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Will a Stretch Wrapper Retrofit Work for Me?

Our goal is to provide a stretch wrapper that fits seamlessly into a production line and makes jobs easier. Increased efficiency, decreased costs and consistent output are a few of the advantages of a properly configured stretch wrapping machine.

stretch wrapper

The truth is every production line is different. Different production volumes, different products, light loads, heavy loads, perfect square pallets or oddly shaped loads…the list goes on. Each unique instance may require different tools, features, speeds or configurations. And what about when a business evolves and a new feature is needed or an existing asset is not as high-performing as it once was? What’s the solution? A retrofit!

A retrofit can make your existing stretch wrapping asset even better. An in-line retrofit can make the difference between making production goals and falling behind. It can also enhance the overall quality of the pallet wrap.

Our retrofit options aren’t just for Phoenix stretch wrappers; we’ve done retrofits for ITW Muller, Wulftec, Orion, Lantech, Cousins and other brand name wrapping machines. A retrofit cannot only provide efficiency, but it will extend the life of an older stretch wrapper at a much lower cost than buying new.

Will a retrofit work for your company? Let’s talk about some of the different retrofits and how they can improve your production line.

  1. Perfect the Prestretch

One of the most important pieces to stretch wrapping success is to ensure the stretch film is properly pre-stretched. Adding our No Thread 30-inch Prestretch Film Carriage adds safety, consistency and the perfect prestretch.

stretch wrapper

This film carriage is designed with safety in mind – no film threading is required! An operator can’t ready the rollers when the safety door is closed. An analog sensor allows for even film tension application to the load by automatically adjusting the film speed on the sides and around the corners. The prestretch amount is easily adjusted from 60 percent to 300 percent.

A proper prestretch can save thousands of dollars in stretch film costs each year. How? The prestretch creates the right amount of film force, film tension and film strength required to secure a pallet for transport. With the right amount of prestretch, stretch wrappers can get the load secured with the least amount of revolutions and use the least amount of stretch film. And that means savings.

Keep in mind that just because a stretch wrapper is wrapping a load doesn’t necessarily mean it’s doing it in the most efficient or proper way. A new film carriage can renew your stretch wrapper. Try our stretch film efficiency test to see if your stretch wrapper is performing at an optimal level.

  1. Improve the Wrap Zone

These two examples of potential retrofits improve the end result of a wrapped pallets and often fulfill a certain need or wrapping requirement.

stretch wrapper

Top Sheet Dispenser: A stand alone in-line top sheet dispenser is integrated into an existing stretch wrapping conveyor line. Ideal for customers that have a stretch wrapping system that is working well, but need to add a top sheet on their loads without relying on manual labor or interrupting the machine’s cycle. The top sheet dispenser applies a poly top sheet film to the load prior to the wrap zone. The stretch wrap cycle then secures the top sheet to the load and provides five-sided protection for the pallet.

stretch wrapper

Pallet Load Pop-Up Conveyor System: If a top to bottom wrap is what you’re looking for, this retrofit can get you there. Added to the wrap zone conveyor, it lifts the pallet load by four inches while the stretch wrapper wraps the load. This allows the stretch film to continue its wrapping cycle under the pallet. It can lift up to 4,000 pound loads. This feature can also be used to connect conveyors of different heights.

  1. Secure the Stretch Film Tail

When readying a pallet for shipment a secure wrap is absolutely essentially. Too many times we’ve seen pallets leave the warehouse without a secure film tail at the end of the wrap cycle. A dragging piece of stretch film creates many safety hazards and looks unprofessional to the end receiver. Adding an in-line element that ensures a firm film tail solves this problem.

Film Tail Anvil Heat Sealer: Heat and pressure gives each and every load a secure film attachment with this mechanism. Replace the traditional film clamp and cut system with this one. It can be easily mounted to the side of the wrap zone conveyor. The sealer firmly welds the film tail together creating a clean and professional look.

stretch wrapper

Stand Alone Heat Sealing System or Automatic Film Cut and Wipe System: This add-on can be floor mounted along the side any existing conveyor section (adjustable from 16 to 28 inches) or can replace the current cut and wipe system. To be considered a true automatic pallet wrapper, a stretch wrapper needs to include a cut and wipe (or seal) system. A retrofit with this system guarantees a consistent film tail every time. A timed impulse heat system – cold to the touch in seconds – is the safest way to cut stretch film. The sealing system quickly welds the film tail to previous layers of stretch film creating a secure and clean film tail.

Final Thoughts

Is a stretch wrapper retrofit right for you? As we said before, there’s many variables and the solution is often unique to the particular company or application. We’re happy to offer our expertise and guide you in the right direction. We aim to provide you with money saving improvements! Contact us today.

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.

custom stretch wrapper

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!

See our stretch wrappers in action at PackExpo 2015 in Las Vegas!

See our stretch wrappers in action at PackExpo 2015 in Las Vegas!
Pack Expo 2015 – Las Vegas September 28-30

Phoenix will attend the PackExpo 2015 in Las Vegas, come to visit us and see our stretch wrappers in action!

Come and join us at the PackExpo 2015 trade show in Las Vegas on September 28-30 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  We will be showcasing our automatic  and semi automatic stretch wrappers product line.  Our application engineers will be glad to answer any questions you may have about our stretch wrap equipment. We will demonstrate how you can save thousands of dollars in film cost saving with our top of the line Rotary Ring Wrapper, as well as how we can customize or integrate our products for your specific application requirements. Use code 15G84  to get your Free registration here now! So get ready for PACK EXPO, Vegas-style!

Semi Automatic Vs. Fully Automatic: Which Stretch Wrapping Machine is Best For Your Needs?

Consistency and efficiency are two of the most important elements of successful packaging. Today, with the physical demands and inconsistencies that come with stretch wrapping by hand, companies are finding it easier to justify the purchase of stretch wrapping machines. However, they are still faced with the challenge of finding a stretch wrapping machine that complies with their unique operations.

stretch wrapping machine

Which type of stretch wrapping machine is best for your operations? To confidently answer this question, you must know the difference between semi and fully automatic pallet wrappers and understand the distinctive benefits of each.

In this post, we’ll explain the difference between these two types of stretch wrapping machines and help you better understand the key elements of each. Let’s get you on your way to finding the right stretch wrapping machine for your operations!

Semi Automatic Stretch Wrapping Machines

If you’re handling low-volume applications, a semi automatic stretch wrapper may be the best solution for you. These machines provide a safe method of unitizing loads, while providing a competent pallet load to fulfill your customers’ demands. Semi automatic stretch wrap machines require an operator to place the pallet loads on the stretch wrapper and apply the film tail to the load to initiate the cycle. After which, the stretch wrapper applies the film and wraps the pallet load.

These systems are normally used in low volume applications, with fewer than 20 loads per hour being wrapped. Even if your wrapping requirements are as few as 10 pallets per hour, the purchase of a stretch wrapper is easily justifiable.

There are 3 basic types of semi automatic stretch wrapping machines. In effort to help you determine which best meets you needs, here are the key features and functions of each:

stretch wrapping machine

  • Low Profile Turntable Stretch Wrappers: Best for pallet jack operations; these machines are designed with the turntable positioned less than 3 inches from the floor. Using a ramp, pallet jacks can easily place loads on this series.

stretch wrapping machine

  • High Profile Turntable Stretch Wrappers: This machine is designed specifically for forklift loaded applications. Compared to low profile turntable stretch wrappers, this turntable provides easier loading and positioning access because it is elevated. Poor pallets also do not end up dragging on the machine frame as can happen on a low profile system.

stretch wrapping machine

  • Overhead Rotary Arm Stretch Wrappers: Designed for heavy or unstable pallet loads (light, tall, and poorly constructed loads), this type of stretch wrapper allows loads to be easily wrapped while stationary on the floor. Three mounting configurations are available: Wall Mount, Floor Mount and Free Standing Gantry.

Automatic Stretch Wrapping Machines

Automatic stretch wrapping machines, on the other hand, require no operator intervention during the cycle. Loads are typically brought to the machine on a conveyor belt so that the machine can automatically begin wrapping. Fully automatic stretch wrappers interpret the height of each pallet load to the film carriage and ensure a professional and efficient wrap every time. The film is then cut and sealed to the pallet load, which exits the wrapping cycle to make room for other loads.

These systems are commonly used in higher volume applications, from 20 pallets per hour to up to 120 loads per hour being wrapped.

