Unitizing and Stabilizing Your Products: Strapping

Strapping, also known as banding or bundling, is a common way to unitize, stabilize, and secure products. The strapping process involves applying straps (or bands) to a unit or collection of units in order to hold those units in place, or to further secure boxes or crates in which products are packaged or stored. An example of a strapped pallet of products is shown in Figure 1.

 
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Figure 1

 

Many applications involve strapping individual boxes for further package integrity. An example of such is shown in Figure 2.

 

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Figure 2

 

The straps help hold the boxes in place, providing stability and therefore protection for the products inside the boxes. Combining strapping with stretch wrapping and corner board provides for a well-protected pallet of product. An example of such is shown in Figure 3.

 

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Figure 3

Types of Strap

There are many different types of strap. However, these many types fall under two primary categories: steel and plastic.

Steel Strap

Steel strap is used for medium- and heavy-duty applications. Steel strap is manufactured with many different widths, thicknesses, tensile strengths, etc.- all designed for a certain set of applications. Determining an appropriate type of steel strap is best performed by an R.V. Evans solutions representative. 

Plastic Strap

Plastic strap is used for light- and medium-duty applications. There are three primary types of plastic strap: nylon, polyester, and polypropylene. Additionally, each of these three material categories have been included in many different products designed for different applications. Determining the appropriate plastic strap for your application is best determined by an R.V. Evans solutions representative.

Strapping Equipment

Strap can be applied with manual hand tools, battery-operated hand tools, pneumatic tools, or semiautomatic and automatic strapping machines. Each type, size, and model of strapping tools provide a unique set of benefits. Finding the best one for you is, of course, best performed by an R.V. Evans solutions representative.

 

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Shrink and Stretch Wrapping: Differences and Applications

“Go ahead and shrink wrap that pallet”, my boss said before he walked out of the warehouse. I leaped into action only to waste 15 minutes searching for a shrink wrapper in the warehouse. There wasn’t one. As my boss returned, he said to me in an annoyed voice, “Ok, what was confusing about shrink wrapping the pallet?”. “I noticed there isn’t a shrink wrapper here, sir”, I said. He stared at me for a second before replying, “Ok…I guess it is hard to miss”, then he grabbed the pallet jack and wheeled the pallet over to a large, conspicuous stretch wrapper just 20 feet away.

There is a common confusion regarding shrink wrapping and stretch wrapping. These two applications have something in common: they are both methods of packaging something in plastic. However, these applications package things much differently and for different purposes.

Shrink Wrapping

Shrink wrapping is the process of using shrink film, a material comprised of polymer plastic, and heat to seal products inside of the shrink film. The heat application process can be done via either a heat gun or a shrink tunnel. Packaging manufacturers like Seal-A-Tron produce shrink wrapping systems for industrial applications. A shrink-wrapped item will look something like this:

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In some cases, entire pallets of produce can be shrink wrapped to provide a form of product protection in transit and/or storage. However, most applications involve individual products, especially food products.

Stretch Wrapping

Stretch wrapping is the process of wrapping stretch film, a highly stretchable and elastic plastic film, around products. The elasticity of the stretch film pulls the products together and keeps them secure. This process is often performed with a turntable stretch wrapping machine like Orion’s Flex CTS Twin Station Stretch Wrapper, although many options are available for different user needs. A stretch-wrapped pallet looks something like this:

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This particular pallet was also strapped and equipped with corner board, a form of protective packaging, for optimal protection and security in transit and in storage.

Which One Should You Use?

This question is best answered by requesting more information from the R.V. Evans team. However, to get you started, a brief breakdown of a couple advantages and applications is shown below.

Stretch Wrapping Applications/Advantages Shrink Wrapping Applications/Advantages
· Wrapping boxes and pallets of products

· Cost-effective (particularly with pre-stretch)

· Protection from dust, dirt, and moisture

· Typically used to secure single products

· Best choice for food products

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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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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.

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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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Industrial Packaging: Functions and Materials

Industrial packaging includes a variety of materials, forms, applications, and equipment. There are multiple facets of industrial packaging, including Primary Packaging, Secondary Packaging, the function of each type of material, and the variety of applications in which you can utilize plastic industrial packaging. 

