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SHOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CUSTOMER THE FINGER?

At Highlight Industries we have incorporated the Film Finger into many of our solutions.

 

film finger

This is easy when the customer is buying a new Highlight Industries machine, but what if the customer has settled on a lesser quality unit from another manufacturer?  Fret not Mr. Customer, in the words of the immortal Mighty Mouse,” Here I come to save the day!

 

Per the Mighty Mouse theme, “when there is a wrong to right” we can provide you with a magnetic film finger that will allow for testing and easily mount to any steel part on the machine. 

 

This means that if you are experiencing film breaks or want some reinforcement of the film to keep tear and propagation from occurring, these fingers can easily mount to your machine.

magnetic film finger

 

So if you have purchased or are purchasing a machine, you can be assured that like our caped hero, “We got the situation well in hand” Learn more about film finger by clicking HERE!

Elastic Properties of Stretch Film

Stretch film does not get tighter over time.

When an elastic material is deformed due to an external force (example: your hands stretching a rubber band, stretching film), it experiences internal forces that oppose the deformation and restore it to its original state (the rubber band ‘pushing’ back after you slack on stretching it, film ‘relaxing’)  if the external force is no longer applied.

elastic rubber band

 

This is elastic recovery. Elastic recovery exudes constant pressure until the original state of the elastic item is attained.

This pressure is what keeps items tightly bound when it comes to stretch wrapping loads (or binding items with rubber bands). This ability to tightly bind pallets and products is why stretch film is such an effective packaging option.

This constant pressure also means that constant force is also being applied to whatever is halting full elastic recovery.

As seen with tests run on Highlight’s Film Test Stand: Labview Document

If that force is great enough, when applied over time, it can crush particles in items such as boxes, containers, and even watermelons. In the case of stretch wrapping, this is why pre-stretch levels, film force, and containment force are so important: you want enough force to contain your products, but not so much that you damage them.

Crushed load

 

Stretch film (and rubber bands) do not get tighter over time – it is the recovery of the elastic properties that create pressure and force necessary to contain loads. And if the force is too great, this pressure can also crush melons.

 

 

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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.

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/

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

Visit Highlight Industries at Pack Expo!

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Pack Expo

Join us, in Chicago November 2-5 for PACK EXPO International and 2014!

Be sure to visit Highlight Industries in booth N-5547 at PACK EXPO International at Chicago’s McCormick Place. We will have our experts on hand to answer your questions, and to showcase our Synergy, Freedom, Predator, and Revolver stretch wrap systems, Magnum case sealing and forming systems, film test equipment, and much more! We will also be unveiling new technology to the industry to give you more tools for more success!

We are pleased to provide you with free registration for the event!
Register HERE.

Welcome to the Highlight Industries Blog!

Here we’ll be bringing you updates and news from Highlight, as well as packaging tips, tests, the many benefits that come from effectively containing your products, and  much more!

Our packaging engineers and experts will be weighing in on important topics, like safe load handling and product containment, so you have the knowledge and tools needed to find the proper packaging solution. We’ll also be addressing some packaging myths, and we will bring you the latest on packaging expos and conferences around the world.

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