So you are sitting in high school math class studying the  Pythagorean theorem and wondering when am I ever going to use this……. the answer is: whenever you want to sell a stretch wrapper.  In determining how large of a turntable you will require for a particular pallet load, or if the pallet load will clear the machine while wrapping, we use Pythagorean theorem.

We all remember A squared + B squared = C squared.  Of course on your pallets, we do not have an A, B or C so think of it this way.  A = Length, B = Width and C=The load diagonal from one corner to the opposite through the middle of the pallet.  So lets do the math: In our example we will use a length of 48 (A) and a width of 42 (B) to find the diagonal (C).

In our example, it would look like this:

(48 x 48) + (42 x 42) = Diagonal Squared

2304 + 1764 = Diagonal Squared

4068 = Diagonal Squared

Take the square root of 4068, which equals 63.78.  Therefore 63.78 is the diagonal across the pallet and this is the number we would use to determine if the pallet is too large for the machine.

There is thankfully another way, load up the HLI Stretch tools and run the load diagonal program.  Simply put in your length and width and select calculate.  This will return 63.8, nothing could be easier.

load diagonal calculator


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Who is Navin R. Johnson?

If you, like me grew up in the late 70’ and early 80’s you should know.  No, he is not Highlight Industries Director of R&D, or some Silicon Valley Software Engineer.  He is the inventor of Opti-Grab, a fictitious glasses support system in the 1979 movie “The Jerk”.

Navin, like Highlight Industries, was always seeking a better mousetrap.  So what could “Highlight’s Opti-Grab” possibly be? Voyager! Voyager has the ability to determine containment force, analyze film strength, save multiple wrap patterns and track film performance all on a unique film delivery platform that is unmatched in the industry.  This allows for the machine to essentially correct itself regardless of how you try to “trip” it up with adjustments and film changes.  Scroll to the bottom of this page to learn even more.

But wait there is more…Remember this scene?

On their date, Navin tells Marie (Bernadette Peters), “This is the best Pizza in a Cup ever, this guy’s unbelievable. He ran the old Cup O’ Pizza guy out of business”.  We at Highlight Industries also have the best “Pizza in a Cup”, it is called HiLIFE.  HiLIFE is a film monitoring system to understand all the factors that determine a stretch wrappers efficiency and productivity.  Although many claim to have a comparable system, few can match the accuracy of our monitoring.  Don’t be fooled by the old “Cup O’ Pizza” guys telling you that they can do it all and with a high degree of accuracy.  Our “Pizza in in a Cup”  (Highlight Industries HiLIFE) is a combination advanced algorithms, hi-tech electronics and 35 years of software development.  In fact, most film manufacturers worldwide use Highlight Industries Film Test Stands to determine their film quality and performance characteristics.  Best yet,  HiLIFE is Cloud based so it can be monitored anywhere in the world.  Take our reporting for a test drive here!

We all know that The Jerk is a Rags to Riches to Rags story, but for us it was about writing something fun and hopefully entertaining…..and unlike the original opti-grab, you will not go cross eyed.

Remember, if you have a question about your system hit us up at: answers@highlightindustries.com

Happy Wrapping!