“Stretch wrappers are one of the easiest pieces of machinery to cost justify, use, and maintain,” Mark Collins, Vice President of Sales at Orion Packaging, said. A majority of the cost justification comes from both material and labor cost savings. Stretch film is designed and engineered to be stretched (obviously). The interesting part is just how much stretching can save you. By elongating the stretch film, the material becomes much more puncture and tear resistant. Not only does it make the material stronger, but it also increases the load holding ability of the stretch film. Material and labor cost savings are not the only benefit of the right stretch-wrap machine, though.

Material Cost Savings

In terms of material savings, today’s high-performance machines pre-stretch the material by 250 percent or more. This means that every foot of stretch film you use on a role can cover two-and-a-half times as much area that it normally would. A material savings this astronomical is a large contributing factor to cost justification and the great ROI that stretch-wrap machines have. This 250 percent increase often outweighs the 10-20 percent material increase that is seen from hand wrapping or even from some older machines. A majority of stretch-wrap machines often pay themselves back in a year or two, and some in as little as seven months, simply as a result of these material cost savings.

Labor Cost Savings

Another side of cost savings is the reduced labor rates from fully automating your stretch wrap process. Manual hand wrapping involves 100 percent direct labor. This is often time-consuming and leaves room for the element of human error. The next step is semi-automatic wrapping which involves the worker attaching the stretch wrap to the pallet load, starting the machine and then cutting the film tail at the end of the process. This is a little bit less direct labor and allows the worker to perform other duties during the wrapping process. Finally, there is fully automatic wrapping equipment that requires almost no direct manual labor. A conveyor system delivers the load to the automatic wrapping system which wraps and cuts the load, weighs down the film tail, and transports the wrapped load to the staging area for pickup.

Productivity Gains

The productivity that is gained from a fully automated process is something that is harder to measure. Though it is less tangible, it is still very valuable. With less direct labor involved in the wrapping process, workers are able to perform other value adding duties. This lowers labor costs while increasing efficiency in the process.

Customer Relationship

Customers satisfaction is something that is essential to any company. By fully automating the stretch wrapping process, there is a decrease in damaged goods during shipping. This means that the product shows up at the customer’s door in the condition that was promised, improving their trust and satisfaction. A fully automatic stretch-wrap machine also provides a level of quality and consistency that will improve the reputation of your business with customers. When a client is assured and confident that their product will be delivered in a quality wrapped pallet load, consistently, they are more likely to continue doing business with you.

These are just a few of the many reasons why a stretch-wrap machine can benefit your application and provide cost justified savings to your process. To find out more about which stretch-wrap machine would work best in your application contact the R.V. Evans Company at http://www.rvevans.com or send us an email at sales@rvevans.com

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