Manufacturer & Converter of Non-Ferrous Metals Decreases Safety Claims and Maintenance Downtime

Pre-Solution Application 

The client, a manufacturer, and converter of non-ferrous metals was using pneumatic nailers to construct crates and secure pallets to the floor of a trailer for shipment.  This method was a safety concern due to the tripping hazard of the pneumatic hoses needed for their current nailers.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the applications, an R.V. Evans Fastening Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value-added solutions.  The recommendation: The Paslode® CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer.

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Key Benefits of the Paslode® CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer

  • Durable – 30 years or proven cordless performance in the toughest of job site conditions.
  • Reliable – Nail after nail confidence even in cold weather
  • Powerful – Improved engine produces power equal to a PMP at 113psi
  • Updated Battery – New high capacity Li-Ion battery gives up to 9,000 shots per charge
  • Drop-in Fuel System – Quick drop-in loading with no fuel valve metering
  • Tool Free Adjustable Depth Drive – On the fly adjustment to drive nails flush in any setup
  • Power to Drive Flush – Power equal to the PMP at 120psi mean fewer standing nails, even LVL
  • Non-Stop Even in the Cold – No warm up needed down to 14° Fahrenheit



Measurable Savings Realized

The Paslode® CF325XP Cordless Framing Nailer has enabled the client to provide a safer work environment to their employees which have resulted in reducing their safety claims.  In addition, they’ve also realized a reduction in operating costs by being able to eliminate the use of compressed air.

To see the Paslode® Cordless Framing Nailer in action, check out this video on our YouTube channel.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Paslode® Cordless Framing Nailer or our other Fastening Solutions, please contact us to schedule your Site Needs Analysis with one of our Packaging Solutions Specialists.  To learn more about all of our Packaging and Fastening Solutions, visit us online at

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Paslode Cordless Nailers

Contractors know the importance of efficient, light-weight, low-maintenance nailers and staplers. With one of their tools winning a 2014 Pro Tool Innovation Award in the Nailers-Cordless Fuel category, Paslode has been proven time and time again to have the best fastening tools available. The award-winning nailer in particular, the CF325Li Li-ion Cordless has caught the attention of industry professionals, including Clint DeBoer, Executive Director of the Pro Tool Innovation Awards. DeBoer has praised Paslode for adding “useful and often game-changing innovations” to the field of cordless tools. In this post, we’re going to explore Paslode’s Cordless tools a little closer.


How They Work

  • Great Build – Metal frames and internals surrounded by a comfortable, sturdy plastic frame make Paslode cordless fasteners lightweight and efficient
  • Fast Action – 2-3 nails per second
  • Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel – Powers a unique linear drive internal combustion motor

Design Improvements

  • Improved Battery Life – All Li-ion Nailers will pump 6,000 fasteners per charge and include a rapid 2-minute charge option, keeping productivity going for those extra few nails at the end of the day.
  • Safe Efficiency – Simple spring mechanism used to adjust depth of drive and a rear-loading magazine make the CF325Li in particular easy to use, even with gloves on.
  • Quick Changes – All Cordless Framing Nailers have fuel cells and nail combination packs to ensure you never run out of fuel before nails

How They Save Company Money

  • Low Charge Time – Li-ion Nailers have a 1 hour charge per 6,000 fasteners to ensure there’s no down time on the job
  • 3 in 1 – Never bring the air compressor, drop cord, and air hose on smaller jobs again
  • Easy Cleaning – Hex key provided with each cordless nailer, making regular cleaning an easy job. Cleaning guides can be found here.

Benefits of Field Cleaning

  • Dirt – 2 cycle combustionable engines are very susceptible to gumming when heat and dirt get caught inside
  • Performance – A lack of exhaust from build-up can deteriorate cycle speed, and make work slower
  • Ease – Hex key provided with each cordless nailer, making regular cleaning easy to do on the job.

Although sometimes it is absolutely essential to have a compressor on site for long jobs, these nailers are perfect for those small framing jobs that need to happen quickly, as well as electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work.

Learn more about these essential, efficient products here.

For everything else, there’s an extensive list of Paslode products, like the lightweight PowerFramer™ 30° Pneumatic Framing Nailer, all available on the R.V. Evans website. You can also Contact Us with any questions, or schedule a Site-Needs Analysis with one of our sales reps.


SCRAIL – The Perfect Combination Fastener

What is SCRAIL?

The perfect combination fastener, SCRAIL has the speed and low labor cost of a nail with the holding power of a screw, so quality is never sacrificed for cost. With over 2,000 colors available to perfectly match the final product, SCRAIL fasteners are versatile and can be easily driven with any pneumatic nailer.

