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.
Posts about Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping
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:
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?
What is a FAT?
A Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) is a series of tests and inspections that are completed by an equipment supplier. The purpose of the FAT is to identify any problems or issues with the machine before it is shipped to the purchaser.
Topics: Semi-automatic Pallet Wrapping
If you’re buying a high quality semi-automatic stretch wrapper, the answer is easy. You shouldn't buy any spare parts at all.
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
Work smarter, not harder.
Adding a feature that automatically attaches film to a load at the beginning of the cycle and cuts it at the end means an operator can start the wrap cycle without getting off the forklift. Keeping your driver on a forklift reduces the labor required per load by an average of two minutes. Costing about $4,000, this features pays for itself in about one year for someone wrapping as few as 30 loads per day. The chart below shows the potential labor savings over the machine’s seven year economic life.
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.