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.”

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


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.


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, 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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Ergonomics and How We Can Help

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According to Merriam-Webster, ergonomics is a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely.  Although the R&D departments of manufacturers are sure to design all of their products to fit into this mold, they unfortunately don’t have the time or the resources to make sure that the correct product is being used to its greatest capacity to ensure an ergonomically sound process.  That is where distributors like R.V. Evans Company come in.  FoxJet has a great article on the importance of distributors.  We couldn’t agree more.
R.V. Evans has a full professional team of product experts who take the time to learn the ins and outs of each one of their customers’ processes, developing a plan to make sure each company is using the best solutions to keep their processes ergonomically sound. This keeps employees safe, promotes a positive company culture, and increases efficiency and profits.
Our expert team offers the following solutions:
  • Equipment & Tool Selection
  • Set-up & Training
  • Technical Support
  • Failure Analysis
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Safety Programs/MSDS Management
  • Technology Updates
  • Site Needs Analysis

These product experts are also proficient in every item under their specialty, meaning they use their extensive knowledge to ensure that every solution is well-catered to your business.  Visit our website, YouTube Channel, Contact Us, or Scheduled a Site Needs Analysis to get started making your company ergonomically sound.


What’s Old is New Again: Bostitch Pallet Plus and the New IC60-1 Coil Nailer


Bostitch, a leader in innovation, is always looking to revolutionize the pallet industry, and with the release of the new IC60-1 coil nailer, the bar has been raised. In conjunction with the Pallet Plus™ fasteners, this combination is putting Bostitch one step closer to that revolution.

Beyond just saving money on material costs, the pallet industry is also looking for ways to reduce workplace injuries and improve uptime, and with the new IC60-1 tool, that desire becomes a reality.  With a weight of just 5.7 lbs. repetitive motion claims can be greatly reduced, and this low weight doesn’t have to mean a compromise on durability.  The new IC60-1 tool has a new longer lasting nose design as well as twice the life on wear parts compared to the previous generation tool, all leading to a more productive work environment.

But what good is a high performance tool without a high performance fastener to run through it?  The Center For Unit-Loaded Design at Virginia Tech University did some tests on the Bostitch Pallet Plus nails compared to standard 2” x 0.99” Screw Shank Pallet nails, and had some surprising results, shown below:

Oak Poplar Spruce, Pine, Fir
End Board Resistance Impact 264% greater 264% greater 264% greater
Diagonal Rigidity 17% greater 17% greater 17% greater
Shear 52% greater 41% greater 40% greater
Withdrawal Capacity 38% greater 37% greater 35% greater
Pull Through 22% greater 14% greater 25% greater

How is the Pallet Plus fastener achieving all of these incredible results?  Let’s take a look at some of the specs:

Fat Head

  • Nail head is 19% larger
  • Maximizes shear and pull through performance
  • Head is foundation for diagonal rigidity and board impact resistance

Royal Purple coating

  • Polymer coating
  • Increases depth of drive
  • Improves anti-withdrawal performance
  • Easy identification

“No Voids” Shank

  • 100% deep screw in active plane area
  • Absence of voids for collation wire to interfere
  • Contributes to withdrawal performance

Precision Point

  • Blunt Diamond and Blunt Chisel
  • Reduces splitting of hardwoods

No stone was left unturned by Bostitch’s research team when designing this fastener. It’s not hard to see how this nail, along with the new IC60-1 tool, is changing the game in the pallet industry. If you want to improve your pallet performance and create a more productive and safe work environment, please visit our website today, or contact us for a site-needs analysis with one of our fastening specialists.

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The Benefits of Cap Nailers and Staplers

Cap Nailing and Stapling is a necessary part of any construction project. Some applications of this method of fastening include:

  • Felt
  • House Wrap
  • Thin Foam
  • Construction Fabrics
  • Foam Insulation
  • Sheathing
  • Insulation Board

Using a standard nailer or stapling gun for these applications can prove to be inadequate and lead to a lot of re-work, which is why cap nailers and staplers are completely essential to every construction job. The cost of labor hours and ergonomic issues brought about by not having a cap nailer or stapler on site is too much to handle. Speed, adjustments for any fastening situation, and control of staple depth are just a few of the many advantages to using cap nailers and staplers. Not to mention the cap covers more surface area ensuring the construction material being use is held in place and secure.

Contractors won’t have issues with pull through and finding their house wrap blowing in the wind along with the money spent to fasten the material again. Paslode’s cap stapler and Bostitch’s cap nailer and stapler have their own specific advantages that can help keep your job site running faster and more productively.

