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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.