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Everyone should try to “Catch One of These Predators”

Sit down Chris Hansen, these PREDATOR STRETCH WRAPPERS are eating the competition. Predator Pallet Wrap Machines are hands down the best value in the industry. Available in multiple levels, we have the correct machine for your company. If you are just starting out and looking for your first pallet wrapper, try the PREDATOR SS.

Predator® SS Semi-Automatic Turntable Stretch Wrapper with Simplified Stretch

Simple and easy to use, the Predator® SS is the affordable solution to stretch wrap your load without stretching your budget. The Predator® SS is loaded with features, including top and bottom counters, photo eye, and two (2) wrapping modes.

State-of-the-art INFO screen shows current machine operation and makes troubleshooting easy. The Simplified Stretch allows you to precisely adjust your stretch level and film force on your load with the turn of a knob.

If you are looking to step up and take advantage of a powered pre-stretch system, The PREDATOR XS (and it’s X-tra Stuff) may be right for you.

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Predator® XS Semi-Automatic Turntable Stretch Wrapper 

The Predator® XS is designed with extra features that surpass all preconceived notions of performance and value in semi-automatic systems.

The Predator® XS provides greater film savings as well as improved performance with Select-Stretch™. Allen-Bradley PLC, automatic film cut, AC drives, and Fast Film Feed make the Predator® XS the most advanced and reliable system available.

Perhaps you are ready to step up to a fully automatic machine, PREDATOR PLATINUM is what the doctor ordered.

Predator® Platinum Fully Automatic Turntable Stretch Wrapper

The Predator® Platinum improves productivity by automatically wrapping loads with just the push of the remote.The automatic film attach, cut, and wipe down is the most advanced in the industry and improves productivity by up to 40%.

The Predator® Platinum is a true fully automatic system with built-in features for increased productivity that are not available on other simpler automatics.

Please contact Highlight Industries to determine which is best for your application. 1.800.531.2465

Highlight Worldwide

Highlight is the world leader in stretch film testing and load containment technology, and we just completed our Worldwide Technology Tour.

March 24, 2015 – NPE in Orlando, Florida

Highlight presented at the ExxonMobil Technology Symposium

 

April 7, 2015 – ISTA Transpack Forum in Orlando, Florida

Highlight presented on new research for predicting load stability at the 3 day conference on Transport Packaging. We also exhibited at the Equipment Supplier’s Forum.

 

April 13, 2015 – Ergis Group, Poland

Has 2 Highlight Test Stands and portable load cell testing systems and has been using Highlight technology for over 10 years. We reviewed the European Containment Standards.

 

April 15, 2015 – AMI Conference, Cologne Germany

Presented ‘Stretch Film Testing Methods for Improved Load Containment’ and met with resin producers from 23 countries.

 

April 20, 2015 – Universal Packaging, New Zealand

Universal Packaging, who currently uses Highlight’s portable film testing systems, met at our Grand Rapids, Michigan Headquarters to look into investing in the Highlight Test Cube for containment testing.

 

April 23, 2015 – DOW Chemical’s Materials University, Freeport Texas

Event at DOW’s facilities focused on flexible packaging processing and materials testing. Highlight presented to groups of industry professionals on the use and significance of stretch film as a unit load stabilizer.

 

In the last 60 days Highlight met with resin companies and film companies from around the world to share the most advanced stretch film and load containment technology available. We are always continuing our efforts to bring you the highest quality, highest value, and highest technology test systems in the world.

High Speed Wrapping and Film Breakage

with Luke Venechuk, Sr Packaging Engineer

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What happens when films are run at high wrapping speeds? Why do films breaks increase so much for these applications? Will the same film perform differently at differently at 12, 24, and 40 RPM?

There are some people in our industry that believe film breaks increase at high speeds because the film heats up and lose its integrity. To find out whether this theory is correct Highlight ran films at different speeds and measured its properties to compare.

