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
Stretch wrapping pallet loads has a number of benefits, but most of the benefits of stretch wrapping are ancillary to the driving reason behind most stretch wrapping efforts:
A case sealer and a case erector may sound similar, but they are two completely different machines. Granted, they both work with boxes, but that is where the similarity ends.
Topics: Case Erecting/Sealing
The pallet loads we rely on to move products from one location to another are made up of a load that has been stretch wrapped to the pallet it is resting on. The stretch wrap securing the load to the pallet.
In fact, one of the most important reasons to stretch wrap is load securing. Stretch wrapping a load gives it a measure of security and safety from the often-chaotic journey it will take from manufacturer to final destination. However, millions of loads slide off their pallets during shipment every year. These loads fail because the very way that we move pallets (within warehouses, onto transportation, etc.) can undermine the safety and security stretch wrap adds.
Topics: Stretch Wrapping
As early as the 1970s, a large segment of American industry realized the benefits of pallet unitization. By making one big pallet load out of many smaller goods productivity dramatically improved and the chances for shipping damage were reduced. It didn’t take long for unitizing loads of goods on pallets with stretch wrapping to become the most widely used material handling method for shipping products.
Topics: Stretch Wrapping