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:

Visit Highlight Industries at Pack Expo!

Pack Expo
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.

Back to Basics: Critical Concepts for Successful Shipping

with Luke Venechuk, Sr Packaging Engineer

fallen load 02     Unsuccessfully Unitized Loads

Unitized Load: one or more products or packaged-products usually on a skid or pallet, but always secured together or restrained for distribution as a single load.1

For this first post we wanted to start basic, very basic, to build the context of what we’re trying to achieve when we stretch wrap a load. Why do we unitize loads? What are our goals? Why do we do what we do?

We all want to save money, but very often saving money in the short term can create larger hidden costs which continue to take a toll until they’re discovered and corrected.

We unitize to make shipping and handling more efficient, and at the lowest total cost. Total cost not only includes packaging, but labor, damages, and several other factors that need to be considered when unitizing your load.

Before unitization was a concept in packaging, every box or product needed to be handled individually for shipping , and it wasn’t unusual for a truckload or railcar of product to take up to three days to unload, and sometimes longer.2 The introduction of unitization made this handling process much more efficient, saving time and money. Pallets gained widespread use during WWII, where it’s easy to imagine the advantages of saving 20+ man hours per railcar of supplies being shipped, this allowed the military to use their service members for more important tasks and bigger benefits. 2 It’s hard not draw a comparison with today’s competitive marketplace, where each company needs to take full advantage of their personnel’s capabilities and become more adept at increasing efficiency than ever before.

One of the biggest killers of efficiency is damage. A damaged load costs many times the packaging and shipping costs proper handling, and degrades a company’s reputation.

Damage is preventable, but a focus on lowering packaging costs rather than creating a successful system has lead to higher and higher damage rates. Today the average North American company spends 4 to 5 times more in product damages than they spend on stretch film each year.3, 4

The way to prevent damage and create good systems is simple: focus on the basics. When making changes to save on packaging and shipping costs, test the new system and evaluate for success.

In future blog articles we’ll discuss how to test for success, the building blocks of creating a successful system, and tips for making systematic improvements.

 

 

References:

[1] http://www.ista.org/forms/3Eoverview.pdf

[2] http://www.slate.com/articles/business/transport/2012/08/pallets_the_single_most_important_object_in_the_global_economy_.html

[3] 2008 Joint Industry Unsaleable’s Report, authors: GMA, FMI, Deloitte

[4] Strategic challenges facing the stretch and shrink film markets, 

presentation given Fall 2014, John Campin, AMI Consulting

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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