If you have decided that it is time to purchase a turntable stretch wrapping machine for wrapping plastic around your merchandise pallets, then it is important that you select one that best meets the needs of your business. By choosing wisely, you will have a machine that can be used for years to come. Additionally, choosing the correct machine to meet the unique needs of your business is essential to save your employees time and frustration.
Here is some basic information about turntable stretch wrapping machines to help you choose the right wrapper to meet the needs of your company's warehouse:
Manual, Semi-Automatic, or Automatic
There are three basic types of turntable stretch wrap machines on the market today, including:
Manual stretch wrappers are the lowest priced because they require that your staff manually cut the plastic at the end of each wrapping. Manual stretch wrappers are designed for warehouses that only need to periodically wrap pallets.
Higher-production environments require the use of a higher-end wrapper that is either semi-automatic or automatic models. Automatic wrappers are capable of applying pre-stretched plastic on pallets and then automatically cutting off the plastic at the end of the wrap cycle. Semi-automatic models finish the wrap cycle and then require the pushing of a button to make the machine complete the cutting cycle. Both of these types of machines save time and work for your employees. Once the pallets are wrapped and the plastic cut, then all your staff need to do at that point is load the pallets into trucks.
Low-Profile vs. High-Profile Turntable
In addition to your automation choice, you also need to consider if you need a low-profile or high-profile turntable on your new pallet stretch wrapper. While you can load both styles with forklifts, a low-profile turntable style is easier to use with a manual pallet jack. High-profile turntables work well with forklifts but not as well with a pallet jack because of its lowered height and lack of adaptability.
Foot Pedal vs. Finger Button Operated
The third choice you need to make when buying your warehouse's new plastic stretch wrapper is whether it will be finger button or foot pedal operated. A foot pedal is generally offered with manual and semi-automatic models. The foot pedal allows your warehouse clerks the ability to use both of their hands for the wrapping process.
For more information, contact Fox Packaging Services or a similar company.
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