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Sweet summertime – ahh… the season that (most) people look forward to. Sun, warm temperatures, vacations, break from school, etc. But the heat and humidity that summer brings can be a game changer when it comes to paper products.
As the temperature in the air increases, so does its ability to retain moisture. When humidity levels increase, the fibers in the paper draw in moisture very quickly, resulting in expansion. For example, think about the doors in your house and how they seem to stick during the summertime. That’s because of materials expanding due to the humidity. The same happens with paper tubes and cores.
During summertime conditions, paper tubes and cores manufactured in high humidity can shrink drastically if an end-user puts them into an air-conditioned room with extremely low humidity. Humidity can weaken the tubes and cores which will then cause them to fail. If used in a timely manner, less moisture will affect the product. Paper tubes and cores should not be stored near any type of heating or cooling unit, in an air stream of heated or cooled air or in the path of a humidifying stream of air. Knowing your storage environment is very critical.
Understanding how moisture and humidity affects paper tubes and cores is imperative for end-users as they are looking for the products to have the best appearance and performance. To ensure optimum performance, control the relative humidity (R.H.) levels and temperature in the processing and storage environments.
Now, more than ever, paper cores play an essential role to many businesses across the world. Cores are the starting point for industries such as health care/pharmaceutical, flexible packaging, tape and label, government support, textiles, printing/graphics, converters and many more. While some might not realize the value paper cores contribute, something so trivial can impact your operations – because without a core, companies wouldn’t be able to convert their material – leaving us without tape, labels, packaging, etc.
Businesses are adjusting to the ever-changing conditions in today’s world and some are even shifting their focus to help battle the extreme shortage of products, causing them to step in and step up to fill numerous voids. For example, distilleries are switching from making their beloved spirits to utilizing their tools and operations to manufacture hand sanitizer. This causes a need for labels to be mass produced as their main product has changed. Our speed-to-market has certainly helped out an abundance of companies who have shifted their regular production to manufacture essential products. Our customers have a huge advantage as Yazoo has the fastest turnaround times in the industry, allowing businesses to be able to mass produce without ever getting low on inventory, expanding their ROI exponentially.
Yazoo’s stock core program of over 3 million paper cores in-stock at all times is allowing essential businesses to maintain their production at full-capacity. Being focused on the customer experience has been a part of our fabric for decades. At Yazoo, we work for you. We are constantly engaging with our customers to help them find easier ways to ramp up their production with our innovative solutions. Our team of highly-skilled employees work hard to continue supporting your operations and deliver products that exceed your expectations.
At some point in your life you have more than likely wrapped a present, painted a room, boxed up a package you were sending to a relative across the world or had to fix a hole in a camping tent. So, what do all of these actions have in common? Tape, of course! Each one of those actions needs tape of some sort to complete. Whether that is packaging tape, painter’s tape, duct tape or just regular transparent tape.
In 1845, surgeon, Dr. Horace Day, invented tape for the first time. His type of “tape” was used as bandages for his patients. In 1925, Richard Drew invented masking tape to help solve the problem of paint bleeding through while shops were applying paint to new vehicles. In 1942, duct tape was invented during World War II as American soldiers needed a strong and versatile adhesive for everything from repairing broken windows to making temporary bandages.
As you can see, the tape industry has evolved tremendously since its beginning. Now, there are essentially endless options for consumers to choose from. The entertainment industry is hugely known for using all types of tape. Artists rely on their crew to use tape to temporarily hold light fixtures, hold down wire and cable path cords, marking and labeling equipment and using caution tape to mark off areas that should be avoided. Tape has evolved so much that a wide variety of colors are used to differentiate certain actions, glow-in-the-dark options are available to mark the stage so artists know where to go during each set as well as marking dark areas back stage. Tape, at some point, is used in every single industry from medical, arts, sports, packaging, automobiles – you name it. But it takes a high-quality paper core to ensure that it can hold the material that is being converted on to that. Because without a core, companies wouldn’t be able to convert their material, leaving us tape-less.
That’s where Yazoo comes into play. We’re recognized as the supplier of choice among all tape companies across the nation. Tape manufacturers have strict guidelines and rely on Yazoo to meet their specifications. Our ability to hold a tight tolerance remains very consistent, allowing companies to gang cores together on their slitters which lets them be more efficient with their runs. At Yazoo, we are proudly proving every day that our products exceed expectation, no matter what industry you’re in. We deliver innovative solutions to help support your customer’s needs. See what Yazoo Mills can do for you and your business.
