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Glenview, IL, (November 1, 2018) — Signode Industrial Group, a leading manufacturer of a broad spectrum of packaging consumables, tools, software and equipment to optimize load containment, will display a wide variety of its customer-focused innovations at FABTECH in Atlanta, Georgia at booth #A2833.  With 88 manufacturing facilities across six continents, the company does business under more than two dozen highly respected brands throughout the world.

 

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Glenview, IL, (October 14, 2018) — Signode Industrial Group, a leading manufacturer of a broad spectrum of consumables, tools, software and equipment to optimize end-of-line packaging operations and protect product in transit, showcased at Pack Expo Chicago, October 14-17. Under this year’s theme - “Our Brands Protect Your Brands” –15 of its key product brands were on display together for the first time in booth S-3100. Spread across over 3500 sq/ft, the exhibit setup reflected the unified approach of the multi-billion dollar business. Dedicated to fit customers’ needs for safe and secure transport of packaged products, the booth was divided into 17 display areas organized by application categories: Pack – Bundle – Unitize – Warehouse – Transport.



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Glenview, IL, (October 14, 2018) — Signode Industrial Group, a leading manufacturer of a broad spectrum of consumables, tools, software and equipment to optimize end-of-line packaging operations and protect product in transit, introduces a unique tray packaging solution at Pack Expo Chicago, October 14-17 in Booth S-3100. Featuring two key products, the H. BÖHL orbital stretch wrapper and LoveShaw Case Sealer SP-304, the unique system offers users the ability to improve product integrity and increase sustainability with greater packaging efficiency. Widely popular in e-commerce applications throughout Europe, the orbital wrapper is used to secure products to trays and the case sealer ensures proper closure and sealing of the protective box. Attendees of Pack Expo have the unique ability to see the system together for the first time in North America. 


 

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Glenview, IL, (September 21, 2018) — Lachenmeier, part of Signode Industrial Group and a leading manufacturer of stretch hood equipment and film, will introduce Signode’s patented Ring Wrapping technology to the corrugated industry with the Octopus Line of stretch wrappers during Corrugated Week 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana from September 24-27th at the Indianapolis Convention Center.  Lachenmeier will also continue to highlight its revolutionary stretch hood machine, Multi-FleXL and innovative film solutions such as Xeros® at the popular industry exhibition and conference.



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Glenview, IL, (April 9, 2018)— Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions and part of Signode Industrial Group, announces it will feature the Yellow Jacket Orbital Stretch Wrapper at Modex 2018 in booth #B3275.

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Glenview, IL (April 9, 2018) – Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions and part of the Signode Industrial Group, showcases a reliable and economical solution for wrapping pallets with its Octopus “1717C” automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper at Modex 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Octopus 1717C is competitively priced to automatic rotary arm and turntable machines in the 30-50 LPH range.  With its compact size the new wrapper is versatile for a variety of applications making it a perfect machine for most distribution environments.

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According to the American Trucking Association nearly 70% of all the freight tonnage moved in the U.S. goes on trucks - which equates to 9.2 billion tons of freight annually. In short, that’s a lot of product headed to customer destinations on a daily basis and unfortunately not all arrives as intended. Nearly every manufacturer in every industry understands the importance of properly securing pallet loads for transport. One proverbial wrong turn and the entire load can be damaged.

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Glenview, IL, (November 6 , 2017)— Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, announces it will introduce the Yellow Jacket 87-SA Orbital Stretch Wrapper at FabTech 2017 in booth A3076 at McCormick Place, Chicago, November 6-9. 

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Glenview, IL, (October 9, 2017)— Lachenmeier, part of Signode Industrial Group and a leading manufacturer of stretch hood equipment and film, will showcase its innovative solutions for the corrugated industry at booth 637 at CorrExpo 2017 on October 17-18 2017.


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Glenview, IL (April 10, 2017) – Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of load containment equipment and material and part of the Signode Industrial Group will display a reliable and economical solution for the craft brew market with its new Octopus “1717C” automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper at booth #5808. The Octopus 1717C is competitively priced to automatic rotary arm and turntable machines in the 30-50 LPH range. With its compact size, the new wrapper is versatile and efficient, making it the perfect load containment solution for the craft brew industry.

