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How to Get the Most out of Torque® HandFilm

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Mon, Nov 02, 2015

It’s a headache scenario anyone in the packaging industry can identify with: the truck trailer door opens and the scene that unfolds is one of utter disarray. The transport journey was filled with hills, bumps, twists, and turns and as a result, the contents of every pallet are either scattered across the floor or worse—seemingly secure but ready to dislodge at any moment. It’s a scenario that can lead to thousands of dollars in damage and place the safety of workers at risk.

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Tags: damage resistant film, hand film, value added film, torque handfilm, Torque stretch film

Why Cold Force® Stretch Film is the Key to Increase Profits

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

The Birth of Cold Force
A few years ago there was an unmet need for a film that could be used in cold temperature environments that had excellent cling and load holding force.  Other films, due to the cold temperatures in transit or storage, would lose their cling and load holding capabilities, creating a headache when the load was moved. As a result, Cold Force has become one of Paragon's fastest growing machine films.

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Tags: stretch film, load containment, shrink film, machine films, damage resistant film, cold film, cold storage film, cold force

What Are Some Benefits in Using Torque Handfilm

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Mon, Aug 12, 2013

We love hearing and seeing stories about our products.  This is a blog article written by Dennis Salazar of Salazar Packaging.

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Tags: stretch film, on pallet stretch, shrink film, damage resistant film, hand film, testing stretch film, stretch film gauge, value added film, stretch film lead times, stretch film tests

Paragon Films Realizes Customer Retention is Critical

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Tue, Jun 25, 2013

 At Paragon we know it's a fact, without customers, we wouldn't be where we are today!  I want to share this recent article I read in PlasticsNews.  To me, it was a reminder that we cannot over look the simple things.  Whether it's selling stretch film or shopping at your favorite retail store, customer service and retention is vital to your company's success.

 

We all know it’s easier to retain a customer than to find a new one. However, many manufacturers continue to pour millions of dollars into new business development while neglecting simple customer-retention strategies.

 

In a global economy with competitors at every corner, customer satisfaction is imperative to maintain and grow your bottom line. It is said that it is easier for great service to overcome a second-rate product than it is for a great product to overcome second-rate service. We’ve all been on one side or the other of this coin. When I asked a group of executives recently, they unanimously agreed that they would rather go up against a rival with second-rate service any day.

 

As sales managers, we must  realize that customer retention is every bit as important as new business development, and it can be achieved at a fraction of the cost of finding new customers.

 

In manufacturing, we rely on standards such as ISO 9001, which sets protocol for continuous improvement. ISO 9001 understands that each manufacturer is different and allows us to set our own objectives.

 

Ironically, customers actually know more about your products and services than you do. Customers know:

* What it’s like to buy your product and deal with customer service and technical support.

* What it’s like when a delivery is late, damaged, or incorrect, and whether you honor your return policy.

* Whether you return phone calls.

* Whether your product provides value.

 

In most cases, an unsatisfied customer can be retained with just one short phone call by a manager or sales rep. However, too many companies take customers for granted and then must invest thousands of dollars to replace them.

 

 

 

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Rappaport is director of sales and marketing for Business Answers International, a Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., industrial consulting firm.


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Tags: stretch film, load containment, shrink film, machine films, damage resistant film, testing stretch film, torque machine film, stretch film lead times, shrink film tests, stretch film tests

How to Determine Stretch Film Gauge.

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

In his memoir about his time as a steamboat pilot, Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain recalls a story about his mentor quizzing him about certain navigation landmarks on the Mississippi River. Twain repeatedly answered that he didn't know the names of the places he was being quizzed about, and went so far as to say he was "gratified to be able to answer promptly"; even though he didn't have a clue what the answers were. At the end of the quiz, his mentor got increasingly agitated and finally scolded Twain: 

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Tags: stretch film, stretch film equipment, load containment, on pallet stretch, shrink film, machine films, damage resistant film, hand film, shrink film customer service, testing stretch film, shrink wrap tests, stretch film gauge, film gauge

Optimizing Pallet Wrapping Efficiencies

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Tue, May 14, 2013

 By Pat Reynolds, VP/Editor at Packaging World

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Tags: stretch film, stretch film equipment, on pallet stretch, shrink film, machine films, damage resistant film, hand film, shrink film customer service, testing stretch film, shrink wrap tests, value added film, torque machine film, stretch film lead times, stretch film customer service, stretch wrap customer service, shrink film tests, stretch film tests

Stretch Film Information Within the Palm of Your Hand

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Tue, May 07, 2013

When we want to research a product or find an answer to some questions, the majority of us pull out our phones and find our answers. Having the ability to find the answers with a few taps on our phone is easier, more convenient and frankly, the “now” thing to do.  

