3 Insights from Trends in Material Handling Machinery Maintenance

Posted by Allison Myers

The data from the Plant Engineering 2016 Maintenance Survey offers some fascinating insights including:

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Topics: Maintenance, Buying a Stretch Wrapper

Spring Cleaning . . . for Stretch Wrapping?

Posted by Kelly Wathen

Spring is here. Get ready for warmer weather, longer days and dreaded allergies.Spring_Cleaning.jpg

This new season also calls for spring cleaning. Scrub the bathroom and kitchen floors, reorganize closets and donate things you no longer use.

It’s also a good time to clean and reorganize your warehouse and loading dock area. One way to do this is to check your machinery for maintenance issues.

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Topics: Maintenance

What Spare Parts Should I Buy With My Stretch Wrapper?

Posted by Kelly Wathen

If you’re buying a high quality semi-automatic stretch wrapper, the answer is easy. You shouldn't buy any spare parts at all.

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Topics: Maintenance, Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping

How Much Maintenance Does a Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapper Require?

Posted by Kelly Wathen

Semi-automatic pallet wrappers are industrial machines with moving parts.  As with any similar machines, a few simple checks on a daily or weekly basis can keep them running smoothly and help you catch potential problems before they occur.

Your Maintenance Guide

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Topics: Maintenance, Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping

Keep Your Stretch Wrapper Running Like New

Posted by Allison Myers

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. 

Click here to get a FREE copy of Lantech's 10 Step Process for Damage Reduction Through More Effective Stretch Wrapping

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For more information, you can contact us on our website or call us at (502) 815-9109.

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Topics: Maintenance, Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping

Eliminate Damage -- Don't Be Part of the Stretch Wrapping Crime Scene

Posted by Allison Myers

Think of these photos as evidence in a crime scene. Innocent loads have been struck down in the process of trying to get to their destinations in the condition that they were originally made. 

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Topics: Pallet-Grip, Maintenance, Stretch Wrapping, Product Damage, Containment Force