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Why you need a stretch wrapper, no matter how few pallets you wrap per day

Businesses today are constantly seeking ways to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. One area that can often be overlooked is the method used to wrap pallets of products before they are shipped. Hand wrapping pallets is a labor-intensive process that can be dangerous to workers and result in significant costs in terms of labor, materials, and lost work due to injuries. Switching to automated stretch wrapping equipment such as the WRTA-150, SMHPA-200 or more advanced conveyorized systems from hand wrapping can help businesses save money, reduce carbon emissions, and protect their employees from back injuries – no matter how few pallets you wrap per day.

Four WRTA-150 stretch wrappers with pit-mounted scales at a customer’s facility in New Jersey

Hand wrapping pallets involves manual labor that can be physically demanding and repetitive, leading to a high risk of back injuries for workers. These injuries can result in lost work time and worse – meaning major costs for businesses. Automated stretch wrapping equipment eliminates the need for manual labor and reduces the risk of back injuries to workers. This not only protects employees, but it also helps to reduce the number of work-related absences, thereby increasing productivity and reducing costs.

In terms of labor costs, businesses can save a significant amount of money by switching to automated stretch wrapping equipment. For example, if a company wraps 60 pallets per day and it takes a worker three minutes to hand wrap each pallet, this equates to three hours of labor per day or 15 hours per week. With a conservative estimate of $20 per hour for labor, this equates to a weekly cost of $300 for labor. Over the course of a year, this adds up to a total labor cost of $15,600.

You’re more than the cost of a machine every year to wrap those 60 pallets per day by hand!

The automatic SMHPA-200 with post wrap sequence cut/wipe functionality and automatic film clamp in a customer’s facility in Bedford, PA

In contrast, automated stretch wrapping equipment can wrap a pallet in as little as 30 seconds, reducing the labor time to 30 minutes per day or 2.5 hours per week. This equates to a weekly cost savings of $275, or $14,300 per year – and the potential for back injuries from hand wrapping is non existent! These savings can add up quickly and help businesses to drastically reduce their operating costs and improve their bottom line.

In addition to the labor cost savings, automated stretch wrapping equipment also helps businesses to reduce their carbon footprint. Hand wrapping pallets requires a large amount of stretch wrap, which is typically made from non-renewable resources and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions during the production process. Automated stretch wrapping equipment can reduce the amount of stretch wrap required by up to 50%, reducing the carbon footprint of the business and helping to protect the environment.

Switching from hand wrapping pallets to using automated stretch wrapping equipment such as those from Wulftec, Lantech, Highlight, Orion, Phoenix, ITW/MIMA and more can help businesses to save money, reduce their carbon footprint, and protect their employees from back injuries. The cost savings in terms of labor and materials, combined with the environmental benefits, make the switch to automated stretch wrapping equipment a smart investment for businesses. By making this change, businesses can improve their bottom line and contribute to a more sustainable future.

Dan Hart
Equipment Specialist
Over 30 years of packaging experience. Started SWS Packaging in 2009 with my friend John.