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These fasteners are an extremely useful, efficient fastening solution for any job, big or small. The diverse selection of fasteners SCRAIL offers means that it can be used for almost any job.

The wide variety of uses includes:

·       Decking·       Fencing

·       Sub-flooring

·       Crafting

·       Framing

·       Concrete Forms·       Scaffolding

·       Decking

·       Outdoor Furniture

·       Railing


Each job needs fasteners that are designed specifically to ease its completion. That’s where SCRAIL comes in. Below you’ll find a few charts to show the different application of SCRAIL fasteners, and get a better idea of what their best uses would be.


Different Fastener Types

Name Application Benefit
BeckDeck® Decking, Flooring, Fencing, Railing Double threaded, prevents mushrooming
SubLoc™ Subfloors Special coating, virtually eliminated squeaky subfloors
SteelThread Light Gauge Steel Construction Shot in like a collated nail to connect gypsum or wood to metal with ease
Mini-SCRAIL® Light Duty Furniture, Millwork, Crafting, Better support than nails or screws for small jobs and DIY handiwork

Different Thread Types

Name Specs Benefit
Fine inner .113, outer .120 Best withdrawal values
Coarse inner .113, outer .134 Best removal performance
BeckDeck® Double inner .120, outer .138 Prevents mushrooming
SteelThread inner .099, outer .113 Holding power, up to 16 guage steel studs
SubLoc™ inner .113, outer .120 Super adhesive, twice withdrawal, eliminates subfloor squeaking


All of these state-of-the-art fasteners have the option of five different types of heads. Each of these provides a unique hold, but all can be driven in and screwed out with absolute ease.

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SCRAIL fasteners can assist with all of the jobs listed above, and much more. With a full line of SCRAILers to help get the job done, these revolutionary products are clearly the best choice for quality, efficiency, and financial savings. You can find R.V. Evans’ SCRAIL fastening solutions here.

As always, find a wide variety of Packaging and Fastening Solutions at the R.V. Evans website, and contact us or schedule a site needs analysis if you have any questions.



Pins or Screw Systems: Which One Should You be Using?

Fastening applications can be challenging, especially when trying to determine the best fastener for the job.  A popular question we are often asked here at R.V. Evans is “when should I use collated pins vs. collated screws in my fastening application?”  Our recommendation weighs heavily on the material you need to fasten together in the application.

In our opinion, the Muro wood to steel floor screws are the best for utility screws-pin-systemstrailers where the customers are attaching 2″ thick wood to a steel frame. They have a larger diameter and a much larger head size than the Aerosmith pins. This holds the wood better and has less chance of pull-through. In most cases, the Muro screw is faster than pre-drilling and using bulk screws. That is its best-selling feature.

The Aerosmith pins are 5-10 times faster than screws. Their pullout values and cost is comparable to collated screws. If they are being used for heavy gauge steel you will need to use the high pressure system.  This requires the purchase of a high-pressure (400 psi) air compressor, hose, and tool. With the low pressure tools, any jobsite compressor will work. For trailers or truck boxes that are fastening plywood or sheeting to steel, there isn’t really any comparison as long as the volume justifies the tool cost. The Aerosmith pins provide a huge labor savings.  We have sold Aerosmith for construction use when the customer was attaching plywood or hardy board to steel studs. Both times the customer was replacing bulk screws with the low pressure Aerosmith system and they loved the speed and ease of use.

If you are unsure whether or not you are using the right fasteners for your specific application or are looking for ways to improve your process, feel free to contact us to set up a free consultation with one of our experienced Fastening Specialists.

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The Benefits of Having a Preventative Maintenance Program

We all know the feeling that comes with the experience of something not working. It doesn’t matter what it is, your phone dies, your laptop quits working, or your air conditioner doesn’t blow out rv-evans-preventative-maintenance-programcold air anymore. These are all inconveniences that can cause not only frustration, but money. The same thing can come from a piece of equipment in your packaging process not working correctly.

Having a preventative maintenance program is an important piece for facility management. Having machines routinely checked and maintained can improve performance and the safety of the equipment. On top of that, ensuring that a machine is running how it is supposed to can improve the lifetime of the equipment. Implementing a preventative maintenance plan can avoid unplanned maintenance activity that would otherwise occur through system failure or unexpected troubles. Having to make a service call to receive system maintenance can be costly and also causes downtime for the machine, resulting in lost profits from loss of production.