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Primary Packaging

Industrial packaging can refer to primary packaging – the packaging in which products are brought to market – (a good way to think of this is it’s often the last thing that you toss when the product is consumed, or it’s the packaging that comes directly in contact with the product)

Packaging Product
Bottles Soda, water, juice
Tubing Toothpaste, cosmetics,
Boxes Crackers, household goods, electronics
Jars Candles, Salad Dressing
Clamshells (plastic cases) Hardware (nuts, bolts, etc.), Toys
Shrink film Frozen Pizzas, Apparel

Secondary Packaging

Secondary packaging refers to protective packaging, including strapping, edge protection, stretch film (palletizing), envelopes, etc. This is the packaging that is used to protect the product in transit, storage, and on the shelf. Secondary packaging also includes –

   Air pillows         Air cushions
   AirPouches         Void fill
  Paper void fill         In-the-box-paper packaging
  Foam-in-place         Rolled bubble and foam products
  Corrosion prevention         Bubble wrap
  Paper liners         Air pouches
  Packing peanuts         Corrugated boxes
  Protective sheeting

What it’s made of: Polyethylene Film

One of the most prevalent materials in the flexible packaging industry is polyethylene (PE) film. Polyethylene is made from ethylene gas and is versatile, tough, has good clarity, and there are several variations with distinct and specific characteristics that make it a preferred material for industrial packaging applications.

There are several variations of PE film that are regularly used; three of the more popular types are LDPE, LLDPE, and HDPE. PE film is a popular flexible packaging material because of its relatively low cost, sealability, moisture barrier, and tear resistance. Its applications are versatile, ranging from uses within the agriculture, construction, and manufacturing industries. There are several different types of PE, three of the most common are:

  • LDPE – Low Density Polyethylene film
    • LDPE film is known for its toughness, flexibility, and fair transparency.
  • LLDPE – Linear-Low Density Polyethylene Film
    • Characteristics of LLDPE film include its high tensile strength, high impact and puncture resistance, flexibility, and resistance to chemicals and UV radiation.
  • HDPE – High Density Polyethylene Film
    • HDPE film is known for its high clarity and scratch resistance. HDPE film is harder, stiffer, and stronger when compared to LDPE film.

Applications for LDPE, LLDPE, HDPE films

LDPE film is often used to produce

  • Bags:
    • dry cleaning bags
    • newspaper bags
    • bread bags
    • frozen food bags
    • household garbage bags
  • Other uses include:
    • shrink wrapping
    • stretch wrapping
      • Stretch wrap is available in “hand wrap” or for “machine use”
    • bags on a roll
    • bubble packaging
    • industrial liners
    • container lids
    • toys
    • squeezable bottles

LLDPE film is used in the same applications as LDPE along with applications that require more toughness and sealability.

  • Hardware
  • Automotive parts
  • Food
  • Craft items
  • Medical devices
  • Electronic components
  • Retail applications

HDPE film is used in similar applications as LDPE and LLDPE films. HDPE is stiffer than other PE films, which is beneficial when packaging needs to retain its shape

  • medical
  • food
  • sporting goods
  • any application that might result in chemical contact with the film

These types of films are used for protective packaging, satisfying the needs of small operations (with 5 to 10 packages per day) and large operations packaging product around the clock. Different forms everyone is familiar with are bags, sheeting, tubing, casing, and liners. When you purchase anything that needs to be assembled at home, the hardware is in a PE film bag. When you see a home renovation or remodel, the plastic sheeting that is often protecting the floor or furniture is PE film. Trucks hauling equipment or pallets that are covered by plastic sheeting – polyethylene film! Garbage liners and mattress bags are also made from polyethylene films.

When it comes to industrial packaging and uses, PE film is one of the most common. You’ll find it in primary packaging, secondary and protective packaging. You’ll also find PE film in several different variations, serving multiple purposes because of its versatility and affordability.

Contact one of R.V. Evans’ sales professionals to discuss the material you’re currently using and the potential in your industrial packaging processes at 1-800-252-5894 or visit our website at www.rvevans.com

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Branding Beyond the Box

Your brand is one of the most essential parts of your business. It is a constant reminder to your customers that your company offers the best solutions, at the best time, in the best way possible. So how do you consistently prove your commitment to quality while keeping your company and your brand at the forefront of your customers mind?
 
This is where your logo comes in. Your company’s logo is the center of your brand. Think about Coca-Cola or Nike. These logos are definitive parts of incredible branding, and the reason customers will pay extra money for a comparable soda or running jacket. This type of mentality works for not only B2C companies, but the B2B industry as well.
 
But why does this work? In the same way a certain sight or smell can make you remember a certain time in your life, a brand’s logo can make a customer think of something. For Nike, that something is comfort and durability. A consumer’s brain will actually shift it’s thinking and be more attracted to a certain product just from seeing that little swoosh on the front of it.
 
