Understanding Packaging and the Basics
Packaging Insight is a resource to help our customers understand the terminology used in the various packaging industries. We hope you find the information on these topics both informative and useful. As always we are committed to the success of our customers. If you have a question or need information on a product or topic not mentioned feel free to call us 813 242 6995.
Outlook: The Sept 3%
+ the Oct 5%, totaling 8%, WILL COME OFF quickly in December. Few are arguing that outlook, too much resin
capacity coming on in market and the 8% is tied to the hurricane disruptions. 45 days and we are back to something that
2018 Resin Outlook: A
general decline in price over the entire year, an additional 10-12%.
With a full range of heat sealer spare parts from Quick Pak Inc. Comprehensive spare part kits for basic and heavy duty sealers;Replacement heating elements for all variants;Replacement impulse heat sealer parts (elements);Substitute upper and lower PTFE strips;Sealing wire;Spare cutting blades New handles. Aside from basic table top variants for closing polythene packaging and lay flat tubing, we also stock heavy duty and hand held sealers so we’ve got you covered whether your needs are personal or industrial. Whichever model you choose, you will be sure to find all the heat sealer spare parts you could need at Quick Pak Inc. See all the models here: Impulse Bag and Poly Sealers
Looks like another increase is just around the corner. October 16th the stretch
manufacturers are going for round two.
The crazy lead times they are offering up (4-8 weeks plus). On top of that they want to limit order
Quick Pak Inc has many truckloads
of hand and machine film in stock for next day shipping from all three
locations with none of the increases added.
-Machine Grade Stretch Wrap
-Hand Wrap (case packed and bulk packed)
-Tinted and Opaque Hand and Machine Grade
This Weeks Special Product / Price:
15” x 30ga x 1476’ Prestretched Hand Wrap (case packed – 48 cases)
17” x 30ga x 1476’ Prestretched Hand Wrap (case packed – 48
cases) - $17.90/case
Minimum order is 1 pallet (48 cases) – FOB FL Warehouse.
Stretch & Shrink Film Market in the US
A good business to be in.
Demand for stretch and shrink film is expected to grow 3.7% annually to $4.0 billion in 2021. Greater warehousing and shipping activity will drive gains for products like pallet wrap and stretch hoods, as will resin and machinery innovations that have resulted in more efficient pallet wrapping. Ongoing shifts in product packaging, such as a trend toward high quality graphics, will continue to fuel growth for stretch and shrink film products.
Printed Stretch Pallet Wrap provides a cost effective medium
to identify, protect and advertise your product. Many companies have taken
advantage of eliminating pilferage of their product while at the same time
reinforcing brand and company identification both in transit and in customer’s
Pak Inc is uniquely positioned to offer custom printing with low minimums
backed by years of experience. We can print a variety of widths from 2” to 20” in a range of gauges in one or two colors.
In addition we have a range of stock prints readily
available in inventory (FRAGILE, RED HOT RUSH, DO NOT BREAK DOWN PALLET and
Our printed stretch pallet wrap……..TALKS!
-Stock Prints Available
-Protects and Identifies Products
-Range of Sizes
-Helps Inventory Control
-Multi-color Custom Printing
-Saves Money (No Labels)
-Reinforces Brand Image
-Bold print for Distance Identification.
THIS JUST IN:LLDPE stretch resin today – estimated to inscrease 2c/lb Third increase pending (stay tuned) PVC pricing in September (foodfilm) estimated to roll flat - No change Trade Analyst September 2017
Revolution Fork Truck Wheel Stop is designed for the
Revolution line of pallet stretch wrappers.
This wheel stop will protect the stretch wrapper getting hit by the
forklift every time a pallet is loaded and unloaded from the turntable.
Improve plant safety and efficiency with Revolution Fork
Truck Wheel Stop by reducing the costs associated with employee injury,
machinery down time, insurance claims, and building repairs due to accidental
collisions with the Revolution Pallet Stretch Wrapper or any other packaging
The Revolution Fork Truck Wheel Stop installs in minutes
with ordinary hand tools and concrete drill. Safety fork truck wheel Stop
system protect personnel, machinery, Conveyors and building structures. Specifications:
41” Long x 6" Wide x 2-5/16” High Top Angle Heavy Duty
Pre-Drilled with 4 Mounting Holes
Powder Coated Safety Yellow
Made in Florida, USA
Custom colors available – charges will apply.
*Will work with…
When you spend your company’s money, spend it wisely. When
it comes to buying a stretch wrapper, you’ve got to do some research in order
to make the right decision.
Here are five simple rules that will point you in the right
1. Buy a machine
that’s made by a well-established supplier.
Would you rather buy equipment made by a manufacturer that
only has a handful of machines in the field? Or, would you rather buy equipment
made by a large, well-established manufacturer that has thousands of machines
in the field?
