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4 Signs You Definitely Need a Stretch Wrap Machine

Stretch wrap machines are one such investment that is usually overlooked as wrapping pallets by hand seems easy and cost-effective alternative. There is no right time than now to consider purchasing a stretch wrap machine. Below are certain signs which if you notice at your warehouses, there is no better option than buying a stretch wrap machine.

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#1 Greater than 2 loads damaged due to toppling

Product damage during transit is an obvious risk. Toppling or collapsing of loads can happen due to multiple reasons such as mishandling, improper wrapping/stacking of pallets, selecting the wrong film, etc. However, in majority of the cases when pallets are hand-wrapped, the reason is improper wrapping.

Stretch films should be stretched to their maximum capacity i.e. 85%-90% to hold loads in place. With hand wrapping, this definitely cannot be achieved.

Sometimes, the damage caused due to toppling of loads can be higher than the cost of a stretch wrap machine.

#2 Frequent employee complaints and injuries

Wrapping several pallets by hand every day causes dizziness and back aches. Employees can become fatigued, frustrated and this can negatively impact their efficiency at work. Moreover, workplace injuries can be costly that can even exceed the cost of a new stretch wrap machine.

If you have received several complaints about health issues and time spent in wrapping loads, it is time for the capital expenditure.

#3 High expenditure on stretch films

When hand wrapping, employees hardly obtain the maximum stretchability of the stretch wrap and this accounts for more film usage which can easily be reduced to half if stretched to its capacity.

#4 Taller pallet loads

Wrapping tall pallets is really difficult and so is the ability to roll the wrap high and obtain the required stretch rate. A stretch wrap machine is the best solution for wrapping tall shipments that also ensure worker safety and saves time.

If you have noticed any of the above signs, then it is the right time to change your traditional means and buy a new stretch wrapping machine. Having automated the stretch wrapping tasks, you will witness increased efficiency, reduced product loss/damage, lower employment costs and increased employee satisfaction.

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