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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.

    Stretch Wrap

    #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.

  • How to Select a Portable Shrink Wrap Machine

    Shrink wraps are undoubtedly the most commonly used packaging materials conforming to their packaging-friendly, cost-effective features. Unlike those heavily sized shrink wrap machines used at industrial settings, portable shrink wrap machines have been trending as these are handy and can be readily used to apply the wraps professionally.

    Portable Shrink Wrap

    Let’s have a look at the details of portable shrink wrap machines:

    IMPULSE SEALER & HEAT GUN

    Impulse sealers resemble a stapler and are the most commonly used portable machines. Its top sealing bar is raised and lowered so that the sealing bar engages the wire and a perfect seal is created by applying heat to the shrink wrap. After the seal is created, heat is applied to the film by the help of heat gun. Due to heat, the film shrinks thereby conforming it to the product size. Both the sealer and gun require 110V power supply.

    This sealer and gun combo can be used to seal 100-200 products daily with this machine. These weigh light enough to be able to carry from place to place.

    I-BAR SHRINK WRAP SYSTEM

    I-Bar system is an all-in-one shrink wrap system. The machine includes a sealer, a heat gun, a film rack and separator, and a film roll. Here, it is important to note that a smaller sealing bar must be chosen to ensure portability of the machine. For example, the portable 13” I-Bar system has 20” x 12” x 17” dimensions with the heat gun rack while the 40” I-Bar system (47” x 12” x 17”) is majorly suitable for single-site use. All the I-Bar shrink wrap systems require 110V power source. The 13” & 18” I-Bar systems can conveniently be placed on a cart or on the backseat of a car.

    L-BAR SEALERS

    The L-Bar sealers are just perfect shrink-wrapping machine for small products. The 13” x 13” L-Bar sealers weigh lesser than 35 lbs. and can easily be used with a heat gun or shrink tunnel.

    An added advantage of the L-Bar sealers over the above two machines is that these can fully seal the open ends of a centerfold shrink film. These sealers are 23” long x 19.5” wide x 6.5” tall and can easily be placed on a small tabletop.

    In the first place you need to decide whether you require shrink wraps or stretch wraps. Shrink wraps are ideal choice for protecting a single product against dust and other atmospheric contaminations. They are also used to bundle disposable food containers and disposable cutlery sets tightly.

    Stretch wraps help palletizing huge loads while protecting the goods from dust, dirt, moisture and other contaminations. Stretch films are available in a wide variety of types including anti-static stretch films, UV stretch wrap, pre-stretched and colored stretch films. If you are looking for wraps that can hold heavy items together to prevent spillage during transit, you need to surely opt for stretch wraps.

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