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Glenview, IL, (March 8, 2017)— Signode Industrial Group, a leading manufacturer of a broad spectrum of packaging consumables, tools, software and equipment to optimize load containment, will display a wide variety of its customer-focused innovations at ProMat 2017 at booth# S2062. With 88 manufacturing facilities across six continents, the company does business under more than two dozen highly respected brands throughout the world. At the booth, attendees can meet representatives from Muller, Loveshaw, Signode, Shippers Products, Angleboard, and Multi-Wall.

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Muller Load Containment Solutions (December 20, 2016)- The food and beverage industry is high volume—millions upon millions of boxed  items alone are packaged every single day. Items damaged through the shipping process are  unnecessary losses. Increased product protection provides value to everyone in the food industry all  the way down to consumers. But if you only view stretch wrapping as protective, you’re missing out on  how wrapping can improve efficiency AND provide a branding opportunity. 

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Glenview, IL (December, 2016) – LOCK N’ POPTM, a premier load containment solution provider from Muller LCS and part of SIG, introduces a new applicator that can monitor application amounts automatically for its water-based cohesive that forms a chemical bond with packaging surfaces and holds firm until it’s time to un-stack the pallets. The new system, named Unitizer 150F, can signal the customer when applied amounts of product are out of range, thereby assuring proper application without having to periodically weigh samples of the applied cohesive. For customers securing loads using only LOCK N’ POP without additional stretch wrap, this allows for peace of mind that the product was applied correctly and consistently without having personnel constantly supervising the operation.

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Unit Price vs. Total Cost Of Ownership (November 8, 2016) - Common practice to prevent damaged goods is to contain loads using stretch film.  Whether by hand or  machine, stretch wrapping pallet loads has been extremely effective for reducing product  damage during  transport. What are the steps to secure loads in ways that optimize the entire supply chain  operation? 

 

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 Glenview, IL, (November  06, 2016)— Muller is helping attendees maximize brand awareness throughout the packaging supply  chain at PACK EXPO 2016 in Chicago, IL with sister company Loveshaw in Booth # S-3100.  Muller will display its patented Logo  Wrap™ solution on its recently launched, economical and efficient, Raptor™ HPL high profile turntable stretch  wrapper. Previously, Logo Wrap was only available on Muller’s Octopus™ line of high-speed, automatic, stretch wrappers.  

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 Glenview, IL, (October 17, 2016)— Lachenmeier showcases its innovative solutions for the corrugated industry at 2016 TAPPI        AICC SuperCorrExpo, in Orlando Florida at booth #224. In addition to learning more about the revolutionary machine  technology, attendees can see first-hand the benefits of the patented Lachenmeier Xeros™ condensation control film. 

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 (October 5, 2016) - Rotary arms and rotary rings are the obvious choices when wrapping 60+ loads an hour.  Although they use the same basic  principle to apply stretch film to the pallet, the difference is in the  application. What significance does this difference have on  speed, footptrint, flexibility, maintenance, safety,  and savings?

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 Glenview, IL (July 5, 2016)— Typically stretch wrapped or shrink wrapped, beverage loads are heavy and usually require multiple  layers of film and additional packing methods to ensure safe transport. Lock N’ Pop provides a safe an effective alternative to  traditional pallet securing methods.

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 Arlington Heights, IL (June 13, 2016)— Lock N’ Pop™, a premier load containment solution provider from Muller LCS and part of  SIG, introduces a new transportable applicator unit for its water-based cohesive that forms a chemical bond with packaging  surfaces and holds firm until it’s time to un-stack the pallets. Providing greater flexibility, the Lock N’ Pop transportable  applicator unit allows users the ability to configure cohesive where needed.

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As a leading manufacturer of equipment and material load containment solutions, Muller understands all too well the importance of properly securing palletized units in transit.  As part of the Signode Industrial Group (SIG), Muller frequently solves customer load containment challenges in the SIG Application Development and Research Laboratory (commonly referred to as the “SIG Packaging Lab”). 


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Chicago, IL, (May 03, 2016)— Lachenmeier, part of SIG and a leading manufacturer of stretch hood equipment and film, has released its new Lachenmeier Multi FleXL stretch hood machine, designed to effectively secure and maintain the integrity of tall and wide pallet loads throughout the supply chain.

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(May 2016)- Muller's newly released Raptor HPL Turntable offers a unique set of features on a familiar stretch wrapping platform, the turntable. The Raptor HPL heightens the level of durability, reliability and speed generally found in turntable style wrappers, while maintaining a user friendly control interface.

