A new stretch wrap machine can be a huge productivity and quality increase to your business. But unless you’ve bought plenty of stretch wrappers in the past, it can be hard to know what to look for. The process of budgeting for and purchasing a stretch wrapper can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This four-step pallet and stretch wrapper pricing and buying guide is here to help you out.
Important Questions To Answer
Machines are a reliable and productive alternative to hand wrapping. They can benefit your business in various ways. But the two main goals of machine wrapping are to reduce damage and cut down on shipping costs. To accomplish these goals, you need a stretch wrap machine that applies the correct containment force consistently to ensure properly unitized loads.
When you’re searching for stretch wrappers, it’s important to have the answers to a few key questions about your loads on hand. Share these answers with any customer service representatives and/or distributors you talk to so they can understand your business’s stretch wrapping needs.
- What kind of loads are you wrapping?
- How many loads do you wrap per day?
- What’s the average length, width, and height of your pallets?
- What’s the lightest load you wrap? The heaviest?
- Are you required to weigh your loads?
- How many shifts are you operating?
Understand the Wrapping Process
Machines are smart, but they can’t do everything by themselves. Even automatic machines require a certain level of operator input. Here are some things that your machine won’t know and that you and your employees need to understand instead:
- The correct containment force
- The best kind of film to use
- How to lock the load to the pallet
What To Look For in a Machine
Ready to start looking? Our pallet and stretch wrapper pricing and buying guide goes over a few things you should look for in a machine: a reasonable price, a modular design, and productivity-boosting extra features.
The average cost of a pallet wrapping machine varies depending on the machine. $9,500 to $17,000 is the average cost of a turntable wrapper. Other stretch wrappers can cost more. Make sure to check the average price of the kind of stretch wrapper you’re purchasing and budget accordingly.
When planning for the long-term, the right features can make all of the difference. Robopac USA’s machines come with exclusive R-Connect and CUBE Technology.
Buy From the Right Manufacturer
It’s important to purchase your machines from a manufacturer that provides support that’s above and beyond. Look for manufacturers that offer reasonable warranties, detailed manuals, and 24/7 live support.
Need a semi-automatic stretch wrapper for your warehouse or distribution center? Come and shop with Robopac USA, the largest secondary packaging equipment company in the world, for all your stretch wrapping needs!