Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. – Our Services

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One of the things we like to do from time to time is reflect on our services and how we deliver them to our customers. With this in mind, we thought it would be a great
exercise to provide our explanation or interpretation of the various services we
provide.

Let’s start with stretch wrapping:
Stretch wrapping or pallet wrapping was developed in the early 1970’s and Clute
Packaging Systems Ltd. was one of the very first companies to provide this solution in SouthWestern Ontario.

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Stretch Wrap Fіlm – A Sоlutіоn fоr Sаfе Shірріng

Shірріng аnd расkаgіng becomes еffесtіvе and еffісіеnt when аѕѕеmblіng рrоduсtѕ by
unіtіzіng оr раlletіzіng thеm іntо a ѕіnglе unit. This provides ѕаfе аnd еffісіеnt dеlіvеrу mеаѕurеѕ tо аnу rеԛuіrеd destination point.
Incorporating thе utіlіzаtіоn оf Strеtсh Fіlm will uрgrаdе уоur ѕhірріng procedures bу eliminating рrоduсt dаmаgе and thеft rеlаtеd іnсіdеntѕ.

Sо hоw does Stretch Fіlm Wоrk?

Strеtсh Fіlm is a реrmаnеnt ѕоlutіоn fоr vаrіоuѕ kіndѕ оf transit dаngеrѕ. Strеtсh Wrap
рrоtесtѕ аll рrоduсtѕ frоm duѕt, mоіѕturе, аnd ѕсrаtсhеѕ. Unfortunately, by uѕіng
trаdіtіоnаl binding shipping аіdѕ lіkе twіnе wires, bungee cords оr роlу ѕtrарріng bands, yоur ѕhірmеnt іѕ hіghlу prone tо lооѕеnіng аnd bесоmіng unѕtеаdу due to thе nоrmаl shifting рrосеdurеѕ іnvоlvеd durіng trаnѕіt. As a result, goods are еаѕіlу susceptible tо fаllіng араrt durіng delivery, which could bе detrimental to customer rеlаtіоnѕ, liabilities аnd profit loss. Fоr thіѕ reason, Strеtсh fіlm is аn ideal ѕоlutіоn fоr safe рrоduсt dеlіvеrу аѕ it’s dеѕіgnеd tо withstand most еxtrеmе wеаthеr соndіtіоnѕ, fаultу transportation mеаnѕ, ѕtасkіng methods аnd wаrеhоuѕіng trеаtmеnt. Providing  ѕuреrіоr lоаd stability аnd ѕеlf-аdhеrіng cling qualities, this ѕhірріng/расkаgіng method works fоr all ѕоrtѕ оf products.
Some common types оf ѕtrеtсh fіlm іnсludе mасhіnе stretch wrap, саѕt stretch fіlm,
есоnоmу ѕtrеtсh wrар, blоwn ѕtrеtсh film, UVI, VCI stretch wrap, аntі-ѕtаtіс fіlm, netting,
vеntеd pallet and bio-degradable ѕtrеtсh wrар.
Sо whаt version оf Strеtсh Wrар Fіlm works for mе?
Wеll, ѕеlесtіng the аррrорrіаtе film сеrtаіnlу depends on thе type оf rеԛuіrеmеntѕ оr
funсtіоnѕ in your environment.  Fоr Exаmрlе,  wаrеhоuѕе ѕtосk material thаt is being would most likely not require UV lіght рrоtесtіоn. Lіkеwіѕе, Dоwn gauge fіlmѕ аrе
generally an асԛuіrеd choice due to іtѕ stretch elongation fасtоrѕ and thinner gauge
thісknеѕѕ. Addіtіоnаllу, whеn manually wrарріng a раllеt, thіѕ fіlm is more рrоnе to еdgе
breakage whеn аррlуіng іt аrоund thе top соrnеr оf boxes оr thе еdgе оf pallets.
However, іf you dоn’t hаvе аnу рrеvіоuѕ knowledge on hоw tо use stretch film tо fіt
уоur ѕhірріng оr ѕtоrаgе purposes, hеrе are ѕоmе important соnѕіdеrаtіоnѕ to consider.

