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Arlington Heights, IL (November 04, 2013) – 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.

Red Ball Oxygen traditionally hand wrapped pallets and while the process provided proper load containment, it took two employees to wrap a load. The newly acquired Yellow Jacket requires only one person to wrap the same load in half the time.   

In addition to the time and money saved, the Yellow Jacket reduces employee injury. Because hand wrapping is a tedious process and can put unnecessary strain on employees, safety becomes a concern. Film rolls are heavy and can cause back injuries- employees can also injure their heads on loads or forklifts as they rotate around the pallet to manually wrap it. In contrast, the Yellow Jacket is a horizontally positioned stretch wrap machine that moves around and under a load while it remains of the forklift- eliminating employee injury from hand wrapping.

“We have definitely saved time and money with the Yellow Jacket,” says Alex Kennedy, Vice President Operations, Red Ball Oxygen. “More importantly though, it will prolong the good health of my employees.”

“Wrapping used to be the hardest part of the job- now it’s the easiest,” says Herb Wright, Warehouse Manager, Red Ball Oxygen. “The Yellow Jacket simplified the job and made the process faster and easier.”

Yellow Jacket’s orbital stretch wrapper is available in manual or semi-automatic. The 87M requires a footprint of only about 8’x9’ and runs on 110VAC- making it easy to install in most any plant. It also wraps a standard pallet size up to 68” diagonal.

“Red Ball is committed to quality and safety,” says Mike Stell, Yellow Jacket Product Manager, Muller. “I am thrilled our Yellow Jacket could help them extend those attributes to their stretch wrapping process.”  

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About Muller
 Muller, a division of Illinois Tool Works is a leading manufacturer of both innovative stretch wrap equipment and high quality stretch wrap film. Headquartered in Arlington Heights, IL, the company provides a single source for all stretch packaging needs. Muller’s highly regarded OctopusTM stretch wrapper line, along with other reliable equipment such as the CobraTM and RaptorTM, provide customers with a wide range of solutions. In 2012, Muller added the Yellow Jacket brand orbital stretch-wrapping equipment and services to its offerings.  The equipment locks uneven and oddly-shaped loads to the pallet, offering a quick and secure wrap.  Also in 2012, Muller added GaleWrap® Oriented Film and Oriented Equipment to its product offerings.   As an alternative to conventional hand wrapping, GaleWrap Oriented Film and Equipment offer increased wrapping productivity, enhanced employee safety, improved load containment and lower total pallet wrapping costs.

With the help of an extensive engineering team and talented manufacturing technicians, Muller has a proven history of developing distinctive machines and innovative options to satisfy some of the most difficult stretch wrapping challenges. Crystal clear, high quality cast stretch films are manufactured using a sophisticated 5-layer extrusion process at a Muller facility in Orange, Texas. Products include the EliminatorTM and ReducerTM machine films.  Strategically located just outside Atlanta, Georgia, Muller's Douglasville stretch film manufacturing facility produces millions of pounds of blown stretch film annually on state-of-the-art equipment.  Meeting the needs of both hand and machine film applications, products include GaleWrap and impactTM hand films and the STTM machine film.  The facility adheres to strict quality control procedures to assure consistent, problem-free product.

About Red Ball
Founded in 1969 by the Kennedy family of Shreveport, LA, Red Ball Oxygen Co., Inc. is a major supplier of welding equipment and supplies, industrial gases, medical gases and safety equipment. The company has expanded its operations to include Red Ball Technical Gas Services - a state of the art ISO 17025:2005 accredited specialty gas laboratory, Arc Automation - offering robot automation solutions for many market segments, a modern cylinder filling operation, a full-service welding equipment service center, a palletized cylinder distribution system, and 23 customer service branches servicing Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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