About Caleb Buscher

Caleb is currently the Market Pricing and Social Media Specialist at the R.V. Evans Company. Along with his position, he also acts as the system administrator for their Microsoft Dynamics CRM software. He graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, receiving the Paul R. Winn Memorial Achievement Award for excellence in Marketing. My Google Profile+

Pricing Trend Update: Polyethylene Resin Market Pricing Increasing

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The Polyethylene resin market pricing began the year with a strong upward trend. Now, as we approach the final quarter of the year, we are experiencing price increases in a range of resin based products including stretch film, poly bags on rolls, polypropylene strap, and various resin based films (LDPE, LLDPE, & HDPE). As a distributor of both hand stretch film and machine grade stretch film, R.V. Evans Company has already received notifications from several stretch film manufacturers informing us to expect price increases  ranging from 7%-15%  in the upcoming months. The major drivers for this resin price increase can be attributed to the tightness in feedstock costs, strong export business, rising energy costs, and increased global demand.

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Stay aware and informed as stretch film pricing will continue to fluctuate in the near future. If you have any questions or would like to speak with a Packaging Specialist for preparation recommendations contact us at www.rvevans.com or by calling 1-800-252-5894.

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Pins or Screw Systems: Which One Should You be Using?

Fastening applications can be challenging, especially when trying to determine the best fastener for the job.  A popular question we are often asked here at R.V. Evans is “when should I use collated pins vs. collated screws in my fastening application?”  Our recommendation weighs heavily on the material you need to fasten together in the application.

In our opinion, the Muro wood to steel floor screws are the best for utility screws-pin-systemstrailers where the customers are attaching 2″ thick wood to a steel frame. They have a larger diameter and a much larger head size than the Aerosmith pins. This holds the wood better and has less chance of pull-through. In most cases, the Muro screw is faster than pre-drilling and using bulk screws. That is its best-selling feature.

The Aerosmith pins are 5-10 times faster than screws. Their pullout values and cost is comparable to collated screws. If they are being used for heavy gauge steel you will need to use the high pressure system.  This requires the purchase of a high-pressure (400 psi) air compressor, hose, and tool. With the low pressure tools, any jobsite compressor will work. For trailers or truck boxes that are fastening plywood or sheeting to steel, there isn’t really any comparison as long as the volume justifies the tool cost. The Aerosmith pins provide a huge labor savings.  We have sold Aerosmith for construction use when the customer was attaching plywood or hardy board to steel studs. Both times the customer was replacing bulk screws with the low pressure Aerosmith system and they loved the speed and ease of use.

If you are unsure whether or not you are using the right fasteners for your specific application or are looking for ways to improve your process, feel free to contact us to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced Fastening Specialists.

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Why 2013 is the Best Time to Purchase New and Used Equipment

As we approach the end of the 2013 calendar year, many companies begin looking at their current equipment situation to determine if a new or used piece of equipment is needed. Fortunately for these companies, the Section 179 Deduction for 2013 exists.

What is it?

The Section 179 Deduction is a 154 page bill better known as the “Fiscal Crisis Bill”. To read all 154 pages click here. To summarize, the Fiscal Crisis Bill provides three things:

• 2013 Deduction Limit = $500,000 (2012’s old limit was $125,000 deduction)

• 2013 Limit on Capital Purchases = $2,000,000

• 2013 Bonus Depreciation = 50%

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Important things to note:
According to section179.org there are three important things to note about this bill:

• Section 179 Deduction is available for most new and used capital equipment, and also includes certain software.
• Bonus Depreciation can be taken on new equipment only (no used equipment, no software)
• When applying these provisions, Section 179 is generally taken first, followed by Bonus Depreciation – unless the business has no taxable profit in the given tax year.

