The Problems With Hand Wrapping

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Let’s face it, machines are typically better than humans at doing repetitive, rote tasks. Humans, on the other hand, excel in areas where intellectual decisions and creativity are needed. When it comes to stretch wrapping, most of the process of stretch wrapping consists of a repetitive motion (the wrapping) that is best done by machines. And, machines really are better at it than their human counterparts.

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Topics: Pallet-Grip, Stretch Wrapping, Operational Efficiency, Stretch Film Cost

Figure Out How to Stretch Wrap Your Loads Before You Buy a Machine

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Feb 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The biggest cost driver in stretch wrapping is in-transit damage incurred by loads that were stretch wrapped ineffectively. One of the best ways to stretch wrap well is with a stretch wrapping machine. In fact, we’ve talked about some of the problems with hand wrapping pallets before, and often the biggest issue with hand wrapping is that machines are just better at wrapping loads than people are.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

How “every day” AGV forklifts and fork trucks may bring warehouse automation to every company

Posted by Allison Myers on Feb 9, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Automation creep - beyond manufacturing

Automation offers many advantages to manufacturers. Quality, precision, consistency, increased output, safety and the ability to focus humans on tasks where their skills, judgment and dexterity make a difference.

While industrial automation covers a huge spectrum, it’s often experienced as the integration of robotic arms to support specific functions. Increasingly affordable and flexible robotics are accelerating adoption in more and more facilities, and reviews of Pack Expo International 2016 had many calling it the “robot” show.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency

The Maintenance Checklist: What to Look for When Purchasing a New Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Feb 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Your shipping manager has asked you to review a list of stretch wrappers he’s considering purchasing. You want a stretch wrapper that will get the job done (wrap loads) and make your life easy. You already have enough work on your plate. So, when problems come up for you to solve, it’s important to solve them quickly.

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Topics: Buying a Stretch Wrapper

Four Types of Common Stretch Wrappers Explained

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In the absence of strict wrap standards and regular testing, stretch wrapping can seem more like an art than a science. The items need to be stacked correctly and the pallet needs to be wrapped to contain the items, preventing damage while keeping the continuity of the pallet during shipping.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

3 Unrecognized Benefits to Upgrading Older Pallet Wrappers

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Jan 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

When it is time to upgrade to a new pallet wrapper, you may not even know it. Let's face it, the old one is still doing the job, it still seems to be wrapping okay, you aren't having any hassles with it, except for the occasional maintenance it needs, and you are wondering if you should keep using it, or perhaps getting a new one would be a better option.

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Topics: Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping, Automatic Pallet Wrapping, pallets

Shipping Damage: The Hidden Costs

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

1 Chance in 200 Isn’t a Good Bet 

Imagine you’re a car dealer. You order hundreds of cars to your dealership, but every once in a while a brand new car just won’t start. You do the math and 1 out of every 200 cars doesn’t start, the car isn’t fixable and is a complete loss. Sure, you get to sell 199 cars but you have to take the loss of the 1 car.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

How Stretch Wrapping Reduces Risk of Damaged Pallet Goods

Posted by Kelly Wathen on Jan 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Since a main reason for stretch wrapping is preventing product damage during transit, it may come as a surprise that the leading cause of product damage is…in-effective stretch wrapping. Just buying or having a good stretch wrapper doesn’t ensure a safe load. But how you use your stretch wrapper can.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage

5 Situations When Special Considerations for Stretch Wrapping Apply

Posted by Shea Sutherland on Jan 19, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Here at Lantech we have a broad stretch wrapper product line and decades of experience, so we believe there are very few limits to what a stretch wrapper can do. Our philosophy is if we can get it to the wrap zone then we can wrap it. That being said there are times where special considerations do apply.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

5 Lean Manufacturing Questions Answered by Jim Womack

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 17, 2017 8:00:00 AM

One of the driving motivations behind lean manufacturing is the elimination of waste. By eliminating waste, getting to the root of problems, lean manufacturing helps manufacturers reduce costs and increase productivity. These core concepts have led businesses from all industries to adopt lean techniques, and one of the key players in the world of lean manufacturing is Jim Womack.

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Topics: Lean Operations