DBASSW Part 3: Improving your Method

Improving you method.

Are you having shipping damage?  Most everyone does, so if you answered no to the question: Congratulations! You are an exception, or perhaps ignorance is bliss.  Perhaps you should be filling the blogosphere with your wisdom…..or you can continue reading.

So now you are armed and dangerous with your Test Kit and you have the Highlight Stretch Tools Application on your Mobile Device.  Now what?  Well, you may ask yourself: “Self, this is great information but how do I use it?”

From here on it it may get challenging, but hey, you are up to the task! You already have shown a willingness to learn by reading our Blog!  Compare your containment test numbers to the numbers from the Highlight Stretch Tools App, Do they match?  In most cases, they do not.  I would guess that the Stretch Tools App has given you a higher number than you recorded using the ASTM D-4649-03 Annex A1 approach .  That is okay, we can fix that.  If the Stretch Tools App has given you a lower number than you record, great.  Again, you may be an exception but also know that you could improve also.  In fact, you may have too much film on your product and there could be a savings to be had here.

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In both cases you can modify your wrap patterns (number of top and bottom wraps or the amount of film overlapping itself going up and down and turntable speed) and wrap force (the film force dial on the machine that makes the film loose or tight).

By adjusting these settings you will dial in your machine to match the Stretch Tools App.  There is some art to it but stick with it, you are about to become your company expert.  After you make a change, wrap a pallet, measure using the ASTM method and tools and see where you are against the ISTA (Highlight Stretch Tools App).  Once you are dialed in on your machine you are on the path to damage reduction or film savings!

Here’s a novel idea, write up your company’s packaging specifications based upon your findings.

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Don’t Buy a Stupid Stretch Wrapper: 2

ESTABLISHING YOUR BASELINE IN STRETCH WRAPPING.

In part 2 we are going to talk about establishing a baseline. Perhaps you have heard some of these statements: “Without Data you are just another person with an opinion” – Dr. Deming.dr deming stretch wrap

Or the words of Lord Kelvin, “If you cant measure it, you cant improve it.”
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First, lets define containment force with regards to pallet stretch wrapping. When you wrap your pallet with stretch film, you have the decision of how much force you want that film to squeeze your pallet with. You can wrap the pallet very loosely, which will allow for only a dust cover, or you can really pull the film tightly. The pressure that the film applies to the pallet is containment force.

Read more about containment force and stretch film properties HERE.

Unlike others who design special tools to measure containment, Highlight Industries conforms to ASTM D4649-03 Annex A1. This is a documented and repeatable method to measure containment on your pallets. (Please note that we also offer tools to allow you to measure your containment).

You may ask yourself, “Self, why would I want to use this method instead of others who may incorporate a cool gadget?”

The answer is simple: Highlight Industries helps you develop your packaging standards. Isn’t it important to have a nationally recognized living document that is available to provide your customers on exactly what you have done? Instead of them having to buy custom measuring tools that may not be clearly documented in their methodology, and could also allow for user variances.

For more information and tools to help you measure your containment, please contact Highlight Industries. Tune into the same Bat Channel and at the same Bat Time to read Part 3 of our Series….Improving your methods.

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Don’t Buy A Stupid Stretch Wrapper

Don’t buy a stupid stretch wrapper (from a stupid stretch wrapper company)!
Part 1

They all go round and round round and up and down right?
Wrong!

How you stretch wrap your pallets will make or break your customer’s relationship with their customer, and ultimately their relationship with you!

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At Highlight Industries, we pride ourselves in taking a scientific approach to stretch wrapping pallets. Over the years, salespeople have all been trained that if pallets fail, the solution is to put more wrap on the pallet. Maybe more at the top, maybe more at the bottom; perhaps, eliminate the vibration in the middle. uneven stretch film application

This ‘solution’ can be inconsistent, inefficient, and potentially costly. There has never been a “this is how you do it” fix… until now.

Introducing the Highlight Industries stretch tools App!

Among other things, such as a mil to gauge convertor, diagonal calculator, 20 vs 30 film comparison, cost to wrap, etc,  the Stretch Tools App has a containment force calculator.

containment force calcuation

You may ask yourself, “self, what does that do?” The answer is: Highlight Industries Containment Force Calculator will take important criteria (load value, dimensions, distance to be shipped, etc) and deliver an estimated containment requirement (the force that provides to hold your products in place), as well as the estimated amount of film that should be used to wrap the load and achieve this containment requirement.

Containment force

The Stretch Tools App eliminates the guess work when wrapping. You’ll always have the correct amount of film to keep your products safe; not so little that it falls apart, and not so much that you’ll be wasting money over-wrapping.

This app is available in Apple and Android versions.

So while other companies try to tell you the importance of containment, Highlight Industries shows you the amount required……very smart!

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