So, with a $500,000 deduction and a Bonus Depreciation of 50% on new equipment placed in use through December 31st, 2013, that makes 2013 the best time to invest in new equipment. And best of all, packaging equipment distributed by R.V. Evans Company qualifies for tax incentives! Unfortunately this deduction only lasts through December 31st, 2013.
As the end of the calendar year approaches, be sure to take time to schedule a review of your facilities. Feel free to contact us for a free Site Needs Analysis and let us help you determine if new or used equipment can benefit your packaging process.

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Shrink Film?

Most people are currently using a particular gauge of shrink film because that’s what has always worked. What many people don’t know is that based on their specific application or process, there are several options available to reduce their shrink film usage and increase their bottom line. Most proactive shrink film projects are focused on corrugated reduction by using a PE (Polyethylene) shrink film instead of corrugated box. This can be done with a bundler.

In order to show a film savings, down gauging or downsizing the width of the film needed. This can be accomplished in a couple different ways.

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Determine the correct film width

The image to the right is a formula that can be used to determine the correct film width. By determining the dimensions of the product that you are packaging into the formula, it will provide the correct width of film that should be used in the process.

Switching to an automatic side seal

In a high speed or high volume application, going from an automatic or manual L Bar Sealer to an automatic side sealer can offer tighter package dimensions of film, therefore resulting in film reductions.

You can also save money through other options. One simple solution is switching the size of the shrink film roll to a jumbo roll, which has twice the footage. The benefit of this is fewer changeovers needed which results in less downtown.

Utilizing pre-perforated shrink film is another step that end users can take advantage of. By having the shrink film pre-perforated, there is no longer a need for handling or maintaining a perforating wheel. Perforating wheels are comprised of hundreds of small pins used to poke through the shrink film to make hundreds of small holes (perforate it.). After a while, these pins begin to become dull from extended use. When this happens, maintenance is required on the wheel and all of the small pins need to be sharpened again which can be time consuming. The use of pre-perforated shrink film also results in less downtime and fatigue caused from setting up the roll on the wheel.

Just because a shrink packaging process is working does not necessarily mean that it is the most cost effective solution for that specific application. Having a Packaging Specialist analyze and consult with you on your shrink packaging process can help reduce material costs and increase productivity.

For more information on shrink film solutions or a free consultation feel free to contact us at sales@rvevans.com or visit us at www.rvevans.com or call 1-800-252-5894

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The Benefits of Having a Preventative Maintenance Program

We all know the feeling that comes with the experience of something not working. It doesn’t matter what it is, your phone dies, your laptop quits working, or your air conditioner doesn’t blow out rv-evans-preventative-maintenance-programcold air anymore. These are all inconveniences that can cause not only frustration, but money. The same thing can come from a piece of equipment in your packaging process not working correctly.

Having a preventative maintenance program is an important piece for facility management. Having machines routinely checked and maintained can improve performance and the safety of the equipment. On top of that, ensuring that a machine is running how it is supposed to can improve the lifetime of the equipment. Implementing a preventative maintenance plan can avoid unplanned maintenance activity that would otherwise occur through system failure or unexpected troubles. Having to make a service call to receive system maintenance can be costly and also causes downtime for the machine, resulting in lost profits from loss of production.

The decision on whether or not to implement a preventative maintenance program is often debated through a cost benefit analysis – is the cost of having a preventative maintenance program worth the benefits that we will receive from it. Preventative maintenance programs can often be more expensive when using in-house human resources due to the extensive training involved on new pieces of machinery. In this case, outsourcing your preventative maintenance program can save money.
Implementing a preventative maintenance program far outweighs the cost of one through the following steps:

  • Decreased downtime for equipment.
  • Longer lifetime of equipment.
  • Less expensive for routine maintenance as opposed to emergency or off hours maintenance.
  • Improves the functionality and safety of the equipment, resulting in improved safety for operators and employees.

To learn more about implementing a preventative maintenance program at your facility, feel free to contact us at sales@rvevans.com or visit us at www.rvevans.com or call us at 1-800-252-5894

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Pallet Unitizing: The Different Types of Pallets and How to Protect Them

Using strapping material to secure pallets has been around for forever. Using stretch wrapping as a method to unitize pallets really came on board in the 70’s. It has since changed the way that people unitize pallets and can be a huge asset to any company. The whole key to determining the best approach to take with stretch wrapping is the size, weight and shape of the customer’s product on the pallet.

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Stretch film and machinery vendors have classified pallets into three different types called A, B or C type pallets.

A Pallet:

An A pallet is uniform and neatly stacked with smooth edges. This is the easiest style of pallet to wrap because there are no protruding edges that could cause potential rips and breaks in the stretch film.

B Pallet:

B pallets are not so uniform and may have a variety of different items on the same skid. This may require more protection as the protruding edges are causing more force against the stretch film. In some cases, a higher grade of stretch film is used to prevent breakage.

C Pallet:

C pallets may look like a person with four arms. There are edges protruding all over the pallet causing sharp edges. These are normally difficult to wrap and require manipulation of the film and strap used to protect the load.

The nice thing about stretch film is that it often takes 1 ½ – 2 minutes to wrap a pallet, when using strapping to unitize a pallet, it normally takes around 5 minutes. A lot of companies still use strapping to unitize pallets because they have done so for the last 50 years. With new technological advancements in the manufacturing of stretch film happening every day, switching from strapping to stretch film can realize cost savings and provide better product protection during shipping. Determining what type of pallets you are shipping is the first step in identifying what the best approach to protecting them is.

For more information on the pros and cons of each option, feel free to contact us at www.rvevans.com or by phone at 1-800-252-5894.

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2 Questions to Ask Yourself about Protective Packaging

Protective packaging can be something that people who package or ship an item may work with all the time, but give very little thought to. The problem that most people run into is deciding which type of protective packaging they should use. Some people just continue using whatever the person before them used and others just pick the first thing they come across. One of the most common occurrences is deciding when it is viable to switch from one type of protective packaging to another. Before making this transition, there are multiple facets of the shipping process that need to be taken into consideration. Two important things to consider when exploring your protective packaging needs are:

  1. What is the value of the product?
    1.  If your product value is high you may consider investing more in the protective packaging method you use.  This is directly correlated with
  2. What are the expectancies of damage to the product?
    1. Or what is the percentage of damage tolerance in your shipping application?  For example, do you have an allowable damage tolerance of .25% of total product shipped to incur damage or perhaps your company aims for zero percent damage tolerance?

3 Types of protective packaging to consider in your protective packaging application

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Paper

Paper is used as a cost-effective protective packaging solution in many applications. The nice thing about it is that it can accommodate a variety of different shapes and sizes while shipping. Depending upon the type of converting machine you have, you can make speedy, light-weight paper filler for small or medium products. Or you can make large, cushion pads for bigger or heavier items.

Foam-in-place

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Foam-in-place is used for delicate items where no product shifting during shipping is allowed. These items are normally high value or fragile. Foam-in-place packaging is created when the user fills a liner bag with chemicals, the chemicals are activated and the foam begins to form around the product, molding perfectly to its dimensions

Air-Filled Film

Air cushions are one of the most versatile of all the types of protective packaging. One benefit of air cushions is how well they save space. Unlike most other protective packaging material, air cushions come on a roll and are inflated “on-demand” or when the user is ready to package their product. It also comes in many different configurations and sizes which allows for use in a variety of different applications. You can alter the number of air chambers per film section in order to accommodate for packages of different shapes and sizes.

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The type of protective packaging that you use depends greatly on the type of product being packaged and how the product is stored and shipped after being packaged. Understanding the types of protective packaging available and the benefits of each can help you reduce material costs, but can also reduce damages inflicted on your products during shipping.

For more information on which type of protective packaging would work best with your application, contact us at www.rvevans.com or call 1-800-252-5894.

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