Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Quick Packaging News: Stretch Film and Plastics Pricing News

Quick Packaging News: Stretch Film and Plastics Pricing News: NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS   Our polyethylene resin suppliers have informed us of a new resin price increase effective February 1st. Factors supp...

Quick Packaging News: Stretch Film and Plastics Pricing News

Quick Packaging News: Stretch Film and Plastics Pricing News: NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS   Our polyethylene resin suppliers have informed us of a new resin price increase effective February 1st. Factors supp...

Stretch Film and Plastics Pricing News

NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS 


Our polyethylene resin suppliers have informed us of a new resin price increase effective February 1st. Factors supporting this resin increase are; improving domestic and global demand, rising feedstock costs. In response to this February 1st resin increase, all new orders received on or after February 24th will be priced at a 7% increase.
U.S. Stretch Film Producer January 2017 (Read Sigma letter)

MARKET BEAT
Alcoa reported higher-than-expected revenue in its first quarterly results, helped partly by a rise in alumina prices. Alcoa said it expects a 6% increase in demand from China, driven by packaging, electrical, transportation sectors. "Rising aluminum prices improved the bottom line," the company said in a statement, adding that margins doubled in one segment. Aluminum prices climbed to a 20-month peak yesterday after reports of potential capacity cuts in China.
Trade Reports January 2017

RESPECTED MARKET ANALYST REPORTS TODAY
January LLDPE rolls flat (NO CHANGE): Added the following rider ‘As a result of global PE prices starting to rise and spot ethylene trading in the mid 30’s in the final week of January, it now looks like domestic PE producers are going to be successful in achieving the 5 cent price increase they have nominated for February’. One U.S. producer has already announced an additional 6c/lb LLDPE hike slated for March.
Resin Trade News January 2017

LLDPE resin price increase
In addition to the $.05/lb price increase nominated for February Polyethylene contracts, at least one major producer has added a $.06/lb price increase for March implementation.
Trade Reports January 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Quick Packaging News: How to Improve your Bottom Line?

Quick Packaging News: How to Improve your Bottom Line?: Want to improve your bottom line? The answer is closer than you think Cost and efficiency: the mere mention of these two words is ...

How to Improve your Bottom Line?

Want to improve your bottom line? The answer is closer than you think


Cost and efficiency: the mere mention of these two words is enough to see any manufacturer break into a cold sweat. They are the two forces that impact every manufacturing sector. So how can manufacturers successfully optimize cost and efficiency to improve their bottom line?

Manufacturers are under growing pressure to improve efficiency and lower costs. Traditionally this has meant struggling to find the delicate balance between cost-cutting and product quality. This is made even more complex with the high line speeds and frequent line changeovers – both of which are becoming more common as manufacturers keep trying to push productivity to the limits.

A large part of the solution lies in internally optimizing processes and equipment. To see how this works in action, let’s take the example of end of line packaging equipment:

1. Reduce total cost of ownership (TCO)

You can save money, increase your packaging equipment’s performance and improve your workforce’s productivity all by simply understanding the life-cycle costs associated with equipment ownership. In fact, there is a genuine opportunity for manufacturers to dramatically reduce cost of ownership and improve their bottom line. But what is TCO and how can it be calculated?

Total costs cover both visible and hidden expenses, and should generally be measured over a 3-5 year period. Visible expenses for labelling and coding equipment, for example, would include:
-Capital
-Installation costs
-Consumables over the period
-Routine maintenance
-Corrective maintenance
-Service contracts
-Spare parts

Studies suggest that around 85% of lifecycle costs are actually hidden:
-Downtime if the equipment breaks down
-Downtime due to routine maintenance tasks
-Shipping if the servicing is return-to-base
-Operator training
-Training time
-Time for product changeover
-Financing costs if equipment is leased
-Cost of disposal

By understanding the true cost of your packaging equipment, you can take proactive steps to reduce the TCO and improve your bottom line. A big part of this is choosing the right equipment provider in the first place. (See here for some thoughts on that.) For example, the right provider can regularly inspect and maintain the packaging equipment, with fixed-price service contracts, and provide the proper operator training. Setting out the difference between preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair — it may be a surprise to know that the true cost of a machine breakdown has been estimated at between 4 to 15 times the maintenance costs!

You also need to weigh up the equipment capital cost versus its ongoing running cost – a low capital cost but high running cost is a hidden TCO.

2. Improve productivity and efficiency

The more efficient a manufacturer, the higher the potential for profit. That much is simple – but in our increasingly competitive business environment, the challenge for manufacturing companies is to find effective ways to be more productive without compromising the quality of the products going out the door. The second you start waiving quality and overlooking regulatory and compliance standards, you say goodbye to customers.

