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Monthly Archives: December 2018

  • 4 Signs You Definitely Need a Stretch Wrap Machine

    Stretch wrap machines are one such investment that is usually overlooked as wrapping pallets by hand seems easy and cost-effective alternative. There is no right time than now to consider purchasing a stretch wrap machine. Below are certain signs which if you notice at your warehouses, there is no better option than buying a stretch wrap machine.

    Stretch Wrap

    #1 Greater than 2 loads damaged due to toppling

    Product damage during transit is an obvious risk. Toppling or collapsing of loads can happen due to multiple reasons such as mishandling, improper wrapping/stacking of pallets, selecting the wrong film, etc. However, in majority of the cases when pallets are hand-wrapped, the reason is improper wrapping.

    Stretch films should be stretched to their maximum capacity i.e. 85%-90% to hold loads in place. With hand wrapping, this definitely cannot be achieved.

    Sometimes, the damage caused due to toppling of loads can be higher than the cost of a stretch wrap machine.

    #2 Frequent employee complaints and injuries

    Wrapping several pallets by hand every day causes dizziness and back aches. Employees can become fatigued, frustrated and this can negatively impact their efficiency at work. Moreover, workplace injuries can be costly that can even exceed the cost of a new stretch wrap machine.

    If you have received several complaints about health issues and time spent in wrapping loads, it is time for the capital expenditure.

    #3 High expenditure on stretch films

    When hand wrapping, employees hardly obtain the maximum stretchability of the stretch wrap and this accounts for more film usage which can easily be reduced to half if stretched to its capacity.

    #4 Taller pallet loads

    Wrapping tall pallets is really difficult and so is the ability to roll the wrap high and obtain the required stretch rate. A stretch wrap machine is the best solution for wrapping tall shipments that also ensure worker safety and saves time.

    If you have noticed any of the above signs, then it is the right time to change your traditional means and buy a new stretch wrapping machine. Having automated the stretch wrapping tasks, you will witness increased efficiency, reduced product loss/damage, lower employment costs and increased employee satisfaction.

  • Important Factors in Selecting the Right Packaging Materials Supplier

    Modern packaging necessities lead manufacturers and other companies to consider thorough research when it comes to selecting a packaging materials supplier. Packaging is a complex area and you need the right players to hit the ball high.

    Packaging Materials

    Let us go through a checklist of things to be considered before making a choice.

    1. Selection of materials

    First, you need to assess whether the supplier deals with the materials you would require for your product packaging. Also, an important thing you need to know is whether they always have the stock when you need it. Do they source the required material in definite quantities as requested?

    Is your item seasonal?

    Some items are sold in specific seasons. Your supplier must be able to cope up with your seasonal material needs.

    1. Pricing

    Pricing should be judged on two parameters – quantity & quality of the packaging material in comparison with that of other competitions. Here you must be clever enough to analyze on a higher perspective like customer service and delivery times rather than only considering the numbers.

    1. Quality

    Product quality is of utmost importance. Ensure that the packaging materials you use adhere to the established quality standards while serving the specific needs of consumers.

    1. Service

    Is your packaging materials vendor able to serve you when you decide to downsize or plan an expansion? Assess the ability of the vendor of being flexible to serve your changing requirements.

    1. Delivery

     Though many would recommend that you order enough stock for use when needed, the truth is, it increases your warehouse costs and may cause loss when items are damaged/ expired even before they could be used. Look for a packaging materials supplier with stellar delivery track record. 

    1. Reports

    All said and done, the paperwork matters. Clear, easy-to-read documents, reports and accurate invoices are a primary requisite when it comes to a professional business relationship.

    1. Sustainability

    Environment friendliness is worth a check point when you approach a packaging materials vendor as it represents your company’s corporate social responsibility.

    COMMUNICATION MATTERS

    The untold secret to finding the right business deal is clear --- transparent communication. You must ask the right questions to be well-informed about your specific requirements. This would enable you select a vendor who is flexible enough to scale up to your expectations with time.

  • Guide to Selecting the Right Flexible Packaging for Your Product

    Flexible packaging is being talked about a lot these days, and for good reason. Manufacturers, marketers and even consumers are promoting the use of flexible packaging. The idea of flexible packaging not only serves the mobile consumer’s needs but also reduces the environmental impact caused by waste of expired items on the shelves and that results from frequent freight shipments.

    SELECTING THE RIGHT FLEXIBLE PACKAGING

    Before you investigate the types of flexible packaging materials, it is important to consider the following pointers:

    • Type of product
    • Product shape, weight and dimensions
    • The packaging mechanism
    • Handling frequency & exposure to environment

    Discuss the above parameters in detail before you move to selecting the right packaging material.