We can help you make the best choice for a stretch wrapping machine and the film to go with it.  Feel free to contact us.
Types of Strеtсh Fіlm
• Mасhіnе Strеtсh Wrар – іdеаl fоr wrapping pallet loads and designed fоr converter
mасhіnеѕ and раllеt wrарреr machines.
• Cast Stretch – thе most standard vеrѕіоn оf ѕtrеtсh wrар, іt’ѕ еxсеllеnt fоr bundling and
ѕtосkіng products bесаuѕе оf іtѕ load hоldіng ѕtаbіlіtу аnd product сlаrіtу.
• Eсоnоmу Strеtсh Wrар – thе name speaks fоr іtѕеlf; ѕіnсе it’s a lоwеr gauge wrap its lаbоur friendly due tо іtѕ featherweight ԛuаlіtіеѕ whеn раlletizing рrоduсtѕ manually.
• Blоwn Stretch Wrap – ԛuіtе ѕіmіlаr in аррlісаtіоn tо саѕt wrар, уеt thіѕ wrар hаѕ a оnе-
ѕіdе сlіng attribute and lоw visibility feature whісh kеерѕ pallets frоm clinging tоgеthеr оn trаіlеrѕ, whіlе аddіng ѕесurіtу as onlookers wіll find it difficult tо dеtеrmіnе thе соntеntѕ оf the packages. Suреrіоr lоаd holding ѕtrеngth.
• Ultrа Vіоlеt Strеtсh (UVI) – еxсеllеnt for ѕtосkіng products оutѕіdе, thіѕ film еlіmіnаtеѕ ѕun rау damage tо items.
• VCI Stretch Film – mеtаl ѕеnѕіtіvе wrap, thіѕ fіlm іѕ соmmоn fоr bundlіng ріреѕ аnd ѕhееt
mеtаl. This wrар іѕ dеѕіgnеd wіth сеrtаіn сhеmісаlѕ that wіll nоt dаmаgе mеtаl gооdѕ.
• Antі-Stаtіс Strеtсh Fіlm- аррlісаtіоn sensitive, thіѕ іtеm іѕ рrеfеrrеd because it eliminates bоdіlу ѕhосk whеn wrарріng pallets manually at rapid расе.

• Nеttіng Wrap- thіѕ wrар is nоt mаdе оf plastic but of thісk string knit mаtеrіаl, аѕ іt іѕ іdеаl fоr unitizing іtеmѕ thаt nееd tо brеаth ѕuсh аѕ wооd аnd produce.

• Vented Pallet Wrap- similar tо netting wrар, уеt it’s made frоm рlаѕtіс аnd is lіkеwіѕеѕіmіlаr іn negating ѕроіlаgе fоr fruіtѕ and vеgеtаblе ѕhірmеntѕ.

• Bio-degradable Strеtсh Film- this іѕ аn іnnоvаtіvе stretch wrар that іѕ eco-friendly, уеt іѕ equipped wіth ѕtrоng lоаd hоldіng роwеr.

Stretch film is an essential tool for successful storage, stock and shipment requirements. 

Our 30+ years of packaging machinery experience and expertise make us the smart choice as both your stretch wrap supplier but your machinery supplier as well.  Please feel free to contact us any time.

1-888-402-5883

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Technology Means Efficiency and Productivity to Our Customers

Clute Packaging Systems Ltd.  is very proud of the fact that we have continued to grow our business since its inception in 1985. One of the many facets of our business that has fostered growth is our adaptation of technology both within the company management process, as well as the services we provide to our customers.

Many of our clients are in the food and beverage manufacturing industry and that sector has continued its substantial growth with no end in sight.

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Here are some facts from Invest in Ontario:

  • Food and beverage manufacturing is now a $36.9-billion industry in Ontario
  • Ontario is host to 52,000 Ontario farms,more than 200 agricultural commodities
  • Ontario’s strategic location, combined with our extensive transportation infrastructure, allows us to reach 141 million consumers within a day’s drive of Ontario. This market is worth $19 TRILLION (with a T)

To service our growing customer base, and in turn to allow our customers to meet the ever-increasing demands of their markets, we have utilized technology in several areas.

“We are always looking for ways to make the business run more efficiently and effectively and to help pass on these efficiencies to our customers in terms of cost savings, better productivity, less downtime, faster response time” says company spokesperson Patricia Clute.

A good example of this forward thinking occurred when company founder Barry Clute purchased one of the very first IBM computers back in the 80’s, when they were very expensive. Barry understood that to provide the best customer service to an expanding customer base he had to embrace technology, and even though it meant a fairly long learning curve it was the right thing to do. “We aren’t afraid to be done with the old and take on the new even if it isn’t popular or well known. Barry is very forward thinking this way and has streamlined our business to make it increasingly more productive” explained Mrs Clute.

