Why Thickness and Price are not Indicators of Tape Quality

When many manufacturers go to market in search of tape to use for case sealing applications, the primary concern often seems to be the tape’s thickness (in mils) and the price. Purchasers often think to themselves, “Okay, which tape has the best mil rating/price ratio?”. However, this can cause many problems.

Let us take a look at a comparison between Shurtape’s AP 180 emulsion acrylic carton sealing tape vs. a competitor’s version.

Shurtape Competitor
Mil 1.9 1.9
Tensile (lbs./in. width) 27 30
Adhesion to Steel (oz/in. width) 44 4
Elongation % at breaking point 150 130
Holding Time (in hours) 15,000 6,000
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Figure 1 indicates that the Shurtape brand shares the same mil rating as the competitive tape, and even has a lower tensile strength. However, 27 lbs./inch width is still relatively strong! Additionally, Shurtape’s version maintains 11x the adhesion to steel than the competition, a longer elongation-to-break, and a much longer holding time! This longer holding time and better elongation rate both translate to more economical tape usage and a much longer-lasting seal on your packages. If you are in need of a strong seal that will last long enough for your needs, Shurtape is the way to go.

Of course, it always comes down to the application and its needs. No tape is the single best tape. However, in search of your next tape source, it is very important not to default to the very common, yet flawed analysis of mil thickness/price.

If you need help determining the best tape for your specific needs, contact R.V. Evans Company by clicking here or calling 800-252-5894!

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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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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.

Carton-Closing-Stapling-Volumes

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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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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It’s All About the Tapeheads

tapehead

We’ve talked in previous blogs about keeping products safe and secure once they leave the warehouse.  Good stretch film can keep products securely together on a skid, and custom products can keep everything in place while keeping your brand at the forefront of your customers mind.  Carton stapling tools are great for closing certain boxes.  However, in many production applications, securing your carton with carton closing tape is a reliable and cost effective way to keep your carton shut and its contents in place.  Depending upon the volume of your application, manual labor can be more costly, time consuming, and not always consistent or accurate.  When looking for the most efficient way to close your cartons securely, using high quality tapeheads in semi-automatic and fully automatic case taping equipment is an absolute must.

Tapeheads used in carton taping equipment automate the process of applying tape to a corrugated carton, and do the best job of applying the tape securely, cleanly, and quickly. But, not all tapeheads are created equal. Dekka and ShurSEAL™ tapeheads have many advantages that mean you can worry less about your products as they’re getting sealed to go out of your warehouse.


A large benefit of the ShurSEAL™ tapeheads is their unequaled wipe down consistency. While most tapeheads lack the ability to completely seal the tape on the edges and in the middle, shurSEAL™ tapeheads have an extremely consistent pressure profile, keep the pressure applied to every part between 20 and 28 psi. This means the adhesive part of the tape is on the product, keeping everything sealed, for certain. They are also some of the fastest machines available, while still maintaining incredible consistency and safety features.  In addition to the secure wipe down features, shurSEAL™ tapehead features include:

  • Dual Axis Locking Mandrel – easy tape loading guaranteed not to slip
  • Latching Dancer Arm – reduces noise and improved performance
  • Front & Rear Tab Length Adjustment – makes easy adjustment of your tape tab length at the front and rear
  • Angled Safety Blade – reduces the risk of finger injury
  • Exclusive Folded Edge Attachment – allows removal of the tape and opening boxes without the use of knife cutters
  • Tape Management System – audible and visual alarms to provide warnings for low tape, tape break, un-taped case, uncut tape, and case jams

Dekka tapeheads are similar to ShurSEAL™, and one of the largest benefits of these tapeheads is that they are designed to work well with any type of tape, no matter if it is premium or budget-priced. Constructed of high quality stainless steel and corrosion resistant, Dekka tapeheads are built to last and perform in a variety of production environments.  Dekka tapeheads are also very safe, with minimum knife exposure and adjustments available to ensure operator safety.  Here are a few other benefits of the Dekka tapeheads:

