Manufacturing and shipping a product from start to finish is not a simple task. Depending on the kind of business you are in, you might find yourself shipping full pallets on a regular basis. If so, it’s time to ask yourself an important question: is your packaging as efficient as possible? This pertains to both individual product packaging and bulk packaging optimized for shipping.
Packaging automation, as opposed to packaging by hand, can create a streamlined process that saves your company both time and money. Today, we are going to take a look at how packaging automation, specifically load containment, can improve your business.
Your Current Containment Problems
What does your current packaging process look like? First, take a look at how you are palletizing your shipments. Do you have a worker hand-wrapping film to keep your products in place? This can present two big problems. The first problem is that hand wrapping is tough, manual labor and employees can become fatigued and inconsistent by the end of the day. This means that they might be doing a poor job wrapping your products. Sloppy work can lead to less secure packaging, which can lead to shipping disasters.
Another common problem with stretch wrapping is outdated or underperforming equipment. These machines may be using too much film because it is not properly stretching the film and can cause extra waste that eats into your bottom line. Equipment that is not performing properly could also be contributing to loads that are not secure and contained properly for shipment leading to costly damages.
What is Load Containment?
What your company really needs when shipping out pallets is proper load containment. What does that mean exactly? Load containment refers to the wrapping force that holds a pallet together. There is a specific containment force number that is ideal for each load, and that number is determined by multiplying the number of revolutions of film by the tightness of the wrap force. Our specialists have a containment force tool that we can use to determine your ideal force to load number for your pallets.
When pallets are wrapped by hand by different employees, this force number can vary from pallet to pallet. It shouldn’t. Your company needs an automated system in place to ensure consistency in wrapping and load containment.
At Morrisette, we know how important it is to have your products protected securely. This is why we offer load containment equipment that will automate the entire process. Our machines can be customized to meet your wrapping needs, and will wrap loads faster and with greater precision.
We offer a variety of machines, including automatic and semi-automatic stretch wrappers. These pieces of equipment are worth their weight in gold and give you a perfectly contained load every time.
Save On Both Costs and Time
The biggest advantage of using packaging automation for load containment is savings on time and money. Our specialists can perform cost justifications to determine your ROI on automating your wrapping process. With new machine technologies, we can reduce downtime in your facility and help your employees get loads wrapped without even leaving the forklift.
Automating your wrapping process will also help to control your film consumption, and provide a more secure load at a consistent film cost.
The COVID-19 Reality
COVID-19 has placed a tremendous amount of pressure on business owners to keep their facilities not only running, but immeasurably safe. If anyone is found sick, businesses may be forced to shut down to ensure the safety of all of their workers. Automation is dependable and consistent, and in a climate where guidelines are changing and production demand is high, now is the time to automate your stretch wrapping process.
The most important thing for your business is to protect your product. Everything is in your control until you place your shipments onto the delivery truck. You need to make sure that your products have proper load containment to ensure your items make it to their final destination in perfect condition.
When you have workers hand wrapping and in charge of load containment, there is always room for human error. Unfortunately, your bottom line suffers. When a worker fails to secure your product, it can result in damages. Both you and the customers lose.
Morrisette has the experience and the equipment to help improve the load containment process for your business. We offer efficient and cost-effective solutions for all of your palletizing needs. Contact us to see how we can help solve your load containment problems today.