We know that most of our readers will be spending Thursday with friends and family, enjoying the season, and giving thanks. We wanted to take this time to say thank you. Thank you for reading our blog and helping us be successful.
We want to make sure that you’re successful too. So, here are three things you can do before the end of 2016 that you will be thankful for this time next year!
Set your standardCreating a containment force standard is vital to ensuring your stretch wrapping efforts are paying off. Containment force is the squeeze or pressure that the combined layers of stretch film exert on the load to hold it together.
Stretch wrapping is all about about getting enough containment force everywhere on the load!
If you’re not sure what your containment force should be, our Containment Force Recommendations is a good reference for users who need guidelines or want another source to check their current containment force standards against.
Integrate a scale
Integrating a scale into your stretch wrapping set up is a fairly simple upgrade that can have some pretty big benefits.
When you weigh your stretch wrapped loads as a final check before shipping, you can help prevent underweight loads from ever leaving your loading dock. Weighing loads and comparing the weight to your pick list also helps you to verify that your pallet loads are complete and accurate. You can easily pull aside any loads that weigh more or less than your standard.
Weighing your loads before they leave can also help protect your brand reputation if items are pilfered during transit. Being able to prove that you shipped the proper amount of goods makes it clear any loss didn’t occur before the pallet left your loading dock.
Automating your stretch wrapping can seem like a tall order, but even incremental automation can have a big impact. How big of an impact automation can have is always going to depend on the scale of your operation. If you have very low volume, automation isn’t going to be as beneficial. However, if you have medium to high volumes automation can have a substantial impact on your labor costs.
If you aren’t sure how much automation could be saving you, it’s worth it to find out. We have a free stretch wrap calculator that’s worth looking at even if you’ve never thought about automation before. With the calculator, you can get a picture of how much automation could be saving you.
This post was published on November 21, 2016 and updated on November 28, 2018.
November 21, 2016