New in 2017 at U.S. Packaging and Wrapping LLC.

We have several exciting developments we are looking forward to in 2017. First and foremost we are happy to be in our new facility with plenty of land for additional buildings and production area. The new facility allows us to offer several new services to all of our valued customers. Below are some new services and opportunities that will be made available in 2017.

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More Products In Stock

Our Arkansas facility is our most centrally located shipping warehouse. The new, larger facility will offer the ability to carry more products in stock to ensure faster shipping times to companies within the central region.

New Website

Since last year, our web developers have been working on a new website design. The new design will offer a fresh new look to our website while staying focused on keeping the site easy to navigate and find products.

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Virtual Showroom

We are going to offer a new virtual showroom to online customers. We are currently working on our new demo room for shrink machines, vacuum sealers, and bag sealers. The virtual showroom will offer a variety of features including the ability to fully rotate machines and easily click on videos and flyers of each machine offered.

Faster In-House Testing

We have always offered in-house testing on the machines we offer. It is a great way for customers to ensure a specific machine is going to accomplish what they desire. Our limited space in our older showroom often hampered the turn-around time for sample testing. If a machine was not in the showroom, we would have to pull a machine off the racks and unpackage and hook the machine up.

The new, larger showroom is going to have our machines easily available to our warehouse crew. The larger showroom will have all of our popular machines available for same or next day testing of samples.

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Contract Packaging

We will begin running a new line of fully automated shrink wrapping machines within a few months. We will offer the ability to shrink wrap tens of thousands of products daily. Minimums will be based on total film usage and detailed later this year. This is a great way to serve potential customers that can not justify a shrink wrap machine purchase or the labor costs required for packaging products.

New Product Lines

U.S. Packaging & Wrapping will also be offering new product lines to better serve customers. We will be increase our strapping machine offerings and packaging tape offerings. We always welcome new product suggestions from new and existing customers.

We are looking forward to an exciting and prosperous year in 2017. Feel free to shop online or call us at 1-800-441-5090 if there is any way we can assist your packaging purchase.

Stretch Film Usage Calculations

For companies wrapping hundreds or thousands of pallets annually, determining the amount of stretch film usage and average stretch rate is important to understanding costs. Below are two step-by-step stretch wrap calculations and a video to determine stretch film usage and stretch rates.

Determine Stretch Film Usage

We recommend figuring the amount of film usage per pallet and then multiplying the amount of stretch film used per pallet times the amount of pallets per week.

To determine the amount of film being used per pallet, it is important to know the number of revolutions it takes around a pallet to secure the load. This is true whether applying by hand or machine.

In the video below we are using a pallet that requires a total of 11 revolutions to secure the load. The pallet dimensions are 48″x48″x63″.

Step 1 – Determine the amount of film used each revolution.

48″ per side x 4 sides = 192 inches of film used per revolution

Step 2 – Convert Inches of film used per revolution to ft.

192″ ÷ 12″ = 16 ft. per revolution

Step 3 – Multiple the number of revolutions by the amount of film used each revolution

11 revolutions x 16 ft. per revolution = 176 ft. of stretch film used per pallet.

The last step is determining the amount of pallets going out per day or week and multiplying it by the amount of film used each pallet. The final number will give an accurate amount of stretch film footage needed per given time period.

Determine Stretch Film Stretch Rate

Grasping the amount of stretch rate consistently obtained by employees wrapping by hand or by machine application is essential in understanding stretch film cost. The step-by-step guide below will explain how to determine the stretch rate obtained.

Step 1 – Using an easily visible marker, make a 10 inch line on stretch film unraveled from the roll. Be sure to put the line at least 2-4 ft. away from the end of the stretch film.

Step 2 – Tie the film to a pallet and begin wrapping the pallet as normal. After a few revolutions, re-measure the line and write down the new length.

Step 3 – Use the formula below to determine the amount of stretch.

Line Size After Stretch – Line Size Before Stretch ÷ Line Size Before Stretch

Example: If the line size before stretching is 10 inches and after stretching is 22 inches the formula would be as below.

22 – 10 = 12 ÷ 10 = 1.2 or 120% stretch.

Step 4 – Use the formula below to determine the amount of ft per roll with the average stretch rate.

1 + Stretch Rate Obtained x Ft. per roll of film.

Example: Standard Machine rolls are 5000 ft. long and hand rolls are 1500 ft. see the two examples below.

1 + 1.20 = 2.20 x 5000′ = 11,000 ft.

1 + 1.20 = 2.20 x 1500′ = 3,300 ft.

Once the post-stretched roll length is determined and the film usage is known, purchasers can make accurate forecasts in film ordering and film savings. Below is the formula.

Formula to Determine Film Usage For a Specified Period

Number of pallets wrapped each week x Ft. of stretch film used each pallet

Example: 40 pallets wrapped per week x 176 ft. of film used per pallet = 7,040 ft. of stretch film used weekly

Stretch film footage used weekly ÷ Post-stretched Roll Length

Example: 7,040′ of stretch film used ÷ 3,300′ Hand Stretch Film Rolls at 120% stretch = 2.13 rolls used per week at a 120% stretch rate.

The amount of stretch obtained when applying the film is a massive factor in the overall cost of film and usage. Typically, most hand applications reach 100% – 150% maximum stretch. Stretch wrap machines with a pre-stretched head can consistently obtain 225% – 250% stretch. In the example above, the 3,300′ hand stretch film roll would have been 5,250′ long with 250% stretch.

If you have any questions about reducing stretch film costs or usage, feel free to call us at 1-800-441-5090 or shop online at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

 

 

Benefits of an Automatic Stretch Wrap Machine

Making the decision to purchase an automatic stretch wrap machine can be a difficult one to make. They cost more than semi-auto machines, and both achieve the same end result. So what are the benefits of an automatic stretch wrap machine and how do you know if it will benefit your business?

The number one benefit of an automatic stretch wrap machine over semi-auto machines is efficiency. This article will help determine if an automatic stretch wrap machine is needed for your business and what benefits they may provide.

Production Indicators To Justify an Automatic Stretch Wrap Machine Purchase

  • Full time forklift operators
  • Forklift operators with idle time while pallets are being wrapped
  • Delayed outbound product shipments due to warehouse inefficiencies
  • Outdated stretch wrap machines
  • A dedicated warehouse worker having the job of running stretch wrap machines

Let’s look at the process of operating semi-auto machines vs. automatic stretch wrap machines.

Semi-auto Stretch Wrap Machine

  1. The pallet is placed on the turntable.
  2. The operator has to get off the forklift.
  3. The operator has to tie the film to the pallet load.
  4. If the machine has an auto photo eye the operator can push the start button and let the machine go to work/ if the machine does not have a photo eye the operator has to manually adjust the carriage up and down while the turntable is moving.
  5. Once the load is finished the operator has to cut the film and attach it to the pallet.
  6. The operator gets back on the forklift and removes the load from the turntable.

Automatic Stretch Wrap Machine

  1. The Pallet is placed on the turntable.
  2. The operator pushes a button on the wireless remote.
  3. The operator removes the load from the turntable when finished.

The ability to keep forklift drivers on the forklift is one of the major benefits of an automatic stretch wrap machine. An automatic stretch wrap machine allows operators to drop off the pallet load, push a button and go get the next load. By the time the driver reaches the machine with the next load it is finished wrapping.

Check out the video below for a demonstration of an automatic stretch wrap machine. We offer semi-auto and fully auto machines online at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com or you can call us at 1-800-441-5090 with questions or quote requests. Normal lead times range from 5-7 days of a completed order for our automatic stretch wrap machines.