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Bubble Wrap: The Century’s Greatest Invention

Bubble Wrap: The Century’s Greatest Invention

By on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 1957, two interior-designers were playing around with plastic wrapping, trying to develop a new design of wallpaper that would be both funky and attractive. What they created was bubble wrap. As you can imagine, the wallpaper idea was a flop. The bubble wrap was not as long-lasting and attractive as they envisioned, but while playing around with the bubble wrap they realised they could use it for other functions. They found that while bubble wrap was not robust enough to use as a wallpaper, the material could perfectly protect items for short periods of time. The plastic wrapping would protect the package or item from abrasion, but the tiny air bubbles would also protect the item from knocks and bumps. It was found to be particularly useful in protecting fragile items like glassware and ornaments. The designers, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, decided to patent and trademark their creative packaging design, and with a few investors they created the Sealed Air Corporation. But their design, with particular dimensions, did not stop other companies from making similar cushioning material of different sized and shaped air bubbles. Because other companies were able to do this, bubble wrap became the popular packaging material that it is today. Bubble wrap can be bought in rolls from most packaging companies, and is used in a number of industries that use the bubble wrap to protect fragile items, or items that they want undamaged by water, dust, and abrasion. Bubble wrap is also incredibly cheap, and is very easy to use. Adapted for use by wrapping and sealing machines, bubble wrap can also be applied by hand. If you are looking for quality supply of bubble wrap in Johannesburg and surrounds, then make sure that you contact Design Packaging & Tapes. Specialising in the supply of all packaging equipment and materials, Design Packaging and Tapes can provide you with a packaging material quote in moments. Apart from bubble wrap, Design Packaging & Tapes also supplies Anti-Static Bubble Wrap; the easiest material to use in all...

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How To: Moving Furniture Properly

How To: Moving Furniture Properly

By on Oct 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re moving house, or you’re moving office, it is often our most precious and valuable items that get damaged in the move. And what could be more valuable than our furniture. Because many of you have good taste in home and office decor, your furniture often has wood finishing, or is made of valuable materials like suede or leather. When these items get damaged they are expensive to both repair or replace, so make sure that you use the following moving tips regarding moving furniture properly. Use corner protectors. Corner protectors and edge guards are made of corrugated cardboard and they stop square-edged pieces of furniture from getting damaged by abrasion. Corners on many pieces of furniture are the most vulnerable to being clipped or struck while carrying. Corner protectors will help protect furniture from this. Bubble wrap is not one of the most sought-after packaging goods for nothing. When it comes to moving furniture properly, make sure that you have plenty of bubble wrap handy. Bubble wrap serves as both a plastic sheeting, while also providing added cushioning support and safety. Wrap all pieces of furniture tightly with bubble wrap before taping it down in place with some adhesive tape. If you cannot afford such large amounts of bubble wrap, then virgin plastic sheeting will work just as well. For added furniture protection when moving furniture properly, ensure that you wrap exposed portions of furniture with corrugated cardboard over the furniture’s plastic wrapping. This will provide the last line of defense, and will provide the necessary buffer between the furniture pieces and the walls and frames of a shipping container or truck container. Use wriggly worms, shredded paper or any other soft space filler to restrict movement of smaller furniture items if they are packed within cardboard boxes. The space filling materials will also protect the furniture from abrasion and water damage. Moving furniture properly requires a little more work than just carrying pieces of furniture without ensuring their protection. But, with effort, comes reward: you’re ensured that your furniture will be safely unloaded and placed at its final destination. If you require packaging supplies for moving furniture properly, contact Design Packaging and Tapes...