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Labor, a major controllable element of contract-packaging costs, can make or break a project. With compressed margins, contract packagers are seeking any opportunity to reduce operating costs.

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Glenview, IL (April 04, 2016) – Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, introduces an economical solution for wrapping pallets with its new RaptorTM HPL high profile turntable stretch wrapper. The Raptor HPL is an intuitive and reliable wrapper that has the additional benefits of having Muller’s popular branding tool, Logo WrapTM, and a roping device built in. 

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(February 2016)- Muller's GaleWrap Oriented stretch film has made an impression in the marketplace as a unique, premium quality film. For those familiar with stretch film, one glance at a roll of GaleWrap and they can usually tell something is different from conventional and pre-stretch films.

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Q&A: End-of-Line Packaging and Automation Trends By Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing Food Manufacturing recently had the opportuni...

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Tropicana Products, Inc., a division of PepsiCo, Inc., is the world's leading producer and marketer of branded fruit juices. The Quality Assurance Sup...

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Dawn Food Products, Inc. delivers millions of pounds of dry mixes to bakers each week and had customers complaining about having to dump stretch wrap....

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Chivas Brothers says: "With a high value product like whisky, we cannot afford to risk having any product movement on completed pallets when they are ...

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Gargiulo Farms says: "We've tried other adhesives in the past, but their application equipment was labor-intensive and they actually glued the cases t...

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After a year and a half of using Lock n' Pop, Coca-Cola bottlers in Elizabethtown, Kentucky found a remarkable difference in equipment maintenance bet...

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(November 2015)- The latest addition to the Lachenmeier equipment line-up is the Multi FleXL stretch hooding system. Allowing customer throughput rates up to 150 loads/hour, the Multi FleXL is one of the most adaptive and versatile stretch hooding machines in the marketplace.

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(November 2015)- The latest addition to the Lachenmeier equipment line-up is the Multi FleXL stretch hooding system. Allowing customer throughput rates up to 150 loads/hour, the Multi FleXL is one of the most adaptive and versatile stretch hooding machines in the marketplace.

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(October 2015)- As a load containment solution company, Muller relies on product differentiation to meet different client requirements. Muller has a product and service offering to fit most shipping requirements found in food & beverage manufacturing, CPG, frozen food distribution, and more. The Yellow Jacket wrapper is unique within the Muller line. Yellow Jacket is an "Orbital" stretch wrapper that wraps over the top and underneath the shipment, making it very relevant for the most challenging products and industries.

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(September 2015)- The Octopus has long been viewed as an industry powerhouse for ring technology. Boasting more models and designs than competitors, the Octopus brand makes a compelling argument that the "ring is king" with regard to stretch wrapping. Perhaps lesser known is that the Octopus is much more than just a way to apply stretch film.

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Serious environmental issues regarding stretch wrap disposal and concerns about stretch wrap production are on the increase. 

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(July 2015)- As manufacturers look for ways to improve their production process, it is easy for them to think in-line with their palletizers and conveyor lines. Thinking outside the box, Muller has a solution that allows manufacturers to package products with automation, off-line, without fixed equipment. the GW-4100 mobile wrapper, fitted with a 40" film carriage, has been wildly popular in areas where fixed stretch wrap equipment cannot go.

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Chicago, IL, (June 30, 2015)— Lachenmeier, part of SIG and a leading manufacturer of stretch hood equipment and film, introduces new ICPA Interface to meet increasing demand for easy to use HMIs - providing intelligent communication in packaging with a user-friendly design that virtually anyone can operate.

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Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, announces real-time equipment support through its Remote Service Plan.

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Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, introduces a reliable and economical solution for wrapping pallets with its new Octopus “1717C” automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper.

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Ash Grove Packaging incorporates Lachenmeier stretch hood for greater throughput and product stability   Cement has been a critical componen...

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(August 2015)- Load containment is a generally understood aspect of Muller's mission and direction; however, Muller's focus goes well beyond keeping a customers' product intact and protected in transit. One great example: Lachenmeier's Xeros Stretch Hood Film, which goes above and beyond.

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(June 2015)- Lock N' Pop is one of the industry's most innovative and exciting concepts. As the world's leading water-based palletizing adhesive, Lock N' Pop is used by manufacturers producing bagged and boxed products that ship on pallets or slip sheets.