We bet you’d prefer the latter. Manufacturers that have
designed, engineered and tested stretch wrappers for decades usually create the
highest quality machines.
2. Look for a machine
that’s sold by a reliable supplier who can provide service, training and
When you’re ready to buy a new wrapper, turn to your local
packaging distributor for help. But make sure they’re affiliated with a
well-established manufacturer. That will make it easy to get replacement …
PVC Food Films Price Increase To: All Food Film Customers
We have announced a 7% price increase effective with orders placed on or after Monday, October 2, 2017. Please make sure that you place your new orders with customer service before the effective date. (Berry) (Western Plastics) U.S. PVC Food Film Producer September 2017
THIS JUST IN:LLDPE stretch resin today – up 3c/lb (reflects August mid month adjustment) Second increase pending (stay tuned) PVC pricing in August (foodfilm) - No change Trade Analyst September 2017
Materials plants brace for Hurricane Harvey UPDATED — Plastics and petrochemicals units along the Texas coast were shutting down in advance of Hurricane Harvey, which was expected to h…
With so many options and increased competition for store’s
shelf space, companies are looking for ways to differentiate their product from
the competition. Some ways to stand out
on store shelves is to highlight your product with bright graphics or to have a
one-of-a-kind container. But is it possible to have both? Well, yes! For many
years marketers have had limited access to create a full 360° graphical view
for their products. One way to have a full 360° shelf presence is with shrink
sleeve labels. Shrink sleeve labels are a relatively new type of label that has
been building momentum in the label industry for several years now.
sleeves have special qualities that include:
• Full 360°
container design allows for expanded creativity with robust visuals, colors,
and gloss/matte finish that make a superior shelf impact.
sleeves are durable, scratch resistant and waterproof insuring your product
always looks and feels the way it should.
Many consumers don’t realize that stretch film plays an
important role in delivering and transporting many of the products they use.
Stretch Film is the highly elastic plastic material used to wrap products and
secure them onto pallets. It is most commonly used to unitize products for
efficient storage, but also serves as protection for transportation.
Stretch film is made from LLDPE (Linear-Low-Density
Polyethylene). LLDPE is the ideal material for wrapping and securing loads
because of its flexibility. The film’s ability to stretch around corners of
products, boxes, and pallets offers increased puncture and tear resistance as
well as greater efficiency when applied appropriately. High puncture and tear
resistance guarantees that the load will remain stable and secure during
transportation. Increased puncture resistance as well as a reduction of cost
can be detected when the film reaches its maximum stretch potential.
At Quick Pak Inc, we use state of the art testing technology
Back to warm and sunny in Tampa, Florida on Monday 18th Sept. Quick Pak Inc only lost power for one day and back open and shipping orders all last week. The Florida Oaks were trimmed a few days prior to Hurricane Irma and no damage was done to them, the building or the offices.
The hurricane made land fall about an hour and a half South of us and it sucked all the water out of the bay. This was a very rare site to see. We were expecting a storm serge when the water came back in, but that never happened.
The spot resin markets were
generally slow this past week, then the market began to pick up as Hurricane
Harvey began to form and threaten the heart of the Houston area Petrochemical
industry. A small flurry of activity ensued as buyers, fearing disruptions,
sought to secure additional material as an inventory buffer. All commodity
grades of Polyethylene and Polypropylene rose $.005/lb, and as the week drew to
a close, resin suppliers were pulling offers off the table pending the storm
Ahead of Harvey’s landfall,
Petrochemical complexes began to take precautionary matters by shutting down
numerous facilities including crackers, refineries, resin reactors, as well as
logistics related shipping channels, ports, warehouses, railways and roads,
which together, will absolutely impact resin supply - the full magnitude of
which cannot be determined as the storm system remains active.
Harvey hit the Houston area
Friday night as a huge Category 4 Hurricane, dumping rain that is est…
With so many manufacturers misusing stretch wrap vocabulary,
it can often be difficult to understand the true meaning of these terms. To
help consumers understand the real meaning, we listed a few of the most
commonly misused terms in the packaging industry. In doing so, we hope to educate consumers so
as to not be fooled by deceptive terminology when evaluating stretch wrap
Pre-stretch is the process of elongated film to a percentage
of its original length. The advantage of operating with pre-stretch is that it
provides great load stability and allows you consume less film per pallet.
Below are two different methods to obtain pre-stretch.
