New Name. New Experience.
Best Packaging is pleased to announce their participation in this years PackEx …..this years show has partnered with ADM Toronto and is being held on May 16 -18 2017 at the Toronto Congress Center.
This year we will be showcasing our packaging lines and equipment, with live demos and hands on engineers to further help you with your production line needs. Our staff is always happy to help with questions and advice on your application.
We are representing 3M Canada, Combi Packaging, Wulftec, Squid Ink, Bishamon, Toptier, Pattyn and More…..
In the industry, many of are used to seeing piles of unused rolls of packaging tape – clearly marked with NFG…. we all know what that means…..
Wasted rolls, tape breaking, not sticking to cartons are all typical reasons why production lines toss rolls of unfinished tape into a pile, use it in a tape gun to avoid more waste or simply throw it out. This wastes money and time in production.
Not all tapes are the same and there are tapes designed for different environments and specific applications. Choosing wisely is more then just your bottom line; tape ensures that your cartons of product remain sealed during delivery to your customer or end users. We find so many times that companies will cut costs on their tape ONLY to end up buying more of the less expensive product due to the issues they experience.
If your cartons are popping open during cold freezer transport – you may need to look at your tape and ensure those factors have been considered.
If your tape is not sticking after application – you can perhaps take a look at your cartons and ensure your tape is designed for highly recycled content.
If your tape leg is peeling – you may want to consider your tape application and check the tension of your equipment.
There are so many factors that contribute to tape issues, many of which are not the product itself but the lack of consideration to application is it is being applied to. We can help.
Best Packaging carries a wide range of products suitable for many applications and industries; freezer grade, hot melts, highly recycled content, printed tapes, specialty tapes… the list goes on. If you are experiencing issues with your current product, give us a call and we can look at the factors and determine the most suitable product for you.
We carry our own line of private label products; designed specifically to combat the issues we have encountered over the past 27 years in business – and we are proud that our products maintain the quality that we expect for our customers and the competitive pricing you expect from us!
Cut down on the NFG….. waste is expensive.
Here at Best Packaging, we service what we sell.
We cannot stress enough to our customers how important preventive maintenance programs are when purchasing new equipment….the service does not stop after the sale and we do our best to ensure our customers understand the value in the services we offer.
By providing a wide range of service programs for packaging equipment, we can ensure that our customers are educated in how to protect their investment. One of the most neglected aspects of service programs is the Preventive Maintenance Programs for case sealers, stretch wrappers and machinery.
Preventive maintenance commonly refers to the practice of regularly servicing equipment on a pre-determined schedule so that it does not develop catastrophic failures and performs better over its useful life cycle.
Did you know preventive maintenance helps to:
- Extends the life of your equipment thus decreasing the need for capital replacements.
- Enhances the efficiency of equipment by keeping it running more effectively
- Enhances the performance of equipment by increasing uptime and avoiding costly downtime.
- Enhances customer service because in house maintenance teams have less unplanned maintenance and can respond quicker to other issues.
- Contributes positively to the reputation of companies with respect to reliability and productivity
Well maintained equipment performs better than poorly maintained equipment. Companies that take the time to maintain their equipment on a regular schedule typically get the best performance possible out of their equipment.
Often companies will make the extra effort to purchase high quality equipment given the idea that in the end they will save money, but they overlook the importance of maintaining equipment properly.
The bottom line is there is no upside to waiting for assets to fail……contact your Best Packaging representative or use our online service scheduling system to book your appointment today.
Here’s a quick look at some of our service programs, for more information call now!
Join Best Packaging System’s Derek Saniga, Senior Packaging Specialist for a special one-hour PAC webinar along with other experts in the packaging industry – Laura Studwell, Packaging Industry Marketing Manager for Omron Automation & Safety, Mike Uhrain, Technical Sales Manager of Packaging and Global Key Account Manager for Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.
Speakers will be touching on the trends affecting the packaging market including consumer-driven packaging, retailer pressure and flexible packaging. They will share examples of how companies are developing modular versus linear machinery to address mass customization expectations in the market. They will be offering insight into regional developments impacting demand and will be addressing demographic trends as well as other economic factors affecting the packaging market.
Derek and Laura Studwell will jointly discuss the major industry segments and the factors affecting packaging machinery, including the top packaging markets by industry sector. Derek will field the discussion regarding packaging machinery market growth and the types of machinery that are playing an increasingly prominent role in the growth of the economy.
Together, the team of packaging experts will provide a high-level overview of the state of the packaging machinery market as well as the barriers to entry and the economic outlook.
For more information:
PAC, Packaging Coordinator
Event & Education Manager
Here at Best Packaging Systems, we are always ready for change! We love the Spring; with everything so fresh and new….it just seems like the perfect time to make some announcements on our recent “changes” and introduce our customers to our new Territory Sales Manager in the East End and congratulate one of our Sales Team on their recent promotion.
