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Stretch Wrapper Preventative Maintenance

If you just purchased a stretch wrapper or it has been 10 years of using it, nothing is more frustrating than breakdown of the machine. The breakdown results in costly downtime and additional cost of servicing fee for a technician to investigate and fix the issue. To prevent unexpected problems to occur, you should take some time to maintain your machine. Now you might say, how? I am not a machine engineer. Don’t worry, with a little bit of attention, you might save yourself from machine breakdown. Let’s dive into the step-by-step process to keep the stretch wrapper running smoothly.

Step-by-Step Process for Maintenance Day

Creating a regular maintenance plan is the first step toward ensuring the longevity and efficiency of your stretch wrapper. By proactively maintaining the machine, you can prevent costly downtime and expense. Let’s dive into the step-by-step breakdown of what your maintenance day should look like. 

1. Preparation

Unplug the machine from the power outlet and clean out any debris from around and under the pallet wrapping machine. Over time, pieces of stretch film, chips of wood from pallets, and trash will be underneath the machine.

2. Visual Inspections

Start by conducting regular visual inspections. Examine all components of the stretch wrapper, including rollers, belts, and the turntable, for signs of wear and tear. Cracks, fraying, or loose parts can lead to issues, so replace any damaged components promptly to prevent breakdowns.

3. Cleaning

Keep the stretch wrapper clean from debris, dust, and residue. Especially focus on cleaning the sensors and prestrech rollers. Dirty photocells or sensors can lead to improperly wrapped loads and dirty rollers can lead to reduces tackiness and increase in film usage.

4. Lubrication

Proper lubrication of moving parts, including bearings, bushings is essential. This is because insufficient lubrication can lead to increased machine temperature and a higher energy demand for its operation. However, avoid over-lubricating as it can cause the grease to splatter and accumulate on other parts. To determine the right lubrication type and schedule, refer to your equipment’s manual.

5. Calibration

Ensure that your stretch wrapper is correctly calibrated to apply the right amount of tension to the stretch film based on the type and size of the load. Improper tension can result in product damage or inefficient wrapping. After all the process above, plug in the machine and perform a test wrap.

6. Documentation of Procedures

Maintain a detailed record of maintenance procedures and schedules. This documentation ensures that maintenance tasks are carried out consistently and enables quick troubleshooting when issues arise.

frequent asked Questions

How often should we maintain the stretch wrapper?

It’s recommended to perform routine maintenance every 3 to 6 months, depending on your usage. For some parts, it also depends on the model you purchased. Talk to your machine manufacturer or service provider for more detailed instruction.

Are there any indicators that my stretch wrapper needs maintenance?

Yes, signs like unusual noises, reduced wrapping quality, or visible wear and tear are indicators that maintenance is needed. But if the issue occurs even after the checkup, it’s best to consult a professional technician.

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Common Issues and Trouble-shooting

Even with regular maintenance, issues may still arise. Here are some common problems and their solutions.

1. Wrinkled Film

If your stretch film appears wrinkled or loose, check the film tension settings and adjust accordingly.

2. Film Breaks

Film breaks can disrupt operations. Inspect the film roll for any defects and ensure it’s loaded correctly.

3. Unstable Loads

If your pallet loads are unstable, it could be due to inadequate film application. Reevaluate the wrapping patterns and settings. 

Out of all issues, neglecting routine maintenance and improper film tension settings are the most common causes of breakdowns.
Handle-IT Model 800 Semi-Automatic Pallet Wrapper Film Carriage
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Types of Stretch Wrappers:
Turntable, Rotary Arm, Orbital, and Mobile

In the world of packaging and logistics, the use of stretch wrappers can be a game changer to your business. It makes work easier for the warehouse workers and has better containment while saving cost. If you are thinking about purchasing stretch wrappers for your business, you should know about the types of stretch wrapper to figure out which stretch wrapper suits you the most. 

How Many Types of Stretch Wrappers are Available?