Pre-stretched stretch film is film that is stretched during
the manufacturing process prior to being wound up in rolls for stretch film
application. The majority of pre-stretched stretch film is applied using hand
Another means of obtaining pre-stretch film is by elongated
it using the motorized pre-stretch capabilities o…
Our 3-layer Polyethylene (PE) Shrink Bundling Film provide
excellent tensile strength and puncture resistance for packaging along with
superior shrink consistency of 60-80% (MD) and 0-20% (TD) performance. This
film is ideal for bundling and automated packaging with bullesyes heat tunnels
Width ranges from 10 inches to 68 inches with 1.5 Mil to 3.0 Mil
With a wide range of bundling and unitizing
applications—everything from bottled water to oversized stacks of ceiling
Companies looking to achieve a more sustainable, economical
packaging solution often use shrink bundling films as a substitute for boxes,
cartons or trays. These sturdy, conformable films are commonly used to package
bottles, cans or similar multi-count products. The use of shrink bundling film
as outer packaging not only eliminates excess packaging, it also speeds up and
streamlines the entire packaging and product handling process.
Products are protected while also remaining visible—making
The spot resin market slowed; the pace of completed transactions and the associated volumes fell below
average. While done deals were well-spread amongst commodity resins and as common, the bulk was
focused in the film grades. Polyethylene prices were at a minimum steady and most grades moved higher.
Polypropylene gained a cent amid spotty availability. Producers continue to pursue their August price increases;
they are seeking $.03/lb for PE and they are looking to advance PP by at least $.03/lb. Resin exports
out of Houston seem to be improving, with good demand coming from Latin America.
from the Asian region have also been flowing in, spurred by their rapidly rising monomer costs, but general
resin price expectations remain below workable levels for high volume incremental sales.
With CDI showing flat for August - will be hard for resin and stretch film producers to get that increase.
On Friday September 1st / Orders Placed.
What is driving this increase: It’s the RESIN COMPANIES pushing for a series
of what they classify as a supply based (tight supply) market resin cost
increases. They are actually pushing for
2 increases (back to back).
AmTopp felt compelled and responsible to provide written
notice to customers, just in case.
Please place your orders for your September film needs IN
ADVANCE of this announced Sept. 1st increase.
***** Notes on this increase *****
Only AmTopp, Intertape and MalPack have announced this Sept
1st price increase.
The other 4 major stretch producers chose NOT to follow and
announce this increase.
This increase has a REAL POSSIBLITY to get DELAYED or even
CANCELLED. Probably delayed.
CDI resin index publishes this Friday August 25th we will
know then about this increase status.
I will send an update on this increase status.
Please look at your film needs and place film orders prior
to next Friday Sept 1st, bet…
4" X 5-1/2" + 1" LIP AND TAPE BUBBLE BAGBubble Out Bag - Clear Self Seal. Our bubble-out bags are made in the USA using a 3/16" bubble height. This product line has bubble on the outside with a smooth non-abrasive, non-corrosive interior. Dimensions listed are inside dimensions; first dimension is bag width followed by bag height. Each bag as a 1" lip with a reusable pressure sensitive closure.
Bubble Out Bags are not designed to be used as outer packaging. They serve as added protection for your products and then get inserted into the outer packaging (mailer, box, etc.). Save time by eliminating the hassle of cutting and taping bubble wrap around your items. Simply insert your product into a bubble out bag and seal the adhesive closed. Smooth interior makes inserting and removing product easy. Peel-and-seal closure eliminates the need for tape and scissors. High Profile 3/16" bubble provides extra protection during transit. Go Green: 100% Recyclable. Dimensio…
1/2" X 60YD (12MM X 55M) BLACK STRAPPING TAPE
1 case = 144 rolls
Extra heavy-duty for the most demanding applications.
1/2" x 60 yds. (144 roll Pack) Black Strapping Tape. Extra heavy-duty for the most demanding applications. Great for heavy-duty bundling applications. Formulated to provide very good oily metal adhesion. Provides excellent moisture, abrasion and scuff resistance. Presto 105 Black Strapping Tape1/2" x 60 yds (12mm x 55m).105 Presto Black MOPP Strapping TapeNatural Rubber AdhesiveHeavy Duty PP Tape
This guide will help you choose the best size of bubble wrap
to protect the items that you package and ship.
First, a couple of comments on the way that bubble wrap is
sized. Bubble wrap comes in four (4)
standard sizes; 1/8", 3/16",
5/16", and 1/2". The size
refers to the height of the bubble and not the diameter. 1/8" is a less common size and it is
called "super small" bubble.
3/16" is called small, 5/16" is medium, and 1/2" is
called large bubble. Common retail roll
widths are 12" and 24" and the rolls are typically perforated every
If you are packaging delicate, fragile items then wrap your
items with super small or small bubble wrap or put the item into a pouch made
from small bubble. Click here for
pouches made from small bubble wrap.
For increased protection wrap the item with several layers
of bubble and tape it into place. Always
wrap the top of the bubbles against your item for the best protect…