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Man vs. Machine: When is it time to switch when using pallet wrap?

Supplier: Signet By: Phyllida Yeo
01 September, 2015

Signet has over 45 years of experience packaging, wrapping and sending goods across the country. Without machinery our warehouses would be working around the clock to get goods out on time and in a stable condition for transport.

Signet has over 45 years of experience packaging, wrapping and sending goods across the country. Without machinery our warehouses would be working around the clock to get goods out on time and in a stable condition for transport.

As a business expands or is looking to increase productivity, machinery may be one of the first things that come to mind. However like most purchases it is important to determine if it is truly the right solution for you. To help make the decision easier we have compiled a list of key pieces of information you need to know when deciding whether to purchase your own pallet wrap machinery.

Advantages of machinery

Machinery has many benefits, with the most obvious of all being the crucial time savings it can create. With this additional time employees could potentially utilise and further their additional skills, streamline other processes and better multi task to complete jobs more efficiently. Other advantages of machinery include:

  • Reduced risk of injury and safer OH & S practises
  • Provides consistent wrapping to securely protect and hold the load
  • Adjustable setting for various pallet sizes
  • Valuable time savings

Potential challenges when using machinery

Like most purchases it is always crucial to consider any potential challenges that may be faced when implementing or using new equipment. Challenges may include:

  • Lack of space – A machines foot print is usually 1.7m x 2.7m, hence fitting such equipment into small spaces can be tricky
  • Power outages

Now that you know the advantages and challenges that machinery brings, the next question is when should you consider making the switch?

A significant consideration is the layout of your picking and packing operations. If the picking and packing is done in one centralised area, machinery can be highly beneficial for further streamlining the process. The cost efficiencies that can be gained when using machinery, as opposed to a manual pallet wrapper, can also be beneficial for high volume pallet wrap users.

Entry level machine costs are quite minimal and are quickly returned. When compared to hand pallet wrapping, machine wrapped pallets win hands down, and your staff will love it.

To find out more about what types of machines Signet stock and if they may be suitable for you, head to http://www.signet.net.au/store/categories/plastic-wrap-and-stretch-films/pallet-wrap-machinery