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Semi- Automatic Vs Fully Automatic Machines

Most customers hesitate when it comes to making the decision to purchase a fully automatic stretch wrapping machine due to extremely high cost against a semi-automatic stretch wrapping machine. When comparing the end results they are very similar. So what are the benefits of an automatic stretch wrap machine against a semi-automatic stretch wrapping machine and how does one justify the high capital outlay.

Firstly the advantage of using an automatic stretch wrapping machine over semi-auto machines is speed and efficiency. The simplest way to determine if an automatic stretch wrapping machine is needed in your business is to look at the following points:

  • Full time forklift operators
  • Warehouse workers with idle time while pallets are being wrapped
  • Delayed outbound and inbound product shipments  due to warehouse inefficiencies
  • Out-dated stretch wrap machines with high film wastage
  • A dedicated warehouse worker having the job of running stretch wrap machines

The difference between Semi-Automatic Stretch and Fully Automatic Stretch Wrapper is:

Semi-Auto Stretch Wrap Machine Operation:

The pallet is placed on the turntable either by pallet jack or fork lift. The operator has to remove the pallet jack or forklift from the turntable and then tie the film to the pallet load. If the machine has a pallet height sensor the operator can push the start button and let the machine complete the wrapping cycle. On older stretch wrappers without a pallet height sensor the operator would have to manually adjust the carriage up and down while the turntable is rotating. Once the pallet is completely wrapped the operator  has to cut the film and attach it to the pallet. The operator then removes the load from the turntable with a pallet jack and forklift.

Automatic Stretch Wrap Machine Operation:

The pallet is placed on the turntable via a forklift or driven automatically onto the machine by a chain or roller conveyer. The stretch wrapper starts automatically once the pallet load is centred onto the turntable via conveyor feed or the operator pushes a button on the wireless remote to start the machine. The stretch wrapper completes the wrapping cycle and drives the pallet load off onto an out feed conveyor or operator removes the load from the turntable with a forklift.

The major benefits of an automatic stretch wrap machine are as follows:

High pallet wrap output varying from 35 pallets an hour up to 120 pallets per hour depending on machine configuration. Major film cost saving depending on the pre-stretch ratio used on the machine which would save up to 50% on film usage during the wrapping cycle. Better utilization of operators or warehouse staff as they can prepare and prepack pallets while the automatic wrapper is completing its wrap cycle. Greater customer satisfaction as load stability and presentation improves dramatically. Less loss of product and damage during transit due to poorly wrapped pallets.

There is numerous other cost saving attributes which can be added to the above list on why you should look at making the leap from Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapping to a Fully Automatic Stretch Wrapping Solutions.

Give us a call on 011 794 3310 or visit us on our official website – www.futurepack.co.za for your stretch wrapping needs.

Popular plastic products used in kitchen households around the world:

Food wrap films and dispensers:

Food wrap films are specifically used to seal food in containers to keep them fresh over a longer period of time. The common type of food film sold is a 380mm x 1200m x 10micron roll. This material is virgin grade LDPE stretch film. It’s clear and clings together once in contact. Used for a quick cost effective method for household, deli’s and catering environments.

For high use of this material one uses the food film dispenser, to assist in dispensing the film with fast wrapping by hand, using a quick heat cutter bar and a preparation table.

Plastic Virgin flat butcher bags and impulse heat sealers:

These packing bags are standard LDPE Virgin bags are manufactured in standard sizes in 25micron and 50micron thickness. They are packed in bundles of 250 and sold per 1000. These bags are used to help package to secure the product inside. The sealing of the bag keeps the product clean and from getting contaminated by airborne viruses and bacteria. A common name for these bags are butcher or sandwich bags sold in most supermarkets and wholesale stores.

Vacuum machines and Vacuum bags:

This is the most effective method to vacuum and seal bags containing food products. The vacuum machine removes air from the bag prior to sealing. It is the best method to extend shelf life of foods and reduce the volume of the content and package. Vacuum sealing can assist to store fresh foods, such as vegetables and meats in your freezer.

We sell the machinery and plain vacuum bags as stock items. The popular DZ-SERIES of vacuum packing machines are suitable for meat, cheese, fish or even medicine. The seals and stencil set are able to imprint expiry and manufacture dates. The vacuum machines are available as desktop models.

We hope this assists our clients to choose a method of plastic packaging to suite their household needs.

Should you require any further information please feel free to contact me, Peter Duxbury (National Plastics Manager) – 082 875 6322

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