At first glance, a stretch wrapper may seem like a luxury purchase, and some may see it as a “want” rather than a “need.” Those who see it as unnecessary are probably not the ones spending their day hand wrapping. What they don’t understand is that a machine can potentially pay for itself in several ways.
This is a guest post by Adam Cahill from Supply Pointe.
Let me tell you something you already know: Pallet costs add up fast. Sure, each pallet you buy probably costs less than $20, but when multiplied by hundreds or thousands over dozens of shipments, the costs make a serious dent in your bottom line. If you’re feeling the pinch of pallet costs, consider these seven ways to save.
Stretch wrap is a term used for the film used with stretch wrapping machines to secure a load of material to a pallet creating a unitized or single, solid, transportable object that arrives at it's destination in as expected condition. Stretch wrap film is typically made from LLDPE or linear low density polyethylene which has a good balance of weight, cost, and strength. Not long ago we wrote about the process of making stretch film in this post.
Topics: Stretch Film
We estimate 20,000,000 pallet loads slide off each year resulting in $6 billion worth or unsalable products. Pallet wrapping uneven products (like those that are packaged in pails, barrels, or rolls) can be a challenge to keep on the pallet. Similarly, severely offset loads are also challenging to pallet wrap. When shipping these types of loads, however, sometimes distributors demand that they are not just pallet wrapped, but wrapped to the pallet.
When you ship loads internationally – whether by truck, rail, ship, or air – the extremely long distances and harsh conditions can wreak havoc on your loads. The conditions internationally shipped pallet undergo can lead to film punctures, tears, breaks, and, ultimately, damage to your goods. And having an internationally shipped load refused because of damage, even simply losing part of the load to damage, can mean a big hit.
More than just how heavy
The first question...and often the last that's asked by folks thinking about a pallet conveyor project is the weight of the loads. That's an important question for sure, but not the one that trips most plans up.
Based on the review of thousands of high-speed automatic pallet wrapper project application surveys - and then the complications that arise from incomplete and incorrect data - we've identified 5 specification details that are sometimes overlooked. They include:
One of the inevitable challenges of a stretch wrapper operators job is stretch film breaks. Some customers find that stretch film will break as often 3 to 5 times per roll. At best these breaks are an irritation. At worst, they can lead to a cascading series of increasingly problematic challenges.
Almost every company is global today
At Lantech we have an enormous range of customers. Not only are our wrappers used in numerous industries, they're also found from a turntable on the dock of the smallest shipping operations to enormous multinationals with multiple high-speed wrappers lined up in a row.
Turning to the Forklift Boss....
Marshall Cromer writes a periodic blog on forklift topics. It's a good source for some insights into forklift operations and budgeting. In a recent series he covered:
- How to Buy a Forklift - seven planning guidelines
- What does your forklift cost to run/hour - with an explanation of why $4/hour in maintenance may be the key factor in gauging when it's time for replacement
- How electric forklifts save money on fuel & maintenance - a deep dive into the cost implications of different power options
Topics: Lean Operations