Shea Sutherland

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The Secrets of a Good Case Erector

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Oct 19, 2017 12:45:00 PM

Editor’s Note:

Demand for corrugated cases is forecast to grow at a 4 percent annual rate through at least 2020. In the face of this rising demand, shippers are confronting the ever present specters of cost reduction and sustainability by switching to thinner corrugated and/or corrugated made with increasing amounts of recycled content.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

The Difference Between a Case Sealer and a Case Erector

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Oct 4, 2017 12:45:00 PM

A case sealer and a case erector may sound similar, but they are two completely different machines. Granted, they both work with boxes, but that is where the similarity ends.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

Lantech to Unveil Revolutionary New Products at PACK EXPO 2017

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Sep 22, 2017 12:30:00 PM

Forty-five years ago, Lantech Founder and Chairman Pat Lancaster invented industrial stretch wrapping. Today, Lantech develops innovative products that help manufacturers maintain load security, throughput, and operator safety. That spirit of innovation will be on display Sept. 25-27 at Pack Expo in Las Vegas, where Lantech will introduce the latest addition to its C-series case erector line and two dynamic new stretch wrap machines.

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Topics: Pack Expo

5 Ways Case Erectors Can Benefit Your Company

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Sep 20, 2017 12:30:00 PM

If you've been considering a case erector for your production line, wonder no more. 

Here are five benefits a case erector can offer your company.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing, Operational Efficiency, Labor Savings

Lantech’s 45 years of data affirms time-tested load security formula

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Sep 15, 2017 12:30:00 PM

North American companies take notice as EU manufacturers seek load stability solution.

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Topics: eumos

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

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