Your Source for Battery Operated Strapping Tool Maintenance & Repair

For complete maintenance and repair of your battery operated strapping tools, look no further than the experienced factory trained service technicians at R.V. Evans Company.

Our team of skilled service technicians at the R.V. Evans Company offer over 25 years of combined experience repairing battery operated strapping tools including battery operated sealers, tensioners, and combination strapping tools.  In addition to providing a high level of knowledge and experience, you can count on R.V. Evans Company to provide the following technical in-house service support for your battery operated strapping tools:

  • Trouble shooting
  • Replacement parts
  • Complete repair and maintenance
  • Service hotline to answer your battery operated strapping tool questions
  • Tool schematics
  • Safety resources
  • Factory trained service technicians

Some of the brands and models of battery operated strapping tools we support include:

  • Signode GripPack battery powered sealer for steel strapping
  • Signode GripPack battery powered tensioner for steel strapping
  • Signode BXT2 battery powered combination strapping tools for polypropylene or polyester strapping.  Includes BXT2-16, BXT2-19, BXT2-25/32 models.
  • Samuel battery powered plastic strapping tools including models P328, P329, and P331.
  • Fromm battery operated plastic strapping tools including models P318, P328, P329, P330, P331
  • Encore battery operated plastic strapping tool models EP-1355-12/58 and EP-1355-58/34
  • Zapak battery powered plastic strapping tools including models ZP21, ZP22, ZP93A, ZP97A
  • Orgapack battery powered hand tools for plastic strapping including models OR-T 120, OR-T 250, OR-T 400, OR-T 50

Contact R.V. Evans Company for more information about our battery powered strapping tool technical service capabilities.

The Answer to Adjacent-Panel Labeling

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There are 2 main styles of labeling adjacent carton panels, and each has their advantages and disadvantages. Wrap-Around Side Apply (WASA) and Front Apply Side Apply (FASA) labeling are the two main ways to meet this requirement.

Wrap-around is just as it sounds. One long wrap-around label (i.e. 4” x 13”) is typically applied by starting on the front panel and wrapping around to the side of the package. It can also be started on a side panel and wrapped to the rear. The wrap-around label guarantees that the serial numbers would be the same on both panels, but it does waste a portion of label (typically an inch) for the corner. It would also be helpful when the two panels need to be different because the one long label can be designed to meet both panel requirements.

FASA labels use a standard label (i.e. 6” x 4”) and apply two separate labels to the box. FASA offers a higher case per minute rate compared to wrap-around labeling since applier does not need to maintain contact with the case through the applying process. This method does not waste label space, and uses less material because it is two separate labels. Greater care does need to be taken when serialization is involved to make sure the label “set” is applied to the same case.

The pricing for both of these labeling methods is based on volume – the more you need the cheaper the price. However, a rough estimate puts wrap around labels at about $26.00 for 1,000 labels and the FASA labels at about $14.50 for 1,000 labels. These labels would also go on applicators and they would be on a 13” outside diameter roll versus a typical 8” outside diameter roll.

Figuring out which type of label would work best for your business can be tricky, but the professionals at R.V. Evans Company can help you find a solution. If you are looking for some assistance with choosing the right labeling method contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and labeling recommendation or visit us at http://www.rvevans.com/

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FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Construction Adhesive Reduces Door Repair Time & Labor for Building Material Supplier

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Pre-Solution Application

The client, a building material supplier and mill work company, has a number of mill work applications in their plant including recycling and repairing doors.  In this application they cut the doors to length and used a liquid glue when inserting the bottom portion of the door that is parallel to the floor.  The process of using liquid glue and clamping totaled approximately two days.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

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: FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system including the HB220 Pro industrial grade glue gun and FastenMaster FLEX 180 hot melt construction adhesive to replace their current liquid glue and clamping process.

