Millions of loads slide off their pallets during shipment each year, causing billions of dollars of damage and waste. This happens because loads aren't adequately bonded to their pallets.
A film cable placed just below the top deck board of a pallet fixes the problem. It prevents the load from sliding off its pallet and getting damaged during shipment.
Our research shows that a film cable bonding, or what we call locking, the load to the pallet outperforms
regular roping. Roping bunches the bottom of the film into an accordion-like rope.
Rolling the bottom 3 to 5 inches of the film into a tight cable during the last part of the stretch wrapper's wrap cycle and driving it down onto the pallet -- about an inch below its deck board -- is the most effective way to lock the load to the pallet.
This method works better than regular roping because it's hard to position the regular rope just where you want it on the pallet -- high enough to keep from being punctured by pallet jack or forklift forks and low enough to secure the load to the pallet. Regular roping also tends to unbunch during the stress of shipment, which reduces its effectiveness.
A good rule of thumb is that every load that ships on a pallet should be bonded to it.
There's more than enough risk to go around in today's world. Why take chances with your loads when there's an easy, inexpensive and effective way to improve their chances of arriving safely at their destinations?
Learn more about locking the load to the pallet by watching this video.
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This post was published on March 12, 2014 and updated on November 27, 2018.