufacturing operations, or even in everyday life, can understand the risks of corrosion. Rust is a very common problem that can derail processing and lead to downtime. For manufacturers and retailers receiving products from overseas, or who need to warehouse products for any period of time, finding a way to reduce or eliminate the threat of corrosion is a necessity.

Now that colder weather has arrived across much of the United States, many people might not be thinking about the impacts of warm, humid conditions on metal parts and components. But in a globalized economy, you also have to think about conditions in the countries where materials are being shipped to and from.

Vapor Corrosion Inhibitor (VCI) packaging is ideal for high precision machine metal applications, shipping and storage of ball bearings, and other vulnerable metal equipment components. The bags and tubes are waterproof, so a little rain or other humidity during transit and warehousing won’t impact the materials inside. Whether they are being shipped across long distances in tropical locales, or simply being stored for long periods of time until they can be used, VCI packaging can protect small metal parts and larger equipment from corrosion.

In addition, this packaging option is non-toxic and environmentally friendly, making it the perfect solution for companies that are committed to sustainability. It also leaves no powder or residue on the products being protected, so they’ll be ready-to-use as needed.

For more information on VCI products and the metal components they can protect from corrosion, feel free to download a brochure. For additional information or comments, you can contact us online.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

General Plastic Extrusions, Inc. Expanding Co-Extrusion Offerings

General Plastic Extrusions, Inc, located in Prescott, Wisconsin is in the process of expanding its Co-Extrusion capacity and capabilities. Currently General Plastic manufacturer’s 5-layer, 3-layer, and mono layer bags and films. The addition of the new line will bring capabilities to produce 7-layer blown film structures. General Plastic has partnered with Alpha Marathon to manufacturer a custom line that will meet the needs of General Plastic’s current and future customer base. The line is anticipated to be completed within the next 60 days.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Custom Solutions for Every Flexible Packaging Need

Think back to your most recent purchases. They could have been food, electronics, household products, or any other combination of possibilities. Now think back to how those purchases were packaged. Chances are, there was at least one plastic bag, tube, or sheet protecting the goods.

At the supermarket, you’ve no doubt seen bags on a roll distributed throughout the produce department. Then there are bags in the dairy section, keeping cheese safe and fresh; and bags in the bakery department keeping bread and other perishables from going stale. All of these bags serve a similar purpose, yet all are customized to best fit the needs of each type of food.

Beyond flexible packaging for food, even electronics packaging requires plastic bags. Each roll of wire, and every electronic adapter or charger is often packaged in its own plastic sleeve for protection and to prevent tangling during transit. There are also plastic sheets and liners to protect delicate phone, computer, and television screens. Just like food bags, each of these flexible plastic covers are tailored to suit a specific function.

At General Plastic Extrusions, our job is to determine what these specific needs are, and create a customized flexible packaging solution around that. To stay competitive in the global market we transitioned into more sophisticated, higher end structures. Unlike Chinese manufacturers, who offer small, standard stock size bags made of lower end materials, we create custom products using cutting edge technology.

Learn more about our capabilities, and feel free to tweet us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

July 4th Schedule

General Plastic Extrusions, Inc. will be closed July 4th - July 7th
Happy 4th from everyone at GPE, Inc.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

What is SQF?

SQF stands for Safe Quality Food.  It is a food safety and quality management system for the entire food supply chain.  This is one of four codes recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).  SQF is a preferred choice for many retailers and food service providers around the world. 
The Safe Quality Food Institute Mission: To deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.
SQF Vision: To be the single most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification.
General Plastic Extrusions, Inc. believes that food safety is very important to its customers, and ultimately the entire food chain.  General Plastic has been working the last year to improve its operations and development a Safe Quality Food (SQF) program that will benefit all of its customers and future customers. 
This week General Plastic Extrusions, Inc. was audited by Eagle Food Registrations Inc for SQF Certification.  The audit was an opportunity for continued improvement to the GPE SQF program.  After the two day audit, General Plastic received 8 minors, and 4 opportunities for improvement giving them a score of 92 points out of 100.  General Plastic Extrusions, Inc. will be making some minor improvements and expect to receive official certification within the next 60 days. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Plastics Guru iPhone App

The following is a helpful link for anyone in the plastics industry.  This iPhone app lets you calculate bag weights, blow up ratios, and stay up to date on the latest in the plastics industry.