Archive for April, 2005

Old cardboard can now be recycled into packaging material.

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Cardboard ShredderOld cardboard is usually thrown away, incinerated, or thrown into a compactor. The owner of the cardboard will usually never see it again. Cardboard also takes up space and gets in the way. There is now a way to take that cardboard and turn it into free packaging material. This saves you both space and money while allowing you to be environmentally friendly by recycling old cardboard. This is a viable alternative to foam packaging
peanuts that make a mess and are non-biodegradable.

Since most warehouses receive boxes, packages and goods on a daily basis, there is usually an ample supply of new boxes. Many warehouses will be able to eliminate packaging peanuts altogether due to the continued supply of boxes. Because boxes are free or cost very little, money is saved by cutting back on other packaging materials. With gas costs on the rise, many warehouses see the need to turn to cost-saving practices such as cardboard shredders.

The process of taking cardboard and shredding it into packaging is very simple. Old unused cardboard is first run through a slitter that cuts the cardboard down to the ideal size for the shredder. Once the cardboard has been cut to size, it is then run through the cardboard shredder. The shredder takes the corrugated cardboard and cuts it into a waffle-like packaging material. The shredded material resembles an accordion
and is very pliable, allowing it to be easy molded around different objects. The finished product can be easily placed into a container for secure packaging.

The cardboard shredder itself has a small footprint and will easily fit in almost any warehouse. All shredding operations can be done in-house and the machine only requires one person for operation. Most people that use the shredded product are very impressed with how easy it is to use and how effectively it shreds the cardboard. Free shredded cardboard samples are available upon request.

You can see one of the many cardboard shredders available through a demo by going here.

An entire list of cardboard shredders can be found here.

What Are Vacuum Sealers and What Do They Do?

Friday, April 1st, 2005

Vacuum SealerWe are proud to announce the addition of chamber vacuum sealers to our line of packaging products. These new chamber vacuum sealers quickly and efficiently package food products in seconds. Vacuum sealers can be used to package a variety of food such as deli meat slices, salmon, green beans, pretzels, potato chips and more. Some people even use vacuum sealers to protect items such as baseball cards and photographs, by preventing water and contaminants from damaging the product.

It is not uncommon to find an inexpensive vacuum sealer at a department store for under $100. Although good for home use, commercial food packagers and grocers do not use these sealers because the take a long time to remove air from a bag and are not designed for high-volume use. High-volume vacuum sealers not only remove air from FDA-approved plastic vacuum bags, but they can also be connected to an optional nitrogen gas line for extended shelf life for potato chips and pretzels.

Vacuum sealers can be set to tightly wrap plastic around a product, or provide a secure and oxygen-free bag for long-term packaging. You can adjust the removed air to be anywhere from one to 99.9 percent. Potato chip manufacturers use a similar process. They will have about 50 to 60 percent of the air removed, and replace the oxygen with nitrogen for extended shelf life. Most of our vacuum sealers are available with a gas-line hookup. Replacing existing air with nitrogen that prevents bacteria, and other contaminants, from growing and keeps the food from spoiling. If you are removing 99.9 percent of the air, nitrogen is not needed. With 99.9 percent of the air removed, bacteria cannot easily grow.

The first step in using a vacuum sealer is to place your product in a bag. The bag is then placed inside the chamber. The top cover of the chamber is then pulled down. Once the air begins to be removed from the chamber, manual pressure on the lid can be removed, as it will stay in place by itself. The chamber then removes the designated amount of air (up to 99.9 percent) from the chamber. The machine then seals the bag shut and returns the chamber air pressure back to normal. The air in the bag is not returned to normal, because it has been sealed. The end result is a properly vacuum-sealed product.

We are continually trying to find products to help make our customers’ daily jobs easier. Our addition of chamber vacuum sealers will help do this. We have created a video demo on our new vacuum sealers. The demo is about 18 minutes long and can be easily viewed by going to this page . High-speed Internet will be required to properly view this video demo.

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