There are 4 specific functions that true automatic stretch wrapping machines must perform. To help you better understand these functions, we’ve put together an overview of each. To be truly automatic, the stretch wrapper must:

  1. HOLD… the tail of the film to start each stretch wrapping cycle, without the need of an operator to attach the stretch film to the load.
  1. WRAP… the product based on the wrapping parameters that the operator has set on the stretch wrapper control panel.
  1. CUT… the stretch film from the pallet load and secure it in a clamp. This way, the leading edge of the stretch film is properly positioned to allow subsequent pallets to be wrapped.
  1. APPLY… the tail end of the stretch film to the load. Positive film tail treatment ensures that the hanging edge does not unravel during transit to the customer.

Beware; as some semi automatic machines can have options and gadgets added to help give machines extra automation but do not properly provide all of these features. Here’s a simple way to test if a stretch wrapper is truly automatic: If at any time during the cycle you hope the film is in a certain position for the machine to work (instead of the machine positively locating the film in that position), then it is not a true automatic machine.

As an example, we have a useful option on semi automatics that allows the film to be torn off at the end of a cycle, so the operator does not have to cut the film. While this is a useful feature, the film tail at the end of the cycle is not wiped down, tucked, or sealed. It simply falls to the ground, where it starts a slow process of potentially unravelling.

There are also 4 basic types of automatic stretch wrapping machines. To help you determine which best meets you needs, here are some key features of each:

stretch wrapping machine

  • Rotary Ring: Rotary rings are unique because they rotate only the carriage itself, unlike a traditional turntable or rotary arm. Featuring a compact design, this stretch wrapper is suited for constant applications. The Phoenix PRRA Rotary Ring Pallet Wrapper reduces film costs dramatically when compared to conventional rotary arm and turntable stretch wrappers because it can start and stop the cycle anywhere on the load. Often these film savings alone can provide payback on the new machine in 3 years. 

stretch wrapping machine

  • Conveyorized Rotary Arm: These machines eliminate the need to rotate the pallet being stretch wrapped. Whether dealing with heavy or unstable loads, it can quickly and efficiently be wrapped with this system. These machines are most commonly used in-line with the rest of the packaging line. 

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  • Conveyorized Turntable: This system offers a flexible and economical stretch wrapping solution for up to 50 loads per hour and 4,000-pound weight capacity. Featuring a compact design, this stretch wrapper is best when faced with tight fitting applications.

stretch wrapping machine

  • Non-Conveyorized Automatics: Operators just have to place the pallet on the stretch wrapper and pull the cord to begin the automatic cycle. This machine eliminates the need for operators to get off the forklift to stretch wrap pallets and is available for both low profile and high profile operations.

Hopefully, after reading this post, you are sure of which type of stretch wrapping machine is best for you operations. If you are looking for more information or have any questions, please feel free to comment below or contact us directly!

Part 2: Breaking Down the Different Types of Automatic Stretch Wrapper Machines

Last week on the blog, we broke down two of the common automatic stretch wrapper machines: conveyorized rotary arm and turntable machines. Rotary arms and tables represent the more conventional types of stretch wrapping technology. In this post, we will touch on another traditional category, non-conveyorized automatics and also introduce rotary ring automatics, which make up newer technology within the stretch wrapping industry.

Non-Conveyorized Automatics

The main difference between a non-conveyorized and a conveyorized automatic is how the load is brought to the wrapping machine. With a non-conveyorized automatic machine, a forklift brings the load to the machine and takes it away, while a conveyorized automatic is brought to the machine by way of the attached conveyor.

For a non-conveyorized automatic, a forklift operator does not need to get off the forklift after placing the pallet on the stretch wrapper table. The operator only needs to place the load on the table and pull a cord that activates the machine.

Let’s look at three non-conveyorized Phoenix Wrapper machines:

PLPA-2150

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The PLPA-2150 automatic stretch wrapper is designed for heavy loads. Most commonly, the PLPA is used in conjunction with pallet jacks and either an attached ramp or operated forklift. Since the machine is lower to the ground, an operator can run a load up the ramp and onto the turntable. It was built with durable components to withstand loads of up to 5,000 pounds and 52” X 52” in capacity. The PLPA-2150 is also known for its speed with the ability to wrap 40 loads per hour. While this product can be used as a stationary wrapping station, the PLPA-2150 is portable, providing the option to easily move it about the warehouse.