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Arlington Heights, IL (May 26, 2015) – Lock N’ Pop™, a premier load containment solution provider from Muller LCS and part of SIG, introduces a new MMDV extrusion valve for its water-based cohesive which forms a chemical bond with package surfaces that holds firm until it’s time to un-stack the pallets. With increased demand, greater automation and changing load types, the MMDV valve allows Lock N’ Pop’s cohesive to be applied very quickly with exact intermission cycles.

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(May 2015)- The Octopus 1717C is an exciting new product launch from Muller's stretch equipment team. Part of the iconic "Octopus" brand name, the 1717C is loaded with over 30 years of ring technology innovation and advancements.

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Chicago, IL, (March 05, 2015)— Lachenmeier, part of SIG and a leading manufacturer of stretch hood equipment and film, receives United States Patent 8,936,152 for its Xeros™ condensation control film.  Xeros™ is ideal for protecting loads from outdoor elements while preventing condensation from forming inside the bag. The patent protects the multi-layer film technology used to manufacture Xeros™.

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Chicago, IL, (November 02, 2014)— Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, introduces  a patented method for providing improved  load containment and breathability with its Flexi-Rope system. Ideal for fresh produce, frozen foods and hot products, the new option allows users to automatically apply spaces between stretch film rotations- creating ventilation throughout the pallet. The system can be installed on new or existing Octopus ring wrapping equipment. 

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Chicago, IL, (July  28, 2014)— Muller , a leading manufacturer of both innovative equipment and material load containment solutions, introduces  a unique way to secure stretch wrap film tails with its No Touch No Tail (NT²) seaming device.  It is ideal for the most demanding applications and eliminates the film tail, without contacting the load. Muller has also taken this new technology, previously only available on new Octopus ring wrapping equipment, and made it available on Muller’s former models.

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Chicago, IL, (May 2014) — The dairy industry is expected to reach annual global revenues of $494 billion in 2015 – with the U.S. accounting for approximately 25%.  Keeping up with high volume demand means dairy plants must run very efficiently. Ensuring products are quickly processed, packaged and out the door is essential to its shelf life. ‘Getting things done before the ice cream melts’ is no euphemism in the dairy industry. 

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Muller’s Tail Tucker eliminates loose film tails on stretch wrapped pallets Arlington Heights, IL (April 27, 2011) – Muller, a leading ...

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Chicago, IL, (January 28, 2014)—ITW Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, introduces its GW-4100 40” robotic pallet wrapper. The newly designed carriage offers twice the speed, throughput and battery life compared to the standard GW-4100.

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Find out how BP machines can do more than other wrappers!

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Pavestone and Muller collaborate to increase productivity and minimize costs associated with stretch wrapping loads It’s not surprising that th...

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Hensley Beverage Company Saves Time and Money with Efficient Stretch Wrap Process Servicing 8000 accounts state-wide and wrapping nearly 1200 loads p...

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Yellow Jacket customers have saved thousands of dollars annually on labor costs by the help of the 87M Yellow Jacket Orbital Stretch Wrap Machine.  Being able to secure oversized and oddly shaped loads to forklifts has increased product integrity while reducing other hidden costs.

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GaleWrap is proud to introduce GaleWrap LITE Oriented Film an economical and eco-friendly product that reduces film usage while providing superior hold for odd or oversized loads.

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Muller LCS will showcase two of their most innovative technologies, the Octopus "S" Series automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper and the 87M Yellow Jacket Orbital Stretch Wrap Machine at ProMat 2013 in Chicago, IL at Booth #1223 and #1519.  Both technologies are designed to simplify processes and improve efficiency.  Everyone attending the exhibit will be able to see how these systems work and understand the benefits the new technologies bring to warehouses.

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With countless brands of hand film available, it can be challenging to choose the right one. To simplify the selection a bit, hand film can be categorized into three types: conventional, offline pre-stretched, and oriented in-line. Easy enough. Nevertheless, the finished product dramatically differs and the advantages and disadvantages of each type of film will affect one’s bottom line.

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The Effects Of Tension On Film Usage

 While packaging sustainability is predominately focused on reducing primary packaging material and    increasing cube utilization, the end-of-line stretch wrapping process is critical to achieving optimum product  delivery and reducing waste. As another step in the supply chain, it can’t be ignored if companies are looking  to meet industry demands and achieve greater overall production efficiency. 