But there are ways to improve productivity while maintaining your high quality and compliance:
Vision inspection systems: automating quality control provides major cost savings, due to reduced rework and more reliable product quality. By using vision technologies to automate quality control of your coding and labelling, you will reduce the potential for human error and enable greater transparency throughout the process.

Checkweigh: By inspecting portion control of a packaged product, checkweighers make sure that all packs leaving your factory door are within the specified weight range, thereby eliminating unnecessary product waste and reducing costs. Sitting at the end of a product line, checkweigh technology can provide precision weighing at high throughput speeds and remove overweight/underweight products from the line. It can also help manufacturers detect any issues with product filling on the production line, allowing them to correct the problem quickly and save costs.

Manufacturers can spend a significant amount of time, energy and money in checking products manually, but checkweigh and vision inspection systems allow for checks to be done automatically and accurately. Investing in or upgrading your product ID and inspection equipment is a proven way to streamline your existing processes and improve efficiency.

3. Measurement and visibility

How can you know where to improve efficiency if you haven’t got visibility of your production line? 

Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) is a best practice metric used by many manufacturers to measure productivity. OEE identifies the percentage of planned production time that is truly productive, so a score of 100% means represents perfect production with no downtime. However, most manufacturing lines are only 60% productive, meaning there is massive room for improvement.

Target: real-time production target established by the planned rate of production

Actual: actual production count

Efficiency: ratio of target to actual, i.e. how far ahead/behind production is running as a percentage

Downtime: accumulated downtime per shift in real-time

To see where to improve, you can’t rely on guesswork — you need to put the procedures and technology in place to clearly see, measure and drive efficiency. Coding and labelling equipment can easily keep product count since it sits towards the end of the line to measure actual production count, while inspection systems can keep count of the rejects.


Want to find out more on labelling, coding and inspection solutions that can help increase productivity, reduce TCO and improve your bottom line? Quick Pak Inc can help you do all three. 

Speak to us today 813 242 6995.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Quick Packaging News: Resin and Plastics Pricing News

Quick Packaging News: Resin and Plastics Pricing News: Nova Chem. new LLDPE reactor up and running prime grade resins, just one of many major resin producing plants (U.S.)coming on stream in ...

Resin and Plastics Pricing News


Nova Chem. new LLDPE reactor up and running prime grade resins, just one of many major resin producing plants (U.S.)coming on stream in 2017.
Trade Reports January 2017


LLDPE selling activity up (film grades) in the U.S. with pricing heading north. Market fundamentals showing some support for 5c/lb Feb increase.
Trade Sources January 2017

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Product recall or withdrawal?

Product recall or withdrawal?  Fact’s every company should know.


Let’s say the unthinkable has happened: you’ve discovered a problem in your manufacturing line that affects a whole batch of products. Worse still, a full supply has already left the plant and hit the store shelves. What now? Is it a “recall” or a “withdrawal”? Does it matter? Yes, it really does — and this is why: if you issue a recall notification but it’s actually a product withdrawal, you could find yourself paying out for media notices and other recall costs for no reason. On the other hand, if it’s a recall and you treat it as a withdrawal, the ramifications could extend to legal action. Knowing the difference between a recall and withdrawal means you can handle the situation quickly and correctly, saving you valuable time, money and stress. Here’s a guide we’ve put together on the key differences between a “product recall” and a “product withdrawal” that every manufacturer and brand owner should know.

1. What is the difference between a product recall and product withdrawal?

A product recall removes products from distribution, sale or consumption that present a significant health or safety threat because of a product defect or contamination. This can either be at trade or consumer level. Recalling food products can happen because of a report or complaint from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, government or consumers. It can also occur after the business itself has run internal tests and audits. A product withdrawal, on the other hand, is where product is removed from the supply chain — but not for health and safety reasons. For example, if something has been labelled with the wrong weight, the manufacturer may want to withdraw it. But if that same product was labelled with the wrong ingredients and allergens, this would then be a recall. Manufacturers sometimes also withdraw products as a precaution, waiting further investigation of a potential public health risk. If that risk is established, the food must be recalled.

2. Is a ‘voluntary product recall’ the same as a ‘product withdrawal’?

These are similar in that they’re both voluntary. Where they differ is that a recall typically involves a manufacturer removing a defective or unsafe product from the market completely — which includes calling out to customers to return their unsafe products. With a withdrawal, a company may choose to simply stop selling a product for a time — even if it is already in the market and being used by consumers.

3. Which industries conduct recalls and withdrawals?

Both recalls and withdrawals can relate to any product — food, beverage, toys, right up to cars, anything. Withdrawals however, are mostly associated with food and beverages.