PHPA 2150

automatic stretch wrapper

The PHPA-2150 has a handful of similar features as the PLPA-2150. The machine runs at the same weight, size capacity and speed of 5,000 pounds, 52” X 52”, and 40 loads per hour. Similar to the PLPA-2150, the PHPA 2150 is easy to move amongst your warehouse. Where the PHPA-2150 differs from the PLPA-2150 is the turntable. The turntable, shaped like an octagon, is 48” in diameter with 7x high capacity table support caster bearings. A PHPA is designed specifically for forklift use. Compared to the PLPA, the table is higher up allowing for a forklift operator to clearly see the table for depositing the load. Accuracy in load positioning is not as much a factor as with a PLPA for the forklift operator. You can see the PHPA-2150 in action below:

PRTL – 2150A

automatic stretch wrapper

The most affordable machine for moving unstable and heavy loads, the PRTL-2150A is meant for unstable or very heavy loads where production rates require automatic capacity. As the loads sit on the plant floor, the machine has no limitations in the weight it can hold and is able to wrap 30 loads per hour. While the system is perfect for any wrapping application, it is most know for wrapping unstable loads that could fall apart on a turntable machine. The rugged all structural steel helps maintain durability, and the HSS tubing provides a strong but light-weight arm that minimizes the driving forces required to rotate the arm.

Rotary Ring Automatics

There is one deficiency in the conventional wrapping process which is causing a strong wave of change in the industry. Overall, the mechanical design of stretch wrapping equipment has not changed over the last forty years. Specifically, turntable and rotary arm technology has remained the same. The costly drawback to this old technology is that the clamp and cutting system are in a fixed location on the conveyor. This means that when the carriage moves to the top of the load to start a wrap cycle, it dispenses wasted film as it moves to get there. The 2 (or more) extra revolutions of film provide little value except to increase cost, waste, and wrapping time. The photo below shows the minimum revolutions eliminated compared to standard automatic wrappers:

The new technology of rotary ring machines are beginning to replace conventional arm and table wrappers. Rotary ring machines do not apply these wasted revolutions of film as the clamp and cut mechanism moves with the carriage. This simple difference results in tens of thousands of dollars in film savings, while allowing for faster and customized wrapping cycles.

Although patent issues prevented the widespread use of ring technology in North America, overwhelming dominance by rotary ring technology happened 20 years ago in Europe. Today, rotary ring wrappers have effectively replaced the old conventional rotary arm and turntable automatic machines in Europe, and now North America is rapidly switching out old turntables and arm machines with rotary ring machines to take advantage of the same benefits.

PRRA-2100

automatic stretch wrapper

The PRRA-2100 rotary ring wrapper starts at the bottom of a load and finishes at the top without having to return back down to the clamp fixed at the conveyor. The act of not needing to apply wasted film at the beginning of a cycle like conventional wrappers do results in saving an extra 30 or more feet of stretch film which helps save thousands of dollars over the course of a year. You can start and stop your wrapping cycle anywhere on the load. The film carriage is supported and rotated using a 96” diameter ring. The carriage is the only part of the PRRA rotating which decreases the stress and strain on the equipment and allows for more than double that of most conventional wrappers. The PRRA-2100 is the equipment of choice in full time wrapping applications that are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

In addition to tens of thousands of dollars in potential film savings, the PRRA-2100 moves at a 21 RPM wrapping speed and holds the following pallet sizes:

  • 48” X 50” L Max Pallet Size 80” H
  • 36”X 36” Minimum Pallet Size 24”H

PRRA-4000

automatic stretch wrapper

The PRRA-4000 is the next level rotary ring automatic that can help increase stretch wrapping productivity. The 40 RPM wrapping speed results in 120+ loads per hour. The PRRA-4000 also has the film saving benefit of the PRRA-2100 and holds the following pallet sizes:

  • 48” X 50” L Max Pallet Size 80” H
  • 36”X 36” Minimum Pallet Size 24”H

Watch the video below to see the PRRA-4000 in action:

Final Thoughts

Rotary ring technology gives you solutions to old stretch wrapping issues that conventional wrappers do not solve. In a future blog post, we will provide examples of how rotary ring technology is used not only to speed up production and save stretch film, but how being able to start and stop the wrapping anywhere on a load can solve other packaging issues.

We hope you enjoyed our two part blog post breaking down of the Phoenix stretch wrapping product line. We touched on both conveyorized and non-conveyorized automatics in addition to newer stretch wrapping technology in the rotary ring automatics. If interested, request a quote here. If you missed Part 1, read it here.

