When the first pre-cut cardboard box was invented way back in 1890, its inventor, one Robert Gair, could not have foreseen just how important his invention would become. The genesis of his brilliant idea was stumbled upon by accident when Gair, a paper-bag maker at the time, cut through a bag with a creasing tool. The subsequent cut led to Gair discovering that if he cut and creased his paper-bags in a certain way he could create a cube like structure that would, after a fair bit of development, lead to the creation of the cardboard box as we know it today.
The first corrugated cardboard box was produced in the United States in 1895 and it is now the go-to packaging method for everything from televisions to treadmills. In fact, it is thought that over 95% of all goods that are shipped in the United States are done so using corrugated boxes. With this volume of packaging materials being used each and every year, it is little wonder that many companies are looking at different ways to improve the way that the process is handled. Any small improvement in time spent packaging goods for distribution could result in millions of pounds or dollars being saved over the course of a year for the larger packing companies. Even smaller businesses, such as couriers or removal and relocation firms, could profit from cutting down the overall time spent processing and packaging goods.
One of the biggest gripes of anyone who has spent any amount of time building, filling and sealing cardboard boxes for dispatch is the fiddly nature with which they are closed and sealed once the goods have been placed inside. Glue guns are messy and can be dangerous if left in the wrong hands. Any heated element is prone to accidents and they can cause quite severe burns if misused. Tape guns that use standard brown packaging tape are fine for smaller, lighter boxes, but the tape can prove to be expensive and if you are boxing up heavier items the amount of tape needed makes this option non-viable and relatively labour-intensive.
Other methods are strapping and stapling. Both of these are perfect for heavy goods but they are restricted by either being housed in big units that sit in one part of the workshop or tethered to a pneumatic airline. This means that whenever you need to close a box you have to take it to the machinery. Surely a better way would be for the machinery to come to the box? Well, that’s exactly what the good people at Bostitch thought too, and their new cordless carton closer range are the first of their kind to be released in the UK, which look set to take the packaging industry by storm.
These handheld battery operated carton staplers are designed to punch in staples wherever you may be, even outside! No more pneumatic airlines are required and each unit can deliver 800 staples before the next charge is needed. Even if the unit should need recharging, the 2 Li-lon batteries only require a 45 minute charge time – quick enough to get them going again within the space of a lunchtime.
Both the DSA-3519 and DSA-3522 models features include a smooth base plate that allows quick and easy use and an over-moulded grip for a comfortable feel. The fully adjustable staple clinch and quick staple depth adjustments mean that you can spend more time packing and less time fiddling about, the only difference between the two are the staple sizes each model takes. All-in-all these tools could be the just the thing that the industry has been waiting for.