AirPouch® FastWrap™ Provides Product Protection & Saves Space for E-Commerce Retailer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a farm supply store with multiple retail locations, was preparing to launch their E-Commerce business and required a protective packaging solution for shipping their products.  They required a product that would protect, take up minimal storage space and a system that was easy to operate.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Packaging Solution Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The AirPouch® FastWrap™ Bubble-On-Demand from Automated Packaging Systems.

 

Key Benefits of AirPouch® FastWrap™ Bubble-On-Demand

  • Flexible: One System produces bubbles and tubes on-demand for wrapping, interleaving and block-and-brace applications
  • Fast, All-Electric System: Tabletop, all-electric system operates at 65 feet per minute and does not require compressed air to operate
  • Reduce Costs: Better air retention and improved yield cost per cubic foot
  • Low Maintenance: Reliable equipment designed for easy maintenance and serviceability
  • Reduce Storage Space: High-yield, boxed material reduces storage and transport requirements of paper, foam and pre-filled bubble materials
  • Easy to Use: Operator friendly controls are regulated through intelligent design, managing heat, air and speed for consistent fill level and seal quality
  • Eliminate Waste: Inflates and seals the protective wrap and tube material from start to stop, eliminating waste

Measurable Savings Realized

With the implementation of the AirPouch® FastWrap™ system, our client was able to ensure that orders would be properly protected and arrive without damages.  With the addition of overhead hoppers, we have been able to streamline their pack stations and free up valuable square footage in their warehouse facility.

If you are interested in learning more about the AirPouch® FastWrap™ system or other packaging solutions, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current packaging processes, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

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Klinch-Pak Stapler with Walking Stick Provides Ergonomic Benefits and Application Efficiency

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of trailer and truck suspensions, axle systems and landing gear required a quick, efficient and safe way for their employees to secure gaylord boxes to pallets prior to filling them for shipment.

 The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solutions

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Fastening Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value-added solution.  The recommendation: The Klinch-Pak KP 35-590W Pneumatic Stapler with Walking Stick.

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Key Benefits of the Klinch-Pak KP 35-590W Pneumatic Stapler with Walking Stick

  • 33″ extended handle allows easy access for the operator to fasten corrugate to the pallet which results in relieving stress on the lower back.
  • Drives staples up to 1 1/4″ in length for a variety of uses.
  • Flat wide crown staple reduces tearing of corrugated sheet, making a strong hold.
  • Heavy duty – can be used to secure gaylord boxes, container inserts, double or triple wall sheets to pallets.

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Measurable Savings Realized

The Klinch-Pak KP 35-590W has allowed the client to provide their workers with an ergonomic solution that eliminates the repetitive motion of bending over and climbing in and out of the gaylord box.  In addition, the Klinch-Pak KP 35-590W will reduce the amount of time spent securing the gaylord boxes to pallets, resulting in labor savings.

If you are interested in learning more about the Klinch-Pak Pneumatic Stapler or other fastening solutions, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current fastening application, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

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Save Thousands by Down-Gauging Your Stretch Film

Stretch film costs are rising and companies are struggling find ways to cost-effectively wrap their loads. Certainly, wrapping and protecting your loads is still necessary. So how can you reduce your costs when stretch film just keeps getting more expensive? The answer: down-gauging!

What is down-gauging?

Down-gauging is the process in which a stretch film is replaced with a lower gauge (thickness) stretch film. This provides users with the ability to use less stretch film (by weight) to wrap a typical pallet of goods. Sound simple enough? Not so fast. There are some things to consider before deciding to down-gauge. Just follow the five steps!

5 Steps to Stretch Film Savings

Step 1: Define your current costs

  • How many loads do you currently wrap per shift, day, year, etc.?
  • How much film is applied to each load?
  • How many rolls do you buy per year?
  • How much does a roll weigh?
  • How much does this all cost? (Consider your current price per roll, ordering and holding costs, etc)

Step 2: Consider the load itself

  • What exactly are you wrapping?
  • Is it an A, B, or C load? (Not sure? Click here.)
  • What’s the current wrap pattern like? Why?

Step 3: Contact the R.V. Evans team!

  • There are several ways you can do this! Whichever works best for you.
    • Call us at 800-252-5894
    • Click here to request information about stretch film savings
    • Visit www.rvevans.com
    • Email us by clicking here

Step 4: Calculate your projected savings

  • The R.V. Evans team does this for you with our down-gauging ROI calculator!
  • Enjoy a crisp, clear side-by-side analysis

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*Certain information has been omitted or changed to protect customer’s pricing.

 

Step 5: Save money

  • Make the decision to save money on stretch film!

 

Does this seem overwhelming? NO NEED TO WORRY! R.V. Evans is always here for you. You know your business; we know stretch film. We can help you answer all of these questions and help you save money. You can absolutely skip straight to Step 3 and contact us for help :).

 

Additional Ways to Reduce Stretch Film Costs

Additionally, when it’s time to replace, add, or upgrade stretch wrapping machines, consider working with the R.V. Evans team to boost savings even higher. Read this article for an overview of what to consider when selecting a new stretch wrapper that best fits your needs. Again, just see Step 3 and contact us!

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Selecting a Stretch Wrapper: What to Consider

Selecting a new stretch wrapper can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help simplify this task and help you select the wrapper that most positively affects your bottom line for years to come.

First, let’s reiterate why we stretch wrap. We stretch wrap loads with two primary objectives:

  1. Get your load from Point A to Point B without damaging the contents
  2. Perform objective #1 as cost-effectively as possible

 

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When it’s time for a new stretch wrapper- whether it’s your first machine, you’re considering an additional machine, or you’re upgrading into a more advanced machine- there are some important things to consider.

Consider the load.

  • What exactly are you wrapping and what’s the current process like?
  • What are the physical attributes of the load (height, width, length, weight, etc)?
  • Is it an A, B, or C type load? Don’t know? We can help. Click here.
  • How many of these loads per day do you need to wrap?
  • How are the pallets handled (pallet jacks, fork lifts, etc)?
  • What are your needs for pallet-per-hour capacity? Think both short- and long-term.

How exactly should you wrap each individual load?

  • What types of film should you use?
  • How tightly do these loads need wrapped?
  • What wrap pattern(s) should you use?
  • How many different “recipes” do you need (wrap pattern, tightness, etc)?

What is best for you in terms of field maintenance?

  • How much maintenance will be involved with your new machine?
  • How easily modified is this new machine? Your needs will very likely change over time.
  • Are the parts proprietary?

Productivity enhancements and value-added features

  • How much film pre-stretch is best for you? Need help understanding pre-stretch? Click here.
  • Will you benefit from an automatic film attach/cut/wipe-down? See an example here.
  • Do you need an integrated scale?
  • How much will pallet conveyors help you?
  • What features can help you reduce labor and non-value-added activities? I.e, getting on and off the forklift for each load, etc.
  • What features would help your operators work more safely?

Training and support

  • How will your operators be taught how to properly and effectively use this machine?
  • If you run into the unexpected, will your vendor be there to help you?

Good and confused? That’s okay! R.V. Evans is here for you. There is no need for you to be an expert on all of this. We’ve got those experts for you! This is simply a breakdown of important things to consider as you engage in a conversation with the R.V. Evans team about your next stretch wrapper!

There are several ways you can get started on selecting a new stretch wrapper!

Choosing a CIJ Printer: A 60-Second Analysis

Choosing a continuous inkjet (CIJ) printer can be complicated. Choosing what is right for you is always best done by working with a solutions representative. However, to get you started, it is best to know which manufacturers offer a specific key advantage you need- extended service intervals for more production time, lower maintenance costs, printing speeds, etc.

Here, I will provide you with an overview of key advantage areas of the Linx 8940 vs. four leading competitors’ comparable models.