Part 1: Breaking Down the Different Types of Automatic Stretch Wrapper Machines

Which stretch wrapper is right for your unique needs? In order to determine this, you must first understand the different types of stretch wrapper machines. Because each stretch wrapper has distinct features, knowing the benefits of each can help to ensure that you pick the most efficient and cost effective stretch wrapper for your specific applications.

For the times when you are dealing with higher throughput or limited personnel, our automatic pallet wrapper product line can help, as it requires no human intervention. In this two part series, we’ll be looking at the automatic product line, including conveyorized rotary arms, conveyorized turntables, non-conveyorized automatics, and rotary ring automatics to help you understand the key elements that make each machine different. Let’s jump right into it!

Rotary Arm Stretch Wrappers (Conveyorized)

You can eliminate the need to rotate the pallet being stretch wrapped with a rotary arm stretch wrapper. Put this stretch wrapper to the ultimate test on your heaviest and most unstable loads, and watch as the system quickly and efficiently wraps. These machines are most commonly used in-line and include a variety of different models that are capable of tackling everything from entry-level to high-speed applications. Let’s take a look at three key models and compare the key features of each.

automatic stretch wrapper

The PRTA-2100 is an affordable entry-level model, offering the same quality and reliability as some of the more expensive models. The system is designed for a maximum load size of 52 inches by 52 inches and weight capacity of 4000 pounds. With the capability to take on up to 40 loads per hour at a speed of 12 RPM, this automatic stretch wrapper machine offers steady and reliable stretch wrapping performance. If you’re looking to get more bang for your buck, the PRTA-2100 may be the right stretch wrapper for you.

automatic stretch wrapper

The PRTA-2150 is one of our most popular models and is best known for remaining reliable and flexible at high speeds. This system delivers steady wrapping performance while taking on 45 to 60 loads per hour at a wrapping speed of 15 RPM. Similar to the PRTA-2100, this stretch wrapper is also built for a maximum load of 52 inches by 52 inches and weight of 4000 pounds. With best in class control features and capabilities, the PRTA-2150 automatic stretch wrapper is a dependable wrapping option.

automatic stretch wrapper

Designed for high speed and lasting applications, the PRTA-2200 offers higher throughputs and maximum flexibility. This stretch wrapper takes on 60 to 80 loads per hour at a speed of 25 RPM. It also offers weight capacity of 4000 pounds and a slightly larger maximum load size of 56 inches by 56 inches. If you’re applications require maximum flexibility and fully loaded control features, the PRTA-2200 may be the best option.

Rotary Arm Turntable Stretch Wrappers (Conveyorized)

Rotary turntable stretch wrappers are a cost-effective and flexible stretch wrapping option for all pallet types. When handling tight fitting applications, you should consider the compact and practical rotary arm turntables options available. Tackle your toughest and tightest jobs while remaining flexible for your customers with the ability to easily change applications. Let’s take a look at the following models and compare their differences.

automatic stretch wrapper

The PCTA-2000 forklift loaded turntable automatic stretch wrapper has a 5 foot gravity outfeed and can take on up to 35 loads per hour at a wrapping speed of 12 RPM. With 4000-pound weight capacity and 50-inch by 50-inch maximum load size, the PCTA-2000 is an entry-level model that offers the dependability and flexibility that most desire.

automatic stretch wrapper

Designed for durability and dependability, the PCTA-2100 can help you tackle your toughest applications while still remaining flexible for your customers. This automatic stretch wrapper has the ability to wrap up to 35 loads per hour at a speed of 12 RPM and was built for a maximum load of 52 inches by 52 inches with 4000 pounds weight capacity.

automatic stretch wrapper

The PCTA-2300 is equipped with valuable and comprehensive features that are usually only found on much more expensive models. This competitive machine will complete up to 50 loads per hour at a slightly quicker wrapping speed of 15 RPM. Similar to the other rotary turntable stretch wrapper models, the PCTA-2300 also has a 50-inch by 50-inch maximum load size and 4000-pound weight capacity.

We hope you enjoyed part one of this two part series explaining the different types automatic stretch wrapper machines available to you. Hopefully, this series will help you make more educated stretch wrapper purchases. If you are looking for more information or have any questions, please feel free to comment below or contact us directly!

MANY PACKAGING COMPANIES STILL SEE RED


PACKAGING MARKETS REPORTING DIFFICULT TIMES IN 1ST QTR ’09!

