The switch from hand stretch film to machine stretch film can
dramatically reduce the cost of stretch wrap materials. The
vast majority of the time workers wrapping by hand do not obtain
the maximum stretch potential of a hand stretch film. Some film
materials have over a 100% stretch rate. When using film not
to its maximum stretch potential, film is being wasted.
A stretch wrap machine can be set to a specified stretch rate
and obtain a consistent stretch and wrap each time. Obtaining
the maximum stretch rate enables more pallets to be wrapped
at a reduced cost. Stretch wrap machines also enable companies
to down gauge stretch film and reduce costs as well. Because
of a consistent wrap to each pallet load; a thinner film can
often be used while still ensuring load stability.
Reduced Product Loss
When hand stretch film does not reach the maximum stretch potential
of a film, shipments can shift in transit. This is directly
related to the memory of a stretch film. Once a good film reaches
maximum stretch potential the memory will cause it to form fit
the load being wrapped. If the maximum stretch potential is
not reached, the film will continue to stretch during transport
and result in toppled pallets and product loss.
Many hand wrapped pallet loads are not consistently wrapped
the same which can result in product loss. Consistent revolutions
and stretch rates around pallet loads will ensure safe delivery
of products time after time.
Labor Costs and Worker Fatigue
The ability to load pallets onto a machine via pallet jack
or forklift and simply press a button dramatically reduces labour
costs and worker fatigue. Anyone familiar with hand wrapping
a pallet knows that it is labour intensive and can be hard on
the back to ensure the proper stretch rates are obtained.
A stretch wrap machine is more efficient than hand wrapping
in two key areas. By allowing a machine to wrap pallet loads,
staff are free to work on other things and prepare the next
pallet to be wrapped. This increases overall workplace efficiency.
A stretch wrap machine is also much quicker than wrapping pallets
by hand. Depending on the settings available on a stretch wrap
machine, machines can be one or two times faster than wrapping
Ability to Wrap Larger Pallets
Any companies wrapping larger, taller pallets should consider
the use of an extended mast or extended base stretch wrap machine.
Pallet loads much over 5-7 ft. in height can be very difficult
to safely wrap by hand.