Pallet wrapping machines offer us flexible packaging solutions that can have practical applications in various industries. Such would include food and beverages, electronics, healthcare, and many more.
While there is nothing to stop the logistics and the shipping industry from growing and further developing on the e-Commerce sector backdrop, it is anticipated by industry insiders that the present demand for pallet wrapping machines maintain its momentum of growth and carry this trend to the future. This can be attributed to the packaging industry’s growing demand greater means of protecting goods while they are in transit and during distribution.
Now that you have seen the good side of it, here comes the drawback. Finding the right kind of pallet wrapper to buy will pose a certain level of challenge, most especially to those who happen to have no prior experience in this area.
Any smart and enterprising person will understand that buying the wrong piece of equipment for his business is going to be a very costly mistake.
Just so you will not commit any mistake on this, as many others did in the past, here are some good tips to help and guide you by. When it comes to buying a pallet wrapper for your business, these pointers will see to it that you are not likely to make any wrong decision or choice.
- Should you buy brand new equipment or second-hand?
Trying to acquire a brand new pallet wrapper would mean to say that it would cost you so much more compared to buying instead of a second-hand unit. One good advantage though in the brand new unit is that it comes with a warranty.
In addition to that, their parts would be readily accessible to you just in case you might need parts replacement. Provided that you are properly using your brand new pallet wrapper, as per manufacturer’s instructions, and you are maintaining the machine pretty well, then your pallet wrapper is bound to give you a long service life.
On the other hand, used or second-hand pallet wrapping machines may come with lower initial costs yet most of the time their warranty would have lapsed already.
And if in case you need to identify the manufacturer, you would find it hard to obtain parts for replacement. This is true most especially if the unit you acquired is not a high-end or mainstream brand.
2. Is your business likely to wrap small or large product packages?
It is crucial to determine before the pallet sizes that your machine will most likely work on so that you know beforehand that your equipment will be able to accommodate everything. Therefore, make it sure that the numbers, in terms of width, length and height are ready.
If the pallets are oversized or too long, they are likely to hit your machine while it’s rotating. If your pallets come too tall, chances are high that they won’t be fully wrapped by your machine. If it is too short, the machine’s photo-eye may not be able to see it.
3. Do you require a pre-stretched head?
This would highly depend on the kind of stretch film you will have the machine run on. Acquiring a stretch wrapper sans any pre-stretched head, you need to make it sure that your team will make use of a pre-stretched film on your pallet wrapping machine.
The use of pre-stretched films will work to your company’s advantage because it will help you save lots on film costs significantly.
4. How about the maintenance costs?
Picture in your mind what should be the external environment of your upcoming pallet wrapper. This machine placed in:
- A cold storage room will need to use different kinds of lubricants.
- Areas that are prone to accumulation of dust will require you the use of additional covers to protect the wrapping machine.
- Places that are known to have high levels of humidity will induce your machine to require frequent maintenance work.
Furthermore, as time goes by and the machine gets older, the required maintenance cost would naturally get more expensive.
To pull down the costs of maintaining your wrapping machine, you must see to it that there is only little to no preventive maintenance for it at any given time during its lifetime.