Productivity

Boosts pack-to-ship performance while minimizing labor requirements.

Tri-State Fabricators
Improve Fabricated Parts Assembly Shipment Efficiency with Orbital Stretch Wrap Equipment from Yellow Jacket

Productivity makeover cuts pack-to-ship costs and delivers proven ROI

Hear Jack in his own words and read the full Tri-State story, maybe you'll get a good idea of how Yellow Jacket can deliver proven ROI to your operation.

Challenges:

  • Eliminating shipping department bottlenecks
  • Reducing ergonomic-related worker injuries
  • Reducing excessive labor costs and shipping time

Solutions:

Results:

Jack Deimling, Tri-State shipping manager, “Before Yellow Jacket we were doing about 30 pallets a day of odd-shaped loads. Now we're doing about 80 or 90 a day. The system has already paid for itself in labor savings alone.”

“If we had purchased any other type of stretch-wrap system — even up to three standard systems — it wouldn’t have solved our problems. With the Yellow Jacket 110 stretch-wrapper, you leave the building knowing that every load is going to be safe and that you’ve done it right the first time.”

— Jack Deimling, Shipping Manager for Tri-State Fabricators, Cincinnati, Ohio

A productivity makeover can cut pack-to-ship costs by more than two-thirds. Deimling explains that nearly two years ago, the department was using a three-person packing crew – one person on the forklift and two people to wrap the load. "The forklift operator would have to stop everything, find two people pull them off their jobs, so they could take up 20 minutes to wrap one load. This was costly, time consuming and very inefficient. With the new stretch-wrap system, one person can do the job of three.”

“Before the Yellow Jacket we were doing only about 30 pallets a day. Now, we’re doing 80 to 90 pallets each day, and I can turn a truck in about 15 minutes. Before, it would take nearly an hour…”

— Jack Deimling, Shipping Manager for Tri-State Fabricators, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio

“With both job shop and long-term contract work, [Tri-State Fabricators] services small businesses to large corporations in a variety of market segments. Its focus on versatility results in load sizes of all shapes, dimensions and weights. ‘We ship parts that are the size of a quarter all the way up to lengths of 18-feet. No matter what size or shape of load, I have to make sure that the product remains safely on the pallet throughout shipment.”’

— Jack Deimling, Shipping Manager for Tri-State Fabricators

“Every load is protected from costly damage due to shifting and sliding. Orbital stretch-wrapping also prevents load contamination from dust and debris. We want a zero return rate. That’s how you remain profitable. We’ve discovered a great way to safely package and ship, as well as eliminating returns.”

— Jack Deimling, Shipping Manager for Tri-State Fabricators, Cincinnati, Ohio

“With our old hand-wrapping methods, the forklift would go up and down and there would be people underneath that pallet trying to wrap it. When the Yellow Jacket pallet wrapper came along, it was our answer to getting workers out and away from these moving pallets, and preventing serious accidents.”

“We’ve not had any worker’s compensation claims for this process since we’ve started using the Yellow Jacket, and we don’t anticipate any.”

— Jack Deimling, Shipping Manager for Tri-State Fabricators, Cincinnati, Ohio

“Before the Yellow Jacket we were doing only about 30 pallets a day. Now, we’re doing 80 to 90 pallets each day, and I can turn a truck in about 15 minutes. Before, it would take nearly an hour…”

— Jack Deimling, Shipping Manager for Tri-State Fabricators, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio

“The system has already paid for itself in labor costs savings alone,” With the new stretch-wrap system, less fuel and maintenance is required for forklift operation. ‘When you look at what we save by no longer purchasing additional pallets, less forklift fuel and maintenance, major manpower cuts, and the ability to get far more out the door, it all adds up.’ Tri-State Fabricators Vice-President of Sales, Rick Vogt, calculates that it took less than six months to realize a complete return on investment.”

— Jack Deimling, Shipping Manager for Tri-State Fabricators, Cincinnati, Ohio


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Staber Industries
Yellow Jacket’s Unique Orbital Stretch Wrap Machines Cost Effectively Secure Odd Shaped Pallets & Powder Coated Parts

Contract fabricator triples productivity/delivers proven ROI

Hear Bill in his own words and read the complete Staber story, maybe you'll get a good idea of how Yellow Jacket can deliver proven ROI to your operation.

Challenges:

  • Damage free shipments of “slippery”, odd-shaped loads
  • Reducing banding-related worker injuries
  • Reducing excessive labor costs and shipping time

Solutions:

  • Yellow Jacket 87M Manual Orbital Stretch-Wrapper
  • Eliminated product damage in shipping
  • Eliminated banding/ergonomic injuries
  • Tripled pack-to-ship productivity
  • Delivered PROVEN ROI ($1000 savings per week!)

Results:

Bill Staber, President, “Our old wrapping method took two guys 15 minutes to prep a load. With Yellow Jacket it takes one guy five minutes. We get more product out the door."

