The packaging process is the last stage of a company’s supply chain but it has a significant impact on performance and overall logistics. It plays a strategic and operational role throughout the entire chain from raw materials purchasing, manufacturing and sale of end products to distribution.
Aside from lowering costs and capitalizing on your company’s workforce, by transitioning from manual packaging to semi-automatic or automatic packaging solutions, you’ll also lower your company’s environmental impact.
But, to understand the benefits of using a pallet wrapper, we’ll first go through the basics. We’ll explain what it is, the types of pallet wrappers available and the benefits of semi-automatic or automatic wrapping machines.
What Is A Pallet Wrapping Machine?
A pallet wrapping machine or stretch wrapper is a type of packaging equipment which uses plastic film to secure goods in place on pallets for shipping.
Companies using efficient pallet wrappers prevent their products from being damaged by shifting on the pallet during transportation or from being damaged by bad weather conditions. Tight wrapping improves handling, worker productivity and safety and guarantees that your products safely reach their destination.
Types and Benefits of Pallet Wrappers
Pallet wrapping machines are split into different categories comprising low profile, high profile, manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic machines.
Low profile wrappers have the turntable very close (a few inches) to the ground which allows for loading by fork trucks. However, high profile wrappers have turntables situated several inches off the ground which involves using forklifts to load and unload pallets.
Manual wrapping machines have a motorized turntable and a manually controlled film carriage. They’re suitable for low levels of operations.
However, semi-automaticwrappers have a powered film carriage and turntable. The operator only loads the pallet, installs the film and unloads the pallet once it’s wrapped. The operator can select the number of wraps suitable for complete packaging. They’re best used in warehouses which involve high volumes of pallet wrapping.
The automatic pallet wrappers have sensors which allow the machine to attach the film and wrap the pallet. You can also add conveyor belts to load and unload the pallets. When productivity and time are critical, these automatic wrappers are indispensable.
Benefits of Pallet Wrapping Equipment
Successful packaging and product distribution involve safety, efficiency, speed, and productivity. Wrapping machines improve your company’s packaging logistics and guarantee that your end-products are safely transported to clients.
Fully CE compliant machines offer significant benefits to your supply chain including protection of your goods, improved workplace safety, operators’ productivity, lower film costs, increased volumes of packaged goods, efficient and fast palette wrapping. Also, storing similar products together will help your inventory control. It reduces the risk of product separation which makes inventory-counts a long process.
You can easily customize semi-automatic or automatic wrapping machines to meet the requirements of your packaging process and improve your company’s overall productivity.
Wrapping It Up
To improve your company’s logistics, transitioning from a manual wrapper to semi-automatic or automatic wrappers is the natural thing to do.
Depending on your company’s requirements, the type of products you’re manufacturing or handling and on your budget, you can choose a semi-automatic or automatic pallet wrapper to improve your packaging process.