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- Safety – for obvious reasons, walking around a pallet until you are dizzy can be dangerous. Bending down to wrap the bottom of the pallet can lead to back injuries, employee down-time and increased workman’s comp claims.
- Production – A machine doesn’t get tired. It will wrap as many loads as you can throw at it. Over the course of a day, wrapping pallets by hand can be exhausting. The process gets slower as the day (or night) wears on.
- Consistency – A machine will wrap every pallet exactly the same way with exactly the same tension and exactly the same amount of film.
- Profitability – Increased safety, production and consistency all lead to more profit for your department, warehouse and company. Who doesn’t want that?
Let’s say you’ve decided that a semi-automatic turntable with powered pre-stretch is going to be best for you. How are you going to get the pallet on to the machine?
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