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Packaging With Paper

Packaging With Paper

By on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A century before the rise of the Roman Empire, the ancient Chinese Empire had a multitude of inventors that worked day and night to formulate new and interesting tools and devices to make life easier. Many of us today have these men to thank for creating some of the everyday items that we take for granted. One of their inventions was that of paper. Although papyrus had been invented hundreds of years earlier, it was the Chinese who created the industrial mechanism of processing wood so that its fibres could be glued to form paper. Nowadays we use paper for a number of functions, most often for packaging purposes. Packaging with paper is primarily used for protective measures. Single phase corrugated cardboard rolls can be used as a protective barrier for large items that may be damaged from abrasions. The furniture industry that does their packaging with paper materials like single phase cardboard to protect the precious wood and material finishes on many of their products. Tissue paper (of various colours) offers industries a further method of packaging with paper. The soft tissue paper can protect those extremely fragile items like glass. This packaging item is a ‘must-have’ for anyone in that industry. Shredded paper also works well with this application. Wrapping paper is also used in a number of industries. No, it’s not just used to wrap Christmas prezzies. Brown wrapping paper offers businesses an easy way of packaging with paper, especially those businesses that deal in small to medium sized packages, and foodstuffs. Besides packaging with paper, paper can also be used by businesses for their cleaning abilities. Soft paper towels and toilet paper gets used in and around kitchens as well as ablutions. If your business does regular packaging with paper, then make sure you use the most proficient packaging suppliers in Johannesburg. Contact Design Packaging and Tapes today for a bulk paper quotation on single-phase cardboard, wrapping paper, tissue paper, shredded paper and paper towels....

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Polystyrene Worms

Polystyrene Worms

By on Oct 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Wriggly worms make the packaging world go round, there is no doubt about it. We’re not talking about real worms here (and their ability to feast on mouthfuls of polystyrene).We’re talking about the polystyrene packaging fillers that have a number of uses that help make your packaging easier. Polystyrene worms can be placed in boxes around irregular shaped objects to both fill gaps in the package as well as protect the object. The cushioning provided by the wriggly worms absorb much of the impact that your package may suffer on its long and arduous route. Because of this wriggly worms are like the mini punching bags that the packaging world needs. Wriggly worms also absorb any water or moisture that may otherwise cause problems for the items within the package. When transporting electronics your wriggly worms eliminate the threat of water damage in hot and humid conditions and climates. Wriggly worms also act as a support or buttress for the box in which the items are placed. They’re there to stop the box from caving inward or to stop the corners from crumpling. It’s also said that they whisper emotional support to the box. Polystyrene worms are also used for storage in large spaces to prevent damage and degradation from dust, sunlight and humidity. Not only are wriggly worms a great way of ensuring that packages are protected, but they are also really affordable. They are a cost-effective solution to a common packaging problem. Make sure that you contact Johannesburg’s most efficient packaging suppliers, Design Packaging and Tapes, for a quote on bulk orders of polystyrene...

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Staple Gun Safety

Staple Gun Safety

By on Oct 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A staple gun is such an easy tool to use. It circumvents any need to use human energy to staple two items together. It also allows us to staple items that can otherwise not be stapled just by our strength alone. But be wary: a staple gun is also a dangerous tool, so ensure that you employ staple gun safety when using a staple gun. Always use a staple gun while wearing a pair of goggles or safety glasses. A blank-fired staple can rebound off working surfaces and cause eye injuries. It’s no laughing matter, because this actually happens. It’d also be a good idea to wear a pair of gloves if you’re doing some large-format stapling. This will prevent the above from happening. It’s important that you correctly mount staples into the staple gun tray. If not correctly placed in the tray they may blank fire or burst out of the gun and cause a minor injury. When using a staple gun make sure that no one else is close to you without the necessary equipment. It’s also important that people don’t distract you from the job at hand. Distractions lead to accidents, and they’re never good for staple gun safety. Ensure you have the correct sized staples for the job at hand, as well as the correct sized gun. Forcing a small staple gun onto a hard surface to staple an object too hard is just an accident waiting to happen. Don’t ever press a staple gun too hard against the surface onto which you are stapling. Furthermore, don’t press too quickly on the trigger. Both of these actions can lead to the staple gun being kicked out of place and leading to an accident. Make sure you use the safety lock whenever the staple gun is not in use. Picking up the staple gun with the safety off can lead to an accidental firing of the gun. If you’re looking for a packaging supplier in Johannesburg, then contact Design Packaging and Tapes, or if you’re looking for more helpful packaging hints and tips check out our blog page....

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