Category: How-To Guides

What to Consider When Downgauging

Is it time to downgauge?

Despite the rapidly changing packaging industry, many companies might be reluctant to change something that works, like shrink and stretch film gauge. There could be a perceived risk associated with downgauging for some. Chances are that if you are running the same gauge film you’ve run for the last five years, it’s worth evaluating possible alternatives. Many companies find that they can downgauge their film anywhere from 10% to 25% with some reducing materials by as much as 50%. Let’s

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5 Keys to a Successful Packing Station

packing station

Many people greet the New Year with goals and resolutions to improve their health, happiness, and quality of life. Well, I think we’d all be better off come next December if we did the same for our packing stations. Let’s throw some tinsel in with the Biodegradable loose-fill and usher in the New Year with an upgraded packing station. 1. Take control over “in-the-box” packaging materials Using too much, too little, or the wrong materials can lead to unwanted waste.

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Testing for package safety

Package Safety

Package Safety Package testing is a very important part of package safety. There are many different type of packages and package protection material that companies use, all of which have undergone some sort of testing. Things to know when learning about package safety: Will the package itself protect the product? How are packages tested? How efficient is this in finding flaws in material or protection? New Materials Every time a new package material is invented, it must undergo testing. There

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4 Package characteristics to choose the correct strapping

Packaging characteristics for strapping

Physical characteristics will help determine the correct strapping Once you’ve identified the package type, you must know how the load’s physical package characteristics will affect the strapping selection. Let’s go over 4 characteristics of industrial packaging and what to look for. Corners Corners have a direct bearing on the type of strap which you select. For example, you don’t want to apply plastic strapping directly on a rigid load such as steel blanks. Without corner protection, the sharp metal edges

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Stretch Film Today and Keys to Wrap for Success

Stretch film wrapping may seem easy to most but many people seem to skip the proper basic processes that create a flawless wrap:
The first important step of stretch film wrapping that cannot be overlooked is to measure the thickness. Film wrap is to be measured in gauge and micron (ųm). 100 Gauge = 1 mil, 1 mil = 25.4 ųm. A suggested thickness would be, 16ųm = 63 Gauge. Therefore, 63 gauge = .63 mil.
Another important factor when stretch wrapping is to know how to notice the good and bad attributes in the wrapping process and in the stretch wrap itself. First off it is important to know what a good break in film looks like. An ultimate break is what needs to be achieved. An ultimate break is a straight line break with pointed edges. The break occurs when the film has been pre-stretched beyond its limits.

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