Key Benefits of the FastenMaster FLEX Hot Melt Construction Adhesive SystemFastenMaster HB220

  • The HB220 Pro industrial grade glue gun has a high adjustable temperature up to 428 degrees and a powerful 220 Watt heating element.
  • FastenMaster FLEX 180 hot melt construction adhesive facts:
    • Longer Open Time of 3 minutes = more time to work with materials
    • 8 minute cure = no more waiting for FLEX180glue to dry!
    • Bonds porous, some non-porous, and difficult substrates
    • Non-toxic and extremely low VOC content
    • Greater heat and cold resistance

Measurable Savings Realized

The transition from using liquid glue to the FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system has allowed this business partner to reduce overall application time from approximately two days to only 15 minutes!  The savings realized is a result of eliminating the need for clamping and waiting for the glue to dry.

If you are interested in an adhesive solution specific to your application, contact R.V. Evans Company by visiting www.rvevans.com or set up an on-site review of your process and schedule a Site Needs Analysis with one of our experienced solution specialists.  You may also find an R.V. Evans’ Construction Fastening Dealer near you to pick up your very own FastenMaster FLEX hot melt construction adhesive system.

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Hytrol Conveyor Solution Keeps Electric Load Center Manufacturer’s Pallets Moving

Pre-Solution Application

The clients newest Orion overhead stretch wrapper has 14 feet of gravity exit conveyor at the end of the wrapping station.

The problem:  Pallets have been hanging up in this area and not transferring to the end of the exit conveyor where fork truck drivers can pick them up.  Consequently, the Fork truck drivers have to get off the truck to manually push pallets to the end of the conveyor line.  These double stacked pallets can be more than 100″ tall and weigh 3,000 to 4,000 lbs.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, R.V. Evans’ team of sales and service specialists determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: Replace the existing gravity exit conveyor with 14 feet of Hytrol 25-LREZ powered conveyor with EZ Logic Zone Controllers and bottom belt drive.  Complete removal service of the old gravity conveyor and installation of the new Hytrol 25-LREZ powered conveyor was provided by the R.V. Evans’ service team.

Key Benefits of the Hytrol 25-LREZ Heavy Duty Accumulating Conveyor

Reduced labor and reduced worker fatigue; belt driven live roller conveyor designed for use where zero pressure accumulation and low elevation (12″) and close roller centers are required.

Measurable Savings Realized

According to our Client’s Management team, this solution will save them thousands each month in addition to the considerable benefit of increased safety due to some pallets being double stacked two pallets high.

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Lift Table “Elevates” Productivity for High Temperature Masonry Brick Manufacturer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of high temperature masonry bricks, has a dedicated staging area in their facility to hand load bricks onto pallets for shipment.  They had to dedicate the use of a fork truck to elevate the pallets up to the proper loading height.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, R.V. Evans’ Packaging Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: The Presto XL36-60 Scissor Lift.

Key Benefits of the Presto Scissor Lift Solution

  • Hand control pendant or foot control options
  • Heavy-duty hydraulic cylinders with chrome plated rams
  • Rugged 3/4″ steel plate scissor legs
  • Lifetime lubricated bearing on all rollers and pivot points

Measurable Savings Realized

The lift table frees up the forklift, is much safer, and provides improved ergonomics making it easier for the users to adjust the pallets up and down to the proper loading height.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 4 of 4 – Selecting the Right Poly Bag

In part one, we discussed if an automated packaging system is right for your company, along with an overview of various poly bagging systems in part two, and the different infeeds and printers for bagging systems in part three. Now, it’s time to figure out the “right” bag for your poly bagging application! What are the different materials available? Which bag dimension and thickness is best? What are your options? Let’s find out.

Food-Industrial-Bag-CollageWhat are the different materials available?
Autobag has many different options when it comes to poly bags that are specifically designed to work with their different poly bagging systems. These bags are storefront ready and can be printed in full color. Just a few of the options are Linear Low Density Polyethylene, Low Density Polyethylene Films, High Density Polyethylene Film, Polypropylene Film, and Anti-Fog. There are many more materials to choose from, and highly likely there will be bagging materials that fit your company’s needs.