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When looking to create new efficiencies on the line, it is very common to focus upstream of the stretch wrapper. However, it is important to remember any improvements (and investments) that are made will be wasted if the product arrives damaged. Load containment is key, especially where accidents can lead to disaster for the manufacturer and end user.

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In today’s economy, it’s unlikely your company is just handing over money for new capital equipment. Budgets are tight and every department is competing for the reduced dollars available. The good news is that there are many ways to justify the cost of a new pallet wrapper and prove a quick return on your investment.

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Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, introduces its new Octopus “C” automatic rotary ring stretch wrapper.  The new compact wrapper is reliable and an economical solution for pallets because it is versatile in handling a wide variety of applications and provides superior frame construction with minimal maintenance.

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Waste Gas load being wrappedNew stretch wrapper helps reduce labor, time and film consumption. Improves safety and has a positive employee impact!

Improving warehouse efficiencies is a top concern for many manufacturers’ today. With a 70,000 square foot steel fabricating facility in Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, Waste Gas Fabricating’s challenges were no different. From laser and plasma cutting to forming, machining and delivery, the company provides a one-stop-shop for all steel fabricating needs. In 2012, with increasing production demands and a strong commitment to their customers of ongoing cost reduction through operational efficiency, the company set out to expand their shipping and receiving departments. The additional space allowed Waste Gas to incorporate more racking to support its over 400 customers. It also created a more productive shipping and receiving department. The new layout also gave room for a new piece of equipment—Muller’s 87M Yellow Jacket orbital stretch wrapper.

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Red Ball Oxygen, the largest independent welding and industrial gas supplier in the Ark-La-Tex regions, announces its success with  Muller’s Yellow Jacket orbital stretch wrapper for securing palletized loads. Most customer orders that leave Red Ball Oxygen’s facility contain products varying in size and shape. The company identified stretch wrapping as the best solution to keep pallets secure. Strapping or other solutions would allow for smaller products to slip through and fall during transport, usually resulting in damage.

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According to an Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation study of three manufacturing locations that incorporated stretch-wrapping machines:

  • There was a 14 percent improvement in the CTD incidence rate
  • The days lost due to CTDs dropped from 369 days per 200,000 hours worked to 0
  • The turnover rate (per 200,000 hours worked) declined from 94.6 to 35.3
  • The restricted days due to CTDs decreased from 125 days per 200,000 hours worked to 39.3 – a 69% improvement
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Muller will exhibit one of its most innovative technologies, the 87M Yellow Jacket Orbital Stretch Wrap Machine at FABTECH 2013 in Chicago, Illinois at Booth #S5387.  Being a lead manufacturer in both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, Muller is pleased to solve a marketing need for complex fabrications and heavy metal parts and assemblies.

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DTMP uses the Yellow Jacket 100 Stretch Film Wrapping Equipment.

Changing packaging method cuts down on cost, time and injuries

Hear Scott in his own words and read the full Detroit Tool Metal Products story, and maybe you'll get a good idea of how Yellow Jacket can deliver proven ROI to your operation.

Challenges:

  • Reduce wrapping costs
  • Improve on 4-5 minute per skid wrapping time
  • Protect workers from injury

Solutions:

  • Yellow Jacket's Patented Orbital Stretch-Wrapper
  • Orbital wrapping requires much less film than heat shrink wrapping
  • The Yellow Jacket 87-M cut wrapping time in half, allowing more time for other processes
  • Discontinuing heat shrink wrapping eliminates repetitive bending and risk of burns

Results:

Scott Callahan, Transportation Manager, “What the Yellow Jacket did for us was it offered us a very good way of securing our products to the skid while taking up less space and using less time to do so.”

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YellowJacket 110 Stretch Wrap Machines Beat the Odds of Pack-to-Ship Pressures.

Steel slitter solves rust problem, improves shelf-life of product

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

Challenges:

  • Prevent rusting of coils and eliminate returned shipments
  • Improve on storage time of only a few weeks
  • Eliminate steps in shipping process

Solutions:

  • Yellow Jacket's Patented Orbital Stretch-Wrapper
  • Wrapping with plastic locks out condensation
  • Plastic protects coils from rust for up to a year
  • Wrapping coils to skids reduces need for banding

Results:

Fred Jones, Plant Superintendent, “What I looked for myself and what the owner looked for was the steel not coming back rejected for rust. Two or three truckloads coming back would pay for that machine easily, a few times over. We haven’t had a claim in over a year now." 

