When industries ship supplies, products or cargo there are only a few options for liquids and hazardous waste. Most times a pallet cannot contain the shipment in an efficient way so a different solution must be found. So what do you do if this cargo is liquid or is hazardous and you have an over abundance that needs to travel to a new destination? In this case, an industrial drum may be the answer. The drums will fit onto a pallet and because of their size, four usually fit perfectly thus helping with even weight distribution. These containers peak a variety of interests across industries and some industries you may not expect. Industrial drums are easy to store and come in a variety of materials and shapes to fulfill almost any unique need.
Over the past decade there has been trend in American to follow a more sustainable and healthy lifestyle. Whether or not people believe in global warming, there is a rising consensus that a healthier planet translates into a better quality of life for both current and future generations. Food companies and restaurants have remolded their business plans to incorporate more organic ingredients and shifted toward more sustainable packaging in order to reduce waste. In fact, most areas of the packaging industry are moving towards more creative packaging designs that are recyclable, renewable or biodegradable. With disregarded packaging making up one third of the United States total trash this shift will have a serious positive impact on the environment.
With all of the applications we find for plastic bags today, it is hard to imagine what the world would be like without them. Sure, in the past people somehow managed to make it through there daily lives without plastic, but they could also survive without a cell phone and people definitely could not do that today… Plastic bags are how we bag all of our produce and then groceries, store our leftovers, transport our entire shopping spree home, keep all of the goodies for goodie bags together and countless other activities and uses. The possibilities for plastic bags are endless. They can come in all sorts of shapes, materials, sizes, colors and designs, making the perfect bag option available for nearly every situation. They are a convenient and affordable way to get through each and every day.
We are a society of judging a book by its cover. This sounds harsh, but it’s the reality of how we live. This is why huge amounts of money are put into the marketing of products, why there are multiple repackaging and redesigning of products throughout the year to make it thinner and more attractive, and why there are design teams specifically for how the product looks on the store shelves. Face it, if your product does not stand out to consumers as an attractive option, it will not be purchased. Many people buy products that they are attracted on a first impression basis. For the producer, it is extremely important that you position your product so that the design is appealing to the consumer.
For those in love with Pinterest and other crafting sites, we are no strangers to pallets. Old wooden pallets especially have become a major source of crafting projects in recent months, with new ideas popping up everyday. But, while we may know the one billion craft possibilities for them, the majority of us ‘pinners’ do not really know much about how or where they are originally used. The reason there are so many pallets easily available to us is because of their major uses in a wide variety of industries. They are the most popular in industries that would deal with mass shipping and distribution. Pallets can turn handling many small units into one large unit, assisting with organization and efficiency. However, handling all of these massive and heavy pallets can be a difficult task. To help, palletizers are typically employed.
Pallets are considered a necessity in the manufacturing realm. Virtually every product that is transported uses pallets in some way. They provide a surface to safely and easily transport products in company trucks and other transportation vehicles. In the manufacturing world space is often tight, and looking for ways to effectively and efficiently use the space that is provided becomes important. By using nestable pallets during the transportation process, they take up less space when they are not in use, which is a huge benefit when you are dealing with limited space for storage. Nestable pallets are designed to fit together so that they take up less space than other forms of pallets.
These days children’s playrooms world over are saturated not with the simple toys of generations past, but with high tech gizmos and gadgets many adults would struggle to comprehend. Classic toys, and perhaps the imagination they inspired, it would seem are lost on the next generation. This pessimistic line of thinking might be persuasive unless of course you’ve been to the birthday party of a toddler lately. If so you might find that things haven’t changed much at all from yesteryear. Seemingly without fail, the most popular present is not the one with the largest price tag, but instead the one that came in the largest box or rather the box itself. Corrugated boxes continue to be an endless source of imaginative play time for children as they have since their invention in the 19th Century. Under supervision these cardboard creations become forts, slides, sleds, hiding places and surprise packages delivered to unwitting grandparents in the next room. The possibilities are endless.
Last week, the biggest change in healthcare since the implementation of Medicare in the 50s took place. The bill will affect every American in some way, and not just when it comes to doctor visits. One provision of the bill requires restaurant chains of 20 or more locations and vending machine manufacturers with 20 or more machines to display the number of calories for each item on the menu. This will prove to be a definite challenge in the restaurant industry, especially to fast food chains who largely serve unhealthy items. The new information will be added to every menu, kiosk and food container, or else the business will be forced to pay a hefty fine. Many restaurants may opt for new labels on their food packaging, and will be required to redesign every single label to include new nutritional information. While the food industry considers this bad news, label manufacturers are reaping the benefits.
If there is only one thing I truly despise about shopping, besides spending too much money-it is vacuum formed plastic packaging. When I say they’re hard to open, that is a gross understatement. Try scissors, a kitchen knife, whatever. The packaging that encapsulates almost every small product these days is not opening without a fight. In fact, since 2004, about 25,000 consumers have been injured and 6.5 thousand per year end up in the emergency room because of clamshells. The average time to open them is well over 5 minutes, and it’s no walk in the park. There’s even a widely used term to describe the madness and frustration caused by trying to open plastic packaging-wrap rage. So I bet you’re wondering-why on earth do manufacturers make it so difficult to pry open their products? Why is it such a nightmare?