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Paslode has designed their CS150 Cap Stapler with useful features such as:

  • Quick clear nose – Jams won’t hold back productivity – get it fixed and get back to the job
  • Precision control of nail/staple depth – Ensure the nail or staple isn’t driven too shallow or too deep
  • Adjustable exhaust cap – Keep exhaust out of users eyes
  • Option to remove cap – Use the tool to drive fasteners with or without the cap on top


Bostitch has the N66BC Cap Nailer, which boasts these features:

  • “Dial-a-Depth” adjustment – Set desired depth quickly and conveniently
  • Lightweight – Magnesium design adds durability
  • Quick-load magazine – Fast and easy loading of caps and nails
  • Adjustable exhaust – Keep exhaust away from user
  • Length – Cap nails are longer than staples


Bostitch also has the SL1838BC 18 Gauge Cap Stapler, which has the following features:

  • Selectable trigger operation – Convert from sequential to contact operation easily
  • Internal air filter – Maximum reliability
  • Adjustable depth of drive – Staples can be set to desired depth quickly and conveniently

All three of these tools can be used to increase the success and productivity of any construction job. Visit our website to learn more, contact us, or schedule a site needs analysis to start improving your work today.

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Bostitch Cordless Carton Closing

Getting your cartons closed and out the door absolutely needs to be a quick and efficient process. If your business is spending more than a few seconds just getting your cartons sealed, the process and tools your team is using needs to be examined and changed. Fortunately, Bostitch has a series of Cordless Carton Closers that can improve the durability of your packages while getting them out of your warehouse quicker, and with an added aspect of safety.

Staples are much more difficult to mishandle or manipulate than tape.
Even with improvements in tape application design, staples will almost always be a cleaner, faster, safer, stronger, and more secure way to close your cartons. Bostitch understands this, and offers a line of cordless carton closers that are adjustable and can be used for a wide variety of single and double wall corrugated applications.

Each of the three carton closers offered by Bostitch is a light 6.2 lbs and can support 120 staples per magazine. They also boast a Li-Ion battery with a quick 45-minute recharge. Each tool comes with two of these batteries; both capable of 800 staples per charge, so down time is never an issue. A wide variety of adjustments, including clinch tightness, staple length, and Dial-a-Depth® control means these cordless carton closers can be used for almost any application where a standard or blind clinch is desired. Use the chart below to determine the right tool and fastener combination for any job you’re doing.

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When it comes down to it, any business that ships their products in boxes needs an efficient and effective method to help improve their process. These cordless carton closers are a consistent, safe, reliable, and highly portable way to get your product out the door. Contact us or schedule a site-needs analysis to get started on improving your business with the best ideas and best solutions today.


When to Use Collated Screw Systems

Collated Screw Systems

To ensure durability, depth, and security, collated screw systems are essential for a wide variety of applications. These systems are fast and accurate, meaning you’re getting your job done quickly and correctly every time. Today, we’ll look at some of the most popular applications for these revolutionary tools.



Building crates for shipment is a delicate process, and if even one detail gets overlooked, the shipment could be in danger of getting damaged. Most collated screw systems have adjustable depth settings to ensure there won’t be any wood splitting on your crate. For added convenience, QuikDrive systems by Simpson-Strongtie also have a patented auto-advance mechanism on all of their products that saves time and increases productivity.

When constructing a deck or dock, the worst thing that can happen is having nails pop up out of the floor. This can happen over time, as a deck or dock gets older, if the wrong fasteners are used. Using a collated screw system, especially an auto-feed one, can eliminate this issue. DuraSpin systems, by Senco, have attachments that can be adjusted for different types of materials, so they can make your job easy, no matter what materials you’re using to make your deck or dock.

Unless you’re using collated screw systems, floor squeaks are going to be an issue with any new construction project. With these systems, however, you can virtually eliminate floor squeaks without having to get down on the floor. Systems like Muro have attachable extensions so you can stand and drive, making better use of your time and eliminating aches and pains from being hunched over and awkward for most of the job. PAM systems have a fast change option for switching over to different screw sizes, meaning you’re not wasting time if you need new screws on a different part of the floor.

Different applications are going to require different screw systems, and these are just a few of the extensive list of applications for the collated screw systems offered from R.V. Evans. It’s best to test out a wide variety of screw guns or talk to an expert before making any purchases or decisions. You can find even more info on these three systems by visiting the R.V. Evans website, and you can also contact us or schedule a site needs analysis with one of our expert sales reps.