High Performance Stretch film

High performance stretch films continue to take a larger share of the stretch film market and are usually sold on the basis of reducing customer costs. In many cases this is true, however buyer beware when making the switch to these films.

Most of the information we gather comes from the service side of our business where our technicians have a chance to see the use of these films and the opportunity to speak with machine operators about any problems they may be encountering.

A lot of customers who have switched to these films are actually spending more, rather than less. How can this be? Operators in most cases have control over the wrap patterns and the number of wraps that are applied to the skids that are being wrapped. Our field experience shows that in many cases the number of wraps is now higher than it was before high performance films were used. If the new film you are using is 44 gauge as an example and you are pre-stretching it by 260% the yield for every foot of film off the roll will provide 3.6 feet on the load. This pre-stretch will reduce the film thickness which increases the potential for tearing on the load if edges of the load are not smooth and symmetrical. Tearing is accentuated when film overlaps the skid (pallet) particularly when the skid has sharp corners or splinters.

In summary make sure that if you are contemplating the switch to high performance films that you don’t have to increase the number of wraps, as well as increasing the overlap. By doing this your costs may actually go up. Another major consideration in more wraps is that your equipment will work harder. When the number of wraps has to be increased your equipment will have to work harder (higher maintenance costs) and this also should be factored into your decision.

If you would like to speak with us about how to improve the quality of your wrapped loads and how to reduce film and maintenance costs call us toll free at (800) 665-4040 or local (905) 507-4040 for a no charge on site engineering review.

Orion CTS: Achieve Less With More

In order to maximize profits and remain competitive, most organizations are asking this question today, “How can we achieve more with less?” For operations managers, this typically means achieving more production using less resources whether they be manpower, floor space, capital investment, maintenance, etc. When it comes to stretch wrapping systems, if you want to do more with less then the Orion Flex Automatic Stretch Wrapper deserves a look.

With the CST, a single operator can load, wrap and retrieve pallets without ever having to leave their forklift. And, because pallets automatically shift off of the turntable once they’re wrapped, minimum handling is required.

Is limited space a challenge? The CTS’s extremely small foot print lets it fit just about any floor plan. Could you benefit from automation but don’t have the budget for a fully automatic line, the CTS is a more affordable option. Combined with an operating lease for off balance sheet financing, the CTS could be your answer to achieving more with less.

Want to know more about the CTS? Interested in other ways of making your operation more productive? We’d be happy to help. Call our industrial sales and engineering department at (800) 665-4040 or (905) 507-4040.

Orion CTS Pallet Stretch Wrapper