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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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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Successful Value-Added Application: The HandJet EBS-260

Pre-Solution Application
The client, an aluminum supplier to the die-casting and gravity-casting indust
ries was preprinting and applying labels to identify multiple batches of
aluminum sows for their clients. Due to the fact that the aluminum sows are often stored outside,the labels frequently came off and required employees to continually check on each batch to ensure all remained correctly labeled.
The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution
After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.
V. Evans Packaging Solutions Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.
The recommendation:
The HandJet EBS-260, EBS’s newest portable inkjet system.
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Key Benefits of the HandJet EBS-260
  • Portable and lightweight – only 3.5 lbs
  • Capable of printing detailed messages an
  • 2D images including logos and 2D barcodes
  • Up to four separate lines can be printed in a single pass
  • 3.5” diagonal touch-screen controller to simplify on-the-fly adjustments
  • Built-in laser guidance for the precise positioning of the message
  • Variety of inks and colors available
  • Cleaning cartridge can be installed in seconds for near-effortless clean up and maintenance
Measurable Savings Realized
This handheld printing solution has proven to provide the client with consistent and permanent marking of each batch of aluminum sows allowing them to eliminate the purchase of labels and reallocate labor to other areas of their facility. After using the HandJet EBS-260 for a short time, they were also able to identify other areas to
utilize it throughout their facility.
See the HandJet EBS-260 in action right here in our YouTube video!
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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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The Linx CJ400: The Lightest InkJet Printer on the Market.

FoxJet’s Linx CJ400 models are the lightest printers on the market, weighing just under 30 pounds. This lightweight model is equipped with several useful features to compliment its portability:CJ400

  • Easi-Change service module allows up to 6,000 hours between scheduled maintenance
  • Color touch screen
  • 4 line settings to allow for speedy changeover between production lines
  • USB message and printer back up for sharing messages and settings between printers
  • Auto-Flush printheads that provide a flush cleaning upon start-up and power-down (reducing manual maintenance requirements)
  • SureFill fluid replenishment ensures fast, mistake-proof refills while printing to reduce downtime
  • 62 micron printhead nozzle saves up to 40% on ink usage (compared to other CIJ printers)
  • Can store up to 1,000 messages on internal hard drive

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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

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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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