The Problems With Hand Wrapping pallets.

Ever since the creation of stretch wrapping, various types of applications have been developed for wrapping pallet loads. One of these methods includes hand wrapping which involves a person walking around the pallet, securing the load with a roll of hand-held stretch film.  Although some people might find this method useful today, it’s not always the most productive.



Depending on the size and structure of the pallet that you are wrapping, there is a large amount of bending and twisting involved in making sure that the entire pallet is wrapped thoroughly. Even with orderly and square pallets, hand wrapping requires that an employee walk around in circles which causes dizziness and may lead to a higher risk of harm for employees. Thus, hand wrapping could generate inefficiencies in the supply chain process as work injuries cause downtime, high insurance costs, and workers compensation. Sometimes you may even need to hire a replacement worker which could result in more time and money.

Stretch wrapper machines have powered film delivery systems that typically stretch the film at a high level than hand wrapping. In most cases, this creates a cost savings of anywhere from 25% – 40% because less film is needed to contain the pallet.  Alternatively, most workers operating hand-held stretch films rarely stretch film more than 30 percent during the hand wrap process.  A nationwide evaluation of hand wrapping in real-life situations found that the average person stretches hand wrap less than 15%, thereby hindering the stretch film’s ability to effectively hold a shifting load.  When pallets aren’t wrapped tightly enough, they are likely to fall apart causing damage to other products as well. With hand wrapping, an operator has the potential to wrap several loads, but the performance of a machine is much more reliable.

If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it’s time to upgrade to one of the Revolution stretch wrapping machines.  They even come with FREE stretch film, or if the volume is there, FREE machine with 200 rolls of stretch film. 


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