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Major Security Upgrade - Mon, 3 Apr 2017 00:00:00 EST

Discount Packaging Depot.com (www.discountpackagingdepot.com), an online distributor of packaging, warehousing and shipping supplies today announced a major upgrade to its internet security protocol. The site has expanded the use of HTTPS or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure from checkout pages to the entire website.Commenting on the upgrade, company founder Barry Kronhaus said: “Data security is an extraordinarily high priority for us. For two years, we’ve been protecting our check-out process with an enhanced validation security certificate and 2,048-bit encryption. With the use of full-site HTTPS, all information transmitted between visitors and our servers is encrypted. This is backed up using Online Certificate Status Protocol (OSCP) Stapling which ensures our security certificate is transmitted to our visitors’ browsers as quickly as current technology allows.”Kronhaus went on to say, “What it all means is from the first page to the last, visitors to our website will now see a safety padlock or green bar in their browser’s address window letting them know the connection is secure. Previously, visitors shopping for boxes, bags, tape and stretch film saw those indicators only on the check-out pages. Now they’ll see them on every page and know that everything they do on our site is safe and protected.”About Discount Packaging DepotDiscount Packaging Depot is an online supplier of machinery and materials for packaging, warehousing and shipping. Discount Packaging Depot differentiates itself in the market by offering internet clients local-style, personalized service and support. Discount Packaging Depot also offers its clients end-column best-price regardless of order quantity. To learn more about Discount Packaging Depot’s products and philosophy on internet sales, please visit www.discountpackagingdepot.com . ,

On Dog Ears, Crows Feet, Fish Eyes & Angel Hair - Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

I've always believed that if you're going to take the time to do something, you might as well make it as good as it can be. Yet companies that use heat shrink wrap let product out the door that could look a lot better. A properly shrink wrapped package should look almost like there's no shrink film at all. But when it's done wrong, there are some common terms to describe what's happening: Angel Hair - No, it is not cherubs flying around you with beautiful flowing golden locks. Angel Hair is the strands of film that flow from the wrapped package to the sealed film. When you experience Angel Hair, try these solutions:Check and clean the hot wire and insulation on the seal bar.Verify that the teflon tape is clean and secure on the seal pad.Make sure that you have even clamp pressure during the sealing process.Confirm that your seal is being completed with a minimal amount of temperature.Check that the sealing cycle is complete prior to lifting the seal jaws.If the machine has magnetic hold downs, confirm that they release simultaneously.If the machine has a powered conveyor take away, make sure it is turning on after the seal jaws open..Consider if the temperature is too low, increasing the sealing temperature (we know this sounds contrary to #4, however with age and use you may require more temperature on the seal).Dog Ears- Not a wrestling injury, in shrink film it is an unusually large corner of the film that does not shrink down tightly on the package. This creates a triangular "bump" at the corner that frankly looks like a dog ear. Try these solutions:Lessen the amount of film around the product.Slow down the shrink tunnel conveyor to increase some exposure to the heat.If your tunnel has air dampers (adjustments), change the tunnel air flow (increase first).Consider changing (if you have not purchased pre-perfed film) your perforate positions.Increase your shrink tunnel temperature.Consider the geometry of the product you are wrapping. Some products with unusual shapes may be problematic for films and total elimination may not be an option.Some machines (mostly automatic L-Bar machines) have a "Dog Ear Eliminator" which is a slide on the seal side that is adjustable. Move it towards the cros seal so that when your product stops to seal, it is within 1/2" of the product corner.Crows Feet - Many times crows feet are existing while you have dog ears. It makes quite the visual. Crows Feet is the term used to describe (excessive) wrinkles in the film at the corners of your product. It again looks like, well......crows feet. It appears as though us packaging people not only have our own language but we are either so smart that we most correctly identify and name the problem clearly, or we are not smart enough to have a more complex name. Many times in repairing Dog Ears (as they can often show up together) you will fix this problem. Either way, here is what you may want to try for crows feet:Slow down the tunnel conveyor to increase some exposure to the heat.If your tunnel has air dampers (adjustments), change the tunnel air flow (increase first).Consider changing (if you have not purchased pre-perfed film) your perforate positions.Increase your shrink tunnel temperature.Confirm that your tunnel is properly functioning.Fish Eyes - Yep, I wrote that....Fish Eyes. Just to be clear Ojos de pescado in spanish and in french, Des yeux de poisson....but enough of my Dr. Seuss-esque writing. By now you are most likely asking yourself, why have I read this far into this blog and still continue to read? -OR- in your head you are singing, "In French chat chapeau, in Spanish I'm a gato in a sombrero" thanks to us all reading Dr. Seuss in our childhood. So Fish Eyes are unsightly! Pun intended. Remember that Polyolefin Shrink Film / PVC Shrink Film is a product that is all about Point of Purchase Retail. It takes what looks good (typically) and makes it look better! Fish eyes are round oval patterns on your film AFTER it comes out of the shrink tunnel. Typically related to excess film but other factors can come into play. Do these things first to fix them:Confirm that your tunnel is properly functioning.Slow down the tunnel conveyor to increase some exposure to the heat.If your tunnel has air dampers (adjustments), change the tunnel air flow (increase first).Lessen the amount of film around the product.Increase your shrink tunnel temperature.Well, this has been fun! If I have not answered your issue here, send me an email at barry@discountpackagingdepot.com. I'll do my best to help. ,

Stretch Film Test Kit? What the Heck is That? - Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:00:00 EST

Well..... let's say you're having more damage in transit than you'd like. You could blame it on the guy who wrapped the pallet, the film he used, the stretch wrap machine (assuming you have one), your local delivery driver or the LTL trucking company. All may be right but then again, none may be right either. That's where a Pallet Stretch Film Test Kit comes in. But to understand how they work, you've first got to understand how stretch film works. Stretch film, at it's essence, is a stretchable plastic film made from LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene) resins with some other additives for strength, color and clarity. Just like a rubber band, when you stretch it, it wants to come back to it's original state. In this case, the more you stretch it, the harder it's going to try to return to 'normal.' This process, when it happens around your pallet, is called load containment. Load containment is what holds everything together. Too little and you load falls over. Too much and the film can damage your product. Among other things, a stretch film test kit measures load containment. It helps you establish measurable standards that your pallets must meet. If they don't meet your standards, the problem could be with your film, the people wrapping the pallets (not enough wraps or not locking the load to the pallet) or the pallet wrapper if you have one. Most pallet wrappers have textured rubber rollers that help stretch the film before it gets on the load. When they're new, they grip the film really well. When they wear out, the film just slips over them and doesn't get stretched enough to keep your load together. When you buy a testing system there are a few things that you need to keep in mind: 1. Is the test Repeatable: Measuring results is important to load containment so comparing this data is vital. The test has got to be something that is repeatable by anyone virtually anywhere with simple instructions. If you don't use a repeatable method your results will be useless. 2. Is it Recordable: Collecting the data using the same test methods and properly recording them will allow for accurate comparisons later. 3. Is it a Documented method: This is very important because without proper documented testing methods, there will be too much variance in your results. You will find that all of our test kits will allow you to conform to ASTM testing methodologies. So keep this in mind, when you buy a stretch film test kit, have a plan for how to use it. If you're not sure ask for help. Send me an email at barry@discountpackagingdepot.com. ,