Whether in storage or distribution, stretch film is often the best choice to protect products and stabilize stacks. Here are four tips to make sure that stretch film is being used in the most efficient way possible.
1. Use the right type
For many specialized needs, there exists a specialized stretch film.
To protect products and product packaging that may become damaged when exposed to direct sunlight, there is UV resistant stretch film. If you’re concerned about the danger of static buildup to the product or its environs, consider using static dissipative film. To have a better fit for smaller products, bundling film comes in roll widths from 1 to 5 inches compared to 10 to 15 inches for standard rolls. Are you interested in learning more? Visit Malpack Corp for additional information.
2. Use the right amount
The amount of film being used should strike a balance between protecting the product and avoiding waste.
Sometimes less is more, as with max film, which is more puncture resistant per given quantity. The right thickness to use can be determined by down-gauging, which involves mounting a wrapped pallet load on a special test rig. Of course, the simplest and sometimes most effective way to ensure the right amount is being used is through employee training and awareness of proper wrapping procedure.
3. Use the right equipment
Manual wrapping can be facilitated with extended core rolls whose cores can be used as handles. There are also roll holders that have brakes, and roll holders that are ergonomically mounted on poles somewhat like the paint rollers used to paint walls and ceilings.
For large scale operations, it’s time to consider using wrapping machines.
Semi-automatic wrappers typically dispense the roll around the load by either spinning the pallet on a turntable or having a mechanical arm rotate the roll around the stationary pallet.
Though initially more expensive, automatic wrappers can realize operational savings by additionally using a conveyor belt to load the pallet into the system. Also, automatic systems are smart enough to wrap to the exact amount required and then cut and seal faster than can be done by hand.
4. Use the right recycling procedures
Recycling is not only good for the environment, it can avoid clutter that can cause workplace accidents and injuries.
Everyone recognizes that dedicated recycling bins should be located near work areas where film is removed. Less obvious is that wrapping stations also need recycling bins to dispose of excess wrapping.