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Atlantic Poly’s Corrugated Boxes – Durable AND Eco Friendly

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, September 30, 2010
Companies that ship products almost certainly have the need to purchase and use corrugated boxes. Corrugated boxes are made from Kraft paper in different paper weights to give strength to a carton. In a typical single-wall box there are 3 papers. An inside liner, a medium, and an outside liner make up the construction of corrugated boxes. All responsible business today are concerned with protecting the environment.  We want you to know that our boxes are made from 100% post-consumer fiber yet provide our customers the strongest products on the market.

Corrugated boxes provide a solution that not only returns waste back into the usable stream of packaging, but does it at no increase cost and no loss in performance. It is a perfect way (and just one of our ways) of going “green”.  Today recycled corrugated boxes have tested at the same strength as those of the normal fiber variety, and this is not limited to 200% board. Paper board combinations are available to create board tests from 150% to 350% board strengths.

Printing is also not an issue with 100% post-consumer cardboard boxes. Box converters print both gradient and screen printing onto recycled custom boxes, giving it the same look that you would expect from a printed custom corrugated box.

In most cases there is no difference in cost between normal fiber corrugated boxes and 100% post-consumer recycled corrugated boxes. Check out our corrugated boxes and many of our other polyethylene products today. If you have any other questions or concerns please feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you in any manner possible.

Anti-Static Bags Keep The Shock Out Of Sensitive Items

Darren Kincaid - Monday, September 27, 2010
You here the phrase “anti-static” bag and think, why do you need to protect something from static? You can barely feel it. Well while, people can barely feel static as it discharges in such low rates, it can virtually destroy a static sensitive item. This is because of ESD. ESD stands for Electrostatic Discharge. It is a rapid transfer of electrostatic charge between objects, which can arise from human handling or contact with machines. This discharge can damage and basically fry static sensitive items. So anti-static bags help prevents this from ever occurring. But before you order just any type make sure you know which type you need. The most common type to be used is the pink anti-static bag. While this bag will help protect the contents of the bag, they will only help remove the buildup of static.

Static Electricity can still pass through the bag. What you need is a bag that can offer Faraday Cage protection; this can be provided by using our other type, a Metallic Static Shielding Bag. You do however need to be aware of any batteries or power packs that may touch the conductive layer and drain the battery. In cases such as this you will need a static shield bag, which has several layers of film with an in built metallic layer that provides the faraday cage protection. With this type of bag you can actually see through the material making the contents easier to Identify. These metallic shielding bags are powerful bags that will protect the contents both inside and keep harmful static from reaching inside. There is also an extra layer in the middle to add to the thickness of the bag itself, providing extra support for static sensitive items.

It is worth noting that in terms of cost the anti-static is cheapest, followed by static shielding then moisture barrier bags which are another type of bag that not only provides protection from ESD but also prevents moisture penetrating the bag and causing damage to a moisture sensitive device. As technology develops electronic devices are becoming far more sensitive so it’s important to establish what means of protection are required. Contact us today for more information on our anti-static bags and help determine which is best for your sensitive item needs.

Move Your Corrosion Control Program Forward With VCI Bags

Darren Kincaid - Thursday, September 16, 2010
Corrosion control is an expensive program for all industrial manufacturing firms. If oil and grease still rule your corrosion control process, then learn how the use of Atlantic Poly VCI Bags will save your business money, present a safer working environment for your staff, and make you a “greener” company.

VCI bags protect all metal surfaces.  VCI products utilize vapor corrosion inhibitors that emit corrosion-fighting molecules.  Any machine,  finished product, or product under construction that is covered with VCI becomes completely saturated with vapor corrosion inhibitors.  

Using VCI reduces the cost of construction, as it is a much more efficient corrosion control process as compared to using oils and grease.  Using a VCI bag is more efficient because it is easy to use - simply place the item you want to protect inside the bag.  The application of oils and grease is a comparatively long process.  Of course the use of VCE totally eliminates oil and grease material and labor costs
V
CI improves employee health and occupational safety of your business.  Employees are not exposed to hazardous chemicals or fumes. The vapor corrosion inhibitors emitted by VCI bags are odorless, colorless and completely safe. With oils and greases, there is always human exposure, mess, and never a guarantee that every inch of the device is covered.

