Allison Myers

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Don’t Forget Support When Purchasing a Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Allison Myers on Feb 21, 2017 11:23:58 AM

It’s About the Load

Loads that ship with the right amount of containment force, are locked to the pallet with a film cable, and have no long or dragging film tails have the highest probability of arriving safely at their destinations.

As you begin your stretch wrapping machine purchasing journey, make sure you know why stretch wrapping is an essential part of your shipping process. Don’t lose sight of the objectives.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

How “every day” AGV forklifts and fork trucks may bring warehouse automation to every company

Posted by Allison Myers on Feb 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Automation creep - beyond manufacturing

Automation offers many advantages to manufacturers. Quality, precision, consistency, increased output, safety and the ability to focus humans on tasks where their skills, judgment and dexterity make a difference.

While industrial automation covers a huge spectrum, it’s often experienced as the integration of robotic arms to support specific functions. Increasingly affordable and flexible robotics are accelerating adoption in more and more facilities, and reviews of Pack Expo International 2016 had many calling it the “robot” show.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency

Shipping Damage: The Hidden Costs

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

1 Chance in 200 Isn’t a Good Bet 

Imagine you’re a car dealer. You order hundreds of cars to your dealership, but every once in a while a brand new car just won’t start. You do the math and 1 out of every 200 cars doesn’t start, the car isn’t fixable and is a complete loss. Sure, you get to sell 199 cars but you have to take the loss of the 1 car.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

5 Lean Manufacturing Questions Answered by Jim Womack

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the driving motivations behind lean manufacturing is the elimination of waste. By eliminating waste, getting to the root of problems, lean manufacturing helps manufacturers reduce costs and increase productivity. These core concepts have led businesses from all industries to adopt lean techniques, and one of the key players in the world of lean manufacturing is Jim Womack.

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Topics: Lean Operations

Reduce Costs with a Stretch Wrapping Machine

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

At first glance, a stretch wrapper may seem like a luxury purchase, and some may see it as a “want” rather than a “need.” Those who see it as unnecessary are probably not the ones spending their day hand wrapping. What they don’t understand is that a machine can potentially pay for itself in several ways.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

7 Ways to Reduce Pallet Costs

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post by Adam Cahill from Supply Pointe.

Let me tell you something you already know: Pallet costs add up fast. Sure, each pallet you buy probably costs less than $20, but when multiplied by hundreds or thousands over dozens of shipments, the costs make a serious dent in your bottom line. If you’re feeling the pinch of pallet costs, consider these seven ways to save.

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Topics: pallets

What is Tackifier and Why is it in Stretch Film?

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Stretch wrap is a term used for the film used with stretch wrapping machines to secure a load of material to a pallet creating a unitized or single, solid, transportable object that arrives at it's destination in as expected condition. Stretch wrap film is typically made from LLDPE or linear low density polyethylene which has a good balance of weight, cost, and strength. Not long ago we wrote about the process of making stretch film in this post.

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Topics: Stretch Film

The Most Common Reason for Stretch Film Breaks

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

One of the inevitable challenges of a stretch wrapper operators job is stretch film breaks. Some customers find that stretch film will break as often 3 to 5 times per roll. At best these breaks are an irritation. At worst, they can lead to a cascading series of increasingly problematic challenges.

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Topics: Film Breaks, Stretch Film

Preparing Pallet Loads for International Shipment

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Almost every company is global today

At Lantech we have an enormous range of customers. Not only are our wrappers used in numerous industries, they're also found from a turntable on the dock of the smallest shipping operations to enormous multinationals with multiple high-speed wrappers lined up in a row.

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Topics: Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping, Automatic Pallet Wrapping

Understanding Forklift Costs - Capital, Maintenance, and Fuel

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Turning to the Forklift Boss....

Marshall Cromer writes a periodic blog on forklift topics. It's a good source for some insights into forklift operations and budgeting. In a recent series he covered:

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Topics: Lean Operations

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