Friday, July 18, 2014

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Packing Line Automation by Quick Pak Inc

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Packing Line Automation by Quick Pak Inc: Quick Pak’s Inc Revolution line of quality packaging equipment includes automatic stretch wrappers,   semi-automatic pallet wrapping machi...

Packing Line Automation by Quick Pak Inc

Quick Pak’s Inc Revolution line of quality packaging equipment includes automatic stretch wrappers,   semi-automatic pallet wrapping machines, strapping machines, case sealing machines and baling equipment.

  



For more than 14 years, Quick Pak Inc has been in the business of protecting our customers’ products. Our goal is to provide the highest quality industrial packaging systems in the industry using proven designs, durable materials and high quality components.


Our design philosophy has always dictated the use of heavy gauge steel for a solid foundation. This gives our equipment the ability to last many years in all types of harsh industrial environments. The Revolution line also uses as many standard, non-proprietary parts as possible for fast and convenient parts sourcing.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

ITW Mima Cobra Rebuild by Quick Pak Inc

Here we have a stretch wrapper that was rebuild by Quick Pak's service department.  The cut, clamp and wipe system was rebuilt.  We fabricated and installed the yellow platform to lift the pallets so the wrapper could wrap more of the skid.

The customer was using a 115 gauge stretch film and with the rebuilt system the machine is now using a 70 gauge machine film.  That is a 40% savings in film usage.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Using The Right Packaging Machine

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Using The Right Packaging Machine: Packaging Systems – Using the right tool for the job! The use of proper packaging e...

Using The Right Packaging Machine

Packaging Systems – Using the right tool for the job!



























The use of proper packaging equipment can make all the difference in your company’s output. In fact, packaging line efficiency can result in a serious positive impact in both sales and profitability, considering more products can be delivered at a lower overall cost.

Quick Pak’s system specialist can assist you in identifying areas in your company which would benefit from automation.

Revolution Stretch Wrap Equipment

Quick Pak Inc is proud to offer a wide range of stretch wrap machines, from semi- to fully-automatic under the Revolution brand. Whether you wrap 10 pallets a day or 100 pallets an hour, using the right Revolution stretch wrap machine will not only save you time but will also maximize the load strength of your stretch wrap.

Which machine to use depends entirely on your application? Answer the following few simple questions to help us determine what machine best suits your company:

1.            How many pallets do you wrap per day?______ Per hour?_______
2.            Does this keep up with current shipping demands?
3.            How long does it take to wrap a pallet?
4.            Do you wrap pallets continually through the day?
5.            Are your pallets generally regular or irregular in shape?

Our system specialist will help you analyze the best machine for you based on your current and desired output.

The Revolution Stretch Wrapper line includes:

Revolution LP (low profile turntable)
Revolution ST (standard)

Revolution ST HS (standard - high speed)


Revolution HD (heavy duty - high speed)

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Automatic Stretch Wrap Systems Saves Time and Mone...

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Automatic Stretch Wrap Systems Saves Time and Mone...: Unitizing equipment stretches to meet demand Stretch wrap: Is it time for lean packaging? U...

Automatic Stretch Wrap Systems Saves Time and Money.

Unitizing equipment stretches to meet demand




















Stretch wrap: Is it time for lean packaging?

Users of end-of-line packaging machinery need units that can create high-quality, shipment-safe, secured loads of varying profiles at increased production speeds. They’re also paying particular attention to uptime, looking for equipment that requires minimal operator intervention to operate, reload and maintain.
In this article, Modern takes a look at some of the latest features in unitizing technology.
Stretch wrapper advancements improve load safety, quality

There’s been a big focus, directed particularly toward manufacturers of consumer goods, on improving the quality of stretch wrapped loads. “Billions of dollars of product waste occurs annually because loads are damaged on the way from the manufacturer to the retailer”

Stretch film tightly unitizes a load because it continuously attempts to contract back to its unstretched state. But, just because film is pre-stretched and applied to a load doesn’t mean the load won’t fail in shipment. Determining why loads fail, and how to stop them, is prompting shippers to develop and adhere to wrapping standards that minimize the risk of damage to product in transit.

“Just by consistently doing three things—ensuring the load has the minimum amount of containment force, locking the load to the pallet, and tucking the beginning and ending tails into the stretch film—shippers can have a massive impact on damage reduction.

“We encourage customers to look at their stretch wrapper not as the last machine at the end of the packaging line, but instead as the first and most critical machine at the beginning of their shipping and logistics process.

To help develop those wrap standards, suppliers of both automated and semi-automated stretch wrappers increasingly offer sophisticated test labs for load analysis. Lee’s company documents testing with high-speed photography showing how wrapped loads behave on shaker tables and acceleration/deceleration sleds.

“This helps determine the correct way to wrap specific loads. Research has shown that to wrap loads correctly, to ensure that they arrive at their final destination free from damage, that you must control film placement, containment force and prestretch levels.