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Many continuous inkjet printers sport similar advantages, but the Linx 8940 leads the industry in energy consumption and operating temperatures, while matching  many industry-leading advantages as well. Blending these advantages together provides for a high-quality CIJ printer with a low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Additionally, printing speeds up to 1,230 feet-per-minute (FPM) allow users to print very quickly, despite other machines being able to print faster. 1,230 FPM is about 4,920 20-ounce soda bottles per minute. Printing that fast and only consuming a fraction of the energy certain competitors consume provides for a significant operating cost advantage.

The very best way to see the benefits the 8940 can bring to your operation is by requesting an on-site demonstration. To do that, fill out this short form here and comment that you’d like us to demonstrate our leading CIJ model!

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Marking Pallets: Branding vs. Printing

Marking your pallets’ lead boards is an essential means of communicating information about the pallet or the timber from which it is constructed. Many manufacturers will mark their pallets with an electric brander or other pallet branding tool (see Figure 1).

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This traditional method of producing pallet markings is used by many pallet manufacturers to stamp their pallets with logos, lot codes, IPPC compliance, and any other information. However, this application is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and potentially dangerous due to the hot iron.

A much better alternative to manual pallet branding is the implementation of a printing application. Such an application provides manufacturers with the ability to avoid many direct labor costs, eliminate potential injuries from the heated brander, and increase speed and throughput in the pallet marking process.

The FoxJet ProSeries 384e is an industry-leading pallet-marking solution (see Figure 2)

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With the ability to print small images and up to 14 lines of text at high resolutions, this powerful printhead produces a clean, crisp marking every time.

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Additionally, the higher the volume, the higher the realized savings after switching to this alternative to expensive pallet branding.

Contact R.V. Evans Company for assistance in implementing your new pallet marking system!

Call us at 800-252-5894 or click the 5-line “tell me more” form below!

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Orion Vs. Leading Competitor: Pallet Wrapping Competition

Pallet wrapping, stretch wrapping, load wrapping- whichever you prefer to call it- is a big industry with a lot of options available. Whether you are looking for ways to reduce packaging costs, increase throughput, or reduce total cost of ownership, there are options for you. These options come from manufacturers like Orion Packaging, Wulftec, Lantech, Uline, Phoenix Packaging, ARPAC, and several more. Determining which is the best is entirely dependent on your application. However, to serve as a general reference point, we will compare the Orion Sentry with a popular competitor’s leading pallet wrapper.

Consider it a wrap battle. If you want.

Let’s begin with a snapshot visual of the two pallet wrappers.

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For the most part, the comparison between the Orion Sentry pallet wrapper and the leading competitor’s pallet wrapper is self explanatory. However, let’s highlight a few key points.

Turntable Motor and Max Weight: This is particularly important for heavier loads, of course. The Sentry’s more powerful motor provides the ability to wrap bigger and heavier loads.

Film Delivery and Pre-StretchWith a powered pre-stretch capability, the Orion pallet wrapper provides a pre-stretch of your film by 200%, while the competitor’s pallet wrapper’s manual roller produces only a 60% pre-stretch. This extra 140% pre-stretch provides significant savings in your film costs and provides a stronger hold on the pallet.

Height Sensing: This is essential to ensuring a correct pallet-wrapping job on pallets with different heights. With no sensor, the height has to be adjusted manually unless the operator wants the pallet wrapper to expend film unnecessarily.

Typical Starting Price: Price is always a concern in ever-changing markets and operational conditions. In this comparison, the Orion provides numerous advantages over the competitor’s solution- at a lower cost. 20.8% cheaper, actually.

These are just two options in the vast world of stretch wrapping, pallet wrapping, load wrapping, etc. There are many options, and it can be very difficult to scan the market to ensure you’re always getting the best fit for your needs. It will behoove you to consult the people who study the market every day. The R.V. Evans team.

Contact R.V. Evans by clicking here, visiting http://www.rvevans.com, or by calling 800-252-5894.