The purchase this year of a new service van further illustrates the customer oriented thinking that goes into the decision making process at Clute Packaging Systems. “We needed a new service van and although there were many to choose from that would have given us the storage capacity that we required, there was one that gave us something the others did not… the Ram ProMaster 2500 high roof increased headroom in the gives us the ability to work inside the van on a customer site. It may seem like a small thing but to us it means that in some cases we can complete a job onsite instead of driving back to our shop. So even though the van was more expensive, again, it was the right thing to do to provide the best customer service possible.” she said.

If you would like to see what Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. can do to enhance your business, feel free to contact us by phone through our toll free number 1-888-402-5883 or  contact us by email at:  info@clutepackaging.com

 

 

Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. and NSCA-Canada

Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. has a strong relationship with NSCA-Canada and subsequently the National Sporting Clays Association in San Antonio, Texas.
Barry and Patricia Clute’s passion for sporting clays has prompted them to support and promote NSCA – Canada and registered shooting in Canada. These efforts have allowed them to assist various shooting clubs throughout Canada to become educated in the benefits of being an NSCA – Canada registered club.

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NSCA-Canada assists in developing the NSCA brand of shooting throughout the Canadian provinces and with so many excellent shooters spanning the country is hopeful to produce a National team in the not too distant future.  Clute Packaging Systems Ltd.’s involvement has been to sponsor NSCA-Canada by building and maintaining the website, promoting branding through marketing emails and overseeing the NSCA-Canada Facebook page. Through these efforts, they have been able to assist NSCA-Canada in maintaining an online presence and increasing the visibility of the sport.. NSCA has over 22,000 members involved in the U.S., Canada and various other countries around the world.  It has grown to a size of over 600 different member clubs..

Since the early 1990s, the National Sporting Clays Association which was originally founded in the United States, has expanded worldwide into countries such as Canada where it continues to develop the skill sets of new and existing members alike.
As elected delegates for NSCA – Canada, Barry Clute, R.J. Eldred, Luther Cutts and Maritime Representative George McAuley, (all volunteers) strive to meet their mandate of expanding the NSCA-Canada brand.  This translates into an increase in both members and clubs throughout the provinces.  They would like to encourage individuals who are interested in pursuing this shooting sport to contact them through the NSCA-Canada web site at www.nscacanada.ca.

“Being part of something bigger than yourself and for the benefit of others is important to both of us”  We hope that you will share this vision to help to move NSCA-Canada to ongoing improvement both in Canada and internationally” Barry and Patricia Clute

Saputo Cheese, Authentic Italian cheese maker since 1954

Giuseppe Saputo, who was a master cheesemaker in the village of Montelepre, Sicily, wanted to make a better life for his family. In 1950 he took his oldest son Frank and emigrated to Canada, leaving behind many family members.  Two years later, some of them joined him in Montreal.  This included his brother Luigi and his sisters Rosalia, Elina, Maria and Antonina.

Giuseppe could see opportunity for a master cheese maker in Canada so in 1954 with $500 he bought some basic cheese making equipment and a bicycle for deliveries and founded Saputo Cheese.

Today, the Saputo brand is recognized as a premium supplier of high quality Italian cheeses, including mozzarella, gouda, swiss and Monterey Jack to name a few.  Even today, the Saputo family still prides itself on the dedicated passion of its expert cheese-makers.

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We at Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. are proud to count Saputo as one of our customers.  We recognize their amazing accomplishment in starting ever so small and through hard work and determination, creating a world-class brand.  It is that type of commitment we try to bring to our customers every day.

If you would like to see what Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. can do for your company, please call us through our toll free number 1-888-402-5883 (CLUTE), check out our web site www.clutepackaging.com or send us of an email to info@clutepackaging.com.

 

ASTM versus AAR Steel Strapping

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If you purchase the steel strapping for your organization then I am sure you are aware of these terms but for those that are not, ASTM stands for American Standard for Testing and Materials and AAR stands for American Association of Railroads.

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What is the difference you ask and should I care????

Both are accredited organizations that are putting “their” stamp of approval “per say” on steel strapping products.  This means that if something is ASTM approved that it meets their guidelines for recognizing quality, safety and reliability.  If something is AAR approved then it has been tested and approved by the American Association of Railroads.