4. What are the main causes for product recalls and withdrawals?

A lot are due to microbiological issues, labelling issues and physical or chemical contamination. As many as 90% of labelling recalls are due to undeclared allergens — including peanuts, gluten, milk and eggs. Where the issue is physical contamination, the foreign matter usually involves metal, plastics and glass.

5. What are the legal requirements for recalls and withdrawals?
When it comes to recalls, companies are legally required to communicate recall information to government agencies and industry groups. The business is also responsible for ensuring that the public is notified of the recall.  When a company decides to voluntarily withdraw a product from the market, there are no such legal requirements and withdrawals don’t need to be notified to authorities. That said, the company should still conduct the voluntary recall with the same level of efficiency and care as if it were a mandatory recall.

6. Should manufacturers have different written procedures for a recall and withdrawal?

Yes, that’s recommended. No matter how reliable your manufacturing processes are, you need a formal recall plan to ensure your customers’ safety and your brand’s reputation. Many major retailers stipulate that their suppliers must have separate written procedures identifying the difference between a product withdrawal and a product recall and how they both should be handled.

7. Do manufacturers need to invest in different technology to avoid and manage recalls and withdrawals?

No — advanced inspection systems that will check, detect and respond quickly to any problems can help avoid both recalls and withdrawals in the production line. This includes vision inspection, checkweigh, metal detection and x-ray inspection technologies. For example, using camera and computer technologies, machine vision systems automatically conduct appearance, character and defect inspections, without the need for human intervention. This vastly decreases the risk of an unfit or faulty product leaving your plant. This technology can check labels, barcodes, use-by dates, product formation and much more. The best thing is the system immediately notifies you of a problem, so you can fix it before the whole batch is produced and definitely before the product is shipped.


More information on inspection systems available from QuickPak Inc, 813 242 6995

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Quick Packaging News: Direct Thermal Print or Thermal Transfer Labels fo...

Quick Packaging News: Direct Thermal Print or Thermal Transfer Labels fo...: So should you choose direct thermal print or thermal transfer labels to print barcodes?  There’s a misconception in the industry aro...

Direct Thermal Print or Thermal Transfer Labels for Barcodes?

So should you choose direct thermal print or thermal transfer labels to print barcodes? 

There’s a misconception in the industry around these technologies: many people believe that direct thermal (because it has no ribbon) is a less expensive option than thermal transfer.
But don’t be caught up there: it’s critical to first understand which technology is more efficient for whom.

The bottom line: The cost difference between the two is negligible — until you start looking at what happens to your product after it leaves your factory floor. Before you buy any equipment, make sure you know the pros and cons of both technologies.


At first glance, it seems cheaper to not require a ribbon in your direct transfer labelling system. But “whether you save on ribbon costs” is the wrong question to ask when you’re assessing this technology.

Think about these things instead:

Your label’s edges and the texture of your paper wear down the print-head faster — especially when printing barcodes in the easier-to-read “picket fence” orientation. Bottom line: you’ll buy print-heads more often with direct transfer barcode printers.

Beyond 6 months, direct transfer print will turn yellow, and the print will fade to grey because the print contrast in direct thermal systems is not as good as thermal transfer systems. Bottom line: if your product has to last longer than 6 months on a shelf, you’re risking label legibility.

Major heat, humidity, sunlight and friction from contact (such as frequent scanning or abrasive transportation) will rub off a direct transfer label. Bottom line: if your product’s barcode is in contact with rubbing, or condensation, direct transfer labels will not work for you.

The criticism of thermal transfer barcode printing is not actually about the quality of printer — rather the quality of the installers. For instance, what your product’s package will experience environmentally, over time, indicates which ribbon will adhere to your product’s packaging film. 

Once you have that match right, you can enjoy the typically overlooked benefits of thermal transfer label systems.


1. The smooth, waxy surface of the thermal transfer ribbon creates less friction when applying your barcode to the product. Bottom line: manufacturers working to a deadline can enjoy a higher print speed — especially when printing and applying the barcode label (because the ribbon protects the print-head). Bottom line: Print-head life is frequently doubled with thermal transfer compared to direct thermal barcode printing.

2. The ribbon’s film applies a wax or resin onto the surface of your product. Bottom line: a thermal transfer barcode is highly resistant to any chemicals, humidity, UV sun rays, abrasion and climatic changes that your packaging may encounter on its journey through the supply chain.

3. These labelling systems can typically work at higher speeds. Bottom line: if your production line is fast, you will achieve a better result with a thermal transfer labelling system.

