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Transport Protection For Lift Trucks From CT Packaging Systems

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Good things do come in small packages, when it’s a new forklift arriving at a company that needs it. Whether it’s been hauled cross-country or across town, it will have a layer of road grime and diesel residue, and the driver and possibly sales person will have to spend an hour cleaning it up before unveiling it to the buyer.

And if it happened to rain along the way, electronic controls could be zapped, necessitating a costly service call. But if the lift truck was under cover during transit, it can be unwrapped like a present on Christmas morning. That’s one avenue where CT Packaging Systems, of Cheshire, Connecticut, intersects with the material handling industry.

The company specializes in load stablization for transport, material protection and outdoor storage systems. It deals in polyethylene shrink wrap, stretch wrap and polyester strapping. “We have a process for covering lift trucks quickly and efficiently, eliminating the use of tarps,” said Peter Cammisa, president of CT Packaging Systems.

Cammisa founded the company in 1980, just as a transition was occuring in how loads were stabilized for safe shipment. “In the 1970’s folks were using plastic and steel bands,” he said.

Then the trend moved from strapping to wrapping. The two predominant overwraps are shrink and stretch. “Shrink wrap is heat applied; stretch wrap is applied with tension,” Cammisa explained.

The company has grown steadily, but still takes risks and investigates new products, as it did eight years ago when a local forklift distributor approached them and asked for a way to protect it’s electric lift trucks.

That is a dimension of the business that Cammisa believes will grow. “Eventually, we’d like to see, down the road in 10 years, most major OEM truck manufactuers will be carrying this,” he said.

It’s an aftermarket item that buyers appreciate, Cammisa said, and some manufacturers and distributors consider it a value added product. “It sets them apart from the competition. When they show up, the wrap is cut off and the lift truck is in pristine condition. It makes for a great presentation. The customer is impressed as hell,” Cammisa said. A zipper can even be installed so the machine could be driven short distances with the wrap on.

We now offer shrink bags for outdoor storage that have ultraviolet protection so the bags don’t break down, as well as a rust inhibitor. “You can store a truck for up to a year without having any rust inside,” Cammisa said.

The UV protection and rust inhibitor becomes important as the marketplace becomes even more global. “When companies ship overseas, typically equipment is more susceptible to rust,” he said. Rust inhibitors protect the machine from extreme changes in temperature and humidity. The system can be used for storing boats - from sailboats to yachts - and even helicopters. For other material shipping, the company provides products to wrap pallets and keep material safe and unitized during transport.

For more information on CT Packaging Systems call 800/421-7225, visit or or email

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