The latest machines are capable of delivering multi-level, variable containment force as they wrap the film in a spiral up and down a load. “Once the failure points in a load are identified, we can recommend the type of film that should be used and the amount of containment force required; the correct film placement and the optimal pre-stretch level for each load; as well as set up multiple wrapping menus so a single machine can wrap multiple types of loads.

To determine the appropriate wrapping program for a given load, fully automated systems receive a signal from a palletizer, use a scanner to read load information with bar code, or are equipped with a sensor to detect load height or a scale to determine load weight. Alternately, semi-automated machines with human machine interfaces (HMIs) share graphical displays for easy wrap profile selection. Some even display the amount of containment force and prestretch applied to each layer of film.

In addition to accommodating multiple types of loads with multiple pre-programmed wrapping profiles, some of the latest stretch wrappers have multiple film carriages. A four-carriage machine, for example, can automatically switch between up to four different types of film.

“This feature allows one wrapper to service multiple production lines; alternately, it can be set up with four rolls of the same film for long, unattended production runs for labor and downtime savings. Film can be reloaded from the back of the machine without stopping its operation, keeping the operator completely out of an unsafe area.

That’s important for users who have recorded downtime as long as 5 minutes for film roll changeovers by experienced operators.  Because of all the integrated safety devices they have to disable before entering the machine, and then reset after exiting.

Other ease-of-use enhancements include the engineering of lower profile automated equipment with ramps that allow single, double or triple walkie pallet jacks to load the stretch wrapper with any style of pallet.



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Cut Your Packaging Down to Size

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Cut Your Packaging Down to Size: Cut Your Packaging Down to Size Ahead of UPS & FedEx Shipping Changes. We’ve got some pretty sizable new...

Cut Your Packaging Down to Size

Cut Your Packaging Down to Size Ahead of UPS & FedEx Shipping Changes.













We’ve got some pretty sizable news for you:

Both UPS and FedEx recently announced that they’ll not only be taking each package’s weight into account when determining U.S. ground shipping costs, but also the size, as well. UPS will adopt the new change on Dec. 29 of this year, while FedEx’s revised shipping policy goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

For the average person on this street, this may not be huge news. But for companies that are shipping countless products to customers and clients on the regular, this so-called “dimensional pricing” is a major shift with the potential to significantly affect bottom lines.

That’s some pretty heavy stuff.

Thankfully, businesses that consider shipping to be a part of their lifelines have some time to plan before changes go into full swing, and there’s no better opportunity than now for them to size up and evaluate their packaging situations.

Need help? We know someone who can help…

When you’ve got packaging problems, we’ve got answers: Quick Pak’s Packaging Solutions’ team of expert engineers has you covered, all weights, shapes and sizes included.

The Quick Pak Solutions team works with clients to create efficient customized packaging solutions – adjusting for elements such as dimensions and weight – to make sure that our customers aren’t spending a single cent more than they need to when getting product from Point A to Point B.


Ready to cut your packaging down to size? Contact Quick Pak Inc Solutions today to learn more: 813 242 6995.

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch Film and Resin Pricing News

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch Film and Resin Pricing News: NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments. Two Fresh Cracker Disruptions Sends...

Stretch Film and Resin Pricing News

NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS












Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.

Two Fresh Cracker Disruptions Sends Spot Ethylene Prices Soaring More
Trade reports July 2014

Equistar Issues Force Majeure on Polyethylene More
Trade reports July 2014

AUGUST INCREASE - "if the export market heats up again, Polyethylene could potentially take another leg higher. There were price increases issued months ago, but the amounts were not consistent amongst producers; we would not be surprised to see some oldies get cancelled and fresh nominations issued for August"  

LLDPE Today: Ready to move higher

LLDPE ROLLS STEADY - "Polyethylene continued to price steady at levels seen for at least the past month"

HARD TO FIND TRUCKS - "Continued logistics challenges are certainly noteworthy; shipping costs remain elevated and trucks/drivers have been hard to find."

PE FLAT - "Polyethylene trading was lighter than average and prices were flat."

INVENTORIES TIGHT - "resin inventories are actually above average, market conditions feel at least balanced, if not a little tight."

BUCKING DECREASE - "Producers kept PE contract prices flat March through June, bucking processor calls for a decrease,"

EXPORT PRICES FIRM - "International resin prices have been firming, prompting increased export interest."
Packaging Sources July 2014

FOODSERVICE TRADE NEWS
Aluminum suppliers consolidation continues at pace

TRADE NEWS – Foodservice
Aluminum producer Alcoa has reported a jump in earnings on strong metals pricing and lower costs as it confirmed its outlook for 7% aluminum demand growth in 2014.
July 2014 reporting season

Watch this space

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Spot Resin Pricing News

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Spot Resin Pricing News: Spot PE Resin Pricing News  Two Fresh Cracker Disruptions Sends Spot Ethylene Prices Soaring July 08, 2014 CPChem had a fire...

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Spot Resin Pricing News

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Spot Resin Pricing News: Spot PE Resin Pricing News  Two Fresh Cracker Disruptions Sends Spot Ethylene Prices Soaring July 08, 2014 CPChem had a fire...