Our VCI bags and other VCI packaging products are applicable to every stage of the manufacturing process. From protecting parts used in production to storing a finished product, VCI bags offer superior protection and at a valued cost.

Product Manufacturers--Polyethylene Stretch Film Saves Operations Costs

Darren Kincaid - Friday, September 10, 2010
This blog post goes out to any and all product manufacturers.  We all realize all too well that product damage loss takes a direct hit on net profit.  When you strategize how to reduce damage loss, have you considered implementing Atlantic Poly Inc's low-cost Polyethylene Stretch Film in your manufacturing and shipping process?  You absolutely should as it can and will save you thousands of dollars.

Stretch film is an exceptional security measure when transiting pallets either within your warehouse or when shipping by land, sea, or air. Stretch film provides an overall superior option to tie straps because stretch film provides arguably greater pallet stability at a fraction of the cost.  After reading this, take a look at last year's investment in tie-straps.  Not only do they wear, they often do not return from the distant shipping end.  

If you are storing, let us know as we can accommodate to your stretch film needs and serve as good protection for your products. If you inform us of the conditions that your products will be stored in (i.e. in the warehouse, in an outdoor lot, etc.) we can ensure which will be the most effective for you. All wraps will help protect your stock from dust and moisture, which can also reduce the risk for mold and pest infection as well. If you will be storing your pallets outdoors, this can also help protect your boxes from UV damage. The wrap can also reduce friction damage from box to box, as sometimes boxes rubbing against each other can scratch or tear if not protected by the film.

We will provide you with a wrap that is easy to see through so that you can easily determine which product is on which pallet. However, this clear wrap can also serve another purpose - it can serve as a prevention and warning sign for internal tampering or pilferage. Businesses are most at risk from internal theft rather than external theft - by placing this wrap on all of your pallets, you can easily tell if one has been tampered with, allowing you to get to the bottom of the situation faster. This will also dissuade employees or intruders from stealing products, saving you much time and money.

If you are not currently using stretch film on a regular basis, you should conduct a financial assessment of stretch film vs tie straps.  We can help you do this.  The bottom line is this.....you will save time and money in the long run by using stretch film.  Oh by the way....it is recyclable too.  We'll be glad to talk to you at length about the many stretch film options available to you.

The 7 Categories of Plastics and Disposal Guidelines

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, August 31, 2010
All over the world, many types of plastic are commonly used. Plastic are given a numbering category or identification code for each different types so that it can be sorted and properly recycled. Each type of plastic melts at a different temperature and displays different properties. Many are biodegradable in nature. The identification system divides plastic into seven distinct types and uses a number code generally found on the bottom of containers. It is important to recycle bioplastics properly so they can be disposed of in a safe manner. While in one of our older posts we showed the 3 most popular recycling plastics, we feel it is helpful for you to know all seven of the icons. So if you do get a rare plastic, hopefully this blog will help you take proper disposal action.  The seven types of plastic are:
 
Plastic #1: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE)
Common uses:Cooking oil bottles, 2 liter soda bottles, peanut butter jars. This is the most widely recycled plastic and often has redemption value.

Plastic #2: High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Common uses: Heavy duty liners, detergent bottles, milk jugs, Heavy Duty HDPE Polyethylene plastic sheeting. A common plastic that is used, and recycled on a daily basis.

Plastic #3: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
Common uses: shrink wrap, salad dressing containers,plastic pipes, outdoor furniture, water bottles, and liquid detergent containers.

Plastic #4: Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
Common uses:Plastic Sheeting used in construction, trash can liners, dry cleaning bags, produce bags, food storage containers.

Plastic #5: Polypropylene (PP)
Common uses:Open top containers (sour cream, yogurt) bottle caps, drinking straws. Recycling centers almost never take #5 plastic.

Plastic #6: Polystyrene (PS)
Common uses:To-go "clam shell" containers, packaging pellets or "Styrofoam peanuts," cups, plastic tableware, and meat trays,. Many shipping/packaging stores will accept polystyrene peanuts and other packaging materials for reuse. Cups, meat trays, and other containers that have come in contact with food are more difficult to recycle.

Plastic #7: Other
Common uses:This is the category for any plastic that does not fall under the #1-#6. This may include certain kinds of food containers and Tupperware. Recycling centers cannot recycle plastic #7. Look for alternatives.

