Monthly Archives: Dec 2016

The Drawbacks of Hand Wrapping

Ever since the creation of stretch wrapping, various types of applications have been developed for unitizing pallet loads. One of these methods includes hand wrapping which involves a person walking around the pallet, securing the load with a hand-held stretch film roller. Although some people might find this method useful today, it’s not always the most productive.

Depending on the size and structure of the pallet that you are wrapping, there is a large amount of bending and twisting involved in making sure that the entire pallet is wrapped thoroughly. Even with orderly and square pallets, hand wrapping requires that an employee walk around in circles which causes dizziness and may lead to a higher risk of harm for employees. Thus, hand wrapping could generate inefficiencies in the supply chain process as work injuries cause downtime, high insurance costs, and workers compensation. Sometimes you may even need to hire a replacement worker which could result in more time and money.

Stretch wrapper machines have powered film delivery systems that typically stretch the film at a high level than hand wrapping. In most cases, this creates a cost savings of anywhere from 25% – 40% because less film is needed to contain the pallet (B2BInd). Alternatively, most workers operating hand-held stretch films rarely stretch film more than 50 percent during the hand wrap process. A nationwide evaluation of hand wrapping in real-life situations found that the average person stretches hand wrap less than 15%, thereby hindering the stretch film’s ability to effectively hold a shifting load (B2BInd). When pallets aren’t wrapped tightly enough, they are likely to fall apart causing damage to other products as well. With hand wrapping, an operator has the potential to wrap several loads, but the performance of a machine is much more reliable.

If you’re experiencing any of these drawbacks, it might be time to upgrade a stretch wrapping machine. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at (888) 930 BEST

Stand-Alone Automatic Stretch Wrapper: What Is It And What’s The Difference?

With an automatic pallet wrapper, most people imagine an integrated system with pallets moving throughout the production line, however,  there are also many uses for stand alone automatic wrappers. Stand-alone automatic wrappers wrap pallets without the need for much operator involvement. Typically, the load is placed on the turntable, and then a switch is activated. The film is attached, the load is wrapped, and the film is cut completely automatically. Stand-alone automatics are common in areas of the factory congested with workers, equipment, or where fork truck access is limited. That’s where pallet jacks can become helpful. For the most part they can maneuver in and out of those areas better than a forklift.

A common misconception is that automatic stretch wrappers are only appropriate for high output. Sure automatic stretch wrappers are bigger and faster, but that’s not a defining characteristic. Not every company needs lightning speed or integrated systems capabilities. There are certain instances where companies want to focus on reducing waste in their stretch wrap operations. In that situation such as this, a standalone automatic may be a perfect fit.

In any instance where you want to do more with less, stand-alone automatic stretch wrappers can add efficiencies in your stretch wrapping lines. Give us a call at (888) 930 BEST  if you aren’t sure of which type of stretch wrapping wrapper is best for you operations.

Service Success Story- Strapping Machine

We got a call for a strapper that secures pallets of cans. The customer’s production was slowed by 50% because they had to move pallets manually to bypass an inline strapper.  We arrived on site the same day we were called and began troubleshooting. The challenge was we were getting a feed error which usually means the feed module is bad. However, we couldn’t find anything wrong with the feed module. The support engineer at the factory was frustrated and told us were definitely missing something with the feed module.  As it turned out, the feed module worked fine, but the board supplying current to the feed module current was not supplying enough current. This issue wasn’t initially on the factory’s radar. This proved to be a tricky problem to resolve because the module motor was spinning, however it simply didn’t have enough speed or torque.  
What made this repair so great was that, although it did take a while, we were able to find the board problem. We repaired the board in house (lead time on a new board was a few weeks) and got Jose, the line supervisor, back up to 100% production. We arrived just in time as some of the employees were beginning to experience sore backs from pushing pallets around and managed to complete the job in less time than it would take to get a factory tech on site. If you have a machine problem that has you scratching your head, call us and you may be featured in our January 2017 issue! 
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