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Some of the best moves for a business looking to increase productivity are those which replace human work with specialized, efficient machine labor. Pallet wrapping, in which pallets stacked with product are wrapped in plastic or other material to keep the load together and enable easy, safe transportation, is often done with human employees but can be performed much more quickly and efficiently by pallet wrappers.
These machines increase productivity in several key ways, primarily by reducing product damage, lowering labor and material costs, improving process efficiency and preventing injury to business workers.
Pallet Wrappers Reduce Product Damage
One of the best ways that pallet wrappers increase productivity is by protecting your products. Damaged or destroyed products result in direct losses for your company, both in the time that it takes to replace damaged product and in the money that needs to be spent recouping that loss. The time and money spent fixing mistakes could be used furthering or growing actual profits, particularly if you have stretch wrappers.
Stretch wrappers protect big loads of all sorts of products by covering a pallet in firm, stabilizing stretch wrap. This wrap has a stabilizing effect on stacks of boxes, bins, or other containers which are often stacked high on a single pallet. Of course, without any stabilizers, tall stacks of boxes have a tendency to tip over, particularly when being moved. Tightly and carefully wrapping stacks of boxes with stretch wrap holds everything together, forming a much more stable and easy-to-move tower that can then be transferred from warehouse to truck and back again without having to worry about pieces of the tower or individual boxes falling off.
If productivity can be measured in successful product transportation, then pallet wrappers have a direct, measurable improvement in both time and product protection.The time and money you might spend replacing damaged product are instead saved to be put back into your business.
Summary: By protecting your products from the damage they might sustain during transport, pallet wrappers reduce costs associated with replacing damaged product, increasing business productivity as a whole.
Increase Productivity Thanks To Lower Material And Labor Costs
The next thing you want to think about is the overall cost of hand-wrapping your pallets. This can be seen in both the cost of the extra material you’ll use and the time you’ll need to pay for, as employees tend to wrap pallets much more slowly than a specialized stretch wrapper.
Pallet wrappers are simply much more efficient when protectively wrapping full pallets, in terms of both time and resources. For one, when stretch wrappers use material to completely and safely wrap a pallet, they do so in smooth, efficient motions that don’t waste extra plastic warp in places that have already been adequately covered. They wrap more evenly, reducing weak spots in the wrap cover that could split or break during the transportation process; weak wrapping can eventually lead to product falling from the pallet, and it’s always a waste of good stretch wrap.
Pallet wrappers also perform this essential task of product transportation more quickly than any employee. The fact of the matter is that humans, due to having to walk carefully and slowly around a pallet, have to wrap by hand and make an uneven layer of stretch wrap because of common human error. A machine can have elevation and thickness settings programmed in and it will perform the wrapping procedure as you specify; a human will always have variation in his behavior, no matter how well he practices. All the time spent wrapping pallets has to be paid for, and that’s time that could be better spent elsewhere!
In the business world, it’s commonly-known that time really is money. Therefore, stretch wrappers can help improve productivity by streamlining and mastering the pallet-wrapping process. They’re much better at it than any human employee.
Summary: Pallet wrappers perform the mundane, repetitive job of wrapping pallets with plastic much more quickly and efficiently than human employees, as well as using less material in the process.
Pallet Wrappers Result In Fewer Injuries
Another aspect to consider when replacing human stretch wrappers with mechanical ones is the possibility of injury to your employees. Wrapping pallets is labor-intensive, requiring stooping, bending, and spinning. This process causes an employee to walk repeatedly around a pallet full of product and can often lead to accidents. Furthermore, many adult humans have trouble bending down frequently and forcing this motion can lead to back injuries or health complications.
Any time your employee is hurt or must cease performing a task, it’s costing your business money through the time wasted where no work is getting done. In addition, employee injuries can easily cost your business much more money than you might think since the injury happened on the job while performing duties that your business required.
Pallet wrappers can alleviate this risk entirely; instead of having human workers risk the possibility of injury and further costs to your business, use a stretch wrapper that will never become injured. The real productivity increase will be seen in the work your employees can do elsewhere. There are plenty of jobs that are too technical or intelligent to be passed off to a machine and which your employees are better-equipped to complete.
Summary: Employees that wrap pallets can sustain injuries in the process that pallet wrappers are not susceptible to. Preventing injuries keeps employees working productively and saves your business from injury related expenses.
How Pallet Wrappers Will Increase Your Staff’s Efficiency & Production
Overall, pallet wrappers are a great investment for your business to make because of all the ways they improve productivity. The time and money that’s saved from a pallet wrapper’s work will easily recoup any initial costs from installation and can then be reinvested in the business to further promote growth. Don’t wait to start boosting your numbers, saving money and improving your overall productivity. Call us or contact us today and find out what options are available for your business!