Those of us within the Atlantic Poly Environtech Division  like to think of ourselves as subject matter experts on recycling.  We manufacture and distribute multiple forms of plastic products. We know the characteristics and which types to utilize in any commercial or domestic application.   So call us anytime you have questions. 

Insight On The Chemical Make Up Of Polyethylene And Its Uses

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 23, 2010
In this blog post we'd like to share with you the chemical strands and uses of polyethylene. Polyethylene, as we commonly know and popularly use at almost every purpose, is the most flexible, durable and chemically resistant material. Going by its chemical structures, you will find is made up of polyethylene molecules. According to structural variations, polyethylene molecules can broadly be differentiated into Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). LDPE is used in making plastic bags and other packaging materials while HDPE is used in developing containers, pipes, laundry detergent bottles, etc.

The polymers of High Density Polyethylene molecules are more opaque, stronger, harder and slightly heavier than Low Density Polyethylene. It is broadly composed of Carbon and Hydrogen. The other recycled polymeric ingredients of HDPE have made it a perfect component for pyrotechnics trade. Carbon black or UV-stabilizers are commonly used to make them resistant to weather and other reactive solvents.HDPE has a wide variety of industrial application in consumer products like, liquid distributor pipe, channels for domestic water supply, natural gas distributors, inner cable insulators, corrosion protectors for pipelines, plastic lumbers, sheds, ducts for telecoms and other cell liners for homogeneous supply and extrusions. HDPE is readily available in various forms like sheet or tubes for fabrication.

Another most popular nonmetallic polymer used in the poly industry is the Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). While we don't really deal with PVC, as it is mainly use for pipe-lining, we will be glad to offer you some insight into PVC. When used in underground pressure piping, PVC differs greatly in terms of strength, price of material, installation cost, and connection procedure.  

But in terms of widespread industrial applications, Polyethylene is king.  Both polyethylene materials (HDPE and LDPE) have successful track records in terms of capacity and utility rating. In fact, innumerable industries and consumers are getting massive cost of production benefit from the growing usability of polyethylene products...from plastic bags, to water tanks, domestic a
nd commercial pipeline distribution, and other applications too numerous to mention.

Slip Manufacturing Defined and Discussed

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 16, 2010
Most of our blog posts have information about our products, how they work, or just the general specifications about polyethylene. We talked briefly about the history of how poly bags came to be and how they are widely used. In this blog we're going to get a bit technical to inform you what “slip” is and how it is manufactured in plastics. If you have never heard of slip before, we believe you’ll find this blog to be quite enlightening.  

Slip is an organic chemical that is added to the blend during film extrusion process to modify the coefficient of friction or COF. COF is a measurement of the amount of friction between two surfaces as they begin to slide and as they continue to drag against one another. The amount of energy it takes to put an object in motion is always greater than the amount of energy that it takes to keep it moving while it is in motion. Although there are a number of chemicals that are used to modify the COF, the two main ones used in Polyethylene and Polypropylene are Erucamide (which is considered a slow bloom) and Oleamide (which is a fast bloom.) The materials are sometimes called primary amides.

Slip is a very efficient molecule it has been added to a plastic film in very low concentrations typically 500 to 1500 parts per million. The slip additive can be let down at the levels of 1 to 3% by weight in blending while extruding the plastic film. Slip molecules are very low in molecular weight as compared to the polymer in which they are used. These molecules are somewhat incompatible because of their nature. This means the material is bi-polar and has one end that has a positive charge and the other has a neutral charge. This incompatibility causes the molecule to migrate referred to as bloom through the polymer to the surface of the plastic film. The more slip that migrates on the surface the lower the COF and the more slippery the plastic film becomes.

The COF relates to packaging because the substrates used to package objects always come in contact with other surfaces or themselves. As most packaging operations are very high speed, COF plays a very large role. The packaging material must have just the right COF in order to track properly on the packaging machines. If a material is too slippery the film will not track properly and may cause issues such as bad sealing or cause a powdery substance that builds up on the tracking rolls which will cause packaging failures. If a material becomes too sticky it can have the opposite effect listed above. It may not allow the film to un-wind properly and cause web brakes or other tracking problems. Either scenario can shut a packaging line down.

