Cram Your Crate Creatively: Innovative Packing Materials for Shipping

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 28, 2018 7:44:00 AM

Crates have been used for centuries to ship valuables from shore to shore, doorstep to doorstep. They have remained the steadfast choice when shipping items of value because of their durability, and the protection they offer. Crates protect their contents from damage during travel due to the crate box’s framework. The wood composition provides strength in conjunction with the strength of the fasteners that hold it together. All that is for nothing though if the contents inside are able to move and shift during delivery, causing potential damage in transport.

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

Sustainable Tips for Shipping & Packing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 25, 2018 12:37:47 PM

Known for durability, crating is the preferred method for shipping overseas or for any journey that requires extra protection. To ensure the contents arrive in the same shape they departed in, there are plenty of materials that can be used. Since these materials only have the job of protection, and aesthetics are irrelevant, this is a great place to use eco-friendly materials. Check out these tips for making your crating a little greener.

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

When and Why Wooden Crates are Your Best Bet

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 21, 2017 3:26:44 PM

Imagine you’re moving across the country to start a new job, stress surrounding the new opportunity and move begin to consume you. You’ve arrived to your new home and open your cardboard boxes to find some of your most prized posessions shattered and destroyed from the journey. Or imagine you’re a craftsman who has just sent out a product for a client after months of creating and refining the piece. The client calls days later to tell you the piece arrived broken, all your hard work crumbled. Or maybe you’re a shipping company that is struggling to make a profit because more often than not you’re having to pay for the cost of broken items. In a majority of these cases, crisis could’ve been avoided if wooden crates were considered for the job. In this article we will review when and why wooden crates are your best bet.

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

Packing It In: The Most Popular Materials Used in Shipping Crates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Shipping crates have been used for centuries to ship valuables over land and sea. Wooden crates offer consumers superior protection when compared to cardboard or plastic alternatives. Crates have been gaining popularity since their existence, but what materials are the most popular when making shipping crates?

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

Crate Expectations: 7 Ways to Repurpose Used Crates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 11, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Crates and pallets are designed to protect valuable cargo in transit. When they’re built using quality fasteners, like SCRAIL®, it seems a shame to just destroy them after they’ve reached their destination. Finding new life in traditionally discarded items is extremely popular these days. Here are seven ideas on how to repurpose crating and shipping materials instead of throwing them away.

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

The Great Crate Debate: How to Build the Perfect Crate

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Feb 2, 2017 11:52:52 AM

In February of 1964, the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service published an extensive design manual for Wood Crates. The detailed publication sold for $.70 a copy, and was written by engineers at the University of Wisconsin's Forest Products Laboratory. The researchers identified that "the most important materials used in constructing crates are wood in its various forms and the fasteners used for fabrication and assembly. Sound crate design criteria and proper use of materials will result in a crate that combines maximum strength with minimum materials." Fifty-three years later, the more things change the more they stay the same.

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

Responsible for Construction Budget? Ways to Spend Wisely …

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 10, 2016 11:37:23 AM

As an independent contractor or a Project Manager (PM) within a large construction company, the goals are the same: produce quality work, on time and on budget. If properly bid out with no surprises along the way, then “on budget” can be more easily accomplished. But it’s construction, and we all know what can and will go wrong. So how can you attempt to keep on schedule and budget? 

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Deck Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners, Fencing, Steel Studs, Crate Fasteners, subfloors, RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, Tools

How to Win Big in the Crating Industry

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 27, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Where to start, where to start?  So many business books, lecture series, and online seminars exist offering secrets and takeaways to surviving in competitive markets.  This could easily turn into a bullet list of suggestions, but we would rather offer a secret that your competitors may not even know about just yet!

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Topics: Crate Building, Scrail Fasteners, Crate Fasteners, fasteners

We Love Decks & You Should Too!

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 18, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Humans feel an innate desire to be out in nature, especially after a long winter hiding indoors. Warm weather brings with it the chance to be outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Like all creatures and plants, the sun gives us energy and lifts our spirits. But we also have grown accustomed to the amenities of modern living. We don’t just want to sit in the yard so we developed a way to bring the inside to the outside with decks!

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Topics: Crate Building, Scrail Fasteners, Crate Fasteners

New SCRAIL® Fastener Innovation for Crating Now Available

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 15, 2016 3:11:56 PM

New Coarse Thread Crating SCRAIL® fasteners are the latest innovation from the BECK Fastener Group®, designed to help crate manufacturers save labor costs while improving quality and customer satisfaction.

Like BECK’s other SCRAIL® products that are known for their holding power and speed of installation, Crating SCRAIL® fasteners are a combination of a nail and a screw - threaded collated fasteners for installation with a pneumatic nail gun tool.

The added features of Crating SCRAIL® that make them the best choice for use in crating are:

• Coarse threads ensure easier and more consistent removal for dismantling crates, and are especially well suited to crates constructed of soft wood varieties
• Use of plastic rope for collation makes it safer, since there is no wire flagging around the heads or sticking underneath them
• Plastic rope collation also retains its coil shape better than wire, which means coils can be reused if dropped, eliminating waste
• These fasteners can be used in most common 15° wire coil nailers on the market, so there are no special tools required

Brett McCutcheon, General Manager of FASCO America®, Master Distributor for the BECK Fastener Group®, commented, "We are excited to offer a SCRAIL® product specific to the needs of crating manufacturers. We took our successful SCRAIL® product and added features to create these coarsely threaded Crating SCRAIL® which allows crating manufacturers to more effectively and efficiently build and dismantle crates.”

FASCO America® is the Master Distributor for products manufactured by The BECK Fastener Group®, a leader in pneumatic tool and fastener development. For over 100 years, the BECK Fastener Group® has been a company focused on creating innovative, high quality products that generate time savings for the professionals who use their products.

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Topics: Crate Building, Scrail Fasteners, Crate Fasteners


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