Jennifer Lee-Bowermann is our newest “bundle of joy” having started with Best Packaging this past winter to help us with our east end sales division. Coming from Combi Equipment; Jennifer brings a wealth of knowledge to our team so please take a moment to introduce yourself to Jennifer via her linkedin profile or drop by the PACKEX show in June to say hello!
A congratulations is in order for our very own Barb McKeage; who recently accepted the role of Stretch Film Specialist/Product Manager for all of our regional accounts. Barb has numerous years experience within the Stretch Film Industry and working with Stretch Film Equipment. Her knowledge and expertise in this area will help Best Packaging continue to grow our service programs, provide quality stretch wrapper audits and cost saving film usage analysis. If you have any questions regarding stretch film, wrappers or service; please contact Barb today!
For information on packaging equipment or products, contact us directly at 1-877-484-4440 and someone will be happy to help you!
January 27, 2014 News & Events Comments Off on Little Ole Tape Packaging Terms
To help in our quest to educate the public regarding packaging tape….we thought we would throw a little glossary of terms your way to help you look even smarter in front of your boss.
On a serious note, it is important for companies using packaging tape to be able to choose the correct adhesive and strength when deciding on a product to seal their cartons and boxes. Choosing the wrong tape can cost you time and money not to mention the disruption in production efficiency.
Here are some common terms you may come across when researching your packaging tape needs:
Tensile Strength: Measures the force required to pull something to the point where it breaks.
Elongation: How far a tape can stretch before it breaks. Elongation is commonly measured in a percentage of stretch and tensile strength is measure in pounds.
Backing Material: Material of the tape that the adhesive is applied to. Common tape backing materials are vinyl, cloth, and polypropylene.
Core Size: The inside roll diameter of a tape.
Length: The length of the tape on the roll. Commonly measured in meters, yards, or feet.
Width: The width of the tape on the roll. Commonly measured in millimeters or inches.
Thickness: How thick a tape is. Commonly measured in mils (milli-inch) which is one-thousandths of an inch or 25.4 microns.
We do aim to please and feel it is important that our customers understand the products they are sourcing. To help minimize the effort required when trying to make a decision, simply contact one of our skilled salespeople for a quote or onsite visit. We offer competitive pricing and quality products so don’t hesitate to ask!
We leave you now with a little history lesson on an all time favorite……..Scotch Tape:
Richard Drew was an engineer for 3M in the mid 1920’s. He began to develop a two inch wide tan tape with a pressure sensitive backing in 1925. The intention was to provide auto painters with a tape to help them cover items that are not to be painted. When Drew was testing the tape to see how much more adhesive was needed a painter became frustrated and told Drew to “Take this tape back to those Scotch bosses of yours and tell them to put more adhesive on it!” The Scotch name was applied to the entire line of 3M tapes after that.
The first tape that Drew invented was composed of oil, resins, and rubber. When the adhesive is applied to its backing it must be in a liquid state to spread. These days, chemist use a chemical or physical process to transform the adhesive into a bonding agent. The method used depends on the desired strength of the bonding agent.
The next important Scotch invention was in 1932 when the first hand held tape dispenser was invented. It was composed of cast iron and weighed almost 7 lbs. After that the “snail” Scotch’s iconic tape dispenser was invented in 1937.
Since the invention of the hand held Scotch tape dispenser, Scotch tape is a household name! Often times it is used as a general term for people looking for a clear adhesive tape. Best Packaging offers Scotch Brand tape along with Tartan Brand tape, both are which 3M adhesive tapes.
Next Month: Servicing Packaging Equipment
– the importance behind regular service maintenance on your end of the line packaging equipment
January 20, 2014 News & Events Comments Off on Packaging Tape For Dummies
First of all, you are not a dummy.
We just thought since we are in the business of providing packaging products for customers who require packaging products – some of you would appreciate this useful little post when sourcing out adhesives – especially the kind we sell 😉
Ask yourself this: Do you need packaging tape for storing goods OR for shipping goods?
Acrylic Packaging Tape is ideal when you would like to store goods. This type of adhesive can handle a variety of temperatures and settings including warehouses, refrigerated facilities and storage units. Packaging tapes with Acrylic adhesives can keep boxes sealed for several years without yellowing or peeling. It is common knowledge in the industry that an Acrylic tape works best after it’s initial application as they will strengthen over time.
Hot Melt Packaging Tape (which does not require heat to be applied by the way…) is commonly used when shipping goods due to it’s superior holding power and high initial tack. Many shipped goods are handled roughly in transit so it is important that the tape applied ensures the box remains sealed from location to location.
Once you have determined the type of adhesive will work with your application; here are some other key considerations will help you make the most informed decision.
Width: The most commonly requested widths for packaging tape are 2″ (48mm) and 3″ (72mm) For most applications, 2″ packaging tape will work and it is often used on lightweight, small to medium boxes. If you have a larger or heavier box; you may want to consider 3″. How the tape is being applied and what the end user requests can also determine which width would work, but our tape specialists can help you out if you need to get into why size matters….