This is all fine to say but if you aren’t shipping products on a rail car then do you need AAR? Well it is true that some manufacturers of steel strapping products imply that an AAR designation is somehow a superior standard to ASTM D3953, and therefore should apply to all strap applications; but this in fact is completely false. The rules governing shipments by rail represent a totally different set of realities.  Rail shipments are much more susceptible to handling damage than truck or ship and as such the railroads have devised their own set of rules, procedures and standards for products and their application in order to minimize shipping problems, customer claims and complaints and more specifically to clearly identify the source of problems.  In the case of steel strapping,  an approved AAR supplier is given a number which clearly identifies the manufacturer.  It also can help isolate a manufacturing defect, if a load failure is suspected due to strap failure. If your application or product is intended for rail shipment then we strongly urge you to consult with a qualified representative of the rail company of your choice for the procedures and components they require under the Association of American Railroads standards.

Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. offers a complete range of both ASTM and AAR approved strapping products for your applications.  ASTM or AAR?  Your choice!

Go to our web site to find out more about steel strapping – http://www.clutepackaging.com/products/strapping/steel_strapping

Contact us for more information at 1-888-402-5883 or email us at info@clutepackaging.com

 

 

 

The Effect of U.S. Currency Rate on the Canadian Economy

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The falling Canadian currency and a stable US currency has had an immeasurable impact over several business sectors domestically. As the value of the Canadian dollar is at its lowest value in over 12 years and the American dollar has increased in value throughout the past four years, not many Canadians are aware of how far-reaching an impact the low Canadian dollar has had. This is nowhere more evident than in packaging. The effect of the US currency rate’s impact on importing American manufactured goods into Canada has created a situation where many industrial and agriculture packing machinery businesses have struggled to adapt.

Many industrial and agriculture packing businesses and commodity businesses use manufacturing facilities based out of the United States. They are therefore subject to any change in US currency rate. When the Canadian dollar deflates as it has, it creates a situation where consumers are often charged extra fees and/or see price hikes. While multi-national corporations can handle these types of changes in US currency rates, small-to-medium sized business are hit even harder. With industrial and agriculture packing businesses having to pay more according to the US currency rate, these commodity businesses do not dig into their profits to cover the cost and instead defers this cost to customers. The passing along of cost to the customer only serves to create a situation where customer resources are stressed and consumers can no longer trust these same companies to deliver at the price advertised.

If the US currency rate continues to stabilize while the Canadian dollar continues to fall, this could companies having to increase their prices yet again. Some businesses have even held off on raising prices for now, either hoping that the US currency rate will improve or planning to roll-out price increases in the next year.

Passing on these costs to customers is the harsh reality. Businesses are having to pay more than they have in the past decade and a half for imports thanks to the US currency rate, and customers are being hit hard. The consumers that want to buy from Canadian based businesses in commodities for the industrial and agricultural sector need to know that the prices advertised are not going to change and that there will be no extra fees.

How a business adapts to the US currency rate is by planning ahead. Any industrial packaging machinery or commodity business in the industrial and agricultural markets must plan ahead in order to keep prices in check and to ensure that consumers are not going to be hit with a higher-than-expected price. As a customer that is purchasing industrial or agriculture equipment in Canada, sometimes a customer isn’t aware that this equipment is manufactured in the US and is subject to the US currency rate. If a customer chooses a business that is not planning ahead, they could be hit with a huge fee that they didn’t expect in this case. Clute Packaging Systems Ltd. has planned ahead however and does their best to protect their customers from changes in the US currency rate. Industrial and agriculture markets are getting what they paid for at the price advertised with Clute Packaging Systems Ltd.

Are we partners to our suppliers?

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At Clute Packaging we continually strive to provide the best value to our customers and we
are always searching for ways to improve our service. With this in mind, we came across a great blog post that we felt would be beneficial.

ThomasnetEarlier this month, a popular blog we subscribe to called Thomasnet published a post entitled “Partners vs. Suppliers – Which One Are Buyers Looking For? “. After reading it we decided to do a little exercise and see how we stacked up.

First of all, the reason this post got our attention is because it hits right to the sweet spot
of our philosophy at Clute Packaging, and that is that we have built our business on
becoming partners with our customers. They trust us to provide the best solution for
their packaging requirements, and that goes way beyond just selling and installing
hardware.

