TECHLAB SYSTEMS joins AICC México as a partner

TECHLAB SYSTEMS, as a provider of laboratory and quality control equipment for the corrugator industry through its TLS brand, is proud to announce its recent incorporation as a partner of the Association of Independent Corrugators and Cardboard Packaging Converters (AICC). This North American non-profit association is made up of the United States, Canada and Mexico, and represents independent manufacturers of corrugated packaging, folding cardboard, rigid boxes and their suppliers, offering a space for collaboration and development for its members through events. , courses and annual meetings

About AICC Mexico

AICC México is an organization dedicated to supporting independent corrugated cardboard manufacturers and industry suppliers in Mexico. Throughout the year, AICC Mexico organizes a variety of educational and networking events, designed to encourage the exchange of knowledge and best practices among its members. These events include technical seminars, training workshops and the long-awaited annual meeting.

Commitment and Participation of TECHLAB SYSTEMS

At TECHLAB SYSTEMS, we are committed to excellence and innovation in the corrugated cardboard industry. Our company specializes in the development and manufacturing of testing and quality control equipment. We are honored to join AICC Mexico and to actively contribute to the independent corrugator community.

Since our incorporation, we have participated in several courses organized by AICC Mexico, where we have shared our experience and learned from other industry experts. This collaboration not only allows us to stay at the forefront of the latest trends and technologies, but also strengthen our relationship with other professionals in the sector

With a focus on innovation and quality, we offer products and services that help our customers improve their operational efficiency and product quality. Our commitment to excellence has made us a trusted partner for companies around the world

Sponsorship of the Annual Meeting in Querétaro

We are pleased to announce that TECHLAB SYSTEMS will be one of the sponsors of the next AICC Mexico Annual Meeting, which will be held in the city of Querétaro from October 23 to 25. This event will bring together industry leaders to discuss current trends, challenges and future opportunities in the corrugated market. As sponsors, we hope to contribute to the success of the event and foster an environment of collaboration and innovation.

We invite all our colleagues and partners to join us at this important event to share knowledge, establish new connections and explore the future of our industry together

Below are some representative images during the Corrugated Cardboard Packaging Engineering Seminar, held last May 28-29 at the Hyatt Centric Campestre Hotel in León, Guanajuato.

For more information about our products and services, visit our website or contact us directly at info@techlabsystems.com

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TECHLAB SYSTEMS Participates in the 42nd ACCCSA Convention

Last week, TECHLAB SYSTEMS had the honor of participating in the 42nd edition of the ACCCSA Convention, a highly significant event for the corrugated cardboard industry in Latin America. This annual convention, organized by the Association of Corrugators of the Caribbean, Central and South America (ACCCSA), serves as an essential meeting point for professionals, companies, and experts in the sector.

About ACCCSA and the Corrugated Cardboard Industry

ACCCSA is a non-profit organization that brings together corrugated cardboard producers, machinery suppliers, and related materials and services. Founded in 1980, ACCCSA has established itself as a benchmark in promoting development and innovation within the corrugated cardboard industry in the region. ACCCSA‘s annual convention is not only a showcase of the latest technological advances and market trends but also a platform for knowledge exchange and professional networking.

The corrugated cardboard industry in Latin America has shown significant growth in recent years, driven by the increasing demand for sustainable and efficient packaging solutions. Corrugated cardboard, known for its versatility, durability, and recyclability, has become a preferred option for a wide range of applications, from consumer product packaging to industrial logistics solutions.

TECHLAB SYSTEMS Innovations

At TECHLAB SYSTEMS, we are committed to advancing technology in the corrugated cardboard industry. During the convention, we presented our TLS brand laboratory equipment, specifically designed to meet the quality and efficiency needs of the sector.

TECHLAB SYSTEMS‘ participation in the 42nd ACCCSA Convention reaffirms our commitment to the corrugated cardboard industry in Latin America. We thank ACCCSA for the opportunity to be part of this important event and look forward to continuing to contribute to the sector’s growth and innovation with our advanced technological solutions.

For more information about our products and services, visit our website or contact us directly at info@techlabsystems.com

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Presence at Expo Pack 2024 in Santa Fe, Mexico

EXPO PACK Mexico 2024 was a success among attendies and exhibitors!

TECHLAB SYSTEMS had a notable participation in the recent Expo Pack 2024, one of the most important packaging and processing technology fairs in Latin America, held from June 4 to 7, 2024 at the Expo Santa Fe Convention Center.

During the event, TECHLAB SYSTEMS presented its latest innovations in quality control and research laboratory equipment. Its stand attracted numerous visitors, who had the opportunity to see live demonstrations of the company’s products and solutions. These demonstrations showed how their technologies can help in quality control and industrial operations to improve productivity and reduce costs, while minimizing environmental impact.

The fair brought together professionals and companies from more than 40 vertical industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, graphics, chemicals, electronics, textiles and automotive. TECHLAB SYSTEMS stood out for its focus on quality and innovation, capturing the attention of various key players in the industry.

In addition to product presentations, attendees at the TECHLAB SYSTEMS stand were able to participate in information sessions and obtain personalized advice from the company’s experts. These exchanges were especially valuable for visitors interested in carrying out quality control in their companies with the latest technologies available on the market.

Expo Pack 2024 also included a series of seminars and conferences focused on key topics such as automation, sustainability and future trends in packaging and processing. These educational events provided valuable learning and networking opportunities for all participants, further enriching the fair experience.

Event details:

  • Date: June 4-7, 2024
  • Lcation: Expo Santa Fe Convention Center, Mexico City
  • Industry: Packaging and processing technologies

TECHLAB SYSTEMS‘ participation in Expo Pack 2024 reaffirms its position as a leader in the manufacturing, design and marketing of laboratory equipment, as well as its commitment to innovation and operational excellence.

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TECHLAB SYSTEMS shines at HISPACK 2024 with Innovative Quality Control Solutions

TECHLAB SYSTEMS has participated with great success in the prestigious HISPACK Packaging and Packaging Exhibition, held from May 4 to 7 in Barcelona.

With a 45 m² booth, TECHLAB SYSTEMS showcased a wide range of equipment and solutions that highlight its commitment to excellence and innovation in quality control for the packaging sector. TECHLAB SYSTEMS‘ participation in HISPACK 2024 was not only an opportunity to present its latest innovations but also to strengthen its position as an industry leader.

Since its foundation 40 years ago, TECHLAB SYSTEMS has been present at every edition of HISPACK . This event is not only a crucial meeting point for the company but also an essential platform to interact with customers and partners, exchange knowledge, and explore new business opportunities.

“Being present at HISPACK is always a milestone for us,” said Javier Jimenez, the Sales Manager of TECHLAB SYSTEMS. “This fair allows us to showcase our technological advancements and reaffirm our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. We are proud of our history and excited about the future we are building together.”

The TECHLAB SYSTEMS team thanks all the visitors who stopped by their booth and looks forward to continuing to provide cutting-edge solutions that drive efficiency and quality in the packaging sector.

With a 40-year track record, TECHLAB SYSTEMS is dedicated to providing advanced quality control solutions for various industries, especially in the packaging sector. The company stands out for its innovation, reliability, and commitment to excellence.

For more information about our quality control solutions, please visit our website at www.techlabsystems.com.

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TECHLAB SYSTEMS returns to the CONTROL in Stuttgart

Last week, TECHLAB SYSTEMS has participated with great success in the prestigious Control Fair in Stuttgart. This time, we were supported by our German distributor, Martin Walther from ALL4TEST.

The event was a resounding success, attracting numerous European distributors and clients interested in learning about our latest innovations. Our presence at the fair not only allowed us to showcase our technological advancements but also to strengthen business relationships and explore new business opportunities.

We thank all the visitors who stopped by our booth and Martin Walther and his team for their invaluable support during the fair. TECHLAB SYSTEMS remains committed to offering cutting-edge solutions that meet the needs of the European and global markets.

For more information about our innovations and products, visit our website or contact our sales team.

See you at HISPACK 2024

Next week the HISPACK 2024 Show will be held, the most important meeting point in the packaging ecosystem in Southern Europe. Over 4 days, thousands of professionals and exhibitors from the packaging world make us their meeting point, a superb showcase to discover the solutions and trends that set the course for the industry.

Companies and professionals from various industries come to present their new products at an event that generates business opportunities, encourages new collaborations and supports knowledge and innovation to promote packaging as a lever for sustainable growth. One more edition, TECHLAB SYSTEMS will be part of the exhibitors at HISPACK 2024 and will present the latest developments and advanced technology for carrying out quality control laboratory tests on all types of packing and packaging (paper, corrugated board, flexible packaging, plastic packaging, metal containers, etc.).

