A producer of Christmas trees in North Carolina needed our help. In order to transport more trees on a single truck and to facilitate the transfer of inventory between retail locations, the customer began bundling the trees in compressed pallets held together by strapping. The customer was concerned that the ¾ x .025 high tensile steel strapping they had planned on using was going to be costly to them. They were also worried about the steel strapping being dangerous for the workers who opened the bundles… since the trees were under pressure.
- Using large amounts of costly steel strapping
- Dangerous for employees opening bundles
- Use of polyester strapping
- Polyester strapping inexpensive compared to steel
- Safer to work with
- Allowed for a quicker packaging process
IPS Packaging proposed a new method of bundling the pallets that used polyester strapping rather than steel strapping. IPS also suggested using a pneumatic combination tool hung with a tool balancer at the strapping site. After a number of tests were run, IPS recommended a 5/8” x .045 polyester strap as the ideal answer to the customer’s concerns. The polyester had a lower cost than the steel, was much safer to work with, and allowed the customer to more quickly complete the bundling process. Additionally, the organization of the work area, particularly with the use of a pneumatic tool suspended from a balancer, allowed the customer to decrease the time necessary to bundle each pallet.
Can you guess how much money this one packaging change saved the Christmas tree company? Savings to this customer exceeded ten thousand dollars annually! By talking to one of IPS Packaging’s highly trained packaging specialists, your company can save too!