The graph below shows a single film being ran at speeds equivalent to 12, 24 and 40 RPM:

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In the graph above we can see that the force to stretch the film (on the left-hand Y-axis) increases slightly as the application speed increases, this is about a 2% increase if we look at the force to stretch at 200% (stretch level is the bottom X-axis, and 200% is within the middle red circle).

We can also see that the stretch at break or ultimate stretch does not change significantly (the right hand red circle).

The increase in force is due to the fact that we’re doing the same work, stretching the film to the same level, in a shorter amount of time, which means we have to pull a little harder to end up with the same result.

There are some small differences that take place for the film at different speeds, but it’s certainly not anything that would cause the film to break.

So what is causing film breaks at high speeds?

Highlight found that the cause of most film breaks at high application speeds is due to poor corner compensation. Corner Compensation is a system within most stretch wrappers that increases the film payout rate for the corners of the load and slows the film speed on the sides of the load while wrapping, usually by changing the speed of the prestretch rollers throughout the wrap cycle

Here’s a top view of a rotating load:

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Corner Compensation is needed as the film demand is constantly changing as the four-sided load rotates. Here’s an example of a changing demand rate through one revolution of wrapping:

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As we wrap faster and faster, the equipment has less time to change its film speed, so the rate of acceleration for the film delivery gets exponentially higher.

At 12 RPM the film goes from 131 to 200 ft/min in .66 seconds. At 50 RPM the film goes from 550 to 835 ft/min in .16 seconds.

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This rapid acceleration creates more stress and is the reason why we see more film failures at high wrapping speeds. This is compounded by the fact that many corner compensation systems perform worse as they age, becoming “out of sync” with the wrapping needs of the rotating load.

What’s the solution to all of this?

The correct approach with the film or the equipment can reduce these film breaks.

For the film: high ultimate stretch levels allow films to absorb sudden spikes in stretch levels without breaking. It may be possible that very stiff films will resist stretching when exposed to spikes in stress.

For the equipment: The best solution is to fix the corner compensation system. Highlight responds to corner demand and changing film feed rates without the constant acceleration and deceleration of the prestretch roller, where the most stress on the film occurs. By moving our corner compensation from the high stress area of the prestretch section to the low stress area after that we can almost completely eliminate film breaks due to corner compensation at high speeds.

For more information visit www.highlightindustries.com or call us at 800-531-2465

 

Machine Spotlight: Complete Inline System

Highlight builds many custom inline systems and specialized machines to help customers with their specific packaging challenges.

Model:

Revolver R36 Orbital Stretch Wrapper, Custom Magnum 4500 SD-R Top and Bottom Case Sealer, Saturn SAS-3600 SS Side Strapping System.


Industry:

A gear and drive motor manufacturer.


Primary Project Challenge:

Provide an economical and efficient alternative to costly foam-in-place packaging while protecting product and readying it for transit.


Problem Solving Features:

This specialized inline system creates a smooth path for the product to travel down, starting with the Revolver system centering the product and securing it to a corrugated base with stretch film, providing an inexpensive and protective package.

The package then goes to the Magnum case sealer where a case is placed over the product on the corrugated base, and then taped using two bottom tape heads and one top tape head.

The product, now sealed in a case, moves onto a special conveyor that shifts the product to one side to enter the Saturn strapper, which applied three consecutive straps to ensure the product stays in its case. The straps are heat sealed on the side so as to not interrupt the conveyor flow.


Watch the system in action:

Section 179 Tax Deduction Extended

Information from http://www.section179.org/ on  Section 179 tax deduction extending through the end of the year:

H.R. 5771 (the Tax Extenders Bill) passed by the House on Dec 3, 2014 was voted on and passed by the Senate on Dec 16, 2014 retroactively expanding the Section 179 deduction limits thru 12/31/2014.

Only this 2014 tax year will be covered by this measure – therefore it is a good business decision for many to buy/finance equipment immediately to make the December 31, 2014 cutoff for the write-off provisions.