We invite you to join us at Hall 2 Stand E-221, where our experts will show you different technics and laboratory instruments for packaging like:

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TLS present at the ISTA TransPack Forum 2024 in San Diego, California

TECHLAB SYSTEMS is proud to announce its participation in the prestigious TransPack Forum 2024 event, organized by ISTA – International Safe Transit Association. The event will take place from April 22 to 24, 2024 at the prestigious Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, in the United States.

As a featured sponsor of TransPack Forum 2024 , TECHLAB SYSTEMS, through its TLS brand, joins an outstanding roster of packaging and supply chain industry experts and leaders to share knowledge, discuss emerging trends and explore innovative solutions that drive the future of the sector.

During the three days of the event, a series of technical presentations will be carried out by relevant personnel in the world of packaging and supply chain. These presentations will offer a unique platform to discuss current and future challenges facing the industry, as well as to highlight the latest innovations and best practices.

The TECHLAB SYSTEMS team will be present to actively participate in these technical presentations, sharing their experience and perspectives on how technology can drive efficiency, sustainability and quality in packaging and the supply chain.

“We are delighted to participate in the ISTA TransPack Forum 2024 and have the opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the world who share our commitment to innovation and excellence in packaging,” said Ernie Watts, Head of US Sales at TLS. . “We look forward to contributing to the discussions and learning from the experiences of other industry leaders.”

In addition to technical presentations, the event will also include networking sessions, product and service showcases, and networking opportunities with industry professionals.

TECHLAB SYSTEMS invites everyone interested in discovering the latest innovations in packaging technology to join us at the TransPack Forum 2024. For more information about the event and to register, visit the official TransPack Forum website (https://ista.org/ista_forum/)

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TECHLAB SYSTEMS, new AFCO Symphatizer company

We inform you that TECHLAB SYSTEMS has just joined the Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Corrugated Cardboard Containers and Packaging (AFCO) as a supplier Association’s Symphatizer, strengthening technological innovation in the sector. Under our trademark TLS, we are one of the world’s leading suppliers of design, manufacturing, marketing and installation of quality control laboratory equipment for the corrugated paper and board industry.

The Spanish Association of Manufacturers of Corrugated Cardboard Containers and Packaging (AFCO) is a professional organization whose mission is to represent and defend the general and common interests of all members before the Administration and interest groups with the aim of promoting the development and the growth of the sector, its companies and its products.

Since its founding in 1977, AFCO has promoted the use of corrugated cardboard in the transportation and packaging of products, promoting knowledge of the sector and promoting its professional excellence.

AFCO represents a majority percentage of corrugated cardboard production in Spain. Currently, it has about 200 members, including partners and supporters. In its more than 40 years of history, AFCO has become the leading sector association for the Spanish corrugated cardboard industry. The work of the association during its consolidated history has promoted knowledge and visibility of the sector, as well as the search for synergies with similar international institutions, such as the European Federation of Corrugated Cardboard Manufacturers (FEFCO) and the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA).

The Spanish corrugated cardboard packaging manufacturing industry, thanks to continuous innovation, provides the supply chain with solutions that optimize any logistics process due to its proven versatility, resistance and customization possibilities. To this efficiency, cardboard, as a packaging material, adds a firm commitment to sustainability and the Circular Economy, thanks to the renewable, recyclable, compostable and biodegradable nature of its raw material, paper.

In 2023, the sector, with a total of 65 corrugating companies and 86 factories in Spain, has generated more than 25,000 jobs and reached a production of 5,629 million square meters of cardboard, with a total turnover of 6,960 million euros.

TECHLAB SYSTEMS stands out for its commitment to innovation and quality in the development of advanced technological solutions, offering its clients tools and services that drive efficiency, productivity and business growth.

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Sheard Packaging – Innovation and Design on wheels

MiC, a Mobile Innovation and Design Centre on 60 sqm

The top independent corrugated solutions provider in the UK, Sheard Packaging, has created a Mobile Innovation Center (MiC) using an expandable 40-foot trailer outfitted with our renowned TLS Validator Compression Tester for BCT and stacking tests and a TLS Samples Crush Tester CDM-5 model for ECT Tests.