    Polyolefin (POF)

    This packaging material is versatile, durable and FDA approved. With high level of puncture resistance and seal strength this can be used to pack irregularly shaped items with ease. POF is 100% recyclable which is an added advantage and the POF shrink films offer ultimate clarity to make your product safely packed while being clearly visible. The pre-perforated film variety is often used in the packing of games, toys, foods, books, etc. where visibility is important.

    High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

    Also known as polyethylene high-density (PEHD), this is a polyethylene thermoplastic that is made from petroleum and is highly versatile. The packaging material is commonly used for packaging plastic lumber, corrosion-resistant piping, plastic bottles, etc. It is also used in the manufacture of almost anything from hard hats to jugs. The material finds use in heavy-duty stretch wrapping needs such as bundling farm produce as it is extremely breathable to be able to maintain the freshness of the products.

    Plastic Resealable Bags

    Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

    As the name suggests, LDPE has a lower density. It is highly resistant to moisture, impact and chemicals. Therefore, LDPE is highly used in applications that require heat sealing as well as in the manufacture of wires, cables, flexible lids and bottles.

    Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)

    The most flexible of the polyethylene films, the LLDPE is very commonly used in the packaging industry. A blended form of LDPE, this material is just perfect for stretching and is commonly used to protect heavy loads during transit.

    Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE)

    Clear and tough, the PET possesses good moisture barrier properties. It is globally recognized for its strength, flexibility and 100% recyclability. It takes a new life when recycled. PET is extremely lightweight and is commonly used in plastic beverage bottles for water, soft drinks, and the similar and is a common element found in food jars containing jams, pickles, peanut butter, etc. PET is also safe to use in the manufacture of microwave-safe appliances.

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    Polypropylene (PP)

    Polypropylene is a thermoplastic “addition polymer” with a high melting point that makes it a good choice for hot-fill liquids. PP is a material that is used in the packaging, electrical, automotive and construction industries while also being widely in household applications. It is often used in combination with polyethylene as an outer layer in multi-layer pouches.

    Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC, Vinyl)

    The flexible and lightweight PVC helps packaging maintain the integrity of products packed within, including medicines. The PVC is largely used in variety of application in construction industries as well as electronics, healthcare, automobile sectors. It is largely used in blister packs, blood bags, cable insulation, etc.

    Industrial gloves

    The list is large, and it is wise to use the right flexible packaging material for your products considering whether high melting point, recycling or durability is your primary requirement. It is always better to perform research and multi-layer testing of your packaging to ensure a packaging that fulfills its purpose well while also appealing consumers’ interests.

  • Robotic Bagging Solutions Have Revolutionized the Packaging Industry

    Clear, crisp, and even tamper-proof bagging has ever been the need for reliable packaging solutions. However safe the packaging material is, you also need to ensure that you are equipped with the proper packaging machinery. Enter the new and innovatively designed industrial bag closing machine,

    Hamer-Fischbein has introduced a next-generation fully automated bagging solution. This machinery delivers consistent hanging, opening, positioning, and transferring of open-mouth bags with robotic intervention that confirms increase in production capacity while delivering reliable performance.

    Reclosable Bags

    The Hamer-Fischbein bagging solutions have revolutionized the way packages are formed, filled and sealed. They have accumulated experience from over 40 years to invent a fully automated bagging solution that withstand dusty products to produce clean and reliable seals. The huge horizontal machines are crafted to be easily used by anyone who has no experience working with them and they are easy to maintain.

    With the high speed and reliability of Hamer-Fischbein, the horizontal form, fill and seal machines are widely used in the industry in varied applications such as sand, compost, stones, cement, fertilizers, chemicals, metal oxides and dry solids. Their new FFS (form, fill and seal) machine - Model 3100 FFS is specially designed for concrete and specific needs of the market while The Model 2090 FFS is the perfect bagging solution for the wood pallet industry.

    Fischbein has been innovating and successfully bringing to market efficient and productivity-oriented bagging solutions that have satisfied a large sector of the industry till date. Packaging innovations have found a breeding ground with the research team of Hamer & Fischbein. We keep looking forward to such scientifically tested and performance-efficient packaging solutions that save both man-hours as well as man-efforts.

    The Hamer-Fischbein team has introduced many other bagging solutions including bag sewing & sealing machines, Filling & weighing machines, and robotic palletizing machines that have taken bagging equipment to a new horizon.

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