Repeat, this new provision does NOT cover tax year 2015, the law covers tax year 2014 only! To obtain Section 179 Qualified Financing for your business, you must apply immediately to make the cut-off at midnight 12/31/2014.

Keep up with the Bill that reinstates the limit on Section 179 to $500,000 as well as reinstates 50% Bonus Depreciation: H.R. 5771: Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (aka Tax Extenders Bill) via govtrack here :http://link.crestcapital.com/hr5771

Technically, the bill is a one-year, retroactive extension of the tax breaks, even though it only lasts through the end of the month. This site will be updated to reflect these changes shortly.

For more info on this, check with your financial adviser or go to http://www.section179.org/

Stretch Film Printing System

The Highlight Stretch Film Printing System prints your message directly onto standard stretch film for improved product identification, tamper evidence, and reduced pilferage.

Your company’s message is easy to customize using flexible rubber type. Three selectable printing programs apply your message on-demand, at top of your load, continuously during wrapping, or on demand with the push of a button.

The standard rubber type is one inch high, and custom type logos can be created. Changing messages and date codes only takes seconds. The special alcohol-based quick-drying ink system will not rub off or transfer to your product. The ink is contained in a disposable ink roll and is easy to change. Estimated ink roll life is 250,000 continuous characters; actual life is dependent on type size, usage, and environment.

The Highlight Stretch Film Printing System is an easy solution for printing on your loads to keep your products safe and identifiable. The system is available on select Synergy and Freedom Stretch Wrapping Systems.

 

 Stretch Film Printing System

The Voyager Guidance System at Pack Expo

Highlight Industries is pleased to announce the arrival of

Voyager Guidance System

At PACK EXPO 2014!

At Highlight we believe in performance, reliability, and state of the art technology.  This is why we’re excited to introduce the Voyager Guidance System; the world’s first intelligent stretch wrapping solution.

The Voyager Guidance System reduces product damage and film waste using the same formulas found in Highlight’s Stretch Tools app.  An automatic wrapping pattern creation system recommends a containment force based on the characteristics of the load and how it will be transported to its final destination.  The created patterns can then be fine tuned and saved to ensure maximum efficiency, product safety and film performance.

Highlight has over 25 years experience developing better tools for stretch wrapping and understanding product protection.  The Voyager Guidance System is the newest innovation from Highlight, using intelligent technology to combine film application and load containment for maximum productivity.

Voyager Guidance System

Visit Highlight Industries at booth N-5547
to experience The Voyager Guidance System!

Highlight’s New Regional Sales Manager

Highlight is pleased to announce that Xavier Maka has been appointed to the position of Regional Technical Sales Manager. Xavier has worked with Highlight’s stretch wrap equipment for more than 20 years and has over 23 years experience in the stretch
film industry. He has spent the last 17 years at ITW Mima as Technical Manager in Belgium. Before ITW MIMA, Xavier worked at Mobil films division in Europe. Xavier is a chemical engineer with a degree from Université de Liège in Belgium.

Xavier is located in Virton, Belgium. Please welcome Xavier to his new position at Highlight and feel free to contact him at Xavier.Maka@MaxAdvice.eu

 Highlight Sales Manager

Machine Spotlight: Window Wrapper

Highlight builds many custom and specialized machines to help customers with their specific packaging challenges. We’ll be posting articles on a regular basis to highlight some of the many specialized systems that we design and build.

Model:

Synergy 2.5 Window Wrapper

Synergy Window Wrapper

Industry:

A repeat order from a satisfied customer: a premium custom window manufacturer.


Primary Project Challenge:

Provide economical and flexible solution for wrapping and protecting the surface of a wide variety of windows.


Problem Solving Features:

Specialized machine fixtures, top platen, and programming are combined to create a unique and effective window wrapping solution at the lowest package cost per product.


Watch the Synergy 2.5 Window Wrapper in action: