The use of pallets in shipping goods changed the face of transportation and gave rise to many benefits. When first used, it was viewed as one of the great innovations, today the use of pallets is being accepted as the standard when goods are packaged for transportation or storage.
The numerous advantages still apply and remain relevant. The use of pallets gave rise to many other industries that developed technology and applications to ensure that the use of pallets can lead to even more savings and greater efficiency. The use of pallets necessitated that the goods should be secured to ensure safe transportation, loading and offloading of the pallet. This was necessary to prevent products from shifting, falling over, moving or getting damaged by adverse weather conditions.
This was first done by hand using straps, cargo nets and various other methods to ensure safe transportation. The manual process wasn’t sufficient to satisfy the needs of the industry and the development of new products and technologies led to the development of machines that could efficiently secure products packed on pallets for shipping. This coupled with advantages in the production of wrapping materials like stretch film and pallet wrappers ensured that the products could be distributed more efficiently and effectively.
A pallet wrapper is a machine developed to firmly wrap the goods to the pallet to enable the safe shipping of the goods. There are different types of pallet wrapping machines that either uses stretch wrapping or sleeve wrapping to securely wrap the load to the pallet. This prevents displacement of the goods during loading, moving or transportation and protects the load against adverse weather conditions.
The production of pallet wrapping machines are today a very large industry and there are a vast array of Pallet wrappers for sale by various manufacturers. The machines are available as semi or fully automatic stretch wrapping machines, the choice of which to install is determined by the number of loads that must be wrapped per day. There are also other configurations available and in general,
there are four different types of pallet wrapping machines available, namely:
- Turntable wrapper, where the load is placed on a turntable that revolves around while the load is wrapped. Most commonly used wrapper.
- Straddle wrapper, the load remains stationary while the machine revolves around to wrap the goods. Used for unstable, light and heavy loads. A Vertical pallet wrapper or Tower wrapper will be used.
- Ringer or Orbital wrapper, the load is wrapped under and over while on a conveyor, used for objects like doors, pipes and carpets.
- Ring Straddle wrapper, high-speed wrappers used for specialized products.