Shea Sutherland

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Lantech Applauds Packaging Distributors’ Commitment to Load Testing Pallets

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Aug 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Several national packaging distributors are about to raise the curtain on new state-of-the-art research and load-testing facilities around the United States.

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Topics: Containment Force

Fixing a Continuous Improvement Effort That Stalls – and It Will Stall

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Jul 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Lantech CEO Jim Lancaster, author of the new Lean Enterprise Institute book "The Work of Management", explains on the latest Lean Blog podcast why and how he revitalized improvement tactics and strategy.

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Topics: Lean Operations

Reducing Product Damage in the Paper-Based FMCG Industry’s Supply Chain

Posted by Shea Sutherland on May 2, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Did you know that tissues, diaper, and other paper-based industries suffer about 230 million dollars in product damage during the shipping process globally? About 70 million dollars of that loss happens in the North American markets alone.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage, Tissue and Paper

Don't Be Fooled! There is No ASTM Approved, Certified, or Even Recommended Containment Force Tool

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Apr 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Is There a Problem?

There seems to be a widely held belief that the ASTM has endorsed a particular method and particular tool to measure the containment force of stretch wrapped pallet loads. Believers often cite ASTM D4649 Standard Guide for Selection and Use of Stretch Wrap Films as the authority for this contention, particularly its Annex A1.

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Topics: Containment Force

LTL and long-haul truck driving jobs - short, medium & long term outlooks

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Mar 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

This is a guest post from Ed Marsh of Consilium Global Business Advisors.

Trucks move America

Trucks carry most of the tonnage and value of freight in the United States....In 2011 nearly 14,530 miles of the NHS carry more than 8,500 trucks per day on sections where at least every fourth vehicle was a truck.  With each truck carrying an average of 16 tons of cargo, 8,500 trucks per day haul approximately 50 million tons per year. US Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Trucks are fundamental to American commerce and consumerism. Even the vast quantities of product moved by barge and rail are ultimately delivered to the point of sale or use by trucks.

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Topics: Freight, Logistics

Special Considerations when Stretch Wrapping Building Products

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Mar 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Easy....but not simple

"It's not complicated. I just need a stretch wrapper for regular pallets."

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Figure Out How to Stretch Wrap Your Loads Before You Buy a Machine

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Feb 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The biggest cost driver in stretch wrapping is in-transit damage incurred by loads that were stretch wrapped ineffectively. One of the best ways to stretch wrap well is with a stretch wrapping machine. In fact, we’ve talked about some of the problems with hand wrapping pallets before, and often the biggest issue with hand wrapping is that machines are just better at wrapping loads than people are.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Four Types of Common Stretch Wrappers Explained

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In the absence of strict wrap standards and regular testing, stretch wrapping can seem more like an art than a science. The items need to be stacked correctly and the pallet needs to be wrapped to contain the items, preventing damage while keeping the continuity of the pallet during shipping.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

5 Situations When Special Considerations for Stretch Wrapping Apply

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Jan 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Here at Lantech we have a broad stretch wrapper product line and decades of experience, so we believe there are very few limits to what a stretch wrapper can do. Our philosophy is if we can get it to the wrap zone then we can wrap it. That being said there are times where special considerations do apply.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Seven Reasons Why Your Stretch Film Breaks

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Nov 14, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Stretch Film breaks a lot - about 3 to 7 times per roll on the average. But in the hustle and bustle of the typical workday, stretch wrapper operators simply don't have time to figure out which of these causes is making their stretch film break so much.

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Topics: Film Breaks

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