TAB Industries LLC  

2525 N 12th St Bldg 37
Reading,  PA  19605-2771

United States
610-921-0012
http://www.tabwrapper.com
  • Booth: A3384

The American made, economically priced TAB WRAPPER TORNADO® Orbital Stretch Wrap Machine wraps your product directly to the pallet.

Unlike standard shrink wrappers or stretch wrap machines that wrap product-to-product, the TAB WRAPPER TORNADO® secures the load to the pallet with a protective layer of film providing greater stability and protection for every shipment - even odd-sized loads.

With the TAB WRAPPER TORNADO, you will be able to reduce labor costs, material costs, damage claims, and dramatically improve safety. You will also be able to improve your packaging and shipping efficiency. For more information please visit www.tabwrapper.com.


 Press Releases

  • Orbital Wrapper Manufacturer Introduces Smart Controls  

    Option on TAB Wrapper Tornado Automates Standard Wrappers

    Reading, PA: Orbital wrapper manufacturer TAB Industries, LLC, Reading, Pa. (www.tabwrapper.com), has introduced Smart Controls that transform its semi-automatic TAB Wrapper Tornado standard models into automated wrapping machines. Developed to allow packaging, shipping and material handling managers to automate the wrapping process at an economical price point, the Smart Controls enable a forklift driver to operate the stretch wrapper with a single press and release of the start and stop buttons instead of requiring the start button to remain manually pressed during the wrapping process. Once the start button is pressed, the Smart Controls use a position encoding system to automatically set the dispensing unit at its home location in the wrapping ring, apply the plastic film, then cut it, holding onto the stretchwrap for the next pallet load.

    The new Smart Controls are available on the company's three standard TAB Wrapper Tornado models, which offer 40-, 80- and 100-inch wrapping rings to accommodate 24” x 24”, 48” x 48”, and 60” x 60” pallets respectively, and on custom models. The Smart Controls integrate with the optional wireless and wired remote control systems for maximum automation, or may be applied as a stand-alone addition to the base models for entry level automation.

    The patent-pending TAB Wrapper Tornado wraps plastic stretch film 360 degrees around and under a pallet and its load to attach the load to the pallet and keep it securely in place for transport or storage. The orbital wrapping machines wrap each pallet load in less than 60 seconds versus five minutes or more per pallet load when wrapping by hand.   

    For a free brochure or more information, contact TAB Industries, LLC, 2525 
    N. 12th Street, Reading PA 19605; 610-921-0012; info@tabwrapper.com or see www.tabwrapper.com.
  • Orbital Wrapper Manufacturer Introduces Built-In Load Cells  

    Option on TAB Wrapper Tornado “Perfect Storm” Integrates Weighing and Wrapping

    Reading, PA: Orbital wrapper manufacturer TAB Industries, LLC, Reading, Pa. (www.tabwrapper.com), has introduced built-in load cells as an option on its fully automated TAB Wrapper Tornado Perfect Storm wrapping systems. Integrating the weighing function as part of the automated wrapping process, the built-in load cells eliminate the need for stand-alone floor scales to streamline the shipping process and open floor space for improved safety. Installed at the final outfeed conveyor, the highly accurate shear beam load cells weigh the final, fully wrapped pallet load, container or product as packaged and ready for delivery to ensure the weight printed on the bill of lading meets freight company requirements and matches the terminal scale weight. Extra freight charges and delays due to inaccurate weights are eliminated. 

    The TAB Wrapper Tornado Perfect Storm with integrated weighing was developed for wrapping metal and plastic parts, chemical drums, bulk containers, bagged powders, building products and a wide variety of other palletized loads requiring a secure, tight wrap that stays intact during delivery by LTL. The Perfect Storm orbital wrapping system automatically wraps plastic film 360 degrees around and under the pallet to create a stable, unitized load with verified weight in as little as 15 seconds per pallet load versus minutes with a horizontal turntable wrapper and floor scale. The automated material handling systems are manufactured at the company's Reading, Pennsylvania headquarters and are delivered with PLC controls, conveyors and standard accessories tested and ready for installation along with a full warranty.

    For a free brochure or more information, contact TAB Industries, LLC, 2525 
    N. 12th Street, Reading PA 19605; 610-921-0012; info@tabwrapper.com or see www.tabwrapper.com.

  • Automating Pallet Wrapping Boosts Worker Safety - Metal Flow

    Contributed by the experts at TAB Industries

                Reportable workplace injuries in packaging and shipping at metal production and distribution facilities commonly average $2,000.00 per incident in direct costs alone, according to an informal survey of fab shop owners and others involved in the metals industry. Many of these injuries come from punctures, abrasions and lacerations to the arms due to contact with sharp, metal parts and splintered pallets. Other injuries come from acute and chronic back conditions. Yet all of them occur when workers manually wrap pallet loads in plastic shrinkwrap to ready their metal parts and products for shipping and storage.