Spot Resin Pricing News

Spot PE Resin Pricing News 















Two Fresh Cracker Disruptions Sends Spot Ethylene Prices Soaring
July 08, 2014

CPChem had a fire at its Port Arthur Olefins complex on Monday causing a cracker furnace to be shutdown.

Equistar Chemical declared Force Majeure for Ethylene produced at its Laporte Petrochemical complex.

Together these disruptions contributed to a sharp rise in spot Ethylene prices, reaching $.60/lb by close of trading on Tuesday.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Revolution TT Strapping Machine Operating

Revolution TT Strapping Machine Operating

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch Film Pricing News

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Stretch Film Pricing News: NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS TRADE NEWS:   PE STEADY - "Polyethylene continued to price steady at levels seen for at l...

Stretch Film Pricing News

NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS
TRADE NEWS:
 










PE STEADY - "Polyethylene continued to price steady at levels seen for at least the past month"

HARD TO FIND TRUCKS - "Continued logistics challenges are certainly noteworthy; shipping costs remain elevated and trucks/drivers have been hard to find."

LLDPE FLAT - "Polyethylene trading was lighter than average and prices were flat."

INVENTORIES TIGHT - "resin inventories are actually above average, market conditions feel at least balanced, if not a little tight."

BUCKING DECREASE - "Producers kept PE contract prices flat March through June, bucking processor calls for a decrease,"

AUGUST INCREASE - "if the export market heats up again, Polyethylene could potentially take another leg higher. There were price increases issued months ago, but the amounts were not consistent amongst producers; we would not be surprised to see some oldies get cancelled and fresh nominations issued for August"

EXPORT PRICES FIRM - "International resin prices have been firming, prompting increased export interest."

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE Resin Today: Rising

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: LLDPE Resin Today: Rising: LLDPE Resin Today: Rising NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments. TRADE NEWS: ...

LLDPE Resin Today: Rising

LLDPE Resin Today: Rising












NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS
Keep up to date on LLDPE, PVC pricing developments.

TRADE NEWS: This just in
June LLDPE and PVC roll flat
Industry respected publication reports 'no change' for resin pricing in June.

LLDPE SELLING WELL "resin markets were active and most deals were done in Polyethylene."

PE SUPPLY ISSUES "lack of material availability is contributing to a change in market sentiment, which for a while
had been bearish, then more recently neutral and is now turning slightly bullish.
PE contracts rolled over again in June, the fourth flat month in a row."

PE COST FACTORS "Ethylene prices fell in fairly active trading"

LLDPE GAINS "Spot Polyethylene trading was about average; once again there was good activity in LDPE and LLDPE film grades.
Prices remained flat for all PE grades this past week although LLDPE recorded $.02/lb gain"

TIGHTER RESIN "availability for all Polyethylene grades has become markedly tighter"

JUST NOT HAPPENING "Polyethylene buyers are acquiescing to the reality that a price decrease is just not going to happen."

MAY GO HIGHER "growing conflicts in the Middle East and beyond have raised the general level of uncertainty and helped
pump an extra risk premium to top-of-the-chain Crude Oil. As we sit at the cusp of the second half of 2014, it feels like
the resin markets could hold firm at a minimum and even head higher again."
Packaging Sources July 2014


Watch this space

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Lowering Your Packaging Costs

Quick Pak - What the Packaging Trade is Saying!: Lowering Your Packaging Costs: 3 Ways to Lower Costs and Increase your PROFITS! Change Vendors for a Lower Price This method ...

Lowering Your Packaging Costs

3 Ways to Lower Costs and Increase your PROFITS!


















Change Vendors for a Lower Price

This method is used all of the time and can save you a minimum amount. Most distributors have roughly the same cost structure and work on the same margins so while distributor "A" may be able to save money on the exact same item versus distributor "B," The savings will be very small unless the distributors are working off different pricing structures.


Buying an Equivalent Item from a Different Manufacturer or "Down-Guaging"  a Product

Second most popular way to save money and when implemented properly you'll see great savings.  This method examines current products and finds the closest item in its class and tests to see if the results are favorable. We offers a private label program called HYBRiD80. We have done the research for you, saving you money without sacrificing quality.  For example, if you use an 80 guage 20" machine stretch film, our HYBRiD80 product can do an outstanding job for you as an equivalent product.  While not 80 guage, it has shown to be effective in 80 guage applications thus saving money. 

Changing the Process


This is the most time-consuming, but the most effective method for driving out costs. This process requires planning and dedication on the part of the customer.  For example, if you tape 250 boxes per day by hand and are using 3" tape but your boxes are light-weight, you could be a candidate for an entry level case sealer and 2" tape. The savings are tremendous and yield higher plant efficiency. Furthermore, if you are hand wrapping pallets switching to a machine can save you as much as 50% in materials. If you buy 20 cases or more per month of hand wrap, this savings literally can pay the lease payment of a new machine. 

At Quick Pak, we are experts in these areas of saving money. We are here to help you increase your PROFITS!