Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System Prevents Damages During Shipment

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a manufacturer of power transmission equipment industry, was packaging their product on a corrugated sheet contained in shrink film before placing them into a corrugated carton.  This resulted in a high rate of returns dues to damages received during shipment and a decline in customer satisfaction.

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 solutions.  The recommendation: The Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System

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Key Benefits of the Pregis IntelliPack SmargBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System

  • Cellular Telemetry
    • Remotely monitor and adjust system performance through proprietary PX3 system
    • Proactive preventative maintenance program minimizes downtime, supports optimal productivity
  • Bar-Coding
    • Machine dispenses the precise amount of liquid foam and film
    • Ensures consistent package protection every time
  • Equipment Design
    • Ergonomic design
    • User-friendly, intuitive control panel

Measurable Savings Realized

With the installation of the Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System, our client was able to significantly reduce the amount of damages during shipment and has seen their customer satisfaction increase.  The Foam-In-Bag system also provides a reusable packaging system for the customers to return any product in need of warranty repairs.

To see the Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System in action, check out this video.

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Pregis IntelliPack SmartBAGGER® Foam-In-Bag System, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current packaging processes, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

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AirPouch® FastWrap™ Provides Product Protection & Saves Space for E-Commerce Retailer

Pre-Solution Application

The client, a farm supply store with multiple retail locations, was preparing to launch their E-Commerce business and required a protective packaging solution for shipping their products.  They required a product that would protect, take up minimal storage space and a system that was easy to operate.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans Packaging Solution Specialist determined the appropriate value added solutions.  The recommendation: The AirPouch® FastWrap™ Bubble-On-Demand from Automated Packaging Systems.

 

Key Benefits of AirPouch® FastWrap™ Bubble-On-Demand

  • Flexible: One System produces bubbles and tubes on-demand for wrapping, interleaving and block-and-brace applications
  • Fast, All-Electric System: Tabletop, all-electric system operates at 65 feet per minute and does not require compressed air to operate
  • Reduce Costs: Better air retention and improved yield cost per cubic foot
  • Low Maintenance: Reliable equipment designed for easy maintenance and serviceability
  • Reduce Storage Space: High-yield, boxed material reduces storage and transport requirements of paper, foam and pre-filled bubble materials
  • Easy to Use: Operator friendly controls are regulated through intelligent design, managing heat, air and speed for consistent fill level and seal quality
  • Eliminate Waste: Inflates and seals the protective wrap and tube material from start to stop, eliminating waste

Measurable Savings Realized

With the implementation of the AirPouch® FastWrap™ system, our client was able to ensure that orders would be properly protected and arrive without damages.  With the addition of overhead hoppers, we have been able to streamline their pack stations and free up valuable square footage in their warehouse facility.

If you are interested in learning more about the AirPouch® FastWrap™ system or other packaging solutions, please visit our website at www.rvevans.com.  If you would like to set up an on-site review of your current packaging processes, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs Analysis by contacting us today.

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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

R.V. Evans Co. would be happy to provide you with any additional information you need at 1-800-252-5894 or via the website.

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.

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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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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