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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Safety and Savings

Making sure a workplace is meeting safety standards can be expensive, but a good safety program can save $4 to $6 for every $1 invested. By using this calculator from the OSHA website, one can estimate costs associated with workplace injuries and see just how much more revenue is needed to cover costs. When using this calculator, it’s important to realize that the extent to which the employer pays the direct costs depends on the nature of the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, but the employer always pays the indirect costs. For example, if an employee were to sprain something, the direct cost would be approximately $28,866, whereas the indirect cost would be approximately $31,752. The employer would have to pay the indirect cost, and depending on their insurance policy, part or all of the direct cost. The estimates include the following kinds of indirect costs:

  • Any wages paid to injured workers for absences not covered by workers’ compensation;
  • The wage costs related to time lost through work stoppage associated with the worker injury;
  • The overtime costs necessitated by the injury;
  • Administrative time spent by supervisors, safety personnel, and clerical workers after an injury;
  • Training costs for a replacement worker;
  • Lost productivity related to work rescheduling, new employee learning curves, and accommodation of injured employees; and
  • Clean-up, repair, and replacement costs of damaged material, machinery, and property.

Some of the possible kinds of indirect costs not included in these estimates are:

  • The costs of OSHA fines and any associated legal action;
  • Third-party liability and legal costs;
  • Worker pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of good will from bad publicity.

To cover these costs, a company would need to make an additional $1,058,420 to cover just the indirect cost when the sprain could have been avoided with an effective safety and health program.

To create an effective safety and health program, a company must do the following:

  • Comply with OSHA rules
  • Create a plan that focuses on the workplace hazards
  • Train employees
  • Everyone has to work at safety and health

An effective safety and health program will reduce employee injuries, which in turn saves the company money, and increases productivity and employee morale.  R.V. Evans Company can give you the assistance you need to make your workplace safer by providing real value added solutions. Our professional team will help develop a plan for your company to make sure your packaging and fastening processes are ergonomically sound. For more information on how R.V. Evans Company can help you, read the article “Ergonomics and How We Can Help.”

If you are looking for some assistance with safety, contact R.V. Evans Company for your very own site needs analysis and safety recommendations or visit us at www.rvevans.com.

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Ergonomics and How We Can Help

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According to Merriam-Webster, ergonomics is a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely.  Although the R&D departments of manufacturers are sure to design all of their products to fit into this mold, they unfortunately don’t have the time or the resources to make sure that the correct product is being used to its greatest capacity to ensure an ergonomically sound process.  That is where distributors like R.V. Evans Company come in.  FoxJet has a great article on the importance of distributors.  We couldn’t agree more.
R.V. Evans has a full professional team of product experts who take the time to learn the ins and outs of each one of their customers’ processes, developing a plan to make sure each company is using the best solutions to keep their processes ergonomically sound. This keeps employees safe, promotes a positive company culture, and increases efficiency and profits.
Our expert team offers the following solutions:
  • Equipment & Tool Selection
  • Set-up & Training
  • Technical Support
  • Failure Analysis
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Safety Programs/MSDS Management
  • Technology Updates
  • Site Needs Analysis

These product experts are also proficient in every item under their specialty, meaning they use their extensive knowledge to ensure that every solution is well-catered to your business.  Visit our website, YouTube Channel, Contact Us, or Scheduled a Site Needs Analysis to get started making your company ergonomically sound.

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It’s All About the Tapeheads

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We’ve talked in previous blogs about keeping products safe and secure once they leave the warehouse.  Good stretch film can keep products securely together on a skid, and custom products can keep everything in place while keeping your brand at the forefront of your customers mind.  Carton stapling tools are great for closing certain boxes.  However, in many production applications, securing your carton with carton closing tape is a reliable and cost effective way to keep your carton shut and its contents in place.  Depending upon the volume of your application, manual labor can be more costly, time consuming, and not always consistent or accurate.  When looking for the most efficient way to close your cartons securely, using high quality tapeheads in semi-automatic and fully automatic case taping equipment is an absolute must.

Tapeheads used in carton taping equipment automate the process of applying tape to a corrugated carton, and do the best job of applying the tape securely, cleanly, and quickly. But, not all tapeheads are created equal. Dekka and ShurSEAL™ tapeheads have many advantages that mean you can worry less about your products as they’re getting sealed to go out of your warehouse.


A large benefit of the ShurSEAL™ tapeheads is their unequaled wipe down consistency. While most tapeheads lack the ability to completely seal the tape on the edges and in the middle, shurSEAL™ tapeheads have an extremely consistent pressure profile, keep the pressure applied to every part between 20 and 28 psi. This means the adhesive part of the tape is on the product, keeping everything sealed, for certain. They are also some of the fastest machines available, while still maintaining incredible consistency and safety features.  In addition to the secure wipe down features, shurSEAL™ tapehead features include:

  • Dual Axis Locking Mandrel – easy tape loading guaranteed not to slip
  • Latching Dancer Arm – reduces noise and improved performance
  • Front & Rear Tab Length Adjustment – makes easy adjustment of your tape tab length at the front and rear
  • Angled Safety Blade – reduces the risk of finger injury
  • Exclusive Folded Edge Attachment – allows removal of the tape and opening boxes without the use of knife cutters
  • Tape Management System – audible and visual alarms to provide warnings for low tape, tape break, un-taped case, uncut tape, and case jams

Dekka tapeheads are similar to ShurSEAL™, and one of the largest benefits of these tapeheads is that they are designed to work well with any type of tape, no matter if it is premium or budget-priced. Constructed of high quality stainless steel and corrosion resistant, Dekka tapeheads are built to last and perform in a variety of production environments.  Dekka tapeheads are also very safe, with minimum knife exposure and adjustments available to ensure operator safety.  Here are a few other benefits of the Dekka tapeheads:

  • Interchangeable Mounting – simple to install and mount either top or bottom
  • Easy to Load – load your tape within 30 seconds
  • Easily Adjustable Roller Tension Spring – adjust main spring tension by choosing from one to four leverage points
  • Exclusive No Break Tape Advance – advances tape at the centerline to avoid edge stress where tape usually breaks
  • High Quality Molded Wipe Down Rollers – made of polyurethane result in tougher and longer lasting rollers = less maintenance
  • Knife Blade Remains Sharp Longer – with the help of built in oil pad on blade cove
  • External Tape Guide System – keeps tape ends in place to avoid costly effects of untapped cases

Don’t come undone, and don’t leave yourself worrying. Visit our website or YouTube channel, contact us, or schedule a site-needs analysis to make sure that you are getting the best quality tapeheads to ensure the secure taping of all of the cartons that exit your warehouse.

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