How to package products

Quality Control

Quality Control is one of the most important factors of food packaging, equipement and supplies at GTI Industries Inc in Miami

Have you ever ordered something online and it’s already broken or it’s a little wonky? Now comes the dilemma – Is it so wonky that I can’t just make it work? Is this worth the money I spent? Will people notice? Will it still function correctly? Why did I even try buying this? Why do I buy anything? Well before you dive off the deep end and get lost in a frustrating whirlwind, you should know that there are people out there doing their level best to prevent this existential meltdown. 

We are some of those people. Here at GTI, we take quality control very seriously. We know that someone’s sanity depends on it so we won’t ever cut any corners. Of course, our inventory isn’t exactly what you would find on Amazon, but we do what we can especially when it comes to packaging for edible or ingested inventory. That means you, food industry guys and girls. 

NSF International is a third-party auditor that we use to ensure that our Quality Control Defense and Criteria Plans are up to snuff and even better. Don’t believe us? Just watch. Give us a chance to wow you with our superior quality standards. We guarantee quality and we deliver quality every time. 

So if you’re worried about getting what you’ve asked/paid for from your current packaging supplier, ditch ‘em. You don’t need that negativity in your life. Let us dazzle you with a magical thing called peace of mind. 

Steel Versus Polyester Strapping

Steel Strapping

Steel strapping is the process of using thick steel-reinforced bands to secure a load to a pallet or other carrier. Steel straps have a long and reliable track record for cargo reinforcement, and can be easily applied using a specially designed tensioner or similar piece of equipment.

Characteristics of Steel Straps

Steel straps are purchased in rolls and are usually half an inch to three-quarters of an inch wide and approximately an eighth of an inch thick. They are commonly found in grades of regular duty and high tensile, the latter of which is rich in carbon content and is used to bear extremely heavy loads and withstand extreme shocks. Steel straps are naturally highly durable, but are subject to rusting and can occasionally produce cuts or abrasions with their sharp edges. They are also quite heavy and expensive, with a standard roll retailing at well over one hundred dollars.

Advantage of Steel Straps

In many cases, plastic straps such as those made from polypropylene are preferable, as these are a good deal less costly and tend to be friendlier on the handler. However, plastic straps possess one crucial weakness: they are extremely susceptible to elongation. It is in this criteria that steel straps shine, for the average rate of steel elongation is a fraction of a percent for any given load, whereas plastic straps may extend as much as twenty-five percent, causing them to snap or simply dislodge their cargo.

Advantage of Polester Strap

Polyester strapping has a high break strength and is a viable alternative to steel strapping. When applied to heavy loads, polyester strap can absorb a high amount of energy without breaking and it has a higher resistance to elongation under tension than other types of strap. The strap can be applied manually or by automatic process.

Manufactured from industrial textile yarn, the strap’s rounded edges will not scratch paintwork, score surfaces or damage forklift truck tyres. The edges allow it to fit smoothly around packaging contours including those of difficult or unusually shaped products. Our polyester strapping can be printed with a company’s logo or message to enhance its appearance and security value

10 Reasons to replace Hand Wrap with a Stretch Wrapper for your Pallet Wrapping Applications.

1. Consistent and Uniform Application: An operator who wraps pallets with hand wrap stretch film is not able to wrap every load exactly the same way, time and time again. A load wrapped by one operator Monday morning will not be wrapped the same way as another operator on Friday afternoon. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

2. Professional Package:

Wrapping a pallet using a stretch wrap machine produces a clean professional finished product. Pallet wrapping with hand wrap leaves a rather erratic and uneven look. The look of your pallet load on your customer’s floor must project the professional image you want for your company. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

3. Training:

There is a right way and a wrong way to wrap a pallet with hand wrap. Applied incorrectly, hand wrap may crush the product or allow the product to shift during transport. Employee turnover or multiple operators mean that you must continually train employees on how to correctly wrap the loads to ensure customer satisfaction while ensuring they do not injure themselves. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

4. Employee Safety:

Hand wrapping pallets is an extremely difficult job if it is done correctly, and a common source of employee back injuries when performed incorrectly. The human form is not designed to walk hunched over manipulating an 8-10 lbs weight while also trying to pull enough tension into the film to hold the pallet load together. Then 20 seconds later you are holding the same roll of stretch film above your head to do the top of the pallet, again tugging on the film using only your back and arm muscles. Many accidents and work related injuries are caused by hand wrapping pallets. (Health & Safety) stretch wrapping guidelines before making your pallet wrapping decision. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

5. Load Integrity:

No one likes hand wrapping. At some point the “good enough” syndrome takes over. Knowing what is required to keep your product unitized during shipping, and while it is on your customer’s floor, is essential in setting your stretch wrapping specifications for your operator’s to follow. When an employee is hand wrapping pallets the responsibility of meeting minimum tension requirements is left up to him. Fatigue, ignorance, training, or lack of motivation can affect the employee’s “good enough” point resulting in potential complaints or damage due to poorly wrapped product. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

6. Damage Control:

As employees deal with the difficulty of hand wrapping the goal becomes just wrapping it enough to get it out the door. Wrapping the load to eliminate damage during transit and at your customer’s warehouse becomes secondary. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue as it wraps the same way every time reducing the potential of a pallet being damaged during transit.

7. Customer Satisfaction:

Pallet wrapping your product is the LAST operation you perform and the FIRST operation your customer sees of your capabilities as a supplier. Your customer’s perception of your competence as a supplier starts the minute your pallet of product arrives at his dock. Inconsistently hand wrapped pallets can give the perception of a low-end manufacturer. Lowering your standards of production during this last operation can be costly. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

8. Film Savings:

Although the key to stretch wrapping is to make sure that we get the product to the customer intact, we all want to do it for the least amount of cost. With the machine set to wrap the loads with the least amount of stretch film required to hold the load together, you eliminate unnecessary extra revolutions of film being applied by well meaning operators. At a point, more film does not hold the load better, it is just waste. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

9. Damaged Hand Wrap Rolls:

An expensive hidden cost of hand wrapping is the cost of all the rolls of stretch film that are thrown away because they have been nicked or damaged when thrown to the ground or left lying around. This cost can sometimes be as much as 15-20% of your hand wrap costs. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

10. Quality Control:

By definition, hand wrapping a pallet manually prevents you from obtaining any type of repeatability. Multiple operators, time of day, fatigue and many other variables prevents any type of QC standards. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine allows you to either eliminate, or preset these variables. This ensures repeatability, allowing loads to be wrapped to a set quality standard. Pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine eliminates this issue.

Eliminating any one of these issues justifies pallet wrapping with a stretch wrap machine.