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Article | July 31, 2001
Roll cradles adapted to package roll-up doors
Having developed a line of roll-up doors for self-storage buildings, Betco, Inc. of Statesville, NC, needed an economical method of packaging the doors for transport.
A requirement was that the doors be packaged on a flatbed trailer so they could be shipped with the rest of Betco’s products basically self-storage and general-purpose buildings. Joe Rabon Betco’s purchasing manager at the time discovered Fiberstax™ Recycled Fiber roll cradles by Rollguard® Products (Appleton WI).
Betco now uses Rollguard’s Recycled Fiber FS-13-½ roll cradles which have a three-roll configuration and come in hinged pairs. The roll cradles are 44” long allowing them to fit precisely on Betco’s pallets. By stacking doors five layers high Betco is able to ship 15 doors per pallet.
Due to the thickness and weight of the roll-up doors Rollguard designed additional spacing and thickness to make its cradles higher and wider than cradles used routinely for products like rolls of film or paper. Also the cradles for Betco were made heavier to withstand the weight of the doors.
Says Neely Cunningham current purchasing manager at Betco “They have been very responsive to our needs and requirements. There were several concepts thought of in the process but this was the best solution.” (PG)
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