  • Linear Low Density Polyethylene is strong material, durable, and has clear through opaque combinations ranging from blank to custom printed. It is ideal for packaging hardware, automotive parts, food, craft items, medical devices, electronic components, and many more.
  • Low Density Polyethylene Films are durable, versatile, and have different printing characteristics. They are ideal for retail packaging, hardware, fasteners, automotive parts, medical, frozen foods, mail order fulfillment, and others.
  • High Density Polyethylene Film has reduced chemical additives and good permeability. It is also scratch-resistant. This material is used for packaging medical, food, sporting goods and other applications where chemical additives may react with the product inside.
  • Polypropylene Film has the best bag clarity, good seal strength, and resists odor transfer. It is used for foods, pet supplies, and other retail packaging.
  • Anti-Fog materials are best for fresh produce applications. When condensation forms within the bag caused by product respiration, the material does not allow the moisture to form water droplets. This provides great clarity and strength.

Which bag dimension and thickness is best?
Choosing the right poly bag for your product can be difficult. It depends on the weight, size, shape, pieces going in a bag, and other factors. Autobag’s poly bags range in size and mil thickness. To identify the ideal poly bag for your packaging application, R. V. Evans Company would obtain a sample of the product you would be bagging to perform an application analysis. From there, R.V. Evans Company would provide you with a complete poly bagging system recommendation to include bagging equipment, accessories & printers, and the right poly bag for your particular bagging application.

What are the additional options?
Autobag’s poly bags come with many different features to make your product more appealing, provide added security, or reduce your packaging requirements. Just a few are:

Custom printing
Reclosable zippers
Gussets (stand-up pouches)
Handles
Hanger Holes
Ventilation
Compartments
Flaps
Easy-open perforations
Many more!

As an authorized distributor for Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years, R.V. Evans Company can help you identify the complete poly bagging and packaging system for your business. If you are looking for some assistance in determining which automated packaging system and optional equipment is right for your company, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendation, or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

If you missed part one of the Autobag series, you can find it here and learn about when an automated bagging system is right for you. If you would like to read part two of the Autobag series, click here and see an overview of a few different Automated Packaging Systems. Part three of the Automated Packaging Systems- Poly Bagging Solutions series is all about the different add ons you can put on your Autobag System. You can find that here.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 3 of 4 – Infeeds and Printers

Many of the Automated Packaging systems mentioned in part two of the Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions series can be paired with different equipment to enhance the process of bagging. Here is a brief overview of the different infeeds and printers that can be added to the Automated Packaging systems.


Infeeds

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The Autobag Accu-Count 200 system is a vibratory counter infeed system capable of counting and batching at speeds up to 2,500 packages per hour. Industries that use this system are:

  • Fastener
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Hardware and more

This system can be easily paired with the Autobag AB 180 to automatically count and batch a pre-set quantity that is funneled into a pre-opened poly bag that gets sealed and dispensed. The measurements for this system are:

  • 575 lbs
  • 43” X 79“

This counter can also be paired with the Kit-Veyor to provide a more integrated and efficient way of packaging kits.

Autobag-Kit-Veyor-beautyThe Autobag Kit-Veyor is an infeed conveyor system that automatically places small parts into packaged kits. This system combines multiple Autobag Accu-Count 200 systems and an Autobag bagger to fill kits with mixed parts at speeds up to 35 bags per minute. Industries that use this system are:

  • Electrical
  • Hardware
  • Fastening and more

The measurements for this system are:

  • 400 lbs.
  • Between 10 and 40 feet long, depending on how many add-on sections are used.

