Meat overwrappers are used to wrap and protect meat, vegetables, fruits, and more. Overwrappers are named so because film is wrapped over the meat to protect it. Using tension, the operator pulls film over the meat and under the tray. The bottom of the package is mended together with a hot plate.
The meat film used on an overwrapper comes in multiple widths and thicknesses. The standard thickness is a 62 gauge meat film. For longer storage and bone-in meats a thicker meat film up to 125 gauge may be ideal. Overwrapped meats in thicker film can last for months in freezer storage and resist punctures.
Common Overwrapper Features
Manual meat overwrappers come with different features and designs. All overwrappers share some common features. The film dispenser is a common part all overwrappers have in common. Either an axle mount or roll mount film dispenser will be found on all overwrappers. A film cutoff is essential and found on all overwrappers. The film needs to be easily cut as needed. A stainless steel prep area is also found on all meat overwrappers. The stainless steel is required for easy cleaning and sanitary reasons. The last common item that helps the meat film mend is a heat pad. The package is placed on the heat pad and the meat film mends together closing the package.
There are multiple styles of overwrappers. Many grocery stores use stand-alone meat wrappers. The stand alone models often hold two or three film rolls to promote less waste and increase efficiency. Two different sized rolls can reduce waste on smaller products. Not having to change rolls as often helps increase productivity.
Tabletop models are the most common overwrappers because of the cost. They are small and compact, but do require a sturdy table for operation. Some tabletop wrappers offer roller mounted dispensers and others offer axle mounted dispensers. An important feature is the tension adjustment. Increasing tension when overwrapping helps to pull film tight and correctly wrap packages.
The size of heat pad found on the meat wrapper should be considered if wrapping large or odd sized packages. Be sure the pad will be large enough to come into contact with the entire bottom of the package being wrapped.
Many wrappers have custom options available. A 220V option is available as well as a power saver option. The power saving option will cut the power to the machine after 12 hours to keep from wasting energy and wearing machine parts.
Call 1-800-441-5090 with questions about stock meat overwrappers or custom options. Shop online at uspackagingandwrapping.com.