There are four types of stretch wrappers: the turntable wrapper, rotary arm wrapper, orbital wrapper, and mobile wrapper. Each of these options comes with its distinctive features and advantages. Understanding these differences will help you choose the one that best fits your specific requirements. We offer a diverse selection of Stretch wrappers from renowned brands such as Fox, Handle-it, Wulftec, Barren, and Highlight.

If you’re in search of your perfect fit stretch wrapper at a competitive price, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of packaging experts. We offer a diverse selection of stretch wrappers from renowned brands such as Fox, Wulftec, Handleit, Berran, and Highlight.

4 types of Stretch wrappers

Turntable Stretch Wrappers are the most commonly used machines in the packaging industry. They are known for their versatility and ability to handle a wide range of pallet sizes and weights. The main feature of a turntable stretch wrapper is its rotating platform. This 360-degree rotation ensures even and consistent wrapping.

One of the key advantages of turntable stretch wrappers is their efficiency. They can wrap pallets quickly, making them suitable for high-volume operations. Moreover, they are relatively compact, which means they require smaller floor space compared to others. You can read more of the best all-around turntable wrapper here.

Recommended for almost every situation when loads do not exceed the maximum weight or length of the turntable wrapper machine. It can wrap 1-40 loads per hour.

Rotary Arm Stretch Wrappers are ideal for situations where stability is of utmost importance. These machines are designed to wrap unstable or exceptionally heavy loads. Rotary arm machines do not require the pallet to rotate. Instead, the wrapping arm moves around the stationary pallet.

One of the notable advantages of rotary arm stretch wrappers is their ability to handle delicate or irregularly shaped loads. They offer precise control over the wrapping process, ensuring that the film is applied securely with great containment of the products.

Recommended for heavy loads which are hard to put on a turntable wrapper. It might need more space for installation and can wrap 1-50 loads per hour.

Orbital Stretch Wrappers are a unique solution for irregular shaped products. These machines are specifically designed to wrap products that cannot be rotated or are too long to make them stand. Orbital wrappers utilize a horizontal ring that revolves around the product, applying the stretch film as it moves.

The key advantage of orbital stretch wrappers is their versatility in handling long and irregularly shaped objects. They are commonly used in industries such as lumber, piping, and textiles, where traditional stretch wrappers may not be suitable.

Recommended for long dimensions or irregular shaped products that are hard to make stand, such as furniture, metals, and piping. It can wrap 1-60 loads per hour.

Mobile Stretch Wrappers are ideal for wrapping long heavy, or unstable pallets. These machines are equipped with
wheels, allowing them to be easily moved to different locations within a warehouse or facility. They work well for limited space applications or businesses with changing packaging needs.

One of the advantages of mobile stretch wrappers is their convenience. They can be quickly transported to where the pallets are, reducing the need for pallets to be moved to a designated wrapping station. They can be conveniently stored in corners while recharging their battery, making them space-efficient.

Recommended for smaller workspaces with heavy or unstable
loads. It can wrap 200 pallet loads on a single charge and wrap up to 30 loads per hour.

The level of automation

Another factor you need to consider when choosing the stretch wrapper is the level of automation the machine offers. There are three types of automation: Automatic, Semi-automatic, and Manual. Once you determine which type of wrapper suits you the best, it is time for you to select how much automated machine you need.

What is the main difference between models?

Manual Wrapper

With a manual wrapper, the operator places the loads on the wrapping machine. To start and control the speed of the wrapping process, the operator typically uses a pedal or a gear to manually rotate the table or operate the ring.

Semi-Automatic Wrapper

The operator loads the products onto the wrapper and then manually connect the wrapping material to the load. After this, the operator initiates the wrapping process by hitting the start button on the control system. When the wrapping is finished, the pallet requires manual unloading from the workstation.

Fully automatic wrapper

With a fully automatic wrapper, the process is entirely automated from the beginning of the line. It automatically feeds the pallet into the wrapping zone, where it is wrapped according to the settings configured in the control system. Once the wrapping is completed, the pallet is conveyed to the end of the line without manual intervention.

