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Shrink Wrapping

The Facts on… Shrink Wrapping

What film should I use? If you’re shrink wrapping big stuff like pallet loads or furniture, you’ll need fairly hefty polythene film. This is available in several formats on a wide roll, which is usually held on a mobile roll dispenser Centrefold or multifold polythene shrink sheeting Folding the film before it’s wound onto the …

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Corner Protection

The Facts On… Corner Protection

Corner protectors made from injection moulded polypropylene come in three styles – closed, expanding and open. Closed corner protectors look a bit like a shallow, square box cut diagonally across the top and are made to fit a range of sheet material thicknesses. Typically they protect the corners of fixed-depth products such as table tops …

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Packaging Tapes

The Facts on… Packaging Tapes

Most packaging tapes are used to seal boxes and packages, and of these, most are plastic tapes with a self-adhesive (pressure-sensitive) backing. Packing tapes Packing tapes are primarily used to seal carton joints but their uses within and beyond packaging are wide. Polypropylene tape The majority of packing tapes are manufactured using an extruded polypropylene …

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The Facts on… Staplers

Perhaps the best known and most widely used stapling tools are anvil staplers; the humble, general purpose office stapler is one of these. As the name suggests, the stapling head strikes against an anvil that crimps the staple legs together and back against whatever is being stapled. This ensures the staple contents are held securely …

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Strap pallets at speed with the TPS200V

The Optimax® packaging equipment brand covers a wide range of strapping systems. Many are designed for strapping smaller parcels, and these range from semi-automatic table strappers to fully automatic arch strappers that can apply multiple straps at speed and be integrated within automated packing lines. Handheld cordless friction weld tools offer versatility and convenience when …

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Manual Stretch

The True Costs of Manual Pallet Wrapping

On the face of it, investing in an automated pallet shrink wrapper may seem unjustifiable compared with the cost of a manual stretch wrap film dispenser, particularly if your need is infrequent and isn’t causing a bottleneck. But look closer into the true, hidden costs of manual wrapping and you may think again. Aches and …

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Stretch Wrap

The Facts on… Stretch Wrapping Machinery

The most common automated stretch systems are turntable wrappers. The goods are loaded onto the turntable and the film end is secured to the load and the table begins to rotate. The film roll is mounted on a carriage that moves slowly up and down a mast as the table rotates and the film is …

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Let’s get shredding!

The shredder emerged in the 1900’s. The inventor Abbot Augustus Low patented the idea, however the device was not refined enough to ever be mass-produced, so Adolf Ehinger took it to the next level in 1935. At the time, the shredder was intended to be used for destroying anti-Nazi propaganda in case it was discovered …

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Pallet Protection

The Facts On… Pallet Protection

Palletised loads don’t have it easy – they get dusty, damp, knocked against, stacked and joggled around yet are still expected to look good on arrival. Thankfully there are several products available that will reduce the likelihood of damage. Polythene pallet shrink covers are a good deterrent to dust and moisture and are manufactured to …

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The Facts on… Stretch Films & Manual Stretch Wrapping

Stretch wrapping is one of the most efficient ways of securing bundled or palletised loads while also protecting them against dust and high humidity. High-elasticity plastic film with a self-cling coating is dispensed from a roll either manually or by an automated wrapper, and is stretched along its length as it is applied. The film …

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