  • Interchangeable Mounting – simple to install and mount either top or bottom
  • Easy to Load – load your tape within 30 seconds
  • Easily Adjustable Roller Tension Spring – adjust main spring tension by choosing from one to four leverage points
  • Exclusive No Break Tape Advance – advances tape at the centerline to avoid edge stress where tape usually breaks
  • High Quality Molded Wipe Down Rollers – made of polyurethane result in tougher and longer lasting rollers = less maintenance
  • Knife Blade Remains Sharp Longer – with the help of built in oil pad on blade cove
  • External Tape Guide System – keeps tape ends in place to avoid costly effects of untapped cases

Don’t come undone, and don’t leave yourself worrying. Visit our website or YouTube channel, contact us, or schedule a site-needs analysis to make sure that you are getting the best quality tapeheads to ensure the secure taping of all of the cartons that exit your warehouse.

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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.

fastener specs

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.

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Carton Sealing Tape – A Review of Specifications May Make All the Difference in Your Carton Closing Application

Packaging%20Tapes%20Square%20When it comes to pressure sensitive packaging tape, there is a sea of options out there and deciding the best option for your application can sometimes be a daunting task. Many of you may succumb to “analysis paralysis” and go with the “vanilla” variety of the bunch – the 2” x 100 or 1,000 yards x 2 mil. This may be a perfect fit for many carton sealing applications, but one size certainly doesn’t fit all. So many variables such as storage, shipping, and handling methods can influence your carton sealing demands and needs. If you are shipping that Susie Talks A lot from your fulfillment center in Kansas City to someone’s niece in Fairbanks, Alaska or packaging that delicious Heinkel’s Smoked Turkey Breast in a carton and storing it in the refrigerator, you want to feel confident that your tape is going to stick and keep your product and carton secure through all of its travels.

Here are a few of the primary tape specifications to consider in your pressure sensitive tape selection process:

Size

  • 2” wide vs. 3” wide – When selecting the proper width of tape a couple of primary factors includes the surface area you will be covering and the weight of the package. The 3” width is a good choice when transitioning from using a more expensive and labor intensive water activated tape.
  • Hand Length (55 or 110 yard rolls) used in manual pack stations vs. Machine Length (1,000 yards or more) for use in automated lines.

Adhesive Type

Your packaging, shipping, and storage environments will help determine the best type of adhesive for your carton sealing application:

  • Hot Melt Carton Sealing Tapes – are made with high performance synthetic rubber/resin adhesives and very versatile in a wide range of packaging applications.
  • Emulsion Acrylic Carton Sealing Tapes – are made with high quality emulsion acrylic adhesives for special packaging applications requiring extreme temperature performance.
  • Solvent Acrylic Carton Sealing Tapes – are ultra-clear and feature a premium solvent-based acrylic adhesive system with excellent initial tack for those dusty packaging environments. They perform very well in extreme temperatures, making it an excellent choice for moisture & solvent resistance as well as resistance to aging, yellowing, and UV degradation.

Thickness

  • The thickness of tape is measured in mils. The total mil thickness is made up of the thickness of the film and the thickness of the adhesive. For example, Shurtape’s HP200 Hot Melt Carton Sealing tape has total mil thickness of 1.9. The film thickness makes up 1.2 mils of the total 1.9 mil thickness.
  • Package weight, handling, and storage environments are key considerations when determining the thickness of tape. In many applications we have seen cases where the customer may be using a higher grade and total mil thickness of tape than what is needed for their particular application, so a thorough review of the packaging application is worth the time in possible money savings in the end.

Custom Print

  • Many pressure sensitive carton sealing tape companies now offer the option of custom printing capabilities. If you would like to boost your brand, you have the option of having your company logo printed on the tape as well as any other custom print such as special handling messages.

In case you are beginning to feel your head start to spin a little, you aren’t alone! If you are interested in taking a closer look at your carton sealing tape requirements, R.V. Evans Company will be happy to assist. Helping you improve your packaging process is what we do best and frankly – – – we love it! Avoid the “analysis paralysis” and leave the work to us to determine a taping solution that will allow you to maximize throughput – saving you time, money, and labor. Click here to set up an in-plant consultation today!

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