“Steel banding was definitely a two-man operation…Now with the Yellow Jacket 110, we have nearly tripled our pack-to-ship productivity and we need only one man to prepare the load for shipment. Out two-man operation used to take 15 minutes per pallet. Now our one-man operation takes under five minutes per load. The Yellow Jacket 110 is a big plus in getting more product out the door.”

— Bill Staber, President of Staber Industries, Groveport, Ohio

“On the powder coat side of our business, there are no 12-inch-square products stacked four-wide and six-high on a skid. We handle all different shapes and sizes. Things that are almost impossible to strap down, such as wrought iron railing, fencing and gates; and the circular, wraparound valences for gas pumps… Traditional methods simply tie the parts together, while this orbital technology locks the products down to the pallet, which acts as the foundation."

— Bill Staber, President of Staber Industries, Groveport, Ohio

The Yellow Jacket 110 features a wrap tension that adjusts easily to provide arange of film stretch, which can secure cargo of any dimension, weight or shape.

"Every load is protected from costly damage due to shifting and sliding. Orbital stretch-wrapping also prevents load contamination from dust and debris. We want a zero return rate. That’s how you remain profitable. We’ve discovered a great way to safely package and ship, as well as eliminating returns."

— Bill Staber President of Staber Industries, Groveport, Ohio

“Although Staber Industries is currently dedicating the system to one shipping area, the Yellow Jacket 110 is designed for portability. The model 87-M can be moved easily, on locking casters, throughout an operation and can be plugged into any 110-volt outlet.”

— Bill Staber, President of Staber Industries, Groveport, Ohio

“When the Yellow Jacket 110 was delivered, it took all of 15 minutes to show everybody how to use it. It is extremely easy to operate."

— Bill Staber, President of Staber Industries, Groveport, Ohio

“Do the math, if it takes about five minutes for one man to pick up a pallet with the forklift, put the load into the stretch-wrap system, wrap it, and then put the secured load in the shipping area; based on 14 loads per day, that's 70 minutes of labor costs. With the old steel banding method, it took two men 15 minutes. That's 420 minutes or 7 hours of labor costs. Figuring labor at a round average of $20 per hour (including labor and benefit costs), as well as material usage, the new system allows us to save at least $180 per day or nearly $1,000 in labor costs per week."

— Bill Staber, President of Staber Industries, Groveport, Ohio


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National Tube Form, Inc.

National Tube Form Inc. prepares daily palleted goods shipments four times faster with Yellow Jacket 110® orbital stretch wrap equipment.Read National Tube Form’s complete story and learn how Yellow Jacket could help improve your shipping productivity and pallet preparation.

Challenges:

  • Securing standard, oversized and odd shaped loads for shipping
  • Improving shipping productivity and pallet preparation
  • Eliminating physical wear and tear of hand-wrapped pallets

Solutions:

Results:

Tracie Yarian, shipping/receiving and warehouse supervisor, said when employees manually skidded, banded and wrapped loads, it took one employee at least four hours to prepare 50 pallets. Since implementing the Yellow Jacket 110, preparation of the same number of loads takes an hour.

“Preparation time has been reduced so that one employee can now prepare 50 pallets for shipping in about one hour instead of four.”

— National Tube Form, Inc., Ft. Wayne, Indiana

“Hand-wrapping strained a lot of backs. The payoff of having the Yellow Jacket 110 measures beyond money when you think of keeping workers healthy and happy as part of the mix.”

— Tracie Yarian, Shipping/Receiving Supervisor at National Tube Form, Ft. Wayne, Indiana

“Since it is designed for use by either technical or non-technical personnel, training time is minimized, usually to within an hour. Employees were eager to learn how to use the Yellow Jacket 110, not only because of its efficiency, but also because it eliminates any physical wear and tear caused by manually preparing pallets.”

— Tracie Yarian, Shipping/Receiving Supervisor at National Tube Form, Ft. Wayne, Indiana


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Equalizer Systems

RV and Trailer Supplier “Levels Out” Palleted Shipping Challenges with Yellow Jacket Stretch Improved shipping operation minimizes labor costs and increases productivity

Read the full Equalizer story and learn how Yellow Jacket could help you reduce your overall labor costs.

Challenges:

  • Reducing overall labor costs
  • Improving efficiency and part quality
  • Reducing safety concerns from manual wrapping

Solutions:

Results:

John Hill, shipping manager, “The Yellow Jacket machine has taken the manual process of stretch-wrapping and has totally freed up one man to do what two men were doing to get our packaging and shipping done. It does exactly what we need, and looking at the way we have done it in the past opposed to the way we do it now, it is totally necessary.”

"Perfect for [Equalizer Systems] growing business volumes and need for speed, the Yellow Jacket 110 provided a way to minimize labor costs and increase productivity in their shipping department. In my job, when considering how we used to prepare pallets for shipment, out Yellow Jacket Wrapper is probably one of the greatest work tools I have ever used. One man does the job opposed to two or three guys trying to handle the plastic in an effort to get the pallet of goods wrapped securely.”

