It seems that choosing stretch wrapping equipment should be simple given its purpose is so simple. The ultimate goal is for the machine to prepare a final product for shipping. At the most basic level, the stretch wrapper applies stretch film. And that’s where the simplicity ends.
Applying the right amount of stretch wrap film with the right amount of force to the right areas of a finished product is far more complicated than it appears.
Here are our top tips for finding the right stretch wrapping equipment for your needs.
- Understand your goals for buying a stretch wrapping machine
Before you start researching all of the different styles, sizes and speeds available in stretch wrapping equipment, we suggest you evaluate what is the main issue that will be solved by a stretch wrapping machine. Are you experiencing significant amounts of breakage during transit? Are you trying to reduce operating costs? Are you suddenly flush with orders and need to increase your productivity to get more products out?
Depending on what your goal is, your exact equipment needs might vary. Companies wrapping about 50 loads/day often find they can realize savings of approximately $3,500 to $6,500 a year by transitioning from hand wrapping to a machine!
- Understand the specs of the loads that you need to have stretch wrapped
The length, width and height of your products that need to be stretch wrapped directly impact what type of stretch wrapping equipment you need. Also consider the overall weight that needs to be stretch wrapped. If your products are extremely heavy, you might want a stretch wrapping machine that rotates an arm around the entire load vs a smaller load that can rotate on a turntable.
- Your Need for Speed
In practice, most semi-automatic machines can handle up to 30-40 loads/hour. If you need more output, then you might want to look at fully automatic machines. A reputable stretch wrapping equipment company will be able to help you decide the right fit for your needs.
- Who You Buy From Matters
Like any other type of equipment purchase, who you buy from matters. Safety is always a top concern. Ask your manufacturer questions like how does their machine protect operators from injury? Where is the film delivery system located? How reliable is the equipment and what are the key elements of the warranty?
Most importantly, do you trust that they will be there to help answer questions, are knowledgeable on your industry needs and what type of support do they offer.
Wakefield Equipment is proud to offer the highest level of customer service to all of our customers. Our stretch wrapping equipment is fully customizable to your exact needs. Please call us for more information or to get a quote specific to your business goals.