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

Reduce Costs with a Stretch Wrapping Machine

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

7 Ways to Reduce Pallet Costs

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: pallets

What is Tackifier and Why is it in Stretch Film?

Posted by Allison Myers on Jan 5, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Stretch Film