— John Hill, Shipping Manager for Equalizer Systems, Elkhart, Indiana

“We have a near 100%+ success rate of securely-wrapped deliveries since using the Yellow Jacket. Our shipments go out nice and tight…we don’t have to worry about any more calls on product damage claims. We truly count on it to go from here to there…wherever that may be…and it getting there without incident.”

— John Hill, Shipping Manager for Equalizer Systems, Elkhart, Indiana

"I like it because you can utilize the pallet by putting a little bit more on it, and knowing that the shipment is secured directly to the pallet…it is a good feeling. I think our customers appreciate that too, if they have to set something outside we have got the wrap on it, and it can stay out in the weather (rain or snow) for a while before they bring it in. This is another great advantage, especially with local delivery on open trucks and trailers.”

— John Hill, Shipping Manager for Equalizer Systems, Elkhart, Indiana

“All that is needed is a quick training session to learn how to dial in the settings for machine operation…anyone can be trained to use it. It is just a matter of positioning the load in the proper spot within the machine, tying the plastic wrap to the skid to start the process, pushing the ‘go’ buttons and letting it do its job.”

— John Hill, Shipping Manager for Equalizer Systems, Elkhart, Indiana

“I would say it paid for itself the first day we got it due to reduced headaches (due to worrying about getting product out day to day) and backaches/injuries from manual operations. And this is important to use mainly because of how quick we have grown … and the expectation for continued growth trends. It freed us up as far as man power, and that’s saved us a lot of money in saved labor costs…probably somewhere in the tens of thousands of dollars annually when considering both labor and shipping problems.”

— John Hill, Shipping Manager for Equalizer Systems, Elkhart, Indiana


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Haas Automation

North America’s Largest Machine Tool Builder Counts on Yellow Jacket Stretch Wrap Equipment to Optimize Shipping Operations.Streamlined shipping operation improves part quality and also lowers labor requirements/costs

Read more about Haas Automation’s shipping success and learn how Yellow Jacket can improve your shipping operations.

Challenges:

  • Damages, scratches to parts
  • Streamlining internal packaging/shipping operation

Solutions:

Results:

Joe McKenna, Haas machine shop manager, “We calculated that the Yellow Jacket saves us the work of half a person, or a yearly savings of $20,000. But, our labor savings is just the minimum, there is also improved quality. Now we are protecting our parts in a better fashion.”

North America’s Largest Machine Tool Builder Counts on Yellow Jacket Stretch Wrap Technology to Improve Shipping Operations

“The Yellow Jacket 110 provides a way to securely wrap large products on pallets, while also protecting them from damage that often occurs during transportation. We wrap parts up to 500 lbs on a pallet with the stretch-wrap and it holds it very stable. It is amazing how strong it is with the correct tension and amount of revolutions. We often transport our parts 60-70 miles to outside vendors in an open flat bed truck and we don’t have a problem with the parts breaking loose…the Yellow Jacket 110 wraps the pallets very secure.”

“A lot of our components are painted and the film helps protect them. Traditional metal or plastic banding or straps often left a mark on the parts and did not protect the entire part from getting scratched.’ Haas Automation was looking for a way to protect their parts, and the Yellow Jacket 110 provided a superior solution to prevent damage”

— Joe McKenna, Machine Shop Manager for Haas Automation, Oxnard, California

“The Yellow Jacket 110 enabled Haas Automation to effectively streamline their pallet preparation process from a 2 person 5 minute job to a single person/1minute job.”

— Haas Automation, Oxnard, California

“Not only does the film secure the part when shipping the pallets around, but it also protects the parts from weather conditions. Even if it is not raining, we are close to the coast and the humid, salt-filled air will cause parts to quickly rust just from the moisture in the air. So stretch-wrapping out parts on the pallet protects them from the moisture as well, and we needed to find a better way to ensure consistent quality. A securely wrapped pallet is very important because parts may often be stored outside for a couple of days, or stored in inventory for several weeks.”

— Joe McKenna, Machine Shop Manager for Haas Automation, Oxnard, California

Haas Automation wanted to avoid complicated machinery and keep their material handling operation simple and efficient. McKenna explains, "‘The Yellow Jacket 110 is extremely easy to operate, it is a simple design, and we like things that way …the simpler the better’ concept." Haas Automation not only enjoys the ease of operation of their Yellow Jacket 110 but also the service and continual support from Yellow Jacket’s staff and personnel makes a big different. "They worked with us to meet our exact needs, answered all of our questions, and came out here to train us right away. There was clear communication from the initial quoting, Yellow Jacket is very customer-oriented. They stand behind their product, and it works well.”

— Joe McKenna, Machine Shop Manager for Haas Automation, Oxnard, California

“The Yellow Jacket 110 enabled Haas Automation to effectively streamline their pallet preparation process from a 2 person/5 minute job to a single person/1 minute job. Haas Automation quickly realized their return-on-investment,” McKenna clarifies. “We calculated that the Yellow Jacket saves us the work of half of a person, or a yearly savings $20,000. This machine is a great return-on-investment, easily paying for itself within 2 years.”

— Joe McKenna, Machine Shop Manager for Haas Automation, Oxnard, California


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