Selecting a Stretch Wrapper: What to Consider

Selecting a new stretch wrapper can be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help simplify this task and help you select the wrapper that most positively affects your bottom line for years to come.

First, let’s reiterate why we stretch wrap. We stretch wrap loads with two primary objectives:

  1. Get your load from Point A to Point B without damaging the contents
  2. Perform objective #1 as cost-effectively as possible

 

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When it’s time for a new stretch wrapper- whether it’s your first machine, you’re considering an additional machine, or you’re upgrading into a more advanced machine- there are some important things to consider.

Consider the load.

  • What exactly are you wrapping and what’s the current process like?
  • What are the physical attributes of the load (height, width, length, weight, etc)?
  • Is it an A, B, or C type load? Don’t know? We can help. Click here.
  • How many of these loads per day do you need to wrap?
  • How are the pallets handled (pallet jacks, fork lifts, etc)?
  • What are your needs for pallet-per-hour capacity? Think both short- and long-term.

How exactly should you wrap each individual load?

  • What types of film should you use?
  • How tightly do these loads need wrapped?
  • What wrap pattern(s) should you use?
  • How many different “recipes” do you need (wrap pattern, tightness, etc)?

What is best for you in terms of field maintenance?

  • How much maintenance will be involved with your new machine?
  • How easily modified is this new machine? Your needs will very likely change over time.
  • Are the parts proprietary?

Productivity enhancements and value-added features

  • How much film pre-stretch is best for you? Need help understanding pre-stretch? Click here.
  • Will you benefit from an automatic film attach/cut/wipe-down? See an example here.
  • Do you need an integrated scale?
  • How much will pallet conveyors help you?
  • What features can help you reduce labor and non-value-added activities? I.e, getting on and off the forklift for each load, etc.
  • What features would help your operators work more safely?

Training and support

  • How will your operators be taught how to properly and effectively use this machine?
  • If you run into the unexpected, will your vendor be there to help you?

Good and confused? That’s okay! R.V. Evans is here for you. There is no need for you to be an expert on all of this. We’ve got those experts for you! This is simply a breakdown of important things to consider as you engage in a conversation with the R.V. Evans team about your next stretch wrapper!

There are several ways you can get started on selecting a new stretch wrapper!

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Retail Distribution Center’s Pallet Loads are “All Wrapped Up” with Orion Stretch Wrapper Solution

Pre-Solution ApplicationOrion RTA Tandem Stretch Wrapper

The client, a distribution center for over 50 retail store locations, was previously manually applying hand grade stretch film to unitize their outgoing pallets of merchandise.  This method was time consuming, labor intensive, and provided inconsistent load containment.

The R.V. Evans’ Value Added Solution

After performing a Site Needs Analysis and thorough review of the application, an R.V. Evans’ Packaging Sales Specialist determined the appropriate value added solution.  The recommendation:  (2) Orion Flex™ Series RTA Deluxe Tandem Automatic Rotary Tower stretch wrappers with gantry frame fencing option and alarm package.  In addition, the client will utilize their previous & current method of material handling of the pallets: electric walkies and electric double pallet jacks with extended forks to carry (2) pallets at a time.

Key Benefits of the Orion Flex™ Series RTA Stretch Wrapping Solution

  • Secure up to 40 – 50 loads per hour (based on 80” tall load, 12 revolutions)
  • Runs 20” standard and 30” optional width stretch film with a standard prestretch ratio of 260% = (increased yields!)
  • Ultra low wrap to within 1.5” off floor
  • Automatic load height sensing photo eye and film force-to-load control
  • Second leg gantry style frame and zone protection fencing with photo eyes for enhanced wrap zone protection and/or high speed applications
  • Alarm package: audible/visual warning and light/horn to indicate start cycle
  • Boost end-of-line packaging efficiency – RTA automatically attaches the film tail to the load, then cuts and secures the film tail at the end of the cycle.  Operators pull a hanging lanyard to start the cycle and perform other duties while the pallet loads are securely wrapped for shipment.
  • Proudly made in the USA.  4 year warranty on all major components, 5 year warranty on structural frame, lifetime on InstaThread stretch rollers

Measurable Savings Realized

This stretch wrapping  solution has enabled the client to experience a number of improvements including increased throughput with the dual wrapper wrapping (2) pallets in tandem, reduced labor, improved load containment, as well as increased yields with the use of machine grade stretch film at a 260% prestretch ratio.  In addition, the automated solution vastly reduces the chance of injury associated with hand wrapping and increases the level of operator safety with the addition of the gantry frame fencing option and alarm package.

If you are interested in a stretch wrapping solution specific to your application, contact R.V. Evans Company by visiting www.rvevans.com.  Here is a link to view more stretch wrapping solutions on our website:  http://www.rvevans.com/Packaging-Solutions/Stretch-Wrapping.aspx  or if you would like to set up an on-site review of your packaging process, R.V. Evans can help.  Schedule a Site Needs analysis by clicking on this link: http://www.rvevans.com/Contact-Us/Schedule-Site-Needs-Analysis.aspx.

For a variety of videos featuring different stretch wrapping machines in action, check out the R.V. Evans’ Orion Stretch Wrapper Playlist on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC699644908B14C7B</a>

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