Length: Always pay close attention to roll length. Depending on your method of applying tape (dispenser vs. case sealer) – the length of roll you require will be very important. The most common length for rolls being dispensed by hand are 100m while the long rolls which are used on case sealing equipment can vary from 914m to 1862m….it depends on your needs and budget.
Thickness: We in the packaging business will always refer to mil thickness when referencing tape. The thicker the tape, the stronger the hold. While most will get away with a thinner tape economically – they may experience breakage during application or in transit. We carry a full line of packaging tapes suitable for all applications and budgets – onsite visits will ensure that you are purchasing the appropriate adhesive for your project from start to finish.
Color: The most popular color requested is clear. It is the most economical and practical choice for many industries. Tapes can be customized with printed logos, warnings or specific colors so if you have a special project in mind, it is always good to ask about your options.
Best Packaging carries 3M Packaging Tapes alongside our own private label adhesives so please enquire further if you are in the need of quality goods at competitive pricing. We have been in the business long enough to know what works…….
“>Next Week: Common Packaging Tape Terms
– your own little personal glossary of tapes, terms and other useful information as our love affair continues
January 9, 2014 News & Events Comments Off on January’s Ode to Packaging Tapes: Packaging 101
Choosing the Right Tape.
Packaging Tapes generally have two applications; sealing cartons for storage of goods or sealing cartons for shipment of goods. Obviously there are many other adhesives/uses on the market, but let’s just focus on our current love affair with the Packaging Kind.
It does make a difference as to which tape you use and there are several factors to consider when sourcing out your packaging needs:
Application: Obviously you need to consider what needs sealing.
Package Weight & Size: Heavier Packages require thicker tape. Larger boxes need wider tape.
Dispenser Size: How will you be applying your adhesive to the cartons?
Storage of boxed goods and shipping of boxed goods require different types of adhesives. You will need to take into consideration the whether the goods are being shipped or stored, the weight and size of your goods, appearance of the boxes (on the shelf, door to door, commercial) and the longevity the adhesive required. Other factors may be manner in which the item is shipped or stored (cold/temperatures, overseas, security) as well as the product itself. We have had many customers insist that the desired look of the sealed carton from manufacturer to consumer is a top priority for them.
Another factor when sourcing your packaging needs will be how the adhesive will be applied to the carton – this is where size of roll and length will come in. When the operator is applying tape by hand; the use of tape gun dispensers will require smaller rolls and are applied manually. This would be a time consuming, labor intensive way to seal multiple boxes at larger plants running high production so some customers use carton sealing equipment. Basically the equipment is designed to seal the cartons for you with help from an operator (semi automatic) or fully controlled by the line (automatic). These machines (and there are many…) require larger rolls capable of running at high speed to seal cartons. Either way, size does matter 😉
Next week: Packaging Tape Key Considerations For Dummies
– going in depth to making the right decision with your packaging needs
Sustainability is a key consideration in today’s search for packaging solutions. It is a strategy that can reduce packaging & shipping costs, as well as help the environment.
In many cases, updating your packaging & shipping supplies for sustainability can result in better packaging performance while minimizing its environmental footprint at the same time.
Take stretch film; for example. Advances in technology have come so far that you can actually increase the holding force on your product by down gauging your stretch film. That’s right – the lighter, thinner stretch films available today can make your packaging more stable.
And the benefits are anything but lightweight. Stronger, thinner stretch film:
- Reduces the cost to manufacture
- Reduces a truck fleet’s shipping costs and
- Reduces the amount & cost of your waste stream
This type of shift has the potential to improve the performance of the shippers’ and manufacturers’ packaging supply chains. Today’s customers demands as much, and want materials that are recyclable or recycled, cut emissions and reduce waste. Down Gauged stretch film can help meet that demand!
Written by Barb McKeage
Territory Manager Best Packaging Systems & Resident Stretch Film Guru
For more information on our stretch film products, please visit our product page or call today!
Are you still manually wrapping loads because you think a stretch wrapping machine is too costly for your current needs?
Here are a few things to consider before you dismiss adding a semi/automatic stretch wrapping system to your packaging line:
Film Savings….Up to 66%
12 Loads Per hour
55 Loads Per Hour
Tedious & Time Consuming
Quick & Easy
Minimal Operator Involvement
Companies that are hand wrapping and switch to stretch wrapping will see significant savings in film usage. As well, hand wrapping is a time consuming and physically demanding operation.
Stretch Wrapping is an easier and safer method that helps reduce product damage and labor. The cost of a stretch wrap machine is easily justified, even with 10-15 loads per day. A stretch wrap machine is an excellent business choice…..production rates go up, labor costs go down, wrapping is more consistent and users have higher quality control over the wrapping process to ensure damage free distribution!
Still not sure? Why not calculate your savings, using Wulftec’s FILM COST CALCULATOR……..
Looking for stretch wrap products? We have those too……..