3 Insights from Trends in Material Handling Machinery Maintenance

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The data from the Plant Engineering 2016 Maintenance Survey offers some fascinating insights including:

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Topics: Maintenance, Buying a Stretch Wrapper

Should I Buy a Used Stretch Wrap Machine?

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Thinking of buying a stretch wrap machine? Should you buy new or look for a used one? Do you like the idea of knowing no one else has used your equipment or does the lower cost and depreciation appeal of a used machine get you interested?

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Topics: Buying a Stretch Wrapper

Special Considerations for Stretch Wrapping in a Distribution Center

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 23, 2016 8:22:41 AM

Distribution centers have some of the most unique loads placed on pallets. Unlike the symmetrical loads, commonly called A loads, of say a company that produces certain types of canned or bottle goods, where virtually every case of goods are the same, a distribution center routinely packs asymmetrical, commonly called B loads, loads on their pallets. Grocery distribution centers tend to wrap lots of C type loads.

For example, cases of boxed goods, paper towels, canned goods, cereal and other non-related items must all be stacked and packed together. In most cases the heavier items go at the bottom and the lighter or more fragile items go at the top. This type of asymmetrical packing does not always lend itself to consistent stretch wrapping, and some considerations must be adapted for this type of work.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

The Place for Stretch Wrap in CPG Sustainability Plans

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Sustainability initiatives should herald an opportunity not just to do something good for the environment, but also to do something good for your business. With improved sustainability comes improved efficiency, and thus profitability.

Well, at least that’s the theory. The reality is a little more complicated; and an increasing awareness of the downstream “net impact” costs of certain positive sustainability measures are beginning to muddy the once clear waters.

Sustainability is a topic that cannot be avoided. Wider societal concerns with environmental issues, governmental regulations, and hard-nosed cost efficiency considerations all combine to make sustainability drives an economically advantageous business policy worth pursuing.

But leveraging cost efficiency and savings means making the entire supply chain network work in a sustainable manner. One piece of the supply chain that is often overlooked is stretch wrapping.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Sustainability

5 Ways Case Erectors Can Benefit Your Company

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 18, 2016 8:00:00 AM

If you've been considering a case erector for your production line, wonder no more. 

Here are five benefits a case erector can offer your company.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing, Operational Efficiency, Labor Savings

Reducing Shipping Damage Regardless of Transportation Method

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In the May 2016 issue of Packaging World, James McNamara Jr.  discusses packaging development from the eyes of an engineer.  And while he is primarily talking about materials selection for primary packaging, he does touch on a subject that is near and dear to our hearts at Lantech…what he describes as the “under considered aspect of transport packaging.” 

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Topics: Product Damage

Sustainable Packaging, Stretch Wrapping, and PET

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We recently took a look at the ways in which stretch wrapping can impact the sustainability and source reduction efforts of PET bottles. As manufacturers continue to look for new ways to improve sustainability, it isn’t shocking that packaging has become a major focus for their efforts.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Sustainability

Cutting Logistics Costs in Worldwide Operations

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Aug 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are many business-to-business operations that exist today with a global presence, either in operational locations or by customers served. But the expanding geographic reach of so many businesses has greatly complicated logistics networks.

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Topics: Other

Stretch Wrap Calculator: How Much Can Automation Save You?

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 9, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We know that sometimes we come down pretty hard on stretch wrapping by hand. We’ve often said that hand wrapping is labor intensive and time consuming (which is true), but if you’ve ever found yourself wondering just how much labor waste you can eliminate from your stretch wrapping process, we have an answer.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Increasing Efficiency and Deceasing Risk by Keeping Operators On Their Forklifts

Posted by Allison Myers on Aug 2, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Recently, a distribution center came to us with a problem, stretch wrapping was slowing down their forklift drivers. During an average shift, forklift operators were getting on and off their forklifts nearly 200 times to stretch wrap pallets. And this customer’s problem isn’t unique, many warehouse operations that rely on manual stretch wrapping find that the process slows them down considerably (especially if they greatly increase volume).

However, not only is hand wrapping pallets slow and tedious, but forcing operators off of their forklifts also greatly increases their risk of injury.

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Topics: Workplace Safety