Listen…. Do You Smell Something?

It’s not uncommon for our customers to package products that have a particularly strong odor such as car fresheners, incense, food, or even animal bait. Sometimes, it is desirable for the smell to permeate through the bag so that the consumer can sample it. In other cases, the odor must be kept securely inside the bag.  The property commonly used to quantify how well a material contains an aroma is called its Oxygen Transfer Rate or OTR. OTR is the steady state rate at which oxygen gas permeates through a material at a specific temperature and humidity.

While oxygen is the gas used for testing purposes, the property relates to any type of gas. Simply, the lower the OTR, the better a material will contain the scent of the product inside. Most people aren’t aware that a standard polyethylene bag doesn’t do a very good job of containing aromas. You may have noticed this when storing particularly potent foods in zipper bags and then opening up the refrigerator. In fact, polyethylene is considered a permeable material that freely allows gases to move through it. If a better odor barrier is needed, R.V. Evans carries several Automated Packaging Systems materials that can be tested for suitability. As a general rule, as the barrier property increases, so does the cost. 

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Good: PTCL Polyester laminated to linear low density polyethylene – The polyester provides the barrier properties of this particular structure. Lamination film also offers ink protection and is perfect for retail applications due to its excellent stiffness and high gloss. This material is commonly used in standup pouches.

Better: NYLN LifeX™ Barrier Film – This is a co-extruded material that incorporates nylon to provide very good gas barrier properties. In addition to containing aromas, it is also suitable for use in modified atmosphere packaging and as a gas, flavor, and solvent barrier.

Best: CBAR High-Barrier Packaging Film – This product is also co-extruded and incorporates EVOH and nylon to provide superior barrier properties.

Because every application is different, we always encourage customers to test the compatibility of any material with their product and unique performance expectations to determine its fitness for use. Technical data information for all APS materials can be requested via this short request form here. These materials can be coupled with the usage of an automatic bagging machine and/or an automatic bag sealer.

You can browse our bagging solutions page by clicking here.

As always, you can reach us at 800-252-5894 or at http://www.rvevans.com

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Rising Turnover Costs in Manufacturing: Mitigation Through Automation

Employee turnover can be expensive. In fact, Josh Bersin of Deloitte believes the cost of losing an employee can range from tens of thousands of dollars to 1.5–2.0x the employee’s annual salary. These costs include hiring, onboarding, training, ramp time to peak productivity, the loss of engagement from others due to high turnover, and higher business error rates. (Altman, 2017).

In a time when speed-to-market, low defect rates, and low cost-per-unit levels drive profitability more than ever, manufacturers are particularly affected by employee turnover. In 2016, manufacturers experienced turnover rates of 16%. (Bares, 2017). Doing the math, one can see that if their company turns over 16% of their operating workforce, and turnover costs are 2x the lost workers’ salaries, then annual turnover costs can equal up to 32% of your total operating payroll per year (assuming equal wages for simplicity’s sake). The “learning curve” effect also plays its part in higher defect rates and lower productivity, decreasing product quality and speed-to-market (Argote and Epple, 1990). In other words, turnover can severely affect profitability, especially in manufacturing.

So, what can manufacturers do about it? The psychology and social science on this subject has been published for many years, yet turnover rates are still high and have risen consistently over the past five years. Let R.V. Evans Company take a different approach. If you’re a manufacturer, do any of these activities fall under any of your workers’ job descriptions?

  • Forming cases and boxes
  • Closing and stapling boxes/cases
  • Sealing/taping cases
  • Bagging parts
  • Stretch-wrapping pallets
  • Printing images, date and batch codes, or barcodes on products or cases
  • Applying labels
  • Manually creating void-fill protective packaging for cases
  • Manually shrink-wrapping products
  • Applying strap to bundles, boxes, pallets, etc.

If you answered yes to any of those, there is room for automation.