So, you have an awesome brand and a killer logo. Now you need to put it out there for your customers to see so they can start making these positive associations with your business. One of the simplest ways to do this is to put your brand on all of your product packaging. This way every quality item that you deliver to your customers will remind them of the great solutions you provide. You want your customers to have maximum exposure to your brand, so this logo placement doesn’t stop at the box your product comes in. There are a number of solutions that can ensure that your logo is involved in every step of the packaging process.
 
R.V. Evans’ partners will put your logo on almost every essential packaging item your company uses. Some of these items include:
 
These solutions don’t just get your logo in more places, they also have the quality and durability to make sure your product gets delivered safe and sound. The combination of logo exposure and excellent packaging methods will ensure that your company will always be associated with positivity and quality.
 
To improve your branding, take a look at R.V. Evans’ different custom-printed packaging solutions here. You can also contact us or schedule a site-needs analysis with one of our professional representatives.

Wine, Chocolate, Perfect Protective Packaging…What More Could a Girl Ask For?

After all…Valentine’s Day is coming! (Hint Hint – Just a helpful reminder for all of the guys out there!)  And to avoid any confusion, what I mean when I say “Perfect Protective Packaging”…I am talking about Storopack Perfect Protective Packaging.

I recently received a beautiful gift basket filled with all sorts of goodies: wine, chocolate…did I mention, wine and chocolate?  As I opened the box it was shipped in, I couldn’t help but notice the way it was packaged.  I have found if you work in one place long enough, you begin to find interest in things that one wouldn’t typically…in my case it is now the way products are packaged.  A normal person would tear into the box hoisting void fill left and right until they have reached the goods.  Not me.  I was so interested in the way my gift had been packaged I had to take pictures of each layer of protection until my basket was completely unpacked and found its place on my kitchen table.  For those of you who seem to find unbridled pleasure in packaging….read on.  I have included pictures!

As I opened the shipping carton, I immediately was greeted with a Storopack PAD LOC® Pad.  This was a perfect choice to fill the gap above the curved/irregular top of the wine basket before closing the carton.  The PAD LOC® product is a ready-to use- cushioning pad that contours to the shape of any products to create instant custom packaging protection.

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PAD LOC® combines film, air and loose-fill to create a cushioning pad that offers:

  •  25% savings over high-density foam
  • 50% savings over die-cut urethane and other pre-formed custom packaging materials
  • Lower shipping costs
  • Fast production
  • Lower inventory cost
  • No-mar surface protection
  • Controlled use-controlled costs
  • No messy clean up!!!! (Don’t you just hate cleaning up all of those peanuts?)
  • Reusable up to 20 times

After removing the PAD LOC® pad, I got my first glimpse of my wine basket.  It was snuggled in the Storopack AIRplus® pillow bags…yet another smart choice, providing several functions in this combination of protective packaging materials.  AIRplus® offers quality machines that create versatile air-filled film packaging materials.  This particular product provides cushion for the product, fills voids, and can “block and brace” (hold heavy items or single objects in place inside the box).  This picture does a nice job illustrating effectively how the AIRplus pillows blocked  and braced my precious wine basket.

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The AIRplus® Protective Packaging System is effective, low-cost, sustainable, and easy.

  • Portable and compact for easy integration into single or multiple packing stations
  • Reliable operation
  • Run all size AIRplus® square bags on any AIRplus® machine
  • Its strength and durability offer reliable protection for your products
  • Saves storage expense plus the light weight keeps your shipping costs down

P.S. Note the custom print on these AIRplus pillows…very nice touch.

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I removed my wine basket from the shipping carton.  It was in perfect condition.  Nothing was dented or damaged.  The bow wrapped around the outside was even in great shape and I couldn’t help but notice the shrink wrap was even PERFECT!  Take a look for yourself.

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Kudos to Wine Country Gift Baskets!  They did a fine job with their protective packaging.  My gift basket arrived in flawless condition and the contents of my basket were delicious.  I am sure they have a wonderful assortment of gift baskets that would be perfect for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day at www.winecountrygiftbaskets.com.

And for those of you who may be interested in coming up with some “Perfect Protective Packaging” of your own, contact R.V. Evans Company by visiting www.rvevans.com.  Here is a link to view more protective packaging solutions on their website:  http://www.rvevans.com/Packaging-Solutions/Protective-Packaging.aspx  or if you would like to set up an on-site review of your packaging process, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs analysis by clicking on this link: http://www.rvevans.com/Contact-Us/Schedule-Site-Needs-Analysis.aspx.

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Sources: AIRplus by Storopack Brochure, PAD LOC by Storopack Brochure