David Roberge

By: David Roberge on September 1st, 2022

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Upgrading To A Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper

Equipment | Packaging Materials | Plant Performance | Investment

Have you considered upgrading from hand-wrapping your pallets to using a semi-automatic stretch wrapper?


If you have, chances are, now is the time to upgrade. There are various reasons why upgrading to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper is a good idea.


From cost savings to reducing labor, the are various benefits to switching to a wrapper from hand wrapping your pallets.


But is buying a semi-automatic stretch wrapper the right decision for your business? What are the other benefits of upgrading?


And where can you buy a semi-automatic stretch wrapper? Don't worry; with the information in this article, you can decide if upgrading to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper is the right choice for your business.


Get 80% ROI In Just Over A Year With A Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper!


In many cases, modifying your packaging line with automation will significantly improve many important issues on your plant floor, from throughput to cost and labor reduction. 


Suppose you are hand-wrapping pallets, for instance. In that case, a simple upgrade to a semi-automatic pallet wrapper can show an 80% ROI in just under 16 months!


Here is an example of just how much and how fast you can positively impact your packaging line with automation:


Wacky Widgets, Inc., Co. (a fake company based on a real customer experience) was palletizing their products manually with stretch wrap.


With a clear opportunity to reduce costs, they decided to look into automating the process by upgrading to a semi-automatic stretch wrapper.


Labor Reduction With A Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper


On average, it took their employees four minutes to wrap each pallet. The upgrade to a Semi-Automatic stretch wrapper reduced this by half to two minutes per pallet.


Labor Cost Reduction With A Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper


Wacky Widgets, Inc., Co. utilized two workers, each hand-wrapping roughly 125 pallets per week, 50 weeks per year, at $10/hr.


With the time reduced by half to wrap a pallet to 2 minutes, they saved eight hours in labor per week! This reduced their labor spending over one year by $4,166.67!


How much money can you save with a semi-automated stretch wrapper?

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Film Usage Reduction With A Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper


The products they were palletizing fit on the average pallet size of 40"x48" with no overhang and were stacked up to about 64" tall. With the upgrade to the semi-automatic stretch wrapper, the film could pre-stretch 200%.


Before this, they were getting a rough, inconsistent 20% pre-stretch from their workers. Along with a consistent amount of film being used, they reduced film usage dramatically by about 80' per load!


Film Cost Reduction With A Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper


With a film cost of $.0076 per foot ($45.46/ 6000' roll), wrapping 250 pallets per week with a consistent wrap on each pallet, they saved an additional $7,663.33 annually in stretch film costs.


The cost of the wrapper Wacky Widgets selected was $15,550 at the time of purchase. The investment created annual savings totaling $11,830.00! The machine paid for itself in just over a year.


Thinking About Upgrading To A Semi-Automatic Stretch Wrapper?


After reading this article, you probably wonder if your business could reap some or all of the benefits mentioned above.


But is a semi-automatic stretch wrapper right for your business? What are the unique cost savings you could incur from buying a wrapper?


How much does a stretch wrapper cost? What other things do you need to know before buying a semi-automatic stretch wrapper for your business?


We realize you may have more questions than when you started reading this article. And while you may want to jump to it and make a purchase today, there are certain things you will need to consider and some questions you will need to answer first.


Fortunately, you can answer your questions and obtain all the information you need to make the proper stretch wrapper purchase by speaking with one of our packaging experts.


They will be able to help you decide if a semi-automatic stretch wrapper is suitable for your business. And they can help you do everything you need to choose the right piece of equipment for your needs.


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About David Roberge

I am grateful for my 9 years as part of the outstanding Industrial Packaging team. I was able to hang out with some of the most knowledgeable folks in the packaging industry. I feel even luckier that I was able to share that knowledge with you. I love learning, hiking, and growing people and teams both personally and professionally, and helping companies grow better.