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Tags: stretch film, stretch film equipment, load containment, on pallet stretch, shrink film, machine films, damage resistant film, hand film, shrink film customer service, testing stretch film, shrink wrap tests, value added film, torque machine film, stretch film lead times, stretch film customer service, stretch wrap customer service, shrink film tests, stretch film tests

Import Stretch Films-Risk vs Reward

Posted by Jerad Dowler on Tue, Apr 30, 2013

In the stretch film industry, doing business on the West coast has always had its challenges.  There is an over abundance of distributors, countless end users, several local manufacturers, and of course the "import market" that make for a competitive landscape.  Import Films seem to ebb and flow based on the current economic condition of the stretch film market.  The domestic and overseas resin markets appear to operate inversely.  Thus, creating opportunities for overseas manufacturers to penetrate the US marketplace.  Over the past several years we have witnessed a number of attempts to gain a foothold on the West Coast, but they cannot seem to maintain position.  Why?

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Tags: stretch film, stretch film equipment, load containment, on pallet stretch, shrink film, machine films, damage resistant film, hand film, shrink film customer service, testing stretch film, shrink wrap tests, value added film, torque machine film, stretch film lead times, stretch film customer service, stretch wrap customer service, shrink film tests, stretch film tests

Stretch Film vs. Shrink Film, What’s the Difference?

Posted by Shaun Pirtle on Tue, Apr 23, 2013

It's a common misconception that people believe stretch film and shrink film are the same thing.  It's true that both shrink and stretch films are designed to unitize products onto pallets and both are generally made from polyethylene resins.  Shrink films are produced on blown film lines and stretch films can be produced on either blown or cast film lines.  Outside of those similarities, the two packaging systems don’t have a lot of other common characteristics.

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Is Your Stretch Film Up To the Test?

Posted by Patrick Smith on Tue, Apr 16, 2013

As gas prices continue to climb, consumers are becoming more mindful of how many miles per gallon their car can yield.  It is important for the buyer to understand the value of each gallon of gas AND the value of each individual mile.  Say that unleaded gas is $3.00 per gallon and diesel fuel is $3.50 per gallon.  In cars that use unleaded fuel, you can get 27 mpg, with each mile costing the driver .11 cents.  In cars that use diesel fuel, you can get 47 mpg, costing the driver only .07 cents per mile.  Despite the higher initial cost, consumers in this scenario accrue significant savings in the long run by using diesel fuel.  This concept can also be applicable to the stretch film industry.  Although stretch film testing may cost money up front, it can save the buyer money over time.  Stretch film testing is crucial in helping clients calculate how to make significant savings.

 

In parallel with price per gallon, consumers purchase stretch film based on cost per skid wrapped.  Skids are broken down into price per roll and then price per pound.  The goal of stretch film testing is to find the best cost per single wrapped pallet.  Film testing is a practical way for Paragon to compare its stretch film to the stretch films produced by market competitors.  The different tests also show current and potential buyers how different films compare with respect to stretch, strength, and unit cost.  Recently, Paragon Reps were directly involved in Torque Machine Film testing.  The goal of this testing was to show clients that Paragon’s thinner gauge films are efficient and effective.  The thinner films have a comparable amount of strength and quality of containment when compared to thicker gauge products, which are ultimately more cost effective.

 

The first step in stretch film testing is the stretch test.  This test is conducted by first marking the film as it unwinds and is stretched through a machine.  Next, the distance between marks on the wrapped pallet is measured.  This test shows how far the film can be stretched in comparison to a competitor’s film.  The next step is the force to load test. In this test, we determine the strength of the stretch film’s containment force.  This is measured by stretching the film onto a pallet after it is wrapped.  The force to load test allows the user to see if the integrity of the load has been compromised.  The last step involves the cut and weight test. With this test, the stretch film is cut off of the individual pallet and weighed.


In several of the tests conducted, Paragon’s thinner gauge stretch film not only stretched farther than competitors’ films, it also retained a higher force to load when applied properly.  The cut and weigh test is also a vital step in proving to users that Paragon’s films use less material while simultaneously yielding better results.  We were able to prove that users can enjoy a lower unit cost by purchasing Paragon’s patented products.  We also realized the importance of having properly working machines that are capable of wrapping pallets consistently!

 

In summary, these tests are vital to Paragon’s business.  They show the clients, step-by-step, the immediate results and benefits gained from using Paragon’s high quality stretch films.  The clients are able watch each of Paragon’s skilled Sales Reps perform stretch tests with precision and consistency.  The results of film testing are a testament to the true value of Paragon products.   Just as we compare unleaded fuel with diesel fuel to calculate cost per mile, we use stretch film testing to calculate cost per skid wrapped.  These key tests determine which stretch film products will enable clients to maintain excellent load integrity at the absolute lowest cost per unit. 

 

 This blog was written by Patrick Smith and Allison Smith.

About the authors:

Patrick Smith
Patrick is the Sales Coordinator for Paragon Films.  He has a passion for his role at Paragon and is always willing to learn from others.  When he isn’t working, you’ll find Patrick fishing at the nearest lake or watching one of his favorite shows, Duck Dynasty.  

 

 

 

 

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