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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.

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.

Connect with R.V. Evans Company for new packaging and fastening system updates, tips, and application solutions.  Visit our website for additional conveyor options and solutions that may benefit your company.

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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.

Connect with R.V. Evans Company for new packaging and fastening system updates, tips, and application solutions, or visit us at www.rvevans.com

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Inflatable Air Cushions “Fulfill” Protective Packaging Needs of E-Commerce Company

Storopack AIRplus air bags with integrated EZ feed packing station.

Storopack AIRplus air bags with integrated EZ feed packing station.

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a member of the e-commerce fulfillment industry, was previously using a paper dunnage form of protective packaging and void fill in their packaging and shipping process.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans’ Packaging Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: Storopack AIRplus airbags with integrated EZ feed packaging station.

Key Benefits of the Storopack AIRplus Airbags

  • AIRplus films combine reliable protection and multiple uses with cost-saving features and sustainability for the ideal in-the-box packaging solution.
  • Their lightweight properties lower shipping costs
  • Create inflatable packaging materials on demand resulting in minimal use of storage space and handling
  • Provides consistent and controlled protective packaging
  • Low labor requirements – ease of use in production
  • Clean, dust-free characteristics
  • Minimal or no capitol expenditure for equipment with material commitment
  • Variety of film configurations for various packaging needs:
    • Cushion – absorbs shock and protects products
    • Void-fill – fills empty space and keeps products from rattling in the box
    • Block & Brace – holds heavy items or singe objects in place inside the box
    • Wrap – covers product surfaces to avoid contact damage and provides optimal protection against scuffing and scratching
  • Additional protective packaging solutions & benefits can be found at www.rvevans.com

Measurable Savings Realized

The Storopack AIRplus solution has enabled the client to experience a number of improvements including less abrasion, as well as increased yields and reduced shipping costs.  The integrated EZ feed packing station has reduced the overall footprint of their packaging area and reduced labor through minimized product handling requirements.

For more information on fastening & packaging solutions available from the R.V. Evans Company, visit www.rvevans.com or contact R.V. Evans for an on-site review of your specific fastening or packaging application.

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Pallet and Crating for International Importing: MAX Tools and Bostitch Nails Power Through Ultra-Dense LVL

Pre-Solution Application

The client uses engineered LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) to build many of their products used in overseas shipments.  Because of the consistency and manufacturing process of LVL, it is extremely hard and dense making it very difficult to sink nails into. The client was using generic, undersized tools and poor quality 3-1/4″ x .120 nails to build their crates and pallets.  As a result, after initial assembly, builders would have to re-work each unit by manually hammering in each nail in an effort to properly countersink every fastener.  In addition, the poor quality fasteners were not strong enough or large enough to be properly countersunk.  Labor costs were rising.

MAX Model CN100 Coil Nailer

MAX Model CN100 Coil Nailer

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 tested and determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation: The MAX USA CN100 pneumatic coil nail gun and Bostitch 3-1/4″ x .131 nails.

Key Benefits of the MAX USA CN100 Nail Gun & Bostitch Nail Solution

MAX USA CN100 Nailer

  • Most powerful tool that the industry has to offer in a coil nail variety
  • Best ergonomics and size to weight ratio

Bostitch Nails

Bostitch Coil Nails

Bostitch Coil Nails

  • Made of high quality steel
  • Nail gauge is perfect for penetrating the ultra-dense LVL ensuring that every fastener is countersunk without the need for manual hammering

Measurable Savings Realized

The combination of these two solutions was ideal for this extremely tough fastening application.  By offering two different product solutions, R.V. Evans Company was able to help the client realize a true increase in productivity and a measurable reduction in labor costs per piece.

If you are looking for some assistance with your fastening application, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and fastening recommendations or visit us at www.rvevans.com

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New to Carton Closing Stapling? Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Started.

