Many warehouse managers are actively seeking better ways to make their packaging process a little faster, especially as workloads grow with business demands. You already know there are multiple ways to speed up your packaging process, but none of that matters if the security of those packages is a mere afterthought.

Fragile and unsecure loads lead to a much slower dispatch time, when you factor in the time spent repacking rejected pallets. The physical demand of wrapping pallets by hand leads to inconsistencies, causing a slower and more expensive process down the line.

Take Charles Krug Winery, for example; for many years, their standard packaging process included loading cases five-high on pallets and to secure it with stretch film. Stretch film that was always applied by hand. Unfortunately, they found that not only did the hand wrapping become increasingly time-consuming, taking as much as 15 minutes per pallet, but also that the wrapping had a nasty habit of loosening during transit. This made a mess of the load, and created bigger problems for unloading at the receiving end. [1]

So, what can be done about this? Well, most importantly, the handling of goods at the receiving end needs to be at the forefront of your mind. Whether a pallet is being put on a truck, train, or plane, handlers need to be absolutely sure that the load won’t shift or topple and damage whatever is inside, or themselves! Making sure that your packages are safe, secure, and sturdy on your end will speed up the process considerably. Not to mention the savings in cost and customer satisfaction you’ll gain from fewer breakages.

To rid themselves of the time-consuming and labour-intensive struggles of hand-wrapping, Charles Krug Winery invested in a semi-automated stretch wrapping machine. This enabled them to reduce wrapping and truck-loading time and labour, as well as improve the integrity of pallet loads in transit. And as a bonus, they received great feedback from their customers.

Semi-automated stretch-wrapping uses film reinforced with polyethylene bands to reinforce strength and stability of lightweight boxes, without operatives needing to spend too much time on packaging and dispatch. One main advantage of an automated stretch wrapper is the ability to apply stretch film in a reliable manner. In fact, it can wrap up to 120 loads per hour with consistency and security so you don’t have to worry about the end result.

Some of the key benefits to these machines is the intuitive controls, efficient load handling, low cost to wrap loads, speed, and the fact that they’re designed for operator safety. So not only are you speeding up your packaging process, but you’re also keeping your customers happy, employees safe, and saving money as you go.

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[1] Norman J. Crampton, Preventing Waste at the Source, Pages 100-101