Pallet wrapping is an important and common activity during the despatch process. It serves a number of purposes including protecting goods from dust, dirt and marks and minimising movement during transportation and storage.
Ensuring that you are using your pallet wrap to its full potential is crucial for optimum levels of protection and stability for your goods; particularly if they may come into contact with rough handling or transit conditions and getting the most value for your money.
Read through some of our insider tips to see how you can get the most out of your pallet wrap.
Tip 1 – Try a different type of pallet wrap
There are a number of different wraps available depending on your requirements. Along with conventional cast and blown pallet wraps, new technologies are creating thinner wraps with comparable amounts of stretch and protective capabilities. Simply assessing your requirements and trialling a different type of wrap may be a good first step to improving value for money and creating cost savings.
For example Ultimate Hand Film is a lighter pallet wrapping alternative to conventional films. Most hand pallet wraps have a “tenacity” or optimum stretch point of around 400% Ultimate Film has a much lower minimum stretch point which allows the film to reach its optimum stretch quicker and easier.
Lighter types of pallet wrap are also beneficial as they can help reduce worker fatigue and make it easier to stretch and apply the film onto the pallet.
Tip 2 – Use machinery
Pallet wrapping machinery is an easier and quicker method to use and apply pallet wrap. They are particularly beneficial for frequent pallet wrapping where inadequately stretched film can become a costly and timely issue to fix.
Tip 3 – Pack your pallet correctly
How a pallet is packed is a significant factor in determining how well your pallet wrap will perform. To get the most from your pallet wrap a neatly packed square pallet is ideal as it much easier to wrap.
Wrapping an ‘In boarded pallet’ that will effectively secure and protect goods can also be more difficult when trying to use pallet wrap. In boarding is when a pallet is packed and the goods do not cover the base. Instead they are placed in a way that creates a space between the edge of the pallet and the goods. This not only requires more pallet wrap to secure the load but places stress on the corners which can lead to the film puncturing and damaging your goods.
Tip 4 – Keep the roll vertical
Keeping the roll vertical once your goods have been secured to the base of your pallet is important to reduce the chance of the film breaking and ensuring that its full width is being utilised. If the roll begins to slant and is used on an angle, the film becomes compressed and more stress is placed on one end. As a result it can split and tear and more may be required to completely wrap and secure the pallet.
By knowing how to better utilise your pallet wrapping, streamlining existing processes should be easier and more effective.