Quick thumbnail guide:

The last thing any company ever wants to hear is that the new equipment they’ve just bought doesn’t actually suit their purposes — or won’t, in 6 to 12 months’ time. So don’t get caught up in a simplistic comparison that leaves you paying more, or with more headaches, than needs be. Here’s a quick guide…

Direct Transfer: suits companies with perishable goods (less than 12 months) because the label doesn’t need to last a long time.

Thermal Transfer: suits companies whose products need to endure friction, changes in temperature or dampness and last more than 6 months, i.e. “long-life” manufactured goods.
If in doubt, ask for guidance. Getting the right help to choose fit-for-purpose equipment — the first time — means you’ll avoid the awkwardness, and disappointment, of discovering hidden costs now, and later.




Monday, January 23, 2017

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Quick Packaging News: Product identification and traceability innovation...

Quick Packaging News: Product identification and traceability innovation...: Both product identification and traceability are used across a range of different industries, each of which has its own unique set of la...

Product identification and traceability innovation


Both product identification and traceability are used across a range of different industries, each of which has its own unique set of labelling requirements. The one you choose largely depends upon the sector your business operates in – from food and produce to automotive parts and pharmaceuticals.
The food processing industry tracks the journey of food using barcodes and RFID tags. This is a compulsory exercise which was brought about by the EU General Food Law in 2002. The year 2004 saw innovative technology used in tracing animal products, with the advent of the EU TRACES database system, which tracks animals from birth to the abattoir.

The food industry in general, can be broken down into several categories including baked goods, fresh produce and frozen food – each of which has its own product identification and tracking requirements. Different foods have different packaging needs to cater for freshness and transportability. For crisp packets and cardboard boxes through to plastic, tubs there are many technologies on offer which allow printing on these varied materials.

Available printing technologies

Fresh produce packaged in generic film for instance, always requires the use-by date which is most commonly printed using a thermal transfer overprinter. This innovation operates using a high resolution thermal print-head to melt a wax or resin-based ink onto the packaging, and is suitable for printing nutritional panels, ingredients lists, logos and barcodes.
Printing on frozen food requires you to overcome the issues of ice and water. Whether you need to print onto plastic film, ice cream tubs or cardboard, technologies such as pre-printed pressure sensitive labels allow you to do this.

Tracing timber is a must, especially for environmentally conscious businesses sourcing from sustainable forests. Timber mills can print direct onto the wood using Large Character DOD Inkjet printers, which are durable and reliable, and can also be used to label steel pipe and roofing products.
The pharmaceuticals industry requires complete traceability to combat counterfeit goods. Using Linx Food Grade Ink, information can be printed directly onto capsule and tablets, while CIJ printers are ideal for batch numbers and best before dates on packaging.

Traceability code inspection

In addition to the direct printing or marking and label application, you’ll find vision systems technology on offer, which automatically inspects and validates the presence and positioning of labels, checks the tamper seals, caps and closures, and sorts products based on their markings. These innovative machines increase the efficiency of the entire packing process, ensuring the reliability of product quality and improving process control.

For more detailed information on the systems above, call us here at Quick Pak Inc:
PH: 813 242 6995

www.quickpakinc.com

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Quick Packaging News: What you need to know about preventive maintenance...

Quick Packaging News: What you need to know about preventive maintenance...: You know what they say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For decades, many manufacturers have relied on a “fail and fix” approach fo...

What you need to know about preventive maintenance vs breakdown repair.


You know what they say: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. For decades, many manufacturers have relied on a “fail and fix” approach for packaging equipment, waiting until the very moment it breaks down before fixing the problem. However, there’s a growing school of thought that an alternative “predict and prevent” approach is the best — and perhaps only? — Way to run a production line.

So which should you choose?

Here we look at the pros and cons of each approach:

What is preventative maintenance?

Preventative maintenance, or planned maintenance, is the process of making sure that all packaging equipment is operating at peak efficiency at all times. Depending on the equipment, it may comprise quick daily inspections, cleaning, lubricating and minor adjustments. In the short term, this means minor problems can be detected and solved before they become a major problem. And in the long term, preventative maintenance helps you get the most from your equipment for longer.

Think about your car. Most people don’t wait until it breaks down before getting it serviced. Instead, you book it in for a service every 5,000 miles or so. The same approach should apply to labelling, coding and packaging equipment in your plant. And yet, some manufacturers wait until their equipment fails before doing anything about it.

What is breakdown repair?

Breakdown repair, or “fail and fix”, simply means that you wait for equipment to fail before fixing it. This approach goes back decades, founded on the belief that maintenance is unnecessary and costly. In the past, maintenance has simply not been recognized as a task that contributes to the bottom line. Instead, workers are focused on those activities that are seen to directly impact productivity.