We enjoy educating our clients and the general public and appreciate your positive feedback for doing this.  An educated consumer benefits us all.    And of course, we always welcome your questions and feedback.  

Atlantic Poly Provides A Brief History On Polyethylene

Darren Kincaid - Monday, August 09, 2010
The history of manufactured plastics goes back more than 100 years; however, when compared to other materials, plastics are relatively modern. Their usage over the past century has enabled society to make huge technological advances. Although plastics are thought of as a modern invention, there have always been "natural polymers" such as amber, tortoise shells and animal horns. These materials behaved very much like today's manufactured plastics and were often used similar to the way manufactured plastics are currently applied. For example, before the sixteenth century, animal horns, which become transparent and pale yellow when heated, were sometimes used to replace glass.

Alexander Parkes unveiled the first man-made plastic at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. This material -- which was dubbed Parkesine, now called celluloid -- was an organic material derived from cellulose that once heated could be molded but retained its shape when cooled. Parkes claimed that this new material could do anything that rubber was capable of, yet at a lower price. He had discovered a material that could be transparent as well as carved into thousands of different shapes. Then in 1907, chemist Leo Hendrik Baekland, while striving to produce a synthetic varnish, stumbled upon the formula for a new synthetic polymer originating from coal tar. Baekland had coined "plastics" as the term to describe this completely new category of materials.

The first patent for polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a substance now used widely in vinyl siding and water pipes, was registered in 1914. Cellophane was also discovered during this period.

Plastics did not really take off until after the First World War, with the use of petroleum, a substance easier to process than coal into raw materials. Plastics served as substitutes for wood, glass and metal during the hardship times of World War's I & II.   After World War II, newer plastics, such as polyurethane, polyester, silicones, and polypropylene joined PVC in widespread applications. Many more would follow and by the 1960s, plastics were within everyone's reach due to their inexpensive cost. Plastics had thus come to be considered 'common' - a symbol of the consumer society.

Atlantic Poly Plastic Bags have many uses

Darren Kincaid - Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Atlantic Poly’s polyethylene bags are popular and commonly required items. These bags are also known as clear poly bags and are always available with an opening at the top. They are mainly required for packaging purposes, and these bags can be heat-sealed or secured with a bag-tie. These bags are useful for many needs, such as:
  • For the storage and protection of art and furniture
  • Packing of electronic parts
  • For the packing of garment and bedding covers
  • Bags for waste disposal
  • To pack goods that are in transit
  • Retail display
  • Sale of goods at craft and pet shops
  • To package food and medical devices
  • Bags for freezer grade
Polyethylene Bags are mostly made from a polyethylene film which is created by using a Blown Film Extrusion process. In the process small plastic pellets called resin are melted down conditions and pressed through a circular die gap to form a lengthy tube of plastic. Whilst in this state the plastic is stretched to the desired size and thickness to form the different gauges of plastic. The bags are made by cutting rolls of this film and heat sealing them. Rolls of this sheeting is sent through a machine which takes in material of a proper length, the machine then cycles to place a seal on it and then cuts it off to make an individual bag.

Atlantic Poly Envirotech Recycling Division Wants To Help Your Recycling Efforts

Darren Kincaid - Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Atlantic Poly Envirotech Recycling Division Wants To Help Your Recycling Efforts

If you are disposing plastic bags or any of the such, Atlantic Poly wants to help in your contribution to our environment. We have the capabilities to remove the material and recycle it into some of our recycled products. While recycling plastic bags might seem like just a small action, it is actually one of the most important you can take for the environment. Recycled plastics can be used to create new plastics, reducing the need to find new sources of oil. Plastics also create a significant percentage of our solid waste. Garbage dumped into the ocean has created a large area in the Pacific Ocean called the Pacific Garbage Patch, an area covered in floating plastic that is twice the size of the state of Texas. Removing plastic bags from the waste cycle plays an important role in reducing land and water pollution.

Recycling plastic bags helps reduce the use of new plastics. It also helps reduce the use of wood. Most recycled plastic bags become part of a plastic-lumber composite material, reducing the need to cut down forests to create lumber products. In an era of increasing environmental constraint, thinking wisely about reuse rather than using new materials makes sense.

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