There is a fairly good chance that if you were to ask someone that works in a warehouse packaging/shipping department, what the worst job was, the answer would be stretch wrapping pallets by hand. As I have mentioned in a previous blog, stretch wrapping machines are one of the most cost justifiable pieces of equipment in any packaging/shipping process. So for those of you who may be experiencing the aches and pains of hand wrapping firsthand, here are four main reasons people switch to a stretch wrapping machine.
Depending on the size and shape of the pallet that you are wrapping, there is a great amount of bending 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 material 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 set 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.
All of these reasons can contribute to the cost justification of purchasing a stretch wrapping machine. Contact one of R.V. Evans’ sales professionals for your own personal Site Needs Analysis and receive a custom ROI report.
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