The cost factor

Let’s face it; everything comes down to the bottom line. So the biggest question manufacturers want answered is what is the cost of preventative maintenance versus breakdown repair?
On the surface, you might think that breakdown repair has the edge. After all, you only need to budget for the one-time expense of repair and parts, right? Wrong. The cost of breakdown repair extends far beyond the repair labor and materials. Because a breakdown is never planned, it causes production to stop for an undetermined period. For every minute that production stops, the company is losing money. It may miss deadlines, which impacts the rest of the supply chain and can increase the risk of losing customers. It’s no surprise then that the true cost of a machine breakdown has been estimated as between four to 15 times the maintenance costs.

It’s not only the downtime that costs the business; if equipment starts to wear without detection, a 
plant may be producing items with unacceptable quality without realizing it. We’re talking about labels with unscannable barcodes and illegible product codes, inspection equipment that lets contaminants slip through undetected, checkweighers that let containers pass through with too much or too little inside, and so on. Before long, this will erode customer and consumer trust in your products and brand.

By maintaining your equipment on a regular basis, you are also ensuring you get the most out of it. Because it’s working more efficiently, you ultimately benefit from a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and a stronger return on investment (ROI) in the long run.
The time factor

One factor that deters some manufacturers from preventative maintenance is the time involved in checking and inspecting equipment. It’s that there’s some investment required in setting up a preventative maintenance program (PMP). A good maintenance program demands company-wide support from the top executive right down to the machine operators. However, once established, the process of checking equipment is minimal compared with the time that could be lost if a piece of equipment breaks down without warning (not to mention the hassle and stress of getting the machine up and running again).

While you can take a self-maintenance approach, most manufacturers choose to take advantage of a dedicated service by their equipment providers. This is often available for a monthly fee, depending on the provider, but comes with the invaluable benefit of access to highly qualified service technicians. For example, Quick Pak Inc provides a preventative maintenance program whereby skilled technicians conduct thorough routine service procedures and inspect your coding, labelling and inspection equipment. Where required, the technicians replace consumable parts, clean equipment and advice on any areas of concern.

The verdict

The time for breakdown repair is long gone, and any company that wants to continue growing and generating profits needs to invest in preventative maintenance.

The good news is that there are smart technologies designed to make preventative maintenance easier and more cost-effective than ever. The current labelling and coding machines, for example, are fitted with sensors that can check the output quality and warn of potential issues long before the machinery breaks down and brings production to a grinding halt.


Get more tips here on building a successful planned maintenance program. You can also read about why scheduled maintenance is the “ounce of prevention that’s worth a pound of cure”, how planned maintenance is one of the 12 most important metrics to measure in manufacturing and how important TPM (total productive maintenance) is to manufacturers. 

And then, why choosing Quick Pak Inc a local service provider, with 24-hour support, puts you in front.

Quick Packaging News: Packaging Equipment Preventative Maintenance

Quick Packaging News: Packaging Equipment Preventative Maintenance: Packaging Equipment Preventative Maintenance Keeps it running! Stretch wrappers, Case Erectors, Shrink Wrappers, Case Sealers, Str...

Packaging Equipment Preventative Maintenance

Packaging Equipment Preventative Maintenance Keeps it running!


Stretch wrappers, Case Erectors, Shrink Wrappers, Case Sealers, Strappers, Tapers- you name it, these are all very complex pieces of packaging equipment expected to optimize your production line for efficient packaging processes. If maintained properly, these machines can last years without any problems or breakdowns.

Periodic maintenance is important.

Most companies search for major causes that could be responsible for the problems, yet overlook the minor causes that contribute to the big problem. To ensure that your business model can be upheld in the long run, it’s important to follow up and check on the reliability of your machines. Inspecting your machines can reduce the likelihood of any disastrous maintenance issues that might arise unexpectedly.  After all, it’s much easier, less stressful, and less costly to prevent problems than it is to interrupt workflow to repair them.  A lack of preventive maintenance is a major cause of downtime, so this is a good opportunity to catch potential problems before they develop into larger issues and make sure your machine is running smoothly.

While your packaging equipment doesn’t require constant care, just a little bit of attention from time to time can go a long way toward avoiding downtime and more costly repairs down the road. So rather than spending money on unexpected repairs, you might want to invest in periodic preventative maintenance program.


At Quick Pak Inc, we service end of line packaging equipment. We perform repairs and PM’s on a variety of different packaging equipment. We provide highly trained, well-qualified employees who are not only concerned with maintaining your machines, but we also seek to maximize the performance.  We prides ourselves in delivering top notch care to keep you running seamlessly for years to come. 

