Over the course of every year at Agritel we spend a lot of time carrying out trials to check the weight of plastic that our customers are applying to the pallets they are wrapping, whether by hand or by machine.
These simple wrapping trials have enabled us to save money for our customers by prompting them to implement one or more of the following strategies:
Always apply the most cost-effective wrap. Film that is thicker than it needs to be will do a good job but can cost up to 50% more than necessary. For example, switching from a 23mu to a 17mu standard-grade stretchwrap could save you 25%.
Consider using a high-performance film. Made from the highest quality resins, these films are pre-stretched during manufacture to produce a thin but high-strength product with good puncture resistance. They may cost more per roll but you get more film for your money and apply less to each pallet—so you save more!
Consider using a pallet wrapper, especially if you’re wrapping lots of pallets. Machine stretchwrap costs less per kilo than hand wrap (because there are fewer steps in the manufacturing process) so even if the thickness of the film is identical it costs less to wrap by machine than by hand. If you’re wrapping sufficient pallets, the savings on stretchwrap will often cover the cost of the machine within a relatively short period.
And, apart from the cost savings, there are efficiency and operational benefits: pallets are wrapped consistently well, pallet stability improves, goods suffer less transit damage and staff are relieved of a back-breaking job!
So if you want to save money, or simply to check that you are applying the optimum amount of stretchwrap to your pallets, contact Agritel and book a wrap trial. We will be happy to bring a selection of films to your warehouse and weigh the plastic applied to a representative pallet of your goods, enabling you to choose the best and most cost-effective wrap for your operations.
John Duffus, Managing Director, 6th June 2017