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

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

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

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

3 Keys to Effective Stretch Wrapping

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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:

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping, Buying a Stretch Wrapper

Film Cable vs. Film Rope - Load Securing with a Stretch Wrapper

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping

The Hidden Costs of Hand Wrapping Pallets

Posted by Allison Myers on Dec 1, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Stretch Wrapping