Each of these automation levels is suited to different operational requirements. Just don’t forget the higher the automation is, higher the price is. Your choice should align with your specific needs, considering factors such as the volume of pallets to be wrapped, the level of operator involvement you prefer, and the efficiency goals of your packaging process.


FOX FPS 3000 Automatic Orbital Pallet Wrapper

After reading this article, you should have a basic understanding of the various types of stretch wrappers currently on the market. You may have an idea of the type of stretch wrapper you want. However, when it comes to determining the right brand, specific model, and model options that best suit your needs, it often involves hours of research into each model’s specifications.

While you can delve into researching by digging our content, there is a faster and easier way to get this done. You can reach out to our packaging experts and benefit from a free consultation. We understand the value of your time and are here to simplify your decision-making process. Don’t hesitate to contact our packaging experts. We’re here to help you find the perfect stretch wrapper solution tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

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North York, Ontario
M3J 2J4
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Case sealer buying guide

The rising cost of labor, frequent employee turnover, and the demand for increased production speed are driving companies to embrace automation. The great news is that automation technology has advanced, leading to a substantial increase in efficiency.

Businesses sealing more than 1,000 boxes per week would want to consider using a case sealer. Based on a rough estimate, your savings on material and labor will exceed your initial investment in less than two years, all while relieving the stress of managing workers to maintain packaging quality.

what is a case sealer machine?

Case Sealers are used to seal the bottom and/or top of corrugated boxes with pressure sensitive tape providing secure sealing for the products within. They offer gap-free, tight top flap tape sealing. For an entry level case sealer, the operator closes the bottom flaps of the box, loads the box at the entrance of the case sealer, then pushes the box into the case sealer. The case sealer then automatically applies tape for the closure. Case Sealers are durable, easy to use and virtually maintenance free. There are four types of case sealers: uniform manual, uniform automatic, random manual and random automatic. Detailed explanations for each will follow.

If you’re in search of the perfect case sealer solution at a competitive price, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of packaging experts. We offer a diverse selection of case sealers from renowned brands such as Bestpack, Berran, Highlight, Eastey, and Impak.

Why should you consider a Case Sealer?

Hand taping can be wasteful, resulting in poorly packaged boxes and a seal that may have been done several times over. A case sealer can save your time and money on production and within your facility. It also contributes to reduced product damage during transportation.

Here is a link to a calculator that can show you potential savings by investing in a case sealer.

1. Time Saving

Case sealers are faster and more precise than humans. They can seal 12 to 56 cartons per minute, depending on type.

2. Cost Efficiency

Carton sealers can reduce tape costs by 30%, tape up to 50 boxes per minute, and provide more consistent taping with less operators.

3. Less Labor

The number of operators can be reduced. Also, the operator’s risk of a repetitive strain injury being suffered will decrease as they don’t have to repeat the same motions over the course of their shift.

4. Eco-Friendly

You can use less packaging material by reducing human error, which can ensure sustainability. Also, you can choose more sustainable tape options alongside the machine.

5. Better Containent

Ensuring proper tape adhesion can help save your products from that 10% potential of damage in transit. Machine sealed boxes are more securely sealed, significantly reducing costly product damage resulting from sloppily sealed boxes.

types of case sealers

An adjustable manual case sealer requires some level of manual operation and intervention by an operator. The “adjustable” feature refers to its ability to set up different box sizes before operation. Typically these sealers have adjustable side arms, top belts, or other mechanisms that can be adjusted or positioned to fit a range of box dimensions. 

An adjustable fully automatic case sealer is designed to automatically apply adhesive tape to close uniform size corrugated boxes or cases. The “adjustable” feature refers to its ability to set up different box sizes before operation. This adaptability streamlines the sealing process for a diverse case sizes without requiring manual adjustments or changeovers.

This random manual case sealer is capable of detecting the size of the box and sealing various sized box. It features adjustable mechanisms such as side belts, top squeezers, or other components that can be customized to fit different box dimensions. With a touch of the operator, packaging lines can effectively manage a wide range of box sizes without adjustment.

