6 Tips to Safe and Cost-Effective Packaging

March 30, 2012 10:07
    1. Use a corrugated box—preferably a new one. When you reuse a box, it becomes less durable.

    2. Do not overfill a box. Overfilling will direct pressure to the walls of the box which could result in damage to both the box and your product. Many packers smash down paper or loose fill to close the box or fit more material inside. However, this compresses the material, making it less effective in protecting your products. More importantly, using excess packaging material means spending unnecessary money.

    3. Do not underfill a box. Underfilling a box could result in possible damage to your product. Make sure the product you are shipping is secure. If it feels loose in the box, either add more packaging material or double check to ensure that you have correctly wrapped the product.

    4. The 2-inch rule: In most cases, use at least 2 inches of packaging material around the product and be sure that the product is at least 2 inches from the walls of the box. This will help prevent both underfilling and overfilling, saving you time and money.

    5. Properly close the box. This step is just as important as using proper cushioning. Try to stay away from tapes such as: masking, cellophane and duct. Use strong tape such as pressure sensitive plastic tape. Two inches or more in width is recommended.
    6. Effective packaging for your products. Different products require different methods of packaging. If you aren’t sure of the most effective way to package your products, Ranpak’s package engineers can help. We offer a custom pack design to any company who seeks our help—all at no cost to you.


References:  http://www.ups.com/content/us/en/resources/ship/packaging/guidelines/how_to.html


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PadPak LC Improves Bottom Line for Customers, Eliminates Waste

March 30, 2012 10:05

CONCORD TOWNSHIP, OH, Mar 28, 2012  -- The PadPak LC System produced by Ranpak Corp. is assisting in lowering packaging costs for high-volume shippers worldwide. By increasing packaging efficiency and reducing material handling costs, Ranpak's system allows customers to reduce bottom line expenditures and maximize profit.

"We are proud to continue providing cost saving solutions for our customers with the PadPak(R) LC System," said Michael Lyons, Director of Marketing, Ranpak. "The PadPak LC System has been in our product line for several years, but improvements in function have made it an even more integral component of our product offerings."

The PadPak LC System is designed for applications that require high speed light cushioning or heavy void fill. It is ideal for protecting the shipment of automotive components, housewares, electronics, medical and dental supplies, computers, peripherals and a host of other products.

"Our goal with PadPak is to increase the productivity and efficiency of our customers' operations," said Lyons. "PadPak LC's fast feed rate, at four feet per second, ensures that time isn't wasted handling packaging materials. Effective cushioning, blocking and bracing of a product during shipment can mean the difference between profit and loss."

PadPak's all natural, fanfold kraft paper packaging material is 100 percent renewable, reusable and recyclable. It stores in less space than traditional loose fill packaging and does not require an elaborate delivery system. Additionally, PadPak does not create mess or excess waste.

"Our team of packaging engineers is available to provide analysis for all of our customers," said Lyons. "Ranpak is committed to providing solutions for end users' specific needs. Our PadPak LC system, which can be used in either batch or in-line applications, is only one of the many options that Ranpak provides."

For more information about the PadPak LC System or about Ranpak, please visit www.ranpak.com or call 1-800-RANPAK7.

Ranpak Corp. is one of the world's largest producers of paper-based packaging materials and converter systems, including PadPak(R), FillPak(R) and WrapPak(R). Ranpak's versatile systems convert paper into a variety of configurations that are system-engineered to fit any packaging requirement, including void fill, cushioning, blocking and bracing and wrapping. Headquartered in Concord Township, Ohio, Ranpak is committed to safeguarding the delivery of products worldwide. With 40 years of experience in the industry, Ranpak is the paper packaging expert.