Does your company use stretch wrap? If your company does or even if it does not, then this information might be very informative. Stretch wrapping your goods for your company is very beneficial as it provides quality service and shows that you care about your products.
Stretch wrap first began in the later years of the 1970’s. It offered the “lowest cost per load-effectively shipped” with palate strapping and corrugated. As it continued to change throughout the years, the stretch film industry has grown extensively. The technological advances that have reduced costs have been extremely successful. On top of that, it has also advanced in the amount of material that has entered into the waste bin. Now, I do want to caution you that some of these changes have helped ensure companies and large organizations maintain the quality of the “lowest cost per load-effectively shipped.”
Some stretch films have had recent improvements with their process and materials, which has led to the change of even thinner films with a high-performance standard. They have even improved the films to a higher level recently that have an ultra-high performance film. The ultra-high performance stretch wraps feel, perform and act similar to thicker conventional rolls.
The improvement did not stop there, as the stretch wrap machines have allowed customers to take full advantage of stretch wrap for their products. The high-performance wraps minimize the overall cost-per-load by reducing the weight of the film-needed per pallet through the correct properties that were applied. They have even gone as far as making pre-stretched wraps that have levels of 250% with no loss of containment or abrasion resistance. Moreover, the new improved films are now becoming the standard stretch wrap with 63g material by replacing the stretch wrap with an 80g material.
No, if your company is using stretch wrap, or have been in search to use the film with your products, it is always good to know how to use the proper film application. For most companies, it goes without mentioning, that any goods that have been damaged or broken in transit will negate any possible savings that are incurred by spending less on the packaging. It also goes to show that all companies want to save on overhead and control excessive costs.
They base their purchasing decisions on “price per roll” rather than the overall total cost of a properly secured load. Also, in doing so, they improve the overall wrapping process. Does your company enforce a stretch wrap standard or guideline?
Does your company also have a defined procedure for evaluating the load and enforce a controlled setting on the stretch wrapper? Most companies need to enforce these in the usage of wrapping. They also should routinely monitor the appearance of the load and enforce the employees that are handling the load in the proper handlings. Do your employees or even you know how to properly stretch wrap a pallet? If the answer to any of these question is no, then you most likely need to evaluate the process.
Most companies look for high performance and sustainability, in what has become a lose leafed term nowadays. To understand a little more clearly, Sustainability has three agreed upon tenets: Reduce, Reuse-Recycle. Now a reuse stretched film is completely impossible to acquire once it is cut off a pallet. Nevertheless, the best “green” option is the reduction of materials used. Therefore, reducing and recycling become a part of the Sustainability. There is an estimated 800 million pound of stretch wrap film that is produced annually with the average of ½ pounds per pallet. That equates to around 1.6 million pallets wrapped every year. Now in the 1980’s an average weight per pallet was around 2.0 pounds, but today the machine market film (stretch wrap market) equals to around 3.2 billion pounds. That is a lot of wrapping!
There have been similar gauge reductions that have been taken place with hand wrapping. The standard gauge from the 1980’s was around 100, but as of today’s market, it stands around 47 gauge. That dramatically decreases cutting by half of the material destined to be thrown in the waste stream. Moreover, these set trends have increasingly become more popular with uprising companies and individual small family businesses making it more common in today’s market. According to the ACC paper in 207, the recycling rate of stretch wrap is over 50%. Due to the high stabilization of recycled stretch film material, it allows for multiple extrusions without the loss of any property.
In conclusion, the industry of stretch wrap is constantly changing, and the variety of the product choices have increased. It is understandable how many companies are confused at what proper product to choose when so many are out there to pick from. Also, in doing so picking the right stretch wrap film is good to do with a partnering supplier. They can provide a quick and proper analysis of the overall wrap procedure that is continually becoming critical with the demand of products.
When picking the right film for your company, focus on variables such as storage conditions and shipping procedures. You may also want to focus on the stretch wrap machine itself and how the controls are set. Properly set controls such as tension and pre-stretched levels, and total revolutions will always be a good way to properly secure a load with the minimum amount of film used. By doing those steps, your company will stand still with procedure and product while the company continues to maintain the “lowest cost per load-effectively shipped.”
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