Stretch wrap can be applied with a hand-held dispenser or by a stretch wrap machine. Wrapping machines have a turntable that spins the pallet while the roller dispenses the wrap onto the pallet. Machines have the ability to stretch the film to preset parameters to accomplish consistent tension and overlapping. Hand dispensers require an operator to bend and walk around the pallet while the film unravels from the dispenser.
Every industry is different. The type of stretch wrapper you choose depends on different factors. We have professional distributors that can help you chose the most affordable and most efficient machine for your output. To talk to a professional contact us today.
Investing in a stretch wrapping machine is an investment in growing your output and improving staff OH&S. Wrapping 10 loads or more per day justifies the use of a pallet wrap machine. You will get a faster, more secure wrap with less material, saving on waste, time and money. Your staff will be freed up to do other tasks and also avoid fatigue and workplace injury. Your pallet loads will arrive at their destination intact without expensive losses.
For small operations, a hand wrapping tool is cheaper. If your production line gets busier, upgrading to a stretch wrap machine makes more economic sense. Stretch wrap machines provide a faster wrap, are more consistent in wrap application and pose less risk of workplace injury. You can see our range of stretch wrap hand tools and our stretch wrapping machines.
Thicker stretch films do not perform better than thinner films. Advanced technology has developed thinner blown films that stretch further and are puncture and abrasion-resistant. Thinner films reduce waste, save costs and are lighter to handle, improving workplace safety. Orbitwrap Save is our high-performance pallet wrap that uses state-of-the-art resin technology to deliver improved performance and reliability. See our selection of Orbitwrap Save here.
Our prestretch hand film comes in lightweight smaller rolls that are applied with a hand tool. It is used for low volume applications. Larger heavier rolls with higher stretch memory are for stretch wrap machines. To see our Orbitwrap Save product page visit here.
Load containment is the capacity of the pallet wrap to hold the pallet tight and uniform during transit. The elements that make up the load containment capacity takes into consideration the right wrap for the job, wrap configuration and overlaps, optimum stretch, all elasticity is used, the conditions of transport, handling, distance and correct wrap tension.
A semi-automatic stretch wrapper machine applies pallet wrap with the input of an operator. The operator attaches the film to the load and presses the start button to begin the wrapping process. On conclusion of the wrap, the operator stops the machine and cuts and secures the end of the film. A semi-automatic stretch wrapper is an upgrade from hand wrapping and provides a uniform layer and maximises the stretch capacity of the film.
An automatic stretch wrap machine does not require an operator to start and finish the wrapping process. The machine wraps according to preset specifications, cuts the film at the end of the wrapping process and secures the end of the film to the load.
Prestretch film has an elasticity called film memory. When the prestretch film is applied with tension it wants to shrink back to its original state. The combination of elasticity and film memory is what keeps a pallet load tight and secure during movement.
Cast film is clear, which is good for scanning barcodes through the film. When it is applied it produces minimal noise and is lighter weight than blown film which is easier to wrap from a hand dispenser. Blown film is much more durable, with puncture and tear resistance. It can stretch further both in length and width than cast film, whereas cast film only stretches in length.
They are different products that serve different purposes. Shrinkwrap moulds around an object when heat is applied to it. Pallet wrap is designed to to be stretched around an object to keep it tightly in place.
Stretch film is a versatile material used to wrap pallet loads to stabilise them during transit. Stretch wrap protects loads from dust and damage. Stretch wrapped pallets make it easy to identify the load, is an economical method of unitising loads and can be used for a range of shipments. Film force and stretch can be modified to suit the product according to load strength needed for either heavy solid loads or fragile goods.
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