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Case Studies

Case Study #1 Click here to download pdf

CHALLENGE:Increase Throughput in Ring Bending Division

SOLUTION: The customer was using pre–cut 1 ¼" x .029 Steel Strap and two piece tooling to secure their loads. The excess time it took to pre-thread the seals, manually tension and seal the banding was leaving the machine idle for around 50% of the time. Neff Packaging and the customer worked closely together to come up with the optimal solution.

  • Added floor dispensers to eliminate precutting.
  • Upgraded to Signode pneumatic PNSC 34 steel combination tools. This drastically cut down packaging time along with improving worker ergonomics.
  • Downsized the strapping to ¾" x .025. This saved the customer almost 30% in annual strap and seal costs.
  • To summarize, the customer was able to drastically lower idle time and greatly improve throughput for this division. Along with these impressive gains, the customer cut 30% out of annual strap and seal costs!

Case Study #2 Click here to download pdf

CHALLENGE:Eliminate Steel Strap Use while Maintaining Load Integrity

SOLUTION:This customer came to Neff Packaging with the idea they wanted to totally eliminate steel strapping. Steel strapping was expensive, caused workman's compensation claims and was blowing out forklift tires at an alarming rate. Neff Packaging and the customer worked closely together to come up with the optimal solution.

  • Upgraded to battery operated combination polyester strapping tools.
  • Neff Packaging supplied the service program to support those tools in such harsh operating conditions.
  • The switch to polyester strapping has saved the customer ten's of thousands of dollars over the last five years.

Neff continues to help customers realize the added safety, productivity and performance gains in converting from steel to polyester strap.

Case Study #3 Click here to download pdf

CHALLENGE:Properly Brace Coils of Aluminum Rod in Railcar Shipments

SOLUTION:The customer was using 48" x 72" Type 800 airbags with fiberboard between the coils to prevent scratching and marring. For a lack of options, they taped fiberboard to the inside walls of each railcar and added two airbags to try to fill a large void. The improper use of the airbags caused movement and damage to the coils during shipment. Buying extra airbags became too expensive for the customer. In addition, the tape used to secure the fiberboard would not work well during the winter months. Neff Packaging and the customer worked together to come up with the optimal solution.

Four minor changes provided drastic solutions allowing the customer to reduce costs by 34% and reduce product damage by 78%.

  • Changed airbag size to a more cost effective Type 600 airbag, ensuring the proper bracing of materials in shipment
  • Added void filler panels to effectively brace coils and eliminate unnecessary materials
  • Switched to a more versatile tape that adheres to metal substrate in high and low temperatures
  • Reduced the need for extra airbags, essentially saving money on every future order

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