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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.