Labels – whether big or small, they are all around us providing information about the product or object they are attached to. When you think of a label, your mind might quickly go to the shampoo bottle in your shower where it describes the scent or a ready-to-eat salad bowl you bought at the grocery store, listing all of the ingredients included in the package.
Labels surround us more than what we think and play a HUGE role into getting the consumer interested in the product and making a purchase. Take for example, the craft beer business has exploded over the past few years, making it a thriving market for label printers. The supply and demand of producing labels for new releases of beers has created a great opportunity for the label industry. Brands are finding innovative ways to incorporate designs to help their company stand out as well as create a connection to social which then creates a customer experience that draws them in.
Consumers are really starting to pay more attention to labels as they have evolved into works of art. Think about the last time you stood in a beer distributor and looked at all of the creative labels – you might not drink a certain kind of beer but because you saw a cool design that sparked your interest, maybe you bought it any way. The best way to set yourself a part from the competition is to create a memorable label.
Label companies across the nation rely on Yazoo’s 100% recycled paper cores to help keep business booming. Yazoo covers 90% of the label market as our cores are the starting point to getting jobs completed. We are all about the customer experience which is why we are continuously helping companies save time and money by offering no minimums and fast speed to market with 48-hour turnaround times.
Our stock core program is the perfect fit for the label industry. Our durable, high-quality paper cores are manufactured to maximize your processes, allowing you to convert more labels as well as improve your ROI. We stock over 110 sizes of 3” and 6” I.D. that are available for same-day shipment if ordered by 4pm EST. Yazoo’s stock cores allow companies to start their production immediately upon receiving their order as they are already cut down to the size needed. In addition, we also offer a full range of sizes, made to fit your specifications and custom capabilities to keep you ahead of your competition.
Textiles – they are all around us. Maybe you’ve never heard that specific term being used but the clothing you are currently wearing, the canopy you sit under while enjoying a nice dinner outside by the river, the curtains hanging in your living room, the cloth interior seats in your car, protective clothing… they are all a part of the textile industry.
So, what exactly is it? A textile is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibers, weaved or knitted together. Textiles are made from many materials including animal, plant, mineral and synthetic – all of which are made in various strengths and degrees of durability, depending on the industry the material is serving. For example, fabric is a huge part of our lives and without it, we wouldn’t have our basic, necessary items that we depend on day in and day out.
The extensive use of paper cores in the textile industry is a driving factor in the growing demand for more products to be produced. At Yazoo, we recognize just how important our process is in the textile industry as material will need to be wound onto a core. Having the correct tools for your respective jobs is imperative to the success of your end-product and bottom line. Our 100% recycled paper cores are a key component when it comes to rewinding material, which is a process that demands a consistent outside diameter to ensure the material winds evenly. In our manufacturing process, we produce paper cores with the strength and consistency that provides the best ROI in your converting operations. Yazoo’s paper cores are designed to fit your specifications for maximum strength to ensure optimum performance, reduce downtime and increase productivity.
We offer a wide variety of value-added, custom capabilities such as colored parchments, embossed outer wraps and core notching (just to name a few) that many of our customers in the textile industry are utilizing; which is helping them stay ahead of their competition. We also offer 110+ sizes of paper cores in-stock and ready to ship the same day if the order is placed by 4pm EST. Our speed to market and high-quality products are just two of the many reasons why we remain the industry leader for paper tubes and cores.
With a little less than a week away, our Sales and Marketing Team are gearing up to head to Indianapolis for the 36th annual INFO*FLEX tradeshow held on May 7-8, 2018. This two-day event will host over 240+ exhibitors taking up 300 booth spaces and more than 2,000 industry professionals traveling from more than 30 countries will walk the show floor looking for innovative technologies, live demos, equipment & machinery, trending products, and much more!
This is the only event where the worlds of package printing and converting technologies successfully collide. Decision makers and top industry influencers from around the world will be making the trip to get to INFO*FLEX. Yazoo has been an exhibitor at INFO*FLEX for many, many years and each year, we look forward to seeing our wonderful customers as well as showing off our top-notch paper cores and capabilities to industry professionals who are looking for a product solution that will help them stay ahead of their competition.
If you attend the show:
When: May 7-8, 2018 [1:30pm-6pm both days]
Where: Indianapolis Convention Center
Yazoo will be at booth #204 – stop by to see our top-notch products on display!