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Shrink Wrap This

Shrink wrapping is a cost effective way to package products so they stand out when displayed. If you are considering shrink wrapping as a packaging solution, be sure to view our presentation to learn more about the different types of shrink wrap and their applications.

 

Best in Packaging Film

Every year the Oscars take place to honor the best in films. In the packaging industry, films are used to wrap food related items like, candy, snacks, nutritional bars & powders. Plastic films start off as small plastic pellets which are melted and blown or casted into films. This presentation explains the different types of packaging films and the equipment used to wrap the films.

Skid Wrapping Techniques

Skid Wrap TechniquesWrapping skids correctly can prevent claim returns, product damage and eliminate lost items during shipping. Try to find a pallet that fits the amount of boxes you are palletizing. This prevents the stretch wrap ripping on corners of the pallet. These boxes on the skid were first secured with stretch wrap. Corner blocks and a stretch roping technique were added for further support. Additional stretch wrap was applied to connect the boxes to the skid thus providing a tight and secured wrap. You know the skid is secured my giving the upper boxes a slight push if the boxes shift, you’ll need to add more shrink wrap shift.

Once the skid is secured, rip the film apart from the dispenser and tuck it under the edge of one of the shrink wrap layers. This will prevent your wrap from undoing. Sometimes packages are damaged when skids are double stacked in transit. In order to avoid this, add do not stack stickers and even a pallet cone to the skids to serve as reminders. Often people do not put enough thought into preparing skids for transit. Sure all this takes a little extra time in the shipping department but it’s time well spent.

Pyramid Packaging is a supplier of flexible packaging supplies. Visit us at www.pyramidpackaging.com or call 847.272.3400.

Shrink Wrap Films

shrink wrap films Shrink wrap film rolls, and bags are a polymer plastic film and are a cost effective way to package products so they can stand out when displayed. Shrink wrap is applied over or around package products. Depending on the application, the film may or may not entirely cover the packaged item. Shrink film is used to stabilize items or group products. It's used to package gift baskets, dry goods, frozen foods, toys, literature, and soaps.  For heavy duty bundling it's used for beverages like bottled water. Shrink film keeps products free of debris, and provides a tamper resistance barrier. Sometimes it’s even the primary covering for foods such as meats, and vegetables.

For high volume packaging, shrink wrapping machine are used to automate this process. When heat is applied to the shrink film via a shrink tunnel, the film shrinks and tightly conforms to the shape that it’s covering. Shrink wrappers will also wrap, cut and seal the shrink film automatically. Polyolefin is the most popular type shrink wrap film but PVC, polyethylene and polypropylene films are also used for shrink wrapping. Shrink films come in rolls and bags and in a variety of thicknesses, colors, and strengths.

Pyramid Packaging is a stocking supplier of shrink wrap films and bags. Call us at 847.272.3400 for more information or click here for a quote on shrink wrap film needs.

Corrugated Sealing Tape Issues

Not sealing corrugated boxes and folding cartons properly can create an array of problems. An unsecure seal can make the box open unexpectedly resulting in product damage, contamination and returned packages. Weak seals can make it easy for thieves to open the boxes and steal its contents. Selecting the right combination of packaging tape and dispensing device delivers a quality secure seal and maximizes packaging line efficiency while eliminating the above issues. ShureTape's new ShureSEAL tape applicator and HP Series tape ensures a consistent highly secure seal. The HP Series tape provides tigh seals even on unfilled boxes and does not require a knife to remove/open the received box. For more information watch Pat Reynolds, Editor-in-Chief of Packaging World, discusses how the ShurSEAL Solution can help overcome common case sealing issues with Bill DeWitt, Shurtape Packaging Market Manager.

Pyramid Packaging is a Chicagoland as well as nationwide supplier of Shurtape. We sell and carry inventory carton sealing tape from Shurtape. Shurtape packaging tape provides quality carton sealing for both hand and machine applications. The packaging tape comes in clear and a variety of colors, widths, thicknesses and are available in paper,polypropylene,polyester,acrylic, printable, reinforced, pressure sensitive and hot melt. For a quote on ShurSEAL or packaging tape, click here or contact our packaging engineers at 847.272.3400.

 

Advantages of Flexible Packaging Supplies

Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 10.56.55 AMFlexible packaging and void fill supplies are plastic based films which are used to package, protect and ship products for an array of industries. Remember when grocery store items mainly consisted of rigid packaging such paperboard boxes, glass and plastics? Have you ever received a box filled with messy polystyrene filled peanuts? Today many of these rigid packaging products has been repackaged with flexible plastic pouches and other types of flexible packaging supplies. Items like meats/poultry, snacks, drinks, dry foods condiments, detergents and even alcohol are packaged in flexible pouches. Because of their advantages, flexible plastic supplies are the fastest-growing type of packaging.

Flexible packaging supplies and void fill packaging provide several advantages over rigid packaging such as: light weight resulting in lower shipping cost, less solid waste, requires less storage space and environmentally friendly because it is recyclable and also takes up less space in a land fill. Our flexible packaging supplies include bags on a roll, specialty poly bags, stand up flexible pouches, packaging films, stretch films, and shrink films.

For more information on our flexible packaging supplies, click here or call Pyramid Packaging at 847-272-3400.

 

Pack Expo 2014- Autobag-LoveShaw-ARPAC Exhibits

PAckExpo2014Pyramid Packaging Inc will be attending the 2014 Pack Expo International Show. PackExpo is the packaging and processing premier event showcasing the latest packaging machinery and supplies. The show takes place November 2-5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place Lakeside, North and South Halls.