Give us a call at (813) 242 6995 to schedule a PM or visit our website

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Quick Packaging News: Lowest Tape Price with FREE Shipping

Quick Packaging News: Lowest Tape Price with FREE Shipping: 2" X 1.8MIL X 110YD CLEAR ACRYLIC TAPE FREE Freight on 90 case order. Clear Acrylic Bander brand tape will perform in a wide...

Lowest Tape Price with FREE Shipping

2" X 1.8MIL X 110YD CLEAR ACRYLIC TAPE


FREE Freight on 90 case order.
Clear Acrylic Bander brand tape will perform in a wide range of temperatures (32 degrees - 120 degrees), Bander tape crystal clear to not interfere with exterior markings and labels, and instantly bonds to corrugated boxes and surfaces.
Bander Tape comes in hand grade for manual application.

Bander Tape water based acrylic carton sealing tape is made with a special high-shear adhesive, developed specifically to meet our rigorous specifications.  Higher shear values mean greater holding power on boxes.
Your Price: $23.00/case delivered on pallet orders.
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Quick Packaging News: Best Way to Wrap and Stack Product on a Pallet

Quick Packaging News: Best Way to Wrap and Stack Product on a Pallet: In the United States, our freight is shipped on an estimated 1.4 billion pallets in active circulation.  Wrapped Pallet by Quick Pak ...

Best Way to Wrap and Stack Product on a Pallet

In the United States, our freight is shipped on an estimated 1.4 billion pallets in active circulation. 

Wrapped Pallet by Quick Pak Inc

More companies are palletizing freight for delivery because it’s an easy way to cheaply transport large items. There is also less chance for items to be damaged when being delivered on a pallet. That’s because they are handled by fork lift trucks rather than boxes possibly being thrown from one man to another! 

But to ultimately end up at its destination without damage, the pallet must be properly packed. Here are some tips on how to pack a pallet.

Choose the right pallet:
It should be large enough so that your shipment does not overhang the edges.
Pallets should be sturdy enough to support the load.
Avoid pallets with broken boards or protruding nail heads.

Stacking on the pallet:
Make sure cartons are new and of proper strength to withstand stacking.
Stack smaller, lighter items on heavier items.
Securely seal cartons.
Use proper amounts of dunnage within cartons and leave no spaces between products. Align boxes in columns, corner to corner, for the greatest stacking strength.
Use a slip sheet or pallet liner paper under the load and every third layer when possible to help distribute the weight evenly and protect the bottom layer.

Secure shipment to pallet:
Use strapping or banding to secure your shipment to the pallet. It should be drawn tightly to the load, which may require running it underneath the top deck boards of the pallet.

Stretch wrapping is an effective way to keep all pieces of a shipment together. The plastic stretch wrap should first be applied around the pallet and continued upward around the load. Overlap by 50% and make sure it’s tight to prevent shifting. Stretch wrap can be twisted like rope for greater strength.

Use a dust cover sheet over the top of your shipment to protect it from the time of packing to delivery.

An edge protector product can reduce the chance of damage. Corner boards increase vertical stacking strength, prevent damage to edges, and stabilize the load. They should extend to the full height and length of the load, and should be used on all corners. This will help maintain the boxes’ shape, rather than being squeezed in by the stretch wrap.

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Quick Packaging News: Nichrome Wire, Seal Pad

Quick Packaging News: Nichrome Wire, Seal Pad

Nichrome Wire, Seal Pad

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Quick Packaging News: 2" X 1.8MIL X 110YD CLEAR ACRYLIC TAPE

Quick Packaging News: 2" X 1.8MIL X 110YD CLEAR ACRYLIC TAPE: FREE Freight on 98 case order @ $24.99/case delivered. Clear Acrylic Bander brand tape will perform in a wide range of temperatures...

2" X 1.8MIL X 110YD CLEAR ACRYLIC TAPE


FREE Freight on 98 case order @ $24.99/case delivered.

Clear Acrylic Bander brand tape will perform in a wide range of temperatures (32 degrees - 120 degrees), Bander tape crystal clear to not interfere with exterior markings and labels, and instantly bonds to corrugated boxes and surfaces.
Bander Tape comes in hand grade for manual application.

Bander Tape water based acrylic carton sealing tape is made with a special high-shear adhesive, developed specifically to meet our rigorous specifications.  Higher shear values mean greater holding power on boxes.
SKU:Bander


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Monday, January 16, 2017

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Quick Packaging News: Printed Pallet Wrap from Quick Pak Inc

Quick Packaging News: Printed Pallet Wrap from Quick Pak Inc: Printing capacity increased: Quick Pak now offers lower minimums and faster lead times on all printed films. Advertise: Logo's...

Printed Pallet Wrap from Quick Pak Inc

Printing capacity increased: Quick Pak now offers lower minimums and faster lead times on all printed films.



