Category: Case Studies

Sometimes it just takes a little engineering to save some money

A logistics company imports large burlap sacks of Starbucks coffee beans and then transports them for roasting.  The company wraps the super-sized burlap sacks with a 115 gauge blown, which is a very heavy duty film, considering the heavy weight of their loads. One of their main complaints about their current film is the loud screeching sound that the wrap makes as it comes off of the roll. An IPS Account Manager offered a test of a competitive, highly engineered

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Ask the Experts: What to consider before automating your packaging line

The truth about packaging equipment.

If you’re thinking about automating your entire packaging line, what should you consider to determine whether it would be practical or cost-effective for your plant? EXPERT #1: “When making a change to your packaging system or process, consider the total cost of ownership, which includes several variables. Examine not only the savings that you can achieve by automating your line, but also the possible material cost savings. For example, if you’re currently manually case-packing your material in corrugated boxes, you can reduce your

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Tile wholesaler reduces damage by switching to foam-in-place system

Foam-in-place packaging helps protect packages with a custom foam insert.

When you’re shipping something delicate, it’s critical that you’re using the right cushioning system; it’s time to consider a foam-in-place system. A major East Coast wholesaler of high end tile, stone, and decorative metal was experiencing significant damage to its small quantity shipments. Frequently asked to send sample or replacement tiles to retailers, contractors, and consumers, the company relied on an air cushioning system coupled with expanded polystyrene (EPS) to protect as many as 350 shipments per day. The air

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Less is more when it comes to edge protection

Get the best performance from your edge protection while cutting costs An optimized length for edge protection, which actually ends short to being flush with the top of a palletized load, not only can save a company money, but also increase the strength of the entire load. And our engineers can help you determine what length is best for your needs. They can show you how, by accurately sizing edge protection to the unit load, you can increase the maximum stacking strength of

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Stopping damage with unique angle board solution

Unique angle board solution eliminates a problem that costs manufacturers millions of dollars per year in rejected shipments An innovative custom solution can help manufacturers of large appliances eliminate the damage caused to their packaging by clamp trucks. Instead of forklifts and pallets, many manufacturers are using clamp trucks to quickly load, unload and store product. The problem that is often encountered with clamp trucks is that they can crush boxes side-to-side during the loading process. When a clamp truck picks up a unit to load it into a trailer, it can exert up to 2,000

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