Stretch Film – Equipment vs Hand Wrap

Stretch Film –  Equipment vs Hand Wrap

What is stretch wrap?

Stretch wrap or stretch film is a highly stretchable plastic film that is wrapped around items. The elastic recovery keeps the items tightly bound. In contrast, shrink wrap is applied loosely around an item and shrinks tightly with heat.

It is frequently used to unitize pallet loads but also may be used for bundling smaller items. Types of stretch film include bundling stretch film, hand stretch film, extended core stretch film, machine stretch film and static dissipative film.

Is a stretch wrapping machine best for your company?

1) Safety 

Depending on the size and shape of the pallet that is being wrapped, there is a great deal of bending, turning and twisting involved ensuring that the entire pallet is wrapped thoroughly. Even with very neat and square pallets, employees are walking around in circles causing dizziness and fatigue. The amount of manual labor involved with stretch wrapping a pallet by hand is high and often takes a lot of energy that employees will need throughout the day. Upgrading to a stretch wrapping machine can greatly improve the health, energy, and safety of your warehouse workers.

2) Cost Savings

Stretch wrapping machines provide incredible material cost savings to any packaging/shipping process. One contributing factor of material cost savings is the pre-stretch functionality of stretch film. A standard stretch wrapping machine can pre-stretch the material by 260% its original length. This results in huge savings for customers that are currently wrapping by hand. The average pre-stretch capability of an employee wrapping a pallet by hand is between 10-20%. Using an average of 240 to 250% less wrap per skid is an added-value that contributes to why stretch wrapping machines are so cost justifiable and provide a quick ROI in any process.

3) Consistent Wraps & Improved Load Containment

Depending on the size and shape of the pallet being wrapped, consistency can be a factor. It is incredibly difficult for a warehouse employee who is wrapping a pallet by hand to produce uniform, consistent, and quality wrap results on every pallet. This can cause product shifting or falling during shipping, leading to decreased customer satisfaction when damaged product is received. A stretch wrapping machine allows every load to be wrapped in a consistent manner using a predetermined setting eliminating that human error factor.

4) Increase Throughput 

Along with the fatigue and danger that manual wrapping causes, hand wrapping pallets is time consuming. It takes longer for a warehouse employee to walk around a pallet several times wrapping it than it does to sit it on a machine and walk away. Using a stretch wrapping machine frees up time for a worker to accomplish other tasks while the machine is wrapping the pallet. The stretch wrap machine can also perform its function much faster than an operator, increasing overall throughput.



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