Automation doesn’t always come in the form of complete robotics; there are ways to semi-automate as well. Semi-automation reduces the amount of laborers required to perform certain tasks in the manufacturing process, particularly in packaging processes. Examples of automation and semi-automation include:

  • Incorporating a WFPS 3290 Combo to allow a single operator to form, pack, and seal up to 30 cases per minute
  • Using an AutoBag 550 to allow a single operator to bag up to 45 parts per minute
  • Install an Orion Flex Series stretch wrapper to wrap pallets much faster than by hand
    • with a 260% pre-stretch that can save up to several thousand dollars in stretch wrap per year
  • Implementing a Samuel Model P715 automatic plastic strapping machine to apply plastic strap to your packages at speeds of up to 60 straps per minute- without an operator
  • Connecting many of these systems and others via conveyor equipment
  • Much, much more

There are numerous ways R.V. Evans and its team of packaging solutions representatives can help you reduce turnover by eliminating some of those high-turnover positions entirely. This is not a recommendation to replace your good, high-quality people that make your operation great. This is a recommendation to allow R.V. Evans to help you find ways to eliminate positions that are difficult to keep occupied due to high turnover. Equip your good workers with the means to produce more and add more value- at a lower total cost. Automating, semi-automating, and/or streamlining your processes can increase your speed to market, decrease your cost-per-unit, lean out your labor force, and make you more money. 

Why R.V. Evans? Because we are a team of experts whose core competencies are creating packaging solutions and giving great customer service. We spend every day staying up to date with the latest technology, studying that technology, and creating ways to implement it in various manufacturing environments. You are the expert in your operation, and we are packaging solutions experts. Team up with us so we can create a packaging solution that is right for you. We will forever follow up with great service.

Here is how to get started. 3 options are included below.

  1. Click here to schedule a site needs analysis with one of our packaging experts
  2. Click here to request general information about a specific product or product line
  3. Call 800-252-5894 to speak to one of our wonderful customer service representatives

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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

Autobag Accu-Count 200 Counter beauty

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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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 2 of 4 – Overview of Different Systems

Part one of the Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions 4 part series helped you decide if an automated packaging system was right for your company. This blog post will give you a brief overview of the  Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 and PS 125 OneStep, Autobag AB 180, the new Autobag 850S, Autobag AB 255, and the automated SPrint SidePouch.

Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 Tabletop Baggers BeautyThe Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 is a tabletop automated bagging system. This system works great for companies with low to mid volume production. The system uses Polybags perfed on rolls that are automatically indexed. The bags are loaded by hand, then the machine seals them using the Push-to-Seal automated sealer function. It has the capacity to seal up to 25 bags a minute. The AutoBag PS 125 is 22” x 19” and weighs only 82 Lbs. The Autobag PaceSetter PS 125 works well in the hardware and fastening industry, but is used in many others as well. In addition to the PS 125, the PS 125 OneStep has the same attributes as the PS 125 with the addition of a built-in PI 412 imprinter. This uses next-bag-out technology that can print graphics, text, and barcodes – perfect for the fulfillment and e-commerce industry.Autobag AB 180 OneStep Bagger Mailbag Beauty

The Autobag AB 180 when paired with one of their infeed systems automatically fills and
seals bags by using the Autobag pre-opened bag-on-a-roll. The bags can be changed in less than 2 minutes, and can fill up to 80 bags per minute.  This machine weighs 270 Lbs. with dimensions of 34” x 43”. This system is great for companies with a mid to high production volume, and works well for the automotive and electrical industries along with others.

Autobag 850S standard beauty
The new Autobag 850S bagger was designed with the mail order fulfillment industry specifically in mind. The new technology has the machine hold bags open and firmly in place, creating a square opening of up to 11” x 11”. This system has the capability to hold bags up to 22” wide, and uses next-bag-out printing that puts labels on the next bag in line to keep accuracy and efficiency high by eliminating the need for applying labels. The Autobag 850S is 72” x 35” and weighs 590 Lbs.

Autobag AB 255 Wide Bagger

The Autobag AB 255 is able to use bags from 4” x 5” to 16” x 26”. The bag sizes can easily
change in less than 2 minutes. This machine features a horizontal loading
configuration, great for loading medium production volumes. The Autobag AB 255 can seal up to 55 bags per minute. This hand-loading system is 39” x 43” and 320 Lbs. The automotive industry, mail order industry, and others get a lot of value from this machine.