                One of the most common of these manual wrapping methods involves a lift truck driver raising a pallet loaded with metal parts while two other workers wrap the plastic film over, under and around the pallet and parts by hand. They pass the film roll back and forth in hopes of securing the parts to the pallet while also hoping nothing falls off of the pallet - raised just above their heads. It is not uncommon for a pallet load to top 2,000 lbs. and any load shifting during the wrapping process could cause a potentially deadly imbalance as if a restaurant server lifted a glass of water from a tray causing the other glasses to spill on his/her customers. Wrapping large, round and oddly shaped parts this way presents even greater challenges.

                Since it is inherently difficult to safely and effectively secure the parts to the pallet using this manual wrapping method, workers often use extra plastic film to make sure the load stays in place. Sometimes it works. In other cases, workers under-wrap the load, thinking it secure when it really is not secure. This can allow the load to shift when placed in storage racks, leading to accidents upon removal. Despite the inherent safety risks, this approach has been the standard in many plants for years. Load shifting while in transit also invites product damage, rejected orders and costly returns and redos.

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                As automation helps reduce injury risk at various steps in metals production and distribution, the number of injuries in the packaging and shipping departments becomes more visible and problematic. It is easy to see why a growing number of owners and executives responsible for providing a safe workplace in the metals industry have become increasingly concerned with packaging and shipping and are considering how automation may play a role in improving the situation.

                Many of these people are investigating automated pallet wrapping machines to replace the manual method. Horizontal turntable wrapping machines are often considered but since they wrap the parts to the themselves without securing the parts to the pallet, these machines do not adequately solve the problem. Orbital wrapping machines that wrap the plastic film with a vertical orientation, by contrast, are earning substantial attention. One such system developed by a metal fabrication shop owner automatically  wraps the plastic film 360 degrees around and under the pallet to attach the load to its pallet and keep it securely in place for transport or storage.

                Called the TAB Wrapper Tornado (patent-pending), this orbital wrapper allows the forklift operator to manage the entire wrapping process by wireless remote control without leaving the seat (optional equipment). Instead of requiring workers to wrap the pallet while stooping under a heavy load, the operator simply drives up to the machine until the pallet enters the wrapping ring, then presses the start button. The TAB Wrapper Tornado then automatically wraps layers of plastic film around the palletized load, securing the parts as a sturdy, unitized, weather-resistant load ready for transport to the customer, to another stage in-plant, or for storage. This approach requires only one person instead of three and virtually eliminates human contact with the parts, pallets and plastic film along with the potential for injury. It also wraps each pallet load in less than 60 seconds versus five minutes or more per pallet load when wrapping by hand.

                Given the recent advances in automated wrapping machinery, isn't allowing workers to continue incurring painful injuries by manual wrapping methods irresponsible management? Consider that in an actual mock OSHA inspection, the professional safety consultant from OSHA'S Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) cited the TAB Wrapper Tornado for transforming one of the most dangerous jobs in a metals plant into one of the safest jobs. Companies using this approach have eliminated the injuries that used to occur during manual wrapping.

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                Metal fab shop and distributor TAB Industries manufactures the TAB Wrapper Tornado line of automated orbital wrapping machines in its Reading, Pa. headquarters. For more information, call 610-921-0012; info@tabwrapper.com or see www.tabwrapper.com.              
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  • Metal Components Supplier Eliminates Rejected Orders

    with Automated Orbital Wrapping Machine

    TAB Wrapper Tornado Protects Plated, Powder Coated Parts During Transport

    Reading, PA: Metal machining and fabrication shop Monti, Inc., Greenwood, SC,  has cut its rate of rejected orders from as high as 10 percent to zero by replacing its manual pallet wrapping process with the automated TAB Wrapper Tornado orbital wrapping machine. Saving thousands of dollars per pallet load in lost product along with the cost to rework the rejected orders, the TAB Wrapper Tornado has eliminated damage incurred during deliveries that rendered plated, powder coated, copper, aluminum and other parts and products off-spec and unacceptable upon receipt. The patent-pending orbital wrapper from TAB Industries, Reading, Pa., automatically wraps plastic film 360 degrees around and under the pallet and its load to create a secure, unitized load that provides both the high compression factor needed to keep the load pressed into place on the pallet and the side support needed to prevent shifting from side to side during transport. “Not a single order wrapped on the TAB Wrapper Tornado has been rejected,” says Nick LaVigne, plant manager for Monti. “And while lead times in the industry hover at three weeks or longer, our lead times for expedited orders have been cut to three days since automating the process.”

