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6 Fun Facts about Stretch Wrap

by Bob Zanotelli – VP Sales & Marketing

 

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Stretch wrap is a plastic film that is commonly used to secure items together, specifically unitizing pallet loads, due to its elastic recovery. This article features seven fun facts about stretch wrap!

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Pressure Sensitive Tape vs. Water Activated Tape

There are many types of tapes available for an almost unlimited amount of applications. The most important part of working with tape is choosing the right tape for the job at hand. There are two major types of tape used for shipping and packaging departments:

  1. Pressure Sensitive Tape
  2. Reinforced Kraft Paper Tape (water activated)

Learning the pros and cons of Pressure Sensitive Tape and Reinforced Kraft Paper Tape will help you make the best decision for your shipping and packaging needs.

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How to Choose the Correct Nail for Your Application: Nail Shanks and Points

nailsThere are three parts to a nail: head, shank and point. The shank is responsible for most of the holding power and withdrawal strength as the shank is pressed between the fibers of the wood. Smooth, ring and screw are the three basic types of nail shanks.

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How to Save Money with Banding Steel versus Polyester (Plastic) Banding

plastic bandWith all the price changes last year, and additional price changes happening in 2019, people are looking for ways to save money.

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One option is to look at your strapping choices. 

The following chart shows the properties of steel banding, including the yield (ft/lb). Use this chart to help determine your cost for steel versus polyester.

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3 Cost Saving Tips When Using Carton Closing Staples for Regular Slotted Containers (RSC)

Besides finding a deal when purchasing staples, you can save both time and money by using the correct carton staples and staplers for your business as well as utilizing the staples properly during your applications. This article outlines a basic guideline on what type of staples to use and how to correctly apply them.

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