When it is time to upgrade to a new pallet wrapper, you may not even know it. Let's face it, the old one is still doing the job, it still seems to be wrapping okay, you aren't having any hassles with it, except for the occasional maintenance it needs, and you are wondering if you should keep using it, or perhaps getting a new one would be a better option.
Almost every company is global today
At Lantech we have an enormous range of customers. Not only are our wrappers used in numerous industries, they're also found from a turntable on the dock of the smallest shipping operations to enormous multinationals with multiple high-speed wrappers lined up in a row.
Getting product out the door
Our booth at PackExpo featured quotes from a number of customers. A couple of my favorites were:
Let the application dictate the machine
In a recent article Decoding the Terminology of Stretch Wrappers, we explored the difference between automatic and semi-automatic wrapping. Our industry's traditional terminology tends to reinforce the perception of a stark differentiation between two very different solutions - and that can discourage some creative approaches to application requirements.
Topics: Automatic Pallet Wrapping
In the 1970s, two brothers named Pat and Bill Lancaster set out to solve a problem. Shipping products meant either loading hundreds of single boxes onto a truck one at a time, or using metal straps or shrink bags to unitize loads. All three options took a lot of time and energy. Loading boxes one at a time was hard work and strapping or shrink bags were expensive. How could they make the process of unitizing better?
More than just throughput
Why does it sometimes make sense to use an automatic wrapper even if the application isn't high speed?
If you’re like most companies, when you decide to make a large equipment purchase (like a stretch wrapper) you go through a process. Most likely you spend time researching various manufacturers, products, and your own needs before you make the decision to purchase a machine. But the machine itself is only one link in a much larger value chain. If you’ve spent the time and energy to find the right automatic stretch wrapper, it’s worth taking the time to make sure you have the support in place to get the most out of your purchase.
At its most basic, stretch wrapping is about loads. The goal of every load that has ever been stretch wrapped is to reach its destination in the same condition it was in when it was shipped. Stretch wrapping seeks to unitize and secure loads so that they have the best chance of achieving that goal.
When purchasing a stretch wrapper, however, buyers can sometimes lose sight of this goal, focusing instead solely on cost. While cost is certainly a factor that should be considered in the purchasing decision, by thinking “load” first you can ultimately choose the stretch wrapping solution that best fits your needs.
Often people buying a stretch wrapper assume that the first and most important question is, "how fast can it go?" Speed is often seen as one of the primary stretch wrapper selection criteria. Certainly there are times when speed is important. Bottled water and beverage plants, for instance, run at incredible speeds with fully automated palletization and wrapping. In such cases, speed may in fact be the determining factor in choosing the right stretch wrapper.
But those sorts of high-volume extremes are infrequent.
It's easy to talk about how stretch wrappers work and to read brochures or watch videos. But when you're at a trade show and trying to evaluate stretch wrappers for your business, now is the time to see them in action. Of course, if you've seen one machine, you know how they operate. And the marketing or sales person can tell you all about the improved productivity, the savings, and the improved safety.