The SPrint SidePouch is a large bagging system capable of suiting companies using hand-loading or fully-automatic bagging processes. Filling and sealing up to 120 bags per minute, this system is SPrint SidePouch Bagger Beautygreat for high production volumes. This machine is compatible with many different SidePouch bags that range from reclosable zippers to easy open perforations. The SPrint SidePouch requires minimum training and maintenance. Weighing 400 Lbs. and measuring 32” x 168”, this machine works well with the food industry as well as the pet product industry and many others.

As an authorized distributor for Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years, R.V. Evans Company can help you identify the best packaging system for your business. If you are looking for some assistance in determining which automated packaging system is right for your company, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendations 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. Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and don’t miss the 3rd blog in our Automated Packaging Systems four part series where we will provide an overview of the optional bagging equipment for each of the baggers.

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Automated Packaging Systems – Poly Bagging Solutions Part 1 of 4 – Should Your Company have One?

What is an Automated Packaging poly bagging system?

An Automated Packaging poly bagging system is designed to make your packaging process easier and more cost effective. These systems use poly bags perfed on rolls that get imprinted and filled with a wide variety of products. Automated Packaging units can reduce the amount of time spent on bagging when compared to hand-labeling, hand-counting, and finally hand-sealing items into bags.  These poly bagging systems can also provide pre-printed bag inventory savings with their ability to print variable information directly onto your poly bags.

What industries use them?

The Aerospace and Defense industry uses Automated Packaging systems for waterproof and greaseproof bags. A company that switched to an Autobag system foundAB145-Bagger-Beauty that there were benefits from the switch that included increased productivity, reduced costs, faster changeover between runs, and ease of use. Many other industries have benefited from using Automated’s poly bagging systems. A few of them are:

  • Automotive
  • Mail Order Fulfillment
  • Hardware and Fasteners
  • Food
  • Pet Products

Most industries see a reduced cost in labor after switching to an automated poly bagging system. Most industries eliminate multiple steps within their packaging process after making the enhancement to their packaging line.

When is an Automated bagging system the right solution?

If your company is hand-sealing bags, it might be time to upgrade to an Automated bagging system. A few questions to consider are:

  • How many bags are sealed per day?
  • What is being bagged?
  • Is it the same product all day, or are there numerous changeovers?

Depending on the answers to these questions, an Automated bagging system could be the right solution for your company.

How can R.V. Evans Company help?

R.V. Evans Company has been an authorized distributor of Automated Packaging Systems for over 35 years. If you need assistance determining if an Automated Packaging System is right for your company, our team of experienced packaging professionals can help.  Contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and packaging recommendations or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

Stay up-to-date with R.V. Evans Company by following our blog, and be on the lookout for part 2 of the Automated Packaging Systems series where we will give an overview of the different baggers.

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Budget Friendly Solutions for Your Packaging Equipment Investment Needs

  1. Do you have a packaging project where new equipment is needed, but the scope of the project doesn’t justify an outright purchase of new packaging equipment?
  2. Do you need to meet an increase in production, but your budget won’t allow a capital investment in new packaging equipment?
  3. Do you experience down time in your packaging line but your budget won’t justify the purchase of a second piece of the necessary packaging equipment?
  4. Is your existing packaging equipment old, maintenance intensive, but money is not available for a replacement?
  5. Do you think your production volume is too low to justify automation in your packaging production line?

If any of these scenarios are preventing your company from investing in the packaging equipment you need for your production line, R.V. Evans’ Equipment Placement Program may be the packaging system solution you need to help take your packaging production process to the next level.

BEL 505 carton former with BEL 252 carton taper.

BEL 505 carton former with BEL 252 carton taper.

R.V. Evans’ Equipment Placement Program specializes in providing budget friendly investment solutions for a variety of new and used packaging equipment including:

For more information on R.V. Evans’ Equipment Placement Program, contact R.V. Evans or schedule an on-site review of your specific packaging application and receive your customized Equipment Placement recommendation and proposal.

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