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Yellow Jacket 110 Stretch Wrap Equipment Secures Irregularly Shaped Loads with Ease for IQL Corporation

I.Q.L. Corporation oversized and odd shaped loads wrapped securely.

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Challenges:

  • Efficiently wrapping irregular sized/odd shaped loads
  • Safely securing loads without bands
  • Reducing material handling costs

Solutions:

Results:

Vance Young, I.Q.L. Engineer, “With the Yellow Jacket I see two major advantages, it’s very simple to use and it’s fast. The forklift operator drives the load up to the machine while the other person operates the Yellow Jacket 110® wrap. Even if one person operates both the lift and the machine, it's still a fast operation. It can typically wrap the entire load in about 15 seconds.”

“The Yellow Jacket 110 was actually designed to stretch-wrap irregular loads and does an excellent job of securing any cargo because it wraps all the way around the load and the pallet…We don’t need to band the items we wrap with the Yellow Jacket 110, and none of the loads we’ve stretch-wrapped with it have come loose during shipment.”

— Vance Young, Engineer for I.Q.L. Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky

“We use it to stretch-wrap parts for storage and parts for shipment, and I see two major advantages. It’s simple to use – probably the simplest thing I’ve seen for warehouse use. It’s especially easy for a two-person team. One person drives the load up on the forklift while the other operates the Yellow Jacket 110 stretch-wrap machine. Even if one person operates both the lift and the machine, it’s fast – it stretch-wraps the load in about 15 seconds.” Click here for full story...

— Vance Young, Engineer for I.Q.L Corporation, Louisville, Kentucky

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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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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. 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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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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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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Sheet metal and composite panel fabricator solves worker safety and labor concerns with Yellow Jacket technology.Sheet metal and composite panel fabricator solves worker safety and labor concerns with Yellow Jacket technology

Read more about California Sheet Metal's shipping success and learn how Yellow Jacket can improve your shipping operations.

Challenges:

  • Keep parts secure and protected from damage during shipment
  • Reduce safety concerns from manual wrapping

Solutions:

Results:

Robert Miller, Shop Foreman of California Sheet Metal, “Now we wrap more correctly and that helps us out by making sure our parts do not get damaged.”          

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Baker Tankhead purchased a Yellow Jacket stretch wrap machine after visiting a nearby company and watching its Yellow Jacket machine work.  Tank head fabricator saves on production time and costs with Yellow Jacket Stretch-Wrap Machine

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

Challenges:

  • Reducing production time and labor costs
  • Eliminating shipping department bottlenecks

Solutions:

Results:

John Asfar, Technology Manager of Baker Tankhead, “You’re able to get more heads ready for shipping per day because it’s done faster since you don’t have three people you’re pulling out of the make ready department to palletize this one product, you’re down to one person.”

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Stretch wrap machine at High Tech ComponentsStretch wrap machine reduces employee injuries and safety hazards from falling parts

Read more about High Tech Components' shipping success and learn how Yellow Jacket can improve your shipping operations.

Challenges:

  • Reducing risk of employee injuries
  • Eliminating safety hazards related to falling parts
  • Eliminating shipping-related damages

Solutions:

  • Yellow Jacket’s 87M Patented Orbital Stretch Wrapper
  • Improved safety/machine wrapped pallets eliminated risk of falling parts
  • Reduced manpower/one employee can easily wrap a pallet

Results:

Joey LeRouge, High Tech Components general manager, “Safety means everything to me, which I’m sure it does to a lot of people. From a safety standpoint it’s done right.  There’s a right way, an okay way and a wrong way. Before, I was kind of doing it the okay way.”

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Muller is proud to introduce its Wrap n Ship Program.  When customers purchase a GW-1200 Turntable Stretch Wrapper or a GW-4100 Robotic Pallet Wrapper with a film commitment they are provided with up to 20% in savings.  Since customers are already purchasing film to hand wrap this programs helps incorporate some level of automation at an affordable cost.

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 The leading manufacturing company, Muller LCS provides a single source for all stretch packaging needs, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year of its Octopus rotary ring stretch wrapping machines.  The Octopus is the global leading brand of pallet wrapping machines having over 5,000 installed worldwide.