Autobag-Maximizer-AB180-beautyThe Autobag Maximizer can convey and detect hand loaded items at speeds of up to 50 batches per minute. This system can be paired with the Autobag AB 180 machine by taking the products, placing them in the Maximizer, and from there, the machines will funnel the products into pre-opened bags and seal the bags. Industries that use this system are:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Hardware
  • Fastening and more

The measurements for this system are:

  • 200 lbs
  • 90” x 42” when paired with the Autobag AB 180.

Takeaway Conveyor aloneThe Autobag Takeaway Conveyor provides continuous motion in an assembly line. This conveyor moves filled bags from the packaging location up to another location. It is available in 4 different angles that make it easy to integrate with different Automated Packaging systems. The conveyor is 20” wide with a 40” incline and the belt goes at 26’ per minute.

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The Autobag Accu-Scale 220 is specially designed to be paired with the Autobag AB 180. The Accu-Scale features a highly sensitive infeed system that weigh-counts small parts and dispenses each batch into pre-opened bags. This infeed system is ideal for products that tangle easily. Industries that use this system are:

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing and more

Measurements for this system are:

  • 152 lbs.
  • 36” x 48”

Autobag-Linear-Weigh-Scale-BeautyThe Autobag Linear Weight Scale is a vibratory linear pan-feed and weigh count scale system that can count up to 45 batches per minute. This machine has the ability to increase productivity up top 5 times the speed of hand loading bags. This infeed system can be paired with the Autobag AB 180 or the Autobag AB 255. Industries that use this system are:

  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Automotive
  • Fastening and more.

Measurements for this system are:

  • 500 lbs.
  • 53” x 74”

Printers

AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter beauty

The AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter offers high resolution inline printing for optimum packaging productivity. It is capable of thermal bag printing at speeds up to 80 bags per minute. It can be used
alone, or can be combined with Automated Packaging systems for inline printing and packing. When paired with the Autobag AB 180, this system can print custom labels with barcodes, text, and graphics. Measurements for this system are:

  • 41 lbs.
  • 34” x 45”

The AutoLabel PI 412c Imprinter can print labels up to 4” wide by 20” long.  It only pulls ribbon when it is printing, not the length of the bag.

AutoLabel-PI412cw-Prism-Thermal-Transfer-Imprinter-with-bagsThe AutoLabel PI 412cw Prism Imprinter is a two-sided inline printer that can print either on two sides of a bag, or two colors on one side of the bag. The thermal bag printing is able to print at speeds of up to 12” per second. The labels can be up to 4” wide and 20” long. The measurements for this system are:

  • 252 lbs
  • 28” x 59”

 

AutoLabel-Thermal-Transfer-Ribbon-collageThe AutoLabel Thermal Transfer Ribbon is great for printing high resolution graphics, barcodes, text, and custom logos. There are four types of Thermal Transfer ribbon. They are:

  • AutoLabel UltraPrint Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Optimum Performing Resin Enhanced Wax Thermal Ribbon
  • AutoLabel Ultra-V Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Premium Resin Enhanced Wax Thermal Ribbon
  • AutoLabel Ultra Wax Thermal Transfer Ribbon – Full Wax Thermal Ribbon for High Volume Applications
  • AutoLabel Specialty Ribbons – Solutions for unique printing requirements

AutoLabel-Designer-14The AutoLabel Designer 14 is software that allows the users to create custom bag labels with high-resolution bar codes, text, and graphics. This software works with Autobag Thermal Transfer Imprinters and Print-N-Pack systems as well as remote demand label operations.


As an authorized distributor for Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years, R.V. Evans Company can help you identify the complete poly bagging and packaging system for your business. If you are looking for some assistance in determining which automated packaging system and optional equipment is right for your company, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendation, or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

If you missed part one of the Autobag series, you can find it here and learn about when an automated bagging system is right for you. If you would like to read part two of the Autobag series, click here and see an overview of a few different Automated Packaging Systems.  Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and don’t miss the 4th and final blog in our Automated Packaging Systems four part series where we will cover which bag is the “right bag” for your application.

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