The decision on whether or not to implement a preventative maintenance program is often debated through a cost benefit analysis – is the cost of having a preventative maintenance program worth the benefits that we will receive from it. Preventative maintenance programs can often be more expensive when using in-house human resources due to the extensive training involved on new pieces of machinery. In this case, outsourcing your preventative maintenance program can save money.
Implementing a preventative maintenance program far outweighs the cost of one through the following steps:

  • Decreased downtime for equipment.
  • Longer lifetime of equipment.
  • Less expensive for routine maintenance as opposed to emergency or off hours maintenance.
  • Improves the functionality and safety of the equipment, resulting in improved safety for operators and employees.

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3 Things You Should Know About Carton Closing

Carton Closing Stapler

Carton Closing Stapler

There are a variety of ways to close and seal a carton. The method that you choose to close the cartons in your packaging process can greatly affect the condition of the product when it arrives to your customer. If the product arrives in poor condition, it not only runs the risk of being returned with a complaint, but it hurts your company’s brand. Using the correct method to close and seal cartons can reduce material costs as well as increase shipping conditions.

There are a variety of methods for closing your cartons including staples, tape, and plastic strap. All are designed for different applications. Some of the most common use of staples and plastic strap is to keep cartons sealed that may contain heavier items that would normally rip tape, whereas tape may be used in applications where higher volume production is present.

These are very basic examples of applications where these carton closing methods would be used, in all truth, each application is unique. There are a variety of factors that must be taken into consideration in order to achieve the optimal carton closing method. 3 important factors are:

1)   Storage and Shipping

One factor that comes into play is; what is happening to the product after it is packaged and the carton is closed? If it is immediately going into ground shipment and it is a heavier item, then staples may be required to ensure that the product stays in the carton. If the product is going off of the packaging line and being placed on a skid to be stacked, you may be able to get away with tape to close the carton.

2)  Production Volume

Another factor is the volume of packaging that is occurring in the application. If you are operating with very low volume, using stick staples in a carton closing stapler may be adequate. As packaging volume increases, your method needs to change to meet the demand. Staples can also come in roll format; these are collated rolls of up to 5,000 on most Bostitch rolls. If volume increases even more, tape systems can meet the demand of higher throughput. Systems like the Wexxar BEL250 are designed to seal up to 25 cases per minute.

3)  Environmental Factors

Another factor to take into consideration is the environment in which the carton is being closed. Dirty and dusty environments can leave residue on the corrugated container making it more difficult for tape to seal, but does not affect carton closing staples. Also, if there is a void around the product, you may risk damaging the product with staples.

There are a plethora of factors that come into play when deciding whether to use tape or staples. Using the correct method will provide better results, reduce wasted material and cut down on costs. Take time to identify some of the factors that may affect your end product to ensure that you are using the correct carton closing method.

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Is There a Difference in Strapping Joint Strength?

rv-evans-joint-strength-strappingA question that we hear a lot here at the R.V. Evans Company when discussing strapping is; “Is there a difference in joint strength between strapping materials?” This is often times brought on by the difference in appearance between steel strap and polyester strap. Naturally, you would think that the steel strap would be stronger, but in reality, the joint strength of strapping material is very similar.

Sealless Joint types

Sealless joints can be made with manual or pneumatic combination tools for steel strap. Using interlocking keys, the sealless joints provide static joint strength equal to that of notch-type joints. The reverse lock sealless joint features one reversed interlocking key for added security in impact conditions.

Basic seal joint types

Notch Joint

The most commonly used joints for steel strapping are down and reverse notch. One way to lock strap ends is to cut, or “notch” the seal and the strapping it joins to form tabs at the edges. These tabs are bent down (down notch joint) or bent up (reverse notch joint). The strength of the notch joint comes from the mechanical interlock between the seal and strapping. Notch joints are typically used on waxed steel strapping in packaging and unitizing applications.

Crimp Joint

Another way to seal the ends of strapping is to press or “crimp” undulations into the seal and strapping ends. The strength of the crimp joint comes from the deformed seal creating high frictional forces. Crimp joints produce high static and dynamic joint strengths and are used on applications in which the strapped load is subject to severe impact.  This style of joint is used in plastic applications as well.

Friction Weld

Polyester strapping uses friction seals to weld the strap, eliminating the need for metal seals. Additional savings can be gained via polyester’s low strap cost per foot and through reduced product damage from seals or staining. 


In conclusion, there is no strength lost from switching between steel and polyester strap with a properly specified strap recommendation. It is a general rule that you can expect 75-80% of the listed joint strength of strap. This rule holds true whether you are talking about battery powered hand tools or pneumatic hand tools for strapping. Though different types of strap are designed for different applications, there are benefits to each type and the joint type used. Contact the R.V. Evans Company to ensure that you are using the right type for you specific application.

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