- Commercial printers, where it often replaces shrink films, bags, and cartons to unitize bundles of printed materials.
- Cut and stack label manufacturers, unitizing stacks of labels in specific counts as they exit the guillotine station.
- Pharma and cosmetic companies have long needed to avoid shrink films and the heat associated with the application to preserve the integrity of their products. stacks of trays and sachets are typically banded, replacing chipboard sleeves, trays and small cartons.
- General manufacturing, where films and paper banding are used to eliminate concerns over potential damage that can occur if conventional strapping materials are used.
- Food and beverage industries use banding to secure lids to containers, as a security measure and to replace expensive pressure-sensitive labels. Banding is also used to replace bundling films to secure products packaged in corrugated trays.
- Other common applications can be found at envelope and greeting card manufacturers, and fulfillment houses to create units of certain count for packaging and shipping purposes.
Banding with film and paper offers many perks: the equipment to apply is compact with a small footprint; it can be self-standing or inline to speed up the production process, all while being very environmentally friendly. Using film and paper banding is very popular in many industries, including:
Another lesser-known aspect about the film and paper consumables is that they can actually be purchased from a domestic supplier at very reasonable prices. Traditionally, the major importers of banding machines, such as Felins, Wexler, Blumer USA and B.L. Products, dominate the market. And, since this is a very niche area of packaging, there has been very little competition. Customers mostly find that they are single sourced.
Pacific Packaging Products, a manufacturer, converter, and distributor of banding film and papers, offer users domestic reliable consumables at great savings. Pacific is also an authorized distributor of the Akebono line of banding equipment. Some of the creative ways offered by Pacific to help customers save on their consumable expenses, which can be very significant, are consignment and blanket order programs with price protection for periods that are mutually agreed upon. Plant visits are encouraged to assess that the proper banding material is being used for the application as in many cases, customers were found to be using much thicker films than their application required.
Pacific offers a multitude of thicknesses, ranging from 25 microns (1 mil) to 175 microns (6.5 mils). Also, films are available in colors and both film and paper can be printed to highlight your company profile and logo or promote products.