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.
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.
People buy stretch wrappers for a specific reason – to wrap loads for shipment. When they set up the machine, they program the top and bottom wrap counts, the wrap force, and the speed of the turntable and film delivery system. Then they trust the machine has everything it needs to create a load that is wrapped well enough to make it to its destination without damage.
Every day loads slide off their pallets during shipment, causing billions of dollars of damage and waste each year. If your load is not locked to its pallet it’s at risk.
When searching for the perfect stretch wrapper, you’re likely faced with an overwhelming amount of machine choices. For a lot of people, it’s important to buy a high-quality machine. High quality means the machine is safe, easy-to-use and requires minimal maintenance. But people shouldn't forget about getting the most value out of a machine and the features that make it efficient.
Stretch wrapping has come a long way since its invention just over forty years ago. Today, an amazing variety of methods and machines are used to stretch wrap over two-and-a-half billion pallets each year in the United States alone.
Think of these photos as evidence in a crime scene. Innocent loads have been struck down in the process of trying to get to their destinations in the condition that they were originally made.
Let’s face it. Machines are better than humans at doing rote tasks, but they’re not better at doing work that requires intellectual decisions. In the world of stretch wrapping, machines wrap loads better than people do. A lot better, actually.
Millions of loads slide off their pallets during shipment each year, causing billions of dollars of damage and waste. This happens because loads aren't adequately bonded to their pallets.