Why Do Case Erectors Jam?

Posted by Paul Stewart on Mar 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

We interviewed Lantech's Paul Stewart, about the significant issue of why most case erectors jam. What follows are extracts from the transcript of our conversation.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

LTL and long-haul truck driving jobs - short, medium & long term outlooks

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post from Ed Marsh of Consilium Global Business Advisors.

Trucks move America

Trucks carry most of the tonnage and value of freight in the United States....In 2011 nearly 14,530 miles of the NHS carry more than 8,500 trucks per day on sections where at least every fourth vehicle was a truck.  With each truck carrying an average of 16 tons of cargo, 8,500 trucks per day haul approximately 50 million tons per year. US Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Trucks are fundamental to American commerce and consumerism. Even the vast quantities of product moved by barge and rail are ultimately delivered to the point of sale or use by trucks.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics

More Efficient Warehouse Operations: 9 DC and Warehouse Slotting Consideration

Posted by Adam Robinson on Mar 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you are a manufacturing company or distributor, you most likely are using a warehouse or distribution center to make sure you are able to store inventory, replenish store fronts, and easily send goods to customers or receive goods for manufacture or distribution.

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Topics: Lean Operations, Operational Efficiency

Considerations When Shipping On An Open Flatbed Truck

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Mar 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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

Do you ever find yourself needing to ship an item that simply won’t fit inside a box trailer?  Well, sometimes, you just need to think outside the truck. If what you need to ship won’t fit, or you’re facing pick-up and drop-off difficulties, a flatbed trailer might be your solution. Flatbed trailers are ideal for oversized or otherwise unwieldy cargo, and they can be an efficient and affordable way to move a load. However, because the cargo won’t be enclosed, special consideration must be taken to ensure it’s appropriately covered and secured.

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Topics: Freight

Special Considerations when Stretch Wrapping Building Products

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Mar 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Easy....but not simple

"It's not complicated. I just need a stretch wrapper for regular pallets."

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Reduce Damage or Reduce Stretch Film costs? Fix the Big Problem First!

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Identify the Key Issues

This picture is the story of a classic struggle - good intentions versus misdirected attention - that's all too common in the world of stretch wrapping. Companies see the film costs of stretch wrapping and are generally concerned with how to reduce that expense by a few percentage points. However, they fail to take into account how little it is actually saving them.

It only takes about $10 of stretch film to ship a typical truckload of pallets. However, 1/2%* of total shipments are damaged to the point of being unsalable on the way to their destinations, generating billions of dollars of losses a year. 

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Topics: Product Damage, Stretch Film Cost

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

The Problems With Hand Wrapping

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, machines are typically better than humans at doing repetitive, rote tasks. Humans, on the other hand, excel in areas where intellectual decisions and creativity are needed. When it comes to stretch wrapping, most of the process of stretch wrapping consists of a repetitive motion (the wrapping) that is best done by machines. And, machines really are better at it than their human counterparts.

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Topics: Pallet-Grip, Stretch Wrapping, Operational Efficiency, Stretch Film Cost

Figure Out How to Stretch Wrap Your Loads Before You Buy a Machine

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Feb 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The biggest cost driver in stretch wrapping is in-transit damage incurred by loads that were stretch wrapped ineffectively. One of the best ways to stretch wrap well is with a stretch wrapping machine. In fact, we’ve talked about some of the problems with hand wrapping pallets before, and often the biggest issue with hand wrapping is that machines are just better at wrapping loads than people are.

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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