Many of our product lines that Pyramid Packaging represents will be exhibiting at the show. Our experienced packaging sales executives will be working the ARPAC, AutoBag and LoveShaw Pack Expo exhibits. Contact us ahead of time at 847-272-3400 or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment at any of the following exhibits. Our sales experience sales reps will be eager to meet with you to discuss your packaging needs.

ARPAC Pack Expo Exhibit: booth #2948 South Hall
Automated Packaging Systems (AutoBag) Pack Expo Exhibit: #2442 South Hall
LoveShaw - Little David Case Sealers and Case Erectors Pack Expo Exhibit: #3100 South Hall

 
Pyramid Packaging is a Chicagoland and national supplier of business to business flexible packaging supplies and machinery.

Autobag Pack Expo 2014 Exhibit

Pack Expo 2014 - AutobagIf you plan on attending #PackExpo 2014, be sure to stop by Automated Packaging System's exhibit #2442. The show takes place in Chicago and runs from November 2-5 at McCormick Place's South Hall. Since Pyramid Packaging is a Chicagoland APS dealer, our sales engineers will be at their exhibit during the show. APS will be displaying all their latest bagging, mail order fulfillment and void fill equipment.

While visiting APS, be sure to take a break and relax in their hospitality area and enjoy complimentary refreshments. They'll feature cappuccinos on Sunday, baked cookies on Monday, roasted almonds on Tuesday and breakfast items on Wednesday. Also be sure to ask one their sales associate how you enter for a chance to win an Apple® iPad® mini. Click here for FREE registration to Pack Expo International 2014 and use code 28G52.

 

APS - Pack Expo 2014 - Featured Products
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FAS SPrint Revolution™ SidePouch® Bagging System

Specifically designed for fresh and frozen food packaging applications, this high speed bagging system has a wide loading area of multiple, pre-opened bags for hand load or fully automatic operations.
 

  • Operates at speeds up to 900 inches per minute
  •  State-of-the-art components and AutoTouch™ Control Software
  • Stainless steel construction for daily washdown procedures
  • Mounted on casters for mobility

Autobag Accu-Count® 200

Autobag® Accu-Count® 200

This vibratory automatic infeed system will count and batch small parts at speeds up to 2,500 packages per hour.
 

  • Accuracy for parts from 1/8” diameter to 2.5” long
  •  AutoTouch Control Screen provides easy access to job storage
  • Speed & accuracy increased with Overcount Discharge Funnel
  •  Modular Replace-n-Repair™ components for maximum uptime

Autobag® Maximizer™

Autobag® Maximizer

This packaging conveyor allows a single operator to package individual or mixed parts into kit packs with increased productivity.
 

  • Easily integrates with the Autobag AB 180 bagger
  •  Variable speed control up to 70 batches per minute
  • Ideal for hand-load, mixed parts kit packaging
  •  Ideal for kit packaging of small parts

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Autobag® PaceSetter PS 125™ Tabletop Baggers

The Autobag® PaceSetter PS 125™ and PS 125 OneStep™ Tabletop Baggers are specifically designed to bring simplicity, versatility, quality and value to hand load packaging applications.
 

  • All-electric system does not require compressed air to run
  •  Compact design is ideal for low- to mid-volume packaging
  • Operates at speeds up to 25 bags per minute
  • Stores jobs for later recall using operator-friendly controls

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AB 255 OneStep™ Horizontal Mail Order fufillment

The Autobag AB 255 OneStep is uniquely designed to provide flexible solutions for the dynamic packaging environments, such as mail order fulfillment.
 

  • Fast, efficient operation allows increased throughput
  •  Prints the next bag out — no product to queue
  • Tilt-back printer head for easy maintenance
  • Available in horizontal or vertical configurations

Autofulfillment™ SPrint™ System

The Autofulfillment™ SPrint™ System is uniquely engineered to bring automation, speed and flexibility to high-volume mail order fulfillment applications.
 

  • Automates the order fulfillment process to increase productivity
  •  Easy to use operating system simplifies job changeovers
  • Shipping labels are automatically printed, applied and verified
  •  3-point scanning verification process ensures order accuracy

AirPouch® Express 3 Void-Fill System

The AirPouch Express 3 Tabletop Void-fill System provideson-demand, easy-to-use air pillows for high packing productivity, reduced shipping costs and increased customer satisfaction.
 

  •  Compact and lightweight for portability
  •  Knifeless design eliminates primary wear item
  •  Adjustable air volume and run timer
  •  All-electric design does not require compressed air to operate

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AirPouch® FastWrap™

The next generation AirPouch® FastWrap™ is the industry’s most flexible, reliable and user-friendly on-demand protective packaging system.
 

  •  Tabletop, all-electric system operates at 65 feet per minute
  •  Designed for easy maintenance and serviceability
  • Highly flexible system produces on demand bubbles or tubes
  • System-matched films: Biodegradable* and Recycled
  • *Biodegrades in one to five years. California currently prohibits labeling any plastic product as biodegradable.

 

Void Fill Packaging

Void fill air pillows are a cleaner, greener and cost effective option than stuffing a box with paper or polystyrene peanuts. The air pillows are inflated with a portable system and take up much less storage space than other supplies. They are available in biodegradable form, recyclable, and also reduce shipping cost. Read our Void Fill presentation to learn more about the types an advantages of void fill packaging.

The Bagging Race

This funny video from Automated Packaging compares the Autobag PaceSetter PS125 One Step Tabletop Bagger to manual bagging  operations. The characters include Print who represents the PS125 OneStep bagger and Pack the manual bagger are dressed as racecar drivers. Autobag's PaceSetter PS 125 Tabletop Baggers bring simplicity and value to hand load packaging applications. The video does a great job comparing the advantages of bagging machines over manual bagging operations. The best line in the video is when Pack says to Print "Do you even do anything, the bagger does all the work."