If your business involves packaging as part of the production, then a wrapping machine is probably one of the easiest pieces of equipment to justify, use and maintain. This piece of equipment has the ability to single-handedly reduce the costs on material spent, labour and improve unitisation. If used properly, a wrapping machine will pay for itself in just a year or two.
Nowadays, there are automatic wrapping machine models that are considered high-performance, and they’re the most advanced models in terms of communication, control, load handling and film delivery. They’re ideal for high throughput production rates, and it’s recommended that they’re supplied by a professional supplier who will work together with you to ensure they’re used optimally.
If you’re looking for an automatic wrapping machine, you’ll come across two types – turntable and rotary tower wrapping machines. Both of these are available as semi-automatic models as well. Some manufacturers also combine both automatic and semi-automatic models and they call them portable automatics. These hybrid models combine the automated fail-tail treatment of the automatic models, and the economy price of the semi-automatic models.
Turntable wrapping machines process products on the machine’s turntable. As the turntable turns, the load is wrapped in a predetermined cross-spiral pattern. The pattern maximises holding power and minimalises material use. When buying turntable wrapping machines, it’s best you take into account the heaviest products that will be wrapped by it. Moreover, you should make sure the machine is built of durable steel components which will provide better stability and rigidity on uneven surfaces.
Rotary tower wrapping machines operate by wrapping the load on a conveyor or on the floor. An arm rotates around the load, thus wrapping it in a cross spiral pattern. These machines are ideal for unstable loads or extremely heavy loads. Moreover, they’re frequently used in areas where frequent wash downs are necessary because the area around the machine is accessible. Some models can be placed on a weight scale, so that the products being wrapped can be measured at the same time.
Regardless which model you opt to go for, there are significant benefits to be reaped by using a wrapping machine. For starters, you’ll use less wrapping material, as the ones that you do end up using will be used in an efficient manner. Next, automatic wrapping machines require no direct labour. The system does all the work, and there’s little to no human interaction required. This in turn allows your workers to be productive elsewhere.