Safeguard Shipments: Printed message make handling requirements highly visible. "Do Not Double Stack", "Fragile", "Handle With Care", "Do Not Break Pallet", "Signature Required", "Keep Frozen"

Security Appeal: Reduces risks of pilferage and tampering in storage or transit. Easily identify shipments that have been broken into or tampered with.

Reduce Lost Shipments: Easier to identify pallets means carriers are less likely to misplace or lose shipments.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Quick Packaging News: Roping Stretch Film Will Increase Load Holding Pow...

Quick Packaging News: Roping Stretch Film Will Increase Load Holding Pow...: Roping Stretch Film Will Increase Load Holding Power. Roping pre-stretched film provides an economical and efficient method to wrap or...

Roping Stretch Film Will Increase Load Holding Power


Roping pre-stretched film provides an economical and efficient method to wrap organic products without limiting load stability.


Stretch wrapping of pallets has become standard practice across many industries, including the shipment of food products to grocery retailers. Secure pallet load unitizing is most often achieved by stretch wrapping a pallet load in pre-stretched film, providing not only unit strength but also protection from the elements during transportation.

Whenever a forklift is inserted to the base of pallet, you might run the risk of tearing the stretch film. A small tear at the base of the pallet has the potential to spread throughout the entire load. Thus, in order to try to minimize this risk, it may be wise to create a film rope. Using a film rope to secure your load provides an efficient method for wrapping your products without restricting the load’s stability. Film roping is the twisting of stretch film to increase its film strength. It increases the overall strength of the stretch film, which can lead to fewer film breaks and an increase in productivity.

Film roping is the perfect solution for fruits, vegetables, organic products, and specialized industries that need to be able to breathe in order to avoid spoiling. Film roping provides open airflow through the load as the spaces between the film rotations allow for ventilation through the pallet. Film roping can also be used in conjunction with regular stretch wrapping to provide greater holding power for unusually heavy loads such as bricks. The rope serves as a strong belt for greater protection and load stability.

The film roping technique works by taking standard machine film rolls and roping the film to create a thinner, yet strong band. The way film roping can be applied also increases its effectiveness with heavier product loads. Roping can be applied to a product pallet in the standard, circular motion of standard stretch wrapping, or specifically positions for need-based applications. For example, an “X” pattern, creates additional downward pressure on the pallet load to better secure the cases to the pallet.

Additionally, there are different ways to rope depending on the load and height. Quick Pak Inc can help you decide what film technique you should use, and the tools to achieve it.



CoverALL Dispenser for Pallet Top Sheets

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Quick Packaging News: Loading Film on the Revolution ST Pallet Wrapper

Quick Packaging News: Loading Film on the Revolution ST Pallet Wrapper: Here we are loading the Revolution ST Pallet Stretch Wrapping Machine by Quick Pak Inc with our HYB2050 Pre-stretched Cast Machine Film.  T...

Loading Film on the Revolution ST Pallet Wrapper

Here we are loading the Revolution ST Pallet Stretch Wrapping Machine by Quick Pak Inc with our HYB2050 Pre-stretched Cast Machine Film.  The roll is 20" wide and 5000 feet in length.


I also show how to thread the film and how all the controls on the carriage work.

If you need more information feel to contact us here:

Quick Pak Inc
4007 North 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33610

PH: 813 242 6995
FX: 813 242 6985

sales@quickpakinc.com
www.quickpakinc.com

How to Load Pallet Wrap on the Revolution ST Wrapping Machine

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Quick Packaging News: Hand Wrapping an Over Sized Pallet with Stretch Pa...

Quick Packaging News: Hand Wrapping an Over Sized Pallet with Stretch Pa...: How to wrap an over sized pallet with stretch film and the products used.  In this video we were wrapping the Revolution ST Pallet Stretch ...

Hand Wrapping an Over Sized Pallet with Stretch Pallet Wrap

How to wrap an over sized pallet with stretch film and the products used.  In this video we were wrapping the Revolution ST Pallet Stretch Wrapper in the shipping crate.


The size of the pallet is: 120" long x 70" wide x 42" high and the weight is 1650 Lbs.

The product we used to do this are all available from Quick Pak Inc and they are:

Cover-ALL 60" x 60" Clear Pallet Top Sheets.

Cover-ALL Heavy Duty Metal Roll Dispenser.

NWD Pallet Stretch Wrap Dispenser.

17" x 1500' HYBRiD80 Plus Stretch Hand Wrap.

3" x 2.0 x 110yd Custom Printed Carton Sealing Tape

Heavy Duty 3" W Hand Tape Dispenser.

