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

What Not to Do When Building a Wooden Crate

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 11, 2016 10:05:00 AM

A wooden crate can provide a great option for shipping fragile goods because when built properly, it is highly resistant to being damaged the way that cardboard and plastic shipping containers can be. Wooden crates were once very expensive to construct and use, but today they are a good solution for affordable and efficient packaging when constructed properly.

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Topics: Crate Building, Scrail Fasteners, Crate Fasteners

Choosing Crate Fasteners to Address Common Shipping Concerns

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

There are many concerns when manufacturers or retailers look at shipping goods. One of the most common concerns is damaged packages from mishandling by those responsible for moving the shipped items from place to place. The dropping, crushing, and throwing that's a regular part of the package handling process can cause cardboard or plastic shipping boxes to get destroyed, ripped, or torn.  Not only are wooden crates much more up to the challenges they face while being shipped, they're also heavier than either plastic or cardboard boxes of the same size that often require package handlers to handle with more attention and care.

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Topics: Scrail Fasteners, Crate Fasteners


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