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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Safety and Savings

Making sure a workplace is meeting safety standards can be expensive, but a good safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. By using this calculator from the OSHA website, one can estimate costs associated with workplace injuries and see just how much more revenue is needed to cover costs. When using this calculator, it’s important to realize that the extent to which the employer pays the direct costs depends on the nature of the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, but the employer always pays the indirect costs. For example, if an employee were to sprain something, the direct cost would be approximately $28,866, whereas the indirect cost would be approximately $31,752. The employer would have to pay the indirect cost, and depending on their insurance policy, part or all of the direct cost. The estimates include the following kinds of indirect costs:

  • Any wages paid to injured workers for absences not covered by workers’ compensation;
  • The wage costs related to time lost through work stoppage associated with the worker injury;
  • The overtime costs necessitated by the injury;
  • Administrative time spent by supervisors, safety personnel, and clerical workers after an injury;
  • Training costs for a replacement worker;
  • Lost productivity related to work rescheduling, new employee learning curves, and accommodation of injured employees; and
  • Clean-up, repair, and replacement costs of damaged material, machinery, and property.

Some of the possible kinds of indirect costs not included in these estimates are:

  • The costs of OSHA fines and any associated legal action;
  • Third-party liability and legal costs;
  • Worker pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of good will from bad publicity.

To cover these costs, a company would need to make an additional $1,058,420 to cover just the indirect cost when the sprain could have been avoided with an effective safety and health program.

To create an effective safety and health program, a company must do the following:

  • Comply with OSHA rules
  • Create a plan that focuses on the workplace hazards
  • Train employees
  • Everyone has to work at safety and health

An effective safety and health program will reduce employee injuries, which in turn saves the company money, and increases productivity and employee morale.  R.V. Evans Company can give you the assistance you need to make your workplace safer by providing real value added solutions. Our professional team will help develop a plan for your company to make sure your packaging and fastening processes are ergonomically sound. For more information on how R.V. Evans Company can help you, read the article “Ergonomics and How We Can Help.”

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

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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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Selecting the Best Air Compressor & Air Hose for Your Fastening Job

When looking to purchase an air compressor for your construction company or for home use, there are many different aspects to consider before making your purchase.

  • Would you prefer a stationary, wheeled, or hand carried air compressor?
  • The next consideration is the CFM of the air compressor.  CFM stands for cubic feet per minute, and this measures how effective the air compressor will be when used in various applications.
  • And finally, will you go with a gas or electric-powered compressor?

Rolair produces some of the best air compressors for construction use, and all of Rolair’s compressors are made in the USA.  Rolair’s splash-lubricated air compressors have a much longer life expectancy.  If properly operated and maintained, you can expect your Rolair compressor to keep going strong for 6,000-8,000 working hours.  Compared to most homeowner oil less compressors that are built to provide 200-400 working hours of service – the choice is clear.

Most of Rolair’s compressors are built with S1 motors rated for continuous duty, unlike many high-speed oil less compressors that can only be subjected to 50% duty and must be operated 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off.  Rolair has a variety of air compressor and all have the features and durability that will fulfill any of your job site’s compressed air requirements.

Here are three of R.V. Evans’ top air compressor picks:

Rolair’s 4090HK17

  • Gas powered
  • Wheeled
  • 9.3 CFM
  • Great for framing, siding, and roofing applications

Rolair’s JC10

  • Gas powered
  • Hand carried
  • 5.3 CFM
  • Ideal for trim work applications

Rolair’s 5715K17

  • Electric powered
  • Wheeled
  • 10.1 CFM
  • Perfect for framing, siding, and roofing applications

Once you have selected the perfect air compressor it is important not to skimp on the quality of air hose you decide to use.  There are numerous air hoses on the market, but two of them set themselves apart from the rest.  First, is the Goodyear F5 and the second is the Pro Air Hose made by Flexzilla.  These are both excellent quality air hoses for a number of reasons.

The Goodyear F5

  • Made of hybrid thermoplastic elastomeric (TPE) cover and tubing (say that 10 times fast)
  • Better flexibility, 50% less force to bend than that of a PVC and rubber air hose
  • Up to 45% lighter than a PVC and rubber hose
  • The F5 provides all-weather performance, with a temperature rating of -40 degrees farenheit to 158 degrees farenheit
  • F5 matches industry leading levels of durability performance while also providing a non-marking surface
  • 300 PSI

The Pro Air Hose by Flexzilla

  • Made of a premium hybrid polymer material
  • Extreme all-weather flexibility, even in subzero temperatures
  • Lays flat, no memory
  • Superior bend radius
  • Kink resistant under pressure
  • 300 PSI
  • Includes bend restrictors to reduce wear and tear, prolonging the life of the hose

For more information on selecting the best air compressor and air hose for your particular application, contact R.V. Evans Company or visit us at www.rvevans.com.  Connect with R.V. Evans Company for new packaging and fastening system updates, tips, application solutions, and a little fun stuff too!

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