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Increase Efficiency With a Custom Stretch Wrapper

Phoenix Wrappers has a stretch wrapping machine to suit any business. From an entry-level semi-automatic to an automatic stretch wrapper to our proprietary rotary ring wrapper, we have options.

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Phoenix Wrappers Dual Film Carriage System (pictured) is designed specifically for heavy loads that require extra tension and security out of their stretch wrapping.

Your business may have specific needs, or a job that calls for a specialized tool. Our engineers are experts in making our stretch wrapping technology work efficiently and tailoring to your specific application. Over the years, we’ve developed many customized stretch wrappers to fit different industries.

We’ve taken a look at custom stretch wrappers we’ve built for the bottling and agriculture industries. Now, we’ll look at an automatic stretch wrapper designed for heavy loads (i.e. brick & block, agriculture, nursery, gardening) and a customized conveyor system for a distribution center with pallet jack operations.

Heavy Loads

Phoenix Wrappers Dual Film Carriage System is ideal for heavy loads, like bricks, pavers, and bagged soil and fertilizers.

A pallet stacked high with bricks is one of the toughest applications out there for stretch wrapping and the same goes for other heavy, sturdy products. Our customers have come to us with challenges like tall stacks of fertilizer bags, roof tiles, and concrete pavers. This type of pallet requires a strong stretch wrap, one that withstands sharp edges and has enough force to hold the load together during shipping. The consequences of a poor wrapping job are not only loss of product, but also, with such a heavy load, the potential for injury if a load topples over.

To suit this type of application, Phoenix Wrappers developed the dual film carriage system. Once pre-stretched, this dual film is nearly unbreakable. How does it work? The first step is to put slits in one of the stretch films, and run it through an adjustable roping system. The second film stays intact. The two films merge together in our pre-stretch machine creating a bonded film that’s ready for the job at hand.

Now, the film is applied to the pallet load with a high tension by our stretch wrapping machine. With each revolution, because of the high tension, less film is used in less time than a traditional wrapping machine. That’s what we call an efficient operation!

Our dual film carriage system can be added to any of our automatic or semi-automatic stretch wrappers. Our clients have used this system in the brick & block, nursery (bagged soil, fertilizer), and agriculture (hay bales) industries.

Pallet Jack Operations

An employee at a distribution center builds a pallet load then places it on a custom Phoenix conveyor system.

Distribution centers are like highly sophisticated machines with dozens of moving parts. In pick and pack operations, a team of employees (many of them operating hand pallets) are often gathering products to be shipped on pallets. In this type of operation, the addition of an automatic stretch wrapper can make a huge difference in terms of speed and efficiency in the warehouse.

Yet, one of the problems our clients often face is incorporating a conveyor system that’s low enough to the ground to make it easily accessible for the pallet jack. For this application, Phoenix Wrappers had designed a low profile conveying system with a pallet jack ramp. The five-inch pass height accommodates pallet jacks, electric walkies and triple pallet riding trucks.

Paired with an automatic stretch wrapper, the conveyor system streamlines production resulting in increased production and efficiency, as well as stretch film and labor savings.

If you’re interested in learning more about our custom stretch wrappers, contact us today!

Top Custom Stretch Wrappers for the Bottling & Agricultural Industries

Every business is different and often calls for a specific tool set to do the job in the most efficient manner. Sometimes what you need isn’t widely available on the market, so you need to find a customized solution. Phoenix engineers are constantly reexamining and improving our stretch wrapping machines to ensure each custom stretch wrapper fits the client’s needs and helps them face their challenges head on.

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There are many reasons why a company might need a custom stretch wrapper. Perhaps your business has a unique application, unusual pallet or load size, special warehouse space considerations, or business model.

We believe the best way to illustrate our ability to provide highly customized stretch wrapping machines is to offer examples of custom stretch wrappers that we’ve provided in the past. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing some of the custom stretch wrappers we’ve made for specific industry applications.

Let’s start with some unique industry applications and how Phoenix Wrappers was able to tailor our stretch wrapping technology to suit.

Custom Stretch Wrappers for Bottling

Sometimes described as “bottling air” one of the toughest stretch wrapping applications is pallets of empty PET bottles. It comes with a number of inherent challenges.

  1. Larger than Standard Pallet: PET bottles are most often palletized on extra-large pallets, typically 44 by 56 inches.
  2. Tall Loads: The PET bottles are usually stacked high, sometimes as high as 10 feet.
  3. High Rate of Production: Bottle loads are produced quickly, anywhere between 50 and 75 pallets per hour.
  4. Lightweight Product: There’s little weight to a pallet full of empty plastic bottles. Not only does the wrapping machine have to work fast, it has to do it gently so as not to crush the bottles.

This specific application challenges a standard stretch wrapping machine. A custom and forward-thinking solution is necessary. The versatile Phoenix PRRA Rotary Ring style wrapper can do the job, with specifications to suit this particular type of business.

The size of the rotary ring stretch wrapper can be adjusted based on the load type, addressing both the first and second challenges. To wrap fast and efficiently, the fully automatic rotary ring wraps the load from the bottom up, then cuts and secures the film tail. This not only saves time, but also saves money on stretch film. Saving more than 30+ feet of stretch film on each load adds up to thousands in savings over the course of a year.

Phoenix’s proprietary rotary ring technology allows the stretch film to be applied to the pallet with just enough tension to hold the load in place and protect it from the elements, while ensuring the force is not great enough to crush the empty bottles.

Available in two speeds, the PRRA-2100 can do up to 75 loads per hour while the PRRA-4000 can wrap up to 120 loads in a single hour.

Custom Stretch Wrappers for Produce & Agriculture

While there are some applications that require a stretch wrapping machine with special adjustments, others have to customize the wrap itself. Such is the case for this particular customization, which has applications in food packaging, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries.

The ultimate goal for all stretch wrapping applications is to ensure the load arrives safely and in good condition. In the food, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries, there are special considerations. For example, sometimes the product is still warm when packaged (dog food, sauces, yogurt) and sometimes the product needs to breathe (i.e. fruits, vegetables, eggs, plants). In both cases, maintaining airflow is essential to prevent condensation or spoilage.

Traditional wrapping in these types of cases would risk damaging or spoiling the load during transport. In the past, clients have come to us with the problem of unfit packaging that delivers corroded, moldy, or soggy product. At best, this is poor presentation and, at worst, the product is useless for sale and consumption. And that can negatively impact your bottom line.

To suit this type of application, Phoenix Wrappers developed the Breathe Easy Film Slitter, an affordable solution that allows airflow throughout the load. The beauty of our solution is that it does not require special stretch film; it can be used with standard stretch film.

Here’s how it works. The Phoenix Breathe Easy Film Slitter cuts the film into three or more bands (width can be adjusted) and wraps the load. At the end of the cycle, the slitter stops, leaving a full sheet of stretch film to complete the wrap. The stretch film bands still secure the load with the proper load retention while allowing the product to breathe. It’s that simple. We’ve implemented this packaging innovation for several produce applications from apples to eggs.

We hope this post inspires you to find and use the right custom stretch wrapper for your industry and applications. Stay tuned for our upcoming posts, as we will be tackling one industry at a time to help supervisors and operators improve their bottom line.

If you’re interested in learning more about our custom stretch wrappers, contact us today!