ReportFor most equipment manufacturers the start of 2009 has been a continuation of an extremely difficult 4th quarter. The economic downturn has been tough on most and cruel to many. Some manufacturers have simply folded, while others are restructuring or slashing spending to help get through this difficult period. Weak consumer demand for goods is reducing the immediate need to purchase new packaging equipment, and the ones that are looking for new machinery are having more trouble getting financing for these capital expenditures. The result is that for packaging equipment manufacturers 25% to 50% lower 1st quarter yr-over-yr sales results are very common in the packaging industry. As an example, here are a couple of publicly traded packaging companies and the difficulties they are reporting in their most recent financial reports.

KRONES INC.:
Krones Inc., the large Equipment Systems provider, recently announced that sales orders for the first quarter of 09 were down 32% with sales revenues down 19%. In fact Krones also warned that customers are wary about investing in new equipment and those that are investing are having a difficult time getting financing from the financial markets for their projects. They have announced the termination of 800 temporary and contract workers for this year. They do not rule out the potential that 09 results could be negative.
Read Krones interim report for the 1st Qtr. 2009 here

MJ MAILLIS:
MJ Maillis Group, which manufactures strap, tape, shrink, and stretch wrapping equipment and materials, reported an after tax loss of 42.9 Million Euro($59 million USD) last year (ending Dec 31,2008), compared to a loss of 36 million Euro in 2007. They mention in their report that the last 4 months of 2008 were very difficult (sales down 27.6% year over year in 4th qtr) and it would continue in the first quarter this year. They were anticipating a bottom in the negative sales trend in qtr 1 of this year with a reversal happening after that. They noted that layoffs were made across the board including at their Wulftec stretch and strap equipment manufacturing facility in Canada.

XPEDX:
Difficult times are not restricted to the manufacturers. Distributors are feeling the heat also. International Paper noted in its 1st quarter earnings report that its wholly owned distribution business, XPEDX, reported an operating loss of $7 million, down from the $26 million gain posted in the fourth quarter of 2008. Weakened paper and packaging volumes and lower margins were partly offset by favorable cost reductions.

PHOENIX Continues With Growth Plan In 2009

Successful Product Launches And Improving Distribution Network Drive Success!

Phoenix new wrappers at the plant ready to ship

Firmly Settled Into Our New 50,000 Sq. Ft. Facility, Phoenix Continues To Broaden Its Product Line And Manufacturing Capability

While other companies shrink or lock down the hatches to ride out this economic storm, Phoenix/CAPS continues on its growth plan set up 18 months ago. , increasing our manufacturing capability, and rolling out our distributor program continues to be our focus moving forward in 2009.

Phoenix facility plantWhile competitors try to boost sales by switching their focus and watering down their engineering and R&D departments to focus on different products like strapping equipment, case erectors, palletizers or shrink machines, Phoenix has stayed focused on stretch packaging equipment. It is because of this focus that Phoenix can adapt their product line to meet the customer’s application instead of asking the customer to adapt his application to meet a standard machine like many competitor’s attempt to do.

With approx 40,000 sq. ft of manufacturing space now in full operation and another 10,000 sq ft of engineering and office space we are well positioned to meet the demands of a growing distribution group.

We know it isn’t about us. Growth comes with a quality distributor network. If we support our distributors by meeting their customer’s requirements with quality equipment and at a competitive price, then they will be succesful. If our distributors are successful, then Phoenix is successful. Being pro-active in creating opportunities for our distributors is critical during these difficult times. We are growing our distributors sales during this tough economic period and we will be ready for explosive growth when the economy catches its breath. Rest assured, Phoenix will be ready when it does.

Stretch Film Waste – How You Can Cut Your Stretch Film Bill

Stop wasting filmYou are probably throwing more than 50% of your stretch film out the door without even knowing it. More than 75% of stretch wrap equipment we have tested is performing below acceptable levels, resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in wasted stretch film
Did you know that proper prestretching of the film is required to change the stretch film properties that create the Film Force, Film Tension, and Film Strength required to hold your product together during shipping?
Without this, the stretch film cannot perform the task required. Just because a stretch wrap machine is running does not mean it is working. Although it might be applying stretch film to the load, that doesn’t mean it is prestretching the stretch film and creating all the properties in the stretch film required to hold your pallet together during transport. We provide a simple on-line tool that can test the efficiency of your stretch wrapper, you can find the ” stretch film efficency test tool here