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Hypertherm bags shipping savings

Hypertherm, a leading maker of plasma arc metal-cutting equipment, needed a packaging solution that would protect its equipment and spare parts during shipment.
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Also required was enough versatility to accommodate a variety of product configurations.

With the installation of an Instapacker™ Tabletop foam-in-bag system from Sealed Air Corp. (Danbury CT) Hypertherm found the solution it needed. What’s more since switching out of die-cut foam and polyethylene loose fill the Hanover NH firm saved about $200 in the first year of the new system’s use. The bulk of the savings is in materials cost though a reduction in the amount of warehouse space needed to store packaging materials also played a role.

The Instapacker foam-in-bag system dispenses into a film bag a controlled amount of Instapak® foam. The foam expands to conform to the shape of a corrugated case’s contents. Within seconds the foam sets to lock the product in place. The foam-filled bags can be used either as cushioning below and above a product or as void fill.

To use the Instapacker an operator selects the percentage of foam needed to create a foam-in-bag cushion of desired thickness. Once the bag is filled the operator removes it from the roll along a perforation. The bag goes in the bottom of the shipper to provide bottom cushioning. The operator places product on the bag then adds a second bag on top. All that’s left is taping of the shipper.

Even shipping costs have been reduced since the switch was made. “Our packages are an average of two-and-a-half pounds lighter than before which translates directly into freight savings” says John Blair a senior project manager at Hypertherm. —PR

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