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With the help of our friends at Bostitch, the following will help you identify the best carton closing stapler and carton closing staples to staple the tops and bottoms of boxes.


First, let’s talk staples.

Carton closing staples for top and bottom box closure come in two styles.

  1. “Stick” or “Strip” – good for low and medium volume carton closing stapling applications.
  2. Coil Staples – good for medium and high volume carton stapling applications.

Like most staples, carton closing staples have three important measurements that make up the overall dimensions of the staple:

  1. Crown Width: This is the wire along the top that connects the 2 legs.  Common carton closing staple crown dimensions used to close the bottoms and tops of boxes include: 1-3/8″ wide crown (or “A” crown) and 1-1/4″ wide crown (or “C” crown).
  2. Leg Length: The two wires that come down from each end of the crown wire make up the legs of the staple.  Common carton closing staple leg lengths used to close the bottoms and tops of boxes include: 1/2″, 5/8″, 3/4″, 7/8″, and 1-1/2″.
  3. Wire Dimensions: Fastener wire is either flat or round.  Carton closing staples are made of flat wire that has two dimensions.  For example, the wire dimensions of the Bostitch SW74375/8 staple are .074″ x .037″.  You will notice that these dimensions make up a portion of the nomenclature of the part number.

Tip! – The wider the crown and the thicker the staple wire, the more secure the fastener will be.

Which staple is the best staple for your particular carton closing application?

The guidelines stand pretty true for most top and bottom box stapling applications using a box with standard “C” flute corrugated board.

  • Single wall corrugated: 1/2″, 5/8″, and 3/4″ leg lengths
  • Double wall corrugated: 3/4″ and 7/8″ leg lengths
  • Triple wall corrugated: 7/8″ and 1-1/2″ leg lengths depending on the application
  • Bostitch provides a nice table on page three of their Carton Closing & Packaging Tools & Fasteners brochure.

Now, let’s take a look at the Bostitch carton closing stapler options.

Bostitch offers a variety of carton closing stapler options for stapling the tops and bottoms of boxes.  There are manual hand-held carton closing staplers as well as pneumatic/air driven, and cordless hand-held box closing staplers.  In addition, they offer floor model box bottom staplers in both manual and electric options.  There are models of staplers for both stick staples and coil staples.  As overwhelming as such a variety of tool options may seem, you can easily narrow them down by considering the volume of the application, the desired mobility of the tools, as well as the staple length required.

  • If you are looking at a high volume application and a need for speed – the ultimate in top closure would be a pneumatic hand-held coil stapler such as the Bostitch D62ADC.  It uses the coil staples with 1,000 staples per coil for less frequent reloading.  For stapling the bottoms of boxes, go with the floor model FC96EC.  It uses the coil staples with 4,000 staples per coil.
  • If mobility with a little more speed is important, check out this YouTube video featuring the line of Bostitch Cordless Carton Closing Staplers.

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All of the Bostitch carton closing tools are equipped with staple length and depth of drive adjustment allowing the user to control the clinch depth:

  • Standard Clinch – the staple legs completely penetrate the outside and inside flaps.
  • Blind Clinch – the staple legs penetrate the outside flap without piercing through the bottom liner of the inside flap to protect box contents.

Benefit from the availability of replacement parts and superior technical service & support.

Bostitch carton closing tools are top of the line and are engineered to hold up to years of industrial production level use, so having access to replacement parts and service by factory authorized and trained bench technicians is important.  R.V. Evans Company is equipped to handle any technical service needs that may arise.  We stock common replacement parts for most Bostitch tools and have seasoned bench technicians that help trouble shoot and provide speedy & thorough tool repairs.

For more information on carton closing visit us at www.rvevans.com, contact R.V. Evans Company, or complete the short form below.  Our team of packaging & fastening specialists are happy to review your particular application or perform a Site Needs Analysis and offer specific solutions for your carton closing needs.  Also take a look at our earlier post 3 Things You Should Know About Carton Closing.

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