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10 Reasons Why Hand Wrapping Pallets is a False Economy

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How to save money with a pallet wrapping machine

Hand Wrapping Pallets is a false economy. Buying a pallet wrapping machine may seem like a luxury purchase, a want rather than a need. The truth is a machine will potentially pay for itself in several ways. 

1. Increase Stretch Yields to Over 400% with Power Pre Stretch

Using an Omni pallet wrapping machine with a power pre-stretch is a cost effective way to wrap your pallets as it gets the most yield, stretching your film over 400% therefore significantly reducing the cost per pallet wrapped. This process increases the number of loads that can be wrapped with a roll of stretch film. For example, 400% stretch on a 2000m roll of stretch film will give you a 10,000m yield. You cant achieve the same stretch yield by hand wrapping pallets.

2. Reduce Stretch Film Usage by Over 50%

Reducing your film usage to wrap your pallets reduces the environmental impact. Stretch wrapping machines have a greater pre-stretching capability compared to hand applying film, therefore, gets more yield out of your stretch wrap, using less film. With our revolutionising Omni Stretch Wrap and Machines, we can guarantee to reduce film usage by over 50%.

3. Reduce Wrapping Costs by Over 20%

As a result of significant reduction of film required to wrap each pallet, our Omni Pallet Wrapping Solution is guaranteed to save over 20% on total cost to wrap a pallet. Many people look at the per roll cost of stretch wrap rather than the yield or the total cost to wrap a pallet.

4. Reduce Plastic Disposal Costs

As a result of significant reduction of film required to wrap each pallet, just one of our clients has reduced their film usage by over 126,000kg/year. Based on a 200kg skip bin capacity, they save the disposal cost of 630 skip bins of stretch wrap per year.

5. Reduces OH & S Risk

Manually hand wrapping pallets results in poor postures and movements and often high force which can cause your staff to have musculoskeletal injuries. Worksafe Australia high recommends wrapping pallets with a machine to remove this risk as injury claims can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

6. Increase Load Containment & Damage Prevention

Remember, the main purpose of stretch wrapping pallets is to protect your product loads from damage during storage and transportation. A majority of load containment issues are because the pallets are incorrectly wrapped. Hand wrapping pallets may seem like an easy alternative but it’s impossible to produce the same results as a machine. The reasons for this are:
• Inconsistent containment force – It’s easier for people to wrap tightly in the middle of a load than the top and the bottom, leaving weak points.
• A poor load-to-pallet bond – It’s difficult for people to reach the bottom of the load and catch the pallet, and the film always seems to tear anyway. Without a proper load-to pallet bond you’re a risk of the load sliding off its pallet during transit.

7. Reduce Labour Cost

The cost of labour continues to rise and hand wrapping pallets is a time consuming task. Using a machine is wrap your pallets will increase productivity and reduce labour cost. The machine wraps pallets while warehouse employees focus on other tasks, potentially eliminating the need for additional employees. Spreading the cost of a semi-automatic stretch wrapper over the thousands of loads that it’s going to wrap during its economic life, yields a low machine cost per load wrapped.

8. Increase Warehouse Efficiency

Increasing warehouse efficiency and productivity is every warehouse managers goal. Machine wrapping your pallets can take less than half the time spent wrapping pallets by hand. By allowing a machine to wrap pallet loads, workers are free to focus on other tasks. Therefore increases overall workplace efficiency.

9. Program Automatic Wrapping Settings

With extensive programming options, these Omni Pallet Wrapping Machines have the ability to wrap your products the way that suits every specific load type while achieving maximum yield. Unique senses allow the machine to increase and decrease the film tension for the necessary position on the pallet. This setting is often programmed to lower tension on sharp corners of the pallet to avoid puncturing the film. Adjustments are also necessary to have light tension for starting bottom wraps and then to increase the film tension for the remaining and the final bottom wraps for increased load stability.

10. Ability to Wrap Large Pallets

Almost every pallet load is a different shape and size, some are too height for a person to wrap. The 2.5m height masts on the pallet wrapping machines solve this problem. The options of these machines are endless, we guarantee a solution to every wrapping requirement

Click here to view Safe Work Australia ‘Hazardous Manual Tasks Code of Practice
Click here to view case study how a pallet wrapping machine will pay for itself
Click here to view Work Safe guide to ‘Stretch wrapping pallets: A health and safety solution’

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