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.
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.
- Larger than Standard Pallet: PET bottles are most often palletized on extra-large pallets, typically 44 by 56 inches.
- Tall Loads: The PET bottles are usually stacked high, sometimes as high as 10 feet.
- High Rate of Production: Bottle loads are produced quickly, anywhere between 50 and 75 pallets per hour.
- 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.
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!