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Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, introduces its highly mobile GW-4100 robotic pallet wrapper.  This GW-4100 is the latest solution in wrapping that offers less waste and substantial time savings, high performance rates and greater safety features for employees.

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Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, is exhibiting at Pack Expo International 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  The company will exhibit Yellow Jackets and GaleWrap, two new technologies operating under the Muller LCS name.  All attendees will be able to find a solution and obtain a greater understanding of all their stretch wrapping needs.

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Muller LCS, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film, introduces an enhancement to its Raptor Series of turntable machines with Raptor Plus™. The new machine boasts an easy to use control panel that provides the flexibility to create customized wrap patterns for each unique application.

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--New Machine Enhances Cobra Line of Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrappers-- Arlington Heights, IL (July 31, 2012) – Muller, a leading manufacturer...

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Offering a Broader Range of Global Stretch Packaging Solutions Arlington Heights, IL (June 13, 2012) – Muller has announced its new company str...

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Arlington Heights, IL (March 28, 2012) – For manufacturers looking to minimize stretch film usage without compromising the integrity of pallet l...

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Douglasville, GA (February 06, 2012) – Yellow Jacket, inventors and manufacturers of orbital stretch wrapping machines, showcases its acclaimed ...

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Arlington Heights, IL (September 26, 2011) – Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch w...

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Arlington Heights, IL (August 16, 2011) – Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap...

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“We were in need of a reliable partner, and Muller stepped up to the plate and delivered” Richard Tree, vice president of Pavestone's Western operations."

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Arlington Heights, IL (July 12, 2011) – Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap f...

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Arlington Heights, IL (June 15, 2011) – Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap f...

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Muller’s Tail Tucker eliminates loose film tails on stretch wrapped pallets Arlington Heights, IL (April 27, 2011) – Muller, a leading ...

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Arlington Heights, IL (March 22, 2011) – Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap ...

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Arlington Heights, IL (March 22, 2011) – Muller, a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap ...

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Arlington Heights, IL (February 14, 2011) – Whether in a big-box store, on a job site or on the back of an open-bed truck, pallet loads are ofte...

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Safety at Muller is taken very seriously pertaining to the operator and the machine itself. During the last year, many improvements have been made to the machine to make it safer and easier to operate.

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This green palletising solution has been available in South Africa for three years through sole agent, Port Elizabeth-based Baypac. Company co-owner, Dave Louw, reports interest has ‘grown tremendously’ and, from a zero base, there are now 24 local adoptees, and it’s being applied across several industries, from fertiliser to frozen food.

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THESE days, good green practices have a place on everyone’s agenda and Cadbury’s Packaging Strategy is no different. However, it comes with its own set of challenges.

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Water-based adhesive applicator systems securely unitize pallets of tomatoes, eliminating the need for hot-melt glue and stretch wrap.

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Corrugated pallets and non-slip spray adhesive help this manufacturer ship increased loads and garner customer satisfaction.

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Little HUG and other juice drinks are packaged in graphics-intense, multicolor cases that bold 24 to 48 8-oz bottles. With a target audience of moms, kids and teenagers, case graphics in grocery distribution are an important component of point-of-purchase presentation.

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Plastic wrap has long been the standard means of containing palletized shipments. But for companies with specialized loads, heavy unloading damage and environmental concerns, there is an alternative. Deborah Aarts explains.

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Labor, a major controllable element of contract-packaging costs, can make or break a project. With compressed margins, contract packagers are seeking any opportunity to reduce operating costs.

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Creating stable pallet loads in a cost-effective manner is a very common problem for flour mills, mainly because dust accumulates on flour bags, making them slippery and difficult to stabilize. However, Rocky Mountain Flour Milling LLC, Platteville, CO (970- 785-2794), and Horizon Milling, Albany, NY (518-447-1700), have found a way around this material-handling problem.

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Improving your end-of-the-line shipping functions such as palletizing and unitizing can send money straight to the bank. Keep in mind, it's always about material flow.

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By switching from case stabilized with cornerboards to a unitizing agent , the retail giant saves material costs and labor, while also reducing solid waste.

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Plagued by the safety hazard of falling and breaking cement bags, Lafarge North America found a solution that not only improved safety and reduced costs, but also increased customer satisfaction. A product from Lock n' Pop achieved both safety and savings objectives.

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