Sheard Packaging, which was established in 1860 by Samuel Sheard and has been run by families for five generations, grew to become one of the biggest corrugated plants in the United Kingdom. Sheard Packaging, with a 37,000 square meter facility in Halifax, processes more than 150,000,000 square meters of corrugated board annually

The establishment of a cutting-edge Mobile Innovation Centre (MiC) in 2023 marked a significant step forward for the organization in terms of value optimization. An unprecedented invention intended to completely change how a packaging solution provider works with its clients to develop the best solution at the fastest possible speed to market. The challenge facing Sheard Packaging and other manufacturers is getting clients out of their businesses to visit their site and innovation facilities. In the hectic world of today, it is becoming more and more difficult to try to gather everyone together in one place. So instead, why not bring the facilities to the client?

Thus, “Sheard To You” as an idea was born. In response to CEO Roger Whittaker’s suggestion, “What if we put a demo unit on the back of a trailer and take it to customers?” we were required a way to demonstrate some of our laboratory machines in real time. What was once a casual remark has now become a reality and established a brand-new, historically high bar for the corrugated sector.

The Mobile Innovation Center is built in a 40-foot trailer, often used by Hollywood media and Formula 1 teams. The expandable sides offer a working space of 60 square meters. Floor-to-ceiling glazed sides provide a light and airy environment and the trailer is self-sufficient with 3-phase power and separate air, heat and air conditioning. The Sheard Packaging team replicated on board all the key services available at their HQ

“With the MiC we can bring our Technical and Design Teams to you, along with a space and tools to tackle any problems, implement changes immediately and test new designs. This significantly speeds up time to market.”

Drew Broughton, Head of Technical & Innovation in Sheard Packaging

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ECT vs Burst Strength Test: main differences

Which are the main differences?

In the field of packaging, transportation and storage, corrugated boxes undergo various stresses that can pose a threat to the enclosed products. Testing methods like the Edge Crush Test (ECT) and Burst Strength Test enable companies to anticipate these challenges and tailor protective packaging accordingly.

The common dilemma faced by companies revolves around choosing between ECT and Burst Strength, two prevalent testing methods for evaluating the strength of corrugated material. Despite their common use, these tests serve distinct purposes and measure different aspects. This analysis aims to highlight the disparities between the Edge Crush Test and Burst Strength Test, offering guidance on when each test should be applied based on a company’s specific requirements.

ECT – Edge Crush Test

The Edge Crush Test (ECT) is a standardized laboratory test method that it is used to measure the cross-direction crushing of a corrugated board sample. To perform an ECT test, a force is applied perpendicularly to the specimen at a constant speed of 12.7 mm/min until it collapses.

The ECT is a true performance test and is directly related to the stacking strength of the boxes. It is measured in different units like lb/in, kN/m, etc.

ECT Applicable Standards: APPITA/AS 1301.444s, DIN EN ISO 3037, FEFCO 8, ISO13821, SCAN P33, TAPPI T811, TAPPI T823, TAPPI T838, TAPPI T839

Burst Strength Test

For a long time, the Mullen Burst test has been an important technique for measuring the durability and strength of corrugated and flat carboard. A Burst Strength Tester uses a pressurized diaphragm to measure how much pressure (in PSI, Kg/cm2, kPa or Bar) the side of a corrugated box can take before it breaks.

Packaging with high burst strength is essential to ensure that the product reaches its destination in good condition, without puncturing or damaging the packaging during transportation. The Mullen test, which relates burst strength to grammage, allows for comparing different qualities of cardboard

Applicable Standards: DIN EN ISO UNE 2759 – FEFCO No 4 – SCAN P25 – TAPPI T807 – TAPPI T810 –       BS 3137 – PAPTAC D.19 – APPITA AS 1301.438

When should you use each test?

Edge Crush Test (ECT):

1. Suitable for companies with stacking and palletizing in their distribution cycle.

2. Ideal for transporting goods without lateral forces and exposure to multiple shipping modes.

3. Does not require a minimum amount of base paper, allowing for lighter boxes.

4. ECT-rated boxes are generally lighter, potentially reducing shipping costs and environmental impact.

Mullen Burst Strength Test:

1. Suitable for companies concerned about improper handling and goods likely to move inside the box.

2. Calculates resistance force when shipping goods that may exert force on the side walls.

3. Requires a minimum basis weight of the paperboard, ensuring a certain level of strength.

4. Necessary for scenarios where rough handling is expected during transport.

The elimination of the minimum basis weight requirement in the ECT allows for the use of lighter materials while still maintaining high performance.

ECT sample preparation and testing
Mullen burst strength testing

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