More information and to buy these items:

Quick Pak Inc
PH: 813 242 6995
sales@quickpakinc.com
www.quickpakinc.com

 



Hand Stretch Wrapping an Oversized Pallet

Monday, January 9, 2017

Revolution Fork Truck Wheel Stop

Quick Packaging News: Resin and Plastics Pricing News

Quick Packaging News: Resin and Plastics Pricing News: Packaging News NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS Dear Polyethylene Customer: Effective February 1, 2017, Dow Chemical will increase the selling price ...

Resin and Plastics Pricing News

Packaging News
NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS


Dear Polyethylene Customer:
Effective February 1, 2017, Dow Chemical will increase the selling price of all polyethylene resins in the United States by US$0.05/lb.
Products included in this price increase are as follows:
- All LDPE Resins
- All LLDPE Resins
U.S. RESIN (LLDPE) Producer January 2017 (Dow)  (LyondellBasell)

NEWS RESIN PRICING
Trade analyst reports in December
No change in PVC resin prices (ROLLS FLAT).
LLDPE resin price down $.02/lb.

More info here: www.quickpakinc.com



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quick Packaging News: Plastics Pricing News from Quick Pak Inc

Quick Packaging News: Plastics Pricing News from Quick Pak Inc: Packaging News NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS Dear Polyethylene Customer: Effective February 1, 2017, Dow Chemical will increase the selling price of...

Plastics Pricing News from Quick Pak Inc

Packaging News
NEWSWIRE SNIPPETS

Dear Polyethylene Customer:
Effective February 1, 2017, Dow Chemical will increase the selling price of all polyethylene resins in the United States by US$0.05/lb.
Products included in this price increase are as follows:
- All LDPE Resins
- All LLDPE Resins
U.S. RESIN (LLDPE) Producer January 2017 (Read Letter)


NEWS RESIN PRICING
Trade analyst reports in December
No change in PVC resin prices (ROLLS FLAT).
LLDPE resin price down $.02/lb.

Stretch film resin pricing - LLDPE
Polyethylene trading was good; volumes were above average and prices rose again. The season of holiday priced specials came and went and shelves are starting to look bare. Stretch film producers who assumed that prices would just continue lower were somewhat stunned by the lack of material availability and higher price levels.
Trade Reports December 2016

LLDPE – stretch film demand picks up as distributor restocking continues.
Trade Reports January 2017

More info from www.quickpakinc.com


Revolution ST High Speed Pallet Stretch Wrapper for Sale

You are buying = REVOLUTION ST High Speed Pallet Stretch Wrapper.  

This machine is built like a TANK for Industrial conditions.
Quick Pak Inc is proud to introduce our new HEAVY DUTY High Speed semi automatic pallet stretch wrapper. This price competitive High Speed wrapper will give you years of trouble free operation.
It will alleviate the problems associated with poorly hand wrapped pallets.
The Revolution STHS  represents a totally advanced design with reliable technology in a sleek efficient frame to give you a rugged machine of unmatched quality.  Built Tough for Industrial applications. 

The Revolution STHS was designed to convert the hand wrap user over to wrapping pallets by machine and to do it up to 30 times per hour.
Revolution STHS Low Profile Pallet Stretch Wrapper (High Speed Industrial Unit)
  
Power Requirements = 120V / 1Ph / 60Hz / 20A dedicated service

Maximum Load Size = 48” W x 48” L x 86” H

Maximum Load Weight = 4400 lbs dynamic

Turntable = 59” diameter laser-cut steel plate, 12 point dual bearing cam-follower support system.

Turntable height = 3.25” from floor, Solid Steel Base.

Turntable Drive = 0-15 RPM rotational speed, 1 HP AC variable speed motor, ANSI #60 direct chain drive w/ spring loaded chain tensioner.

Film Delivery = Constant contact S-Pattern

Film Capacity = 20” Wide HYBRiD80 Performance Film, 20” Wide Performance XL Cast Film.

Carriage Lift = ½ HP AC variable speed motor

Control Features = Simple to operate, All heavy duty push buttons and switches, Top and bottom wrap counters, PLC, Variable film carriage speed, Variable turntable speed control, Variable film tension, Auto load, height detection photo-eye, Three wrap patterns.

Other Features = All heavy-duty steel construction, 1,786.4 lbs shipping weight

Environment Conditions = Humidity 40-80%

Temperature range = -50F – 149F

Noise = 70 DB



Revolution Cost:                $5,990/EA
Packing and Crating:         $250/EA
Loading Ramp:                  $525/EA

    
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Quick Pak Inc
4007 North 56th Street
Tampa, FL 33610
Call us: 813 242 6995 (Ext 305)
Fax us: 813 242 6985