Learning the Lingo

Are you a newbie to the packaging industry? Are you still trying to understand what your colleagues are saying?  Learning the lingo can take some time, but here are a few bits and pieces to get you started.

  • AQL: Acceptable Quality Level
  • Aseptic Packaging: A Shelf-ready packet with a commercially sterile product
  • Assembly: How product is put together; collating, filling, gluing, bagging, shrink wrapping etc.
  • B2C: Business to Consumer
  • Bag-in-Box: A sealed bag placed inside a rigid container (pretty self explanatory really)
  • Baseline Performance: The benchmark against which future measurements are compared to
  • Bespoke: Made to order
  • Blue Chip Companies: Nationally recognised, well established company.
  • Box: Container with a flat base and sides, usually square/rectangular, with a lid
  • Box Sizer: A Linkx Packaging Group B2C machine, which intelligently measures the empty volume of a loaded box, adjusts itself to cut, crease and fold it to suit the volume of e-commerce goods within.
  • Bubble Packaging: Cushioning around a product using pockets of air
  • Bulls Eye Finish: When a product is shrink wrapped but not completely enclosed, leaving an unwrapped area at each end
  • CAD: Computer Aided Design
  • Carton: Light box or container in which drinks or foodstuffs are packaged
  • Case: Container designed to hold or protect something
  • Case Erector: Machine that will take a flat-packed cardboard box, seal the bottom and present the top flaps open ready for filling.
  • Closures: Process of closing something
  • Control Systems: Device that manages demands
  • Corrugated: A material shaped into a series of parallel grooves
  • DIM Weight: Dimensional Weight
  • Easy-open end: An end that is scored for easy removal
  • End-of-Line: Secondary Packaging at the end of the line
  • Folding Carton: Paper board which is cut and folded, ready for transport
  • Hot melt adhesive:Adhesive, solid at room temperature, applied molten, forms a bond when cool.
  • HVD: High Viscosity Density
  • iCon conveyor: Divide, Merge, Transfer or Turn without rails or guards
  • Integrated System: Bringing together the component subsystems into one system
  • KUKA: World’s leading Robotics company
  • Packaging Development: A development in packaging services; concept, design, drawings
  • Packaging Supplies: General purpose supplies; glue, tape, shrink film etc.
  • Pallet Wrapper: This machine wraps pallets with stretch film
  • PLC: Public Limited Company
  • Renewable energy: Naturally replenished resources; hydro power, wind turbines
  • Shrink wrap: Enclosing a package in shrink film
  • Stand alone machine: Machine capable of functioning independently of a master computer
  • Sustainable packaging system: Packaging machines that are economically robust
  • Tray: A flat, shallow container with a raised rim
  • Versatility: Capable of doing many things competently