The blog post on Thomasnet lists five factors that can position a business as a supplier
and not simply a vendor. We decided to see how we stacked up:

1. Prove your value
Our association with Pro Mach allows us to be a total end to end packaging solution, with
an easily accessible parts supply and tremendous resources for consulting.

2. Price is not king
Anyone who has read our previous blog posts realizes our position on price. We strongly
recommend to our customers that they consider the overall value and not just the cost of
equipment. As it says in the post: “upfront cost savings don’t always translate to longterm
value, and can actually end up costing more over time if there are quality or reliability issues.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

3. Tell your story
The post says “Putting a human face on your business creates a connection.” We think the fact that we are a family business that has been growing for 30 years allows us to check this box!

4. Be upfront and proactive
The key phrase here is “how you differentiate yourself from the competition.” We think
that the philosophy that has guided our company for the past 30 years speaks to how we
strive to differentiate ourselves from other suppliers in this industry. Our standard
practice of complying with CSA Z432-4 guidelines even though it puts us at a price
disadvantage sets us apart from companies that sell on cheap price only.

5. Go beyond the transaction
This is something we do as a matter of course, and we always have. Our association with
Pro Mach affords us very unique opportunities to be “innovation leaders” and keep our
customers aware of new technologies.

In summary, we found this exercise very enlightening. It is good to know that we cover all
the points in the Thomasnet post on how to be partners with our customers. One thing
that we felt should have been mentioned, however, is what we will call Point 6:
“Always strive to be better today than you were yesterday.”

If you would like investigate partnering with us for your end to end packaging
requirements, call us at 1-888-402-5883

SUNSET Produce brought greenhouses to North America

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About 60 years ago there were no commercial greenhouses in North America.  That’s when an Italian immigrant named Umberto Mastronardi, who had arrived in Canada in the 1920’s from Italy, travelled to Holland to study greenhouse technology.  Upon his return to Canada, he built the first greenhouses on this continent and today, Mastronardi Produce Ltd. (MPL), under the SUNSET Produce brand is the largest greenhouse company in North America.

From those humble beginnings MPL has become not only a leader in the business of growing fruit and vegetables in greenhouses, it has also become a model of innovation, safety and corporate responsibility worldwide.  Among the many accolades MPL has received:

  • Named one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies
  • Joined the Non-GMO Project and received its certification in 2010
  • Developed highly efficient transportation network with distribution locations in Ontario, Mexico,  Michigan, Florida, Colorado and California
  • Developed a comprehensive food safety program that utilizes the internationally accepted Safe Quality Foods (SQF) standards

MPL employs a VP of Food Safety who holds a doctorate degree and two microbiologists to monitor every aspect of their operation. This allows  MPL to monitor the appearance of bacteria and molds  that could reduce shelf life in their products.  It also allows MPL to detect a food-borne threat well in advance of government regulations.

How important is this?  That question was answered in 2008 during the Salmonella outbreak.  As president and CEO Paul Mastronardi explains:

“The industry was frozen in the middle of a Saintpaul salmonellosis outbreak, which is a rare and very dangerous strain. CNN approached us, because at the time the food industry thought an effective traceability system couldn’t be done, but we had one in place since 2002,” admits Paul.

Since that time, the province of Ontario has made traceability systems like the ones MPL uses mandatory.

Mastronardi Produce Ltd. and its SUNSET Produce brand has as its motto “Goodness Grown Naturally.”  Here are some examples of how they put that motto into practice:

  • Created the only carbon negative greenhouse in Canada (as audited by a third party).  This is GENIUS:  The MPL team designed the greenhouse to connect to a nearby industrial plant, which supplies the greenhouse with its excess heat and CO2 to warm the greenhouse during cold winter months.
  • MPL’s popular tomatoes not only grow in state-of-the-art greenhouses producing lower gases, they grow in earth-friendly recycled coconut husks using fewer chemicals and fertilizer from recycled leach water from the plants.
  • MPL also prioritizes the use of alternate fuels, and the company has even developed an integrated pest management system to avoid pesticides and insecticides naturally.

We at Clute Packaging Systems are very proud of our relationship with Mastronardi Produce Ltd.  We believe that their core values as a company line up perfectly with ours, and that can be seen in how we do not simply supply a service at the lowest possible cost, but we over deliver to do the right thing every time.

If you would like to discuss your packaging system, contact us any time.  We would love to add your company to our list of satisfied clients.