Do you hand stretch wrap your pallets correctly? Pallets are wrapped to contain and protect your goods during transit and storage. If the pallet is wrapped incorrectly, it will have poor load containment and will increase the risk of product damage. It’s vital to ensure that the pallets are wrapped properly so that there is no risk to the load.
The Key to a Secure Pallet Load
The containment force should be consistent around the top, middle and bottom of the pallet.
Make sure the stretch wrap is tight by using a dispenser to apply the film.
Ensure there are no without any loose ends or film tails
The load should be locked firmly on to the pallet
Why Correct Stretch Wrapping is so Important
Did you know over 50% of damage is due to ineffective pallet wrapping?
Wrapping pallets correctly is particularly difficult when manually hand wrapping. Many see wrapping pallets as an easy alternative to buying a pallet wrapping machine. This is a false economy. The truth is a pallet wrapping machine will potentially pay for itself in through savings on labour costs, stretch film and product damage.
It’s impossible to achieve the same results wrapping a pallet by hand compare to 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 risk of the load sliding off its pallet during transit.
How long does it take you to hand stretch wrap a pallet?
Save labour costs with a pallet wrapping machine!
It is not just the unnecessary labour costs of manual wrapping that is costing you money. More importantly, it is the high risk of back injury which can cost businesses thousands of dollars in workplace injury claims.
Wrapping pallets by hand results in poor postures and repetitive bending movements which can cause your staff to have musculoskeletal injuries. Worksafe Australia highly recommends wrapping pallets with a machine to reduce these risks.