Toilet paper may be the most dispensable item in your home, as well as the most essential. I pity the poor bathroom user who’s run out at a bad time. You might be surprised to know that toilet paper, the kind we use today, is a rather recent invention. Before the mid 1800s, people used sponges, wool, silk and lace. I should clarify-only the French royalty used silk and lace, not everyday people. Commoners and farmers had the pleasure of employing leaves, corn husks, catalog paper and newspaper for the job. Then one day an American inventor thought of therapeutic paper, as he put it, and forever changed using the bathroom. At first, this paper was stacked into pre-cut strips, which was certainly better than using other course and rough materials, but was still somewhat unsanitary. It wasn’t until 1890 until bathroom tissue was manufactured on a user-friendly roll.
To be sure, outsourcing is not always the best option. The US manufacturing industry’s obsession with outsourcing over the last several decades has led to some major economic problems here at home, although it was very profitable to the companies shipping their manufacturing overseas at the time. Nevertheless, manufacturers and service providers specialize for a reason, and companies can often benefit by relying someone else’s expertise to perform certain processes. Your company may be the absolute best when it comes to manufacturing urethane casters, but affordably fitting those casters on a shelf in a space-efficient, attractive, easy-to-open package is probably not your strongest suit – unless you’re a contract packaging provider. While contract packaging certainly isn’t for everyone (environmental test chamber manufacturers, we’re looking at you), it can provide huge benefits for manufacturers tied to consumer industries. Here are a few benefits other manufacturers have found:
Environmentalists have raised concerns over the short lifespan of wooden pallets, noting that wood is perhaps TOO convenient for manufacturers and distributors to use, as many wooden pallets only make 5 trips before being reprocessed, recycled or, most commonly, tossed in a landfill. Manufacturers and distributors can afford wooden pallets’ short lifespan because the material is so inexpensive. Enter plastic pallets. Costing several times as much per unit as wooden pallets, plastic pallets offer several advantages over their organic counterparts, including longer lifespan, sanitation and recyclability. Let’s take a comparative look at wooden and plastic pallets’ performance.
Vacuum forming is a simpler process than injection molding, involving less equipment for the production of parts and requiring less tooling. Vacuum forming companies offer services that are economical yet still give customers the desired design flexibility for a wide range of plastic products because of low-cost tooling modifications. If you are looking for a cost-effective process for creating three-dimensional plastic products with sharp, precise details plus the option for trim and other visually appealing decoration, vacuum forming might just be the ticket. Known as a thermoforming process because it utilizes heat to make the plastic sheet or film pliable enough to form over and around a mold, vacuum forming serves industries such as food, cosmetics, medical, electronics, consumer products, toys, athletic equipment, appliance, automotive, office supplies, etc. The packaging industry deserves a separate mention because it relies heavily on vacuum formed items such as blister packs, inserts, trays and clamshells, all of which act to hold products in place as part of overall packaging protection, plus offer aesthetic appeal.
This paper attempts to identify some of the specifics of the process used to obtain approval for use of plastic pallets as equivalent to wood pallets for use in warehouse storage. This paper is written to look at the issue in general and is not intended to cover all storage situations. Your specific situation should be evaluated by a fire protection specialist. Most plastic pallets are molded out of polyolefin materials such as high density polyethylene or polypropylene. These materials are more flammable than the wood used to make pallets. Over the years the industry has argued with the fire protection establishment that plastic pallets, while they burn hotter than wood, are much more difficult to ignite. Fire protection people counter with the fact that most warehouse fires are arson and if an arsonist wants to start a fire they will do what ever they need to do to get a fire started.
Why Palletize Using an Automatic Palletizer? There are several reasons for choosing to palletize your packaging line automatically. First, palletizers stack a better quality load. Product damage during shipment or within AS/RS Systems (Automatic Storage & Retrieval System) caused by irregular loads is now part of the payback analysis to justify a palletizer. Second, it becomes more challenging to keep people in a low wage, low prestige positions such as manual palletizing…
Necessity is the mother of invention, as they say, and it appears that more and more manufacturers are viewing sustainable packaging as a necessity (as they should). This has lead to a recent slew of compostable, biodegradable and low-emission innovations across the manufacturing spectrum, and that trend is being picked up by leaders in the packaging industry…
A lot of people have a tendency to think of their packaging products as commodities. Sure, things like packaging peanuts, bubble, Polyethylene wrapping foam and corrugated cartons might sound like commodity products, but have you really looked at the purpose and value of your packaging requirements?
Plastic bags, also called ‘poly bags,’ are one of those modern conveniences we take for granted. But 60 years ago, no one ever considered the question, ‘Paper or plastic?’ Back then, people also managed to get by without Ziploc® bags or dry cleaner bags. This was because the technology for creating polyethylene film didn’t emerge until the 1940s during World War II. And the methods to create plastic bags from polyethylene film weren’t developed until the 1950s. The most common way to produce poly bags is by blown film extrusion, also called the ‘tubular film process.’ In a moment, you’ll see how it got this name. Plastic bags are made from polyethylene. During processing, the polyethylene might be treated with any number of additives, such as…