The Secrets of a Good Case Erector

Posted by Shea Sutherland

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.

These trends put more pressure than ever before on corrugated cases to be assembled correctly so they deliver their designed performance.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

The Difference Between a Case Sealer and a Case Erector

Posted by Shea Sutherland

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

5 Ways Case Erectors Can Benefit Your Company

Posted by Shea Sutherland

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

The Secret Benefits of Case Erectors

Posted by Kelly Wathen

It’s no secret square cases pack, stack and palletize better when they're erected with 90-degree corners. They also ensure that a product’s primary and secondary packaging looks good when it arrives to your customers or sits on a retailer’s shelf.

But here’s a secret you may not know:

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

The No. 1 Thing Most People Don't Know About Case Erectors

Posted by Kelly Wathen

The Law of Unintended Consequences Is Alive and Well

Erecting cases with a machine doesn’t automatically guarantee an increase in productivity. Without proper planning and consideration, a case erector can cause unanticipated problems and even turn out to be counterproductive. In the worst situations, production is constantly interrupted to recover from unplanned downtime or machine jams. 

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

Why Do Case Erectors Jam?

Posted by Paul Stewart

We interviewed Lantech's Paul Stewart, about the significant issue of why most case erectors jam. What follows are extracts from the transcript of our conversation.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

Eliminating Bottlenecks and Expensive Labor with a Well Placed Case Erector

Posted by Allison Myers

In order to distribute a rapidly growing volume of cell phone orders generated over the busy weekend selling period, an international logistics company used expensive manual labor on Sundays to erect and bottom seal cases so that they could pack and ship phone orders on Monday.

Scrambling to erect the cases on Sunday added labor costs (extra hours and expensive overtime pay), increased inefficiencies on the shipping floor (employees who didn’t normally do case erecting were used to speed up the process), resulted in too many poorly built cases, and made for an uneven production schedule, with lots of batch orders resulting in peaks and valleys of cases that needed erecting. The rushed atmosphere of the Sunday case erecting sessions also often left cases haphazardly strewn about the warehouse. Cases cluttered walkways as the packing stations quickly overflowed with erected cases waiting for packing and distribution.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

3 Things That Make a Good Case Sealer

Posted by Kelly Wathen

Square cases are the key to getting your cases to pack, stack, and palletize better. That’s not a ground breaking revelation. In fact, many companies invest in a case erecting machine to help achieve this goal, and we’ve written a lot about case erectors in the past (check out this post that addresses some of the most common case erector Q&A’s).

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

Case Erectors Engineered for Compressed Air Efficiency

Posted by Kelly Wathen

Mike Castelli, Director Global Business Development, Case Handling Products at Lantech, recently wrote an article in Compressed Air Best Practices about engineering case erectors for compressed air efficiency.

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing

3 Ways Case Erectors Reduce Shipping Damage

Posted by Kelly Wathen

The easiest and most cost effective way to create square cases is to do it with a case erecting machine. Case erectors pull blanks from a magazine, square the box and tape the bottom flaps to form 90 degree angles on all sides.

Just like knowing the fundamentals of a sport is essential to becoming a great player, creating a square case is fundamental to preparing products for successful shipment. Here’s why:

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Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing