Why Do We Stretch Wrap Pallet Loads?

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 29, 2016 8:36:42 AM

Stretch wrapping pallet loads has become a standard part of the shipping and distribution process. We create products, stack them onto a pallet, stretch wrap that pallet, and ship the load. But why, exactly, do we stretch wrap a load? And does understanding the why of it matter?

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Why is Your Stretch Film Breaking? 3 Things to Check

Posted by Paul Stewart on Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Stretch Film breaks a lot - about 3 to 7 times per roll on the average. But in the hustle and bustle of the typical workday, stretch wrapper operators simply don't have time to figure out which of these causes is making their stretch film break so much. And film breaks are more than just an irritation. Unless their causes are found and fixed, they lead to a nasty chain of events that can be difficult to escape.

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Topics: Film Breaks

Straddle Stretch Wrappers Solve the Turntable Maintenance Challenge for the Building Products Industry and Distribution Centers

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 26, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Finding the right stretch wrapping solution is often a balancing act between many factors like budget, space, and quantity. However, sometimes the industry itself can impose limiting factors on the type of stretch wrap solution that best suits the application.

For instance, industries like building products, carbonated soft drinks, or distribution centers can limit the types of solutions that will work. We’ve talked about some of the specific challenges associated with distribution centers recently, but distribution centers also share some commonalities with industries like building products and carbonated soft drinks because they handle various product types and load sizes.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Think “Load” First When Buying an Automatic Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

At its most basic, stretch wrapping is about loads. The goal of every load that has ever been stretch wrapped is to reach its destination in the same condition it was in when it was shipped. Stretch wrapping seeks to unitize and secure loads so that they have the best chance of achieving that goal.

When purchasing a stretch wrapper, however, buyers can sometimes lose sight of this goal, focusing instead solely on cost. While cost is certainly a factor that should be considered in the purchasing decision, by thinking “load” first you can ultimately choose the stretch wrapping solution that best fits your needs.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Automatic Pallet Wrapping

3 Must-Have Features to Look for in Your Next Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

There are a host of things to consider when purchasing a stretch wrapper. You want to ensure that the quality of the products on the pallet are preserved, while also being wrapped safely and efficiently.

But what about the finer details? What sort of specific features for improving overall performance should you be looking for? Some important components that a pallet wrapper can provide are not always overtly advertised. We've outlined three items that sometimes garner less attention, but still provide essential performance enhancements to a wrapper's performance.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Why is it Hard to Effectively Stretch Wrap a Load?

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 19, 2016 8:05:00 AM

Getting products to their final destination in as-made condition is the goal of all shipping operations. Whether a product goes from the warehouse into a truck, train, or plane the goal is identical. The best way to achieve this goal is with stretch wrapping.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

6 Common Semi-Automatic Pallet Wrapper Safety Considerations

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Sep 15, 2016 8:05:00 AM

As technology changes rapidly, so does the look and feel of many warehouses. Equipment and processing continues to evolve, along with the rules for preserving worker and work place safety. Switching from hand wrapping pallets to the use of a semi-automatic or automatic stretch wrapper is no exception.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

Decoding the Terminology of Stretch Wrappers - Automatic vs Semi Automatic

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 13, 2016 8:00:00 AM

What's in a name?

Turns out a lot - because efficiently finding the right solution for your material handling challenge may turn upon searching for and using the terms that are common in the industry. The hard part is that those terms may not be intuitive.

Similar to the conversation a colleague of mine had recently with a small business owner who wasn't sure if he needed a shrink wrapper or a stretch wrapper (it turned out he needed the latter to unitize pallet loads with the proper containment force), we often field inquiries from buyers that are wondering whether they need a semi-automatic of fully automatic stretch wrapper.

This post is designed to provide some background information to help you focus your initial research.

Varying degrees of automation

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

How to Check Your Containment Force

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 12, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Step 1: What is Containment Force?

At its most basic, Containment Force is the hugging pressure that holds your load together. Containment Force is the result of the number of revolutions of the stretch film multiplied by the wrap force (tightness). It's the key specification in reducing damage and ensuring safe to ship loads.  You'll need to do testing and checking to discover your ideal Containment Force. However, when measuring Containment Force, you should check three places on a wrapped load to make sure we have the right amount of force throughout the load.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage, Containment Force

What Are the Trade-Offs to Wrap My Pallet Load Effectively?

Posted by Allison Myers on Sep 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

What are the trade-offs when trying to wrap my pallet load effectively? Not just any theoretical pallet load but the one sitting on the shipping dock floor in front of me?  

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Topics: Stretch Film