    The boost in speed and efficiency is a result of transforming the wrapping process from a manual, three-person production requiring five minutes per pallet load to a one-person process needing as little as 60 seconds per pallet load. To operate, a single forklift driver sets the pallet load within the wrapping ring and presses start on the wireless, remote control (optional). When wrapped, the pallet load may be set in storage, moved in-plant for secondary operations or loaded for transport – all performed without leaving the seat of the forklift. “We're wrapping loose and oddly shaped parts together onto a single pallet and we don't need banding or strapping anymore,” says LaVigne. “We're also saving on workers compensation insurance by reducing exposure to safety hazards.”

                For more information on the TAB Wrapper Tornado, contact TAB Industries, LLC, 2525 N. 12th Street, Reading, PA 19605; 610-921-0012; info@tabwrapper.com or see www.tabwrapper.com.
  • Automated Orbital Wrapping Systems Feature Powered Conveyors

     

    Option on TAB Wrapper Tornado “Perfect Storm” Aids Safe Load Handling

    Reading, PA: Orbital wrapper manufacturer TAB Industries, LLC, Reading, Pa. (www.tabwrapper.com), has introduced powered conveyors as an option on its fully automated TAB Wrapper Tornado Perfect Storm wrapping systems. Offered in a choice of roller or chain conveyors, the powered conveyors automatically advance the pallet load into and through the wrapping ring smoothly and hands-free to support worker safety and speed the wrapping process. Joining the staging conveyor to the exit conveyor, the powered conveyors grip the palletized load and gently advance it as the machine wraps the load to the pallet with multiple layers of plastic film. When complete, the wrapped pallet load is discharged from the wrapping ring ready for transport or storage.

    Applying the company's patent-pending wrapping technology, the Perfect Storm orbital wrapping system automatically wraps plastic film 360 degrees around and under the pallet to create a secure, unitized load with a tight wrap that stays intact during delivery, in-plant staging and on racks in storage. The automated packaging system wraps pallet loads in as little as 15 seconds per pallet load in a continuous, sensor-driven process managed by a single operator via a touch-screen PLC controller.

    The Perfect Storm with the powered conveyors is offered in 100-inch, 80-inch and 40-inch wrapping rings and in custom sizes for wrapping oversized products. The orbital wrapping machines are manufactured in the company's Reading, Pennsylvania headquarters and are delivered with the conveyors ready for installation.

    For a free brochure or more information, contact TAB Industries, LLC, 2525 
    N. 12th Street, Reading PA 19605; 610-921-0012; info@tabwrapper.com or see www.tabwrapper.com.


 Products

  • TAB WRAPPER TORNADO SMART CONTROLS
    TAB Industries, LLC’s Smart Control package uses a position encoding system to automatically set the dispensing unit at its home location in the wrapping ring, apply the plastic film, then cut it, holding onto the stretch-wrap for the next pallet load. ...
     

  • Orbital wrapper manufacturer TAB Industries, LLC, Reading, Pa. (www.tabwrapper.com), has introduced Smart Controls that transform its semi-automatic TAB Wrapper Tornado standard models into automated wrapping machines. Developed to allow packaging, shipping and material handling managers to automate the wrapping process at an economical price point, the Smart Controls enable a forklift driver to operate the stretch wrapper with a single press and release of the start and stop buttons instead of requiring the start button to remain manually pressed during the wrapping process. Once the start button is pressed, the Smart Controls use a position encoding system to automatically set the dispensing unit at its home location in the wrapping ring, apply the plastic film, then cut it, holding onto the stretchwrap for the next pallet load.
    The new Smart Controls are available on the company's three standard TAB Wrapper Tornado models, which offer 40-, 80- and 100-inch wrapping rings to accommodate 24” x 24”, 48” x 48”, and 60” x 60” pallets respectively, and on custom models. The Smart Controls integrate with the optional wireless and wired remote control systems for maximum automation, or may be applied as a stand-alone addition to the base models for entry level automation.
    The patent-pending TAB Wrapper Tornado wraps plastic stretch film 360 degrees around and under a pallet and its load to attach the load to the pallet and keep it securely in place for transport or storage. The orbital wrapping machines wrap each pallet load in less than 60 seconds versus five minutes or more per pallet load when wrapping by hand.  
    For a free brochure or more information, contact TAB Industries, LLC, 2525 
    N. 12th Street, Reading PA 19605; 610-921-0012; info@tabwrapper.com or see www.tabwrapper.com. 

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