It’s the start of a new year and many of us have made resolutions to get organized, eat healthy and spend our money wiser.
Stretch your work budget by keeping your semi-automatic stretch wrapping equipment healthy.
When it comes to stretch wrappers, there are some simple low-cost and no-cost things you can do to make sure your machine is operating properly and your loads are being wrapped as well as possible.
Here are some common problems and trouble areas to look out for:
1. Squeaks, grinding and bumps
Improper machine set-up can lead to unnecessary wear. The machine should operate smoothly and without noticeable clattering noises or movement jolts.
2. Moving parts binding
Parts that are periodically getting stuck could stop the stretch wrapper from working. Again, the machine should operate smoothly and without noticeable clattering noises or movement jolts.
3. Belt tracking and wear
The film delivery lift and turntable/wrap arm belts should be free of snags, tears or frays.
4. Loose or missing hardware
Loose parts can lead to unnecessary wear and missing parts could be hazardous.
Other areas to check include cracked or broken guards, film necking down and debris accumulation.
You can address most of these issues on your own. However you may run into a trouble area that’s a little more serious. In this situation, don’t hesitate to call a certified technician to check into it.
Simple preventive maintenance not only extends the life of your stretch wrapper, it keeps money in your pocket for the days ahead.
Looking for other ways to improve? Check out our 10-Step Process for Damage Reduction Through More Effective Stretch Wrapping. Our process will show you:
- How to reduce your shipping damage by 50 percent.
- The key elements of a stretch wrapping standard.
- How to manage containment force – stretch wrapping’s most critical component.
Read related article: Does Simple Automation Make Sense in Your Stretch Wrapping Process?
For more information, you can contact us on our website or call us at (502) 815-9109.
This post was published on January 14, 2015 and updated on October 26, 2018.
January 14, 2015