The Difference Between a Case Sealer and a Case Erector

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM

A case sealer and a case erector may sound similar, but they are two completely different machines. Granted, they both work with boxes, but that is where the similarity ends.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

Film Cable vs. Film Rope - Load Securing with a Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The pallet loads we rely on to move products from one location to another are made up of a load that has been stretch wrapped to the pallet it is resting on. The stretch wrap securing the load to the pallet.

In fact, one of the most important reasons to stretch wrap is load securing. Stretch wrapping a load gives it a measure of security and safety from the often-chaotic journey it will take from manufacturer to final destination. However, millions of loads slide off their pallets during shipment every year. These loads fail because the very way that we move pallets (within warehouses, onto transportation, etc.) can undermine the safety and security stretch wrap adds.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

The Hidden Costs of Hand Wrapping Pallets

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

As early as the 1970s, a large segment of American industry realized the benefits of pallet unitization. By making one big pallet load out of many smaller goods productivity dramatically improved and the chances for shipping damage were reduced. It didn’t take long for unitizing loads of goods on pallets with stretch wrapping to become the most widely used material handling method for shipping products.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Pallet Management, Leasing, & Operations

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

Getting product out the door

Our booth at PackExpo featured quotes from a number of customers. A couple of my favorites were:

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Topics: Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping, Automatic Pallet Wrapping

3 Things to Do Now That You Will Be Thankful For Next Year

Posted by Allison Myers on Nov 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

We know that most of our readers will be spending Thursday with friends and family, enjoying the season, and giving thanks. We wanted to take this time to say thank you. Thank you for reading our blog and helping us be successful.

We want to make sure that you’re successful too. So, here are three things you can do before the end of 2016 that you will be thankful for this time next year!

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Can I Use a Pallet Jack with an Automatic Pallet Wrapper?

Posted by Allison Myers on Nov 17, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Let the application dictate the machine

In a recent article Decoding the Terminology of Stretch Wrappers, we explored the difference between automatic and semi-automatic wrapping. Our industry's traditional terminology tends to reinforce the perception of a stark differentiation between two very different solutions - and that can discourage some creative approaches to application requirements.

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Topics: Automatic Pallet Wrapping

Reducing Shipping Damage in the Supply Chain

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

We read a great article in Packaging Digest titled "Mitigating Packaging Damage in the Supply Chain" and wanted to thank them for talking a bit about our biggest passion - using stretch wrapping technology to make sure your pallet load gets to the right place in the right condition with a minimum of shipping damage.

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Topics: Product Damage

Seven Reasons Why Your Stretch Film Breaks

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Nov 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Stretch Film breaks a lot - about 3 to 7 times per roll on the average. But in the hustle and bustle of the typical workday, stretch wrapper operators simply don't have time to figure out which of these causes is making their stretch film break so much.

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Topics: Film Breaks

How to Reduce Shipping Damage

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Nov 10, 2016 10:21:42 AM

Shipping damage is one of those things  that is not often talked about, mainly because once the product has left the shipper the "out of sight, out of mind," principle applies

But the simple fact is that shipping damage is a very real expense. It adds billions of dollars to the cost of shipping and insurance every year, and there is a chance that any load shipped will be compromised. 

As a shipper, there are some things you can do to reduce shipping damage.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

Securing Pallet Loads: Stop the Slide

Posted by Allison Myers on Nov 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

 Millions of loads slide off their pallets during shipment each year, resulting in billions of dollars of damage and waste. These loads start their shipment journeys by being stretch wrapped, a process that's supposed to prevent this problem.
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Topics: Pallet-Grip