This fully automatic case sealer excels at sealing boxes of various sizes seamlessly, eliminating the requirement for adjustments. It is ideal for situations where random-sized boxes have to be packed and labor reduction and increased speed are crucial factors. This machine incorporates adjustable components like side belts, top squeezers, or other mechanisms that can be tailored to suit diverse box dimensions.

A Checklist Before Buying a Case Sealer Machine

While the prospect of adapting a case sealer machine is enticing, a few key considerations should guide your decision-making process:

1. Variety of Cases

Are your boxes in Uniform or Various sizes?

If you have a consistent, large volume of boxes that are all the same size, then an adjustable case sealer would be a suitable choice for your packaging needs. These machines are designed to efficiently seal boxes of the same dimensions. However, if your packaging line handles boxes of various sizes, it’s better to choose a random case sealer. Random case sealers are equipped with sensors that can automatically detect and adjust the settings of the tape head for each individual case. This flexibility is essential for maintaining efficiency and ensuring a secure seal regardless of the box size variation in your production line.

Uniform boxes
Random sized boxes

2. Case size & Taping position

What are the dimensions for boxes? Which side do you want to tape?

Assessing all box dimensions and weights is essential to check if the case sealer you want can handle the minimum and maximum box sizes and weights. Also, the position of the belt has to be considered before buying a case sealer. There are top-only case sealers, bottom-only case sealers, and top and bottom case sealers depending on which side of the box you want to seal.

3. Speed

How many cases per day do you seal?

Evaluating your daily box-sealing volume is crucial for determining your best case sealer option, including automation level, and ideal belt setup. A manual case sealer is suitable for sealing under 200 boxes daily. An operator folds box flaps and feeds them into the sealer, significantly faster than manual taping. For over 250 daily boxes, a fully automatic sealer is ideal. No operator is needed; a conveyor feeds and seals the boxes automatically.

4. Environment

Is the space for a machine humid or tight?

Considering the environment in which the case sealer will be installed is important. If the sealer will be used in a humid and hot environment you might prefer the stainless steel machine. Stainless steel is corrosion-resistant and easy to clean, making it a better choice for an environment where hygiene and durability are essential like a food production facility.

Furthermore, you would want to consider how much space you have to install the machine. The length of conveyor belts can be customized and the size of the case sealer depends on the model you choose.

5. The number of operators

How many employees are working for this line?

One of the advantages of using a case sealer is the reduction in labor requirements and increased flexibility for other tasks. You can assess the current workforce involved in the process and consider whether you prefer a fully automatic setup or a semi-automatic system requiring one or two operators.

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tips for selecting a case sealer

IMPAK APPC-50 Semi-Automatic Case Sealer
When you are looking for a case sealer, you might want to select it with…

  • Easy Equipment Configuration
  • Servicing Availability
  • Great Operator Safety
  • Easily Obtainable Machine parts
  • Mobility and Flexibility- allows it to be moved easily wherever needed when needed
  • Rugged Steel Construction built for round the clock operation
  • Customization Availability
  • If you’re in search of the perfect case sealer solution at a competitive price, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of packaging experts. We offer a diverse selection of case sealers from renowned brands such as Bestpack, Berran, Highlight, Eastey, and Impak.

    Have a question about equipment or service?
    Just give us a call or send us a message with the form below. One of our customer service representatives would be happy to help you with whatever you need.
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    Impak Packaging

    400 Flint Rd.
    North York, Ontario
    M3J 2J4
    Phone: 416-299-0960
    Fax: 416-299-0961
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    flow wrap solution for salad kits


    A Toronto-based fresh fruit and vegetable processor and repackaging company wanted to enhance their existing operations, particularly in serving retail and foodservice clients through salad kit offerings. They wanted to improve the presentation of their product by introducing more effective packaging machine.

    To address their needs, Impak technical expert closely examined the company’s requirements and proposed a highly efficient solution: a Flow wrapper equipped with a built-in printer. Printing ink directly onto plastic film can be a complicated task, as the type of film used can impact ink drying time and adhesion.

    A flow wrapper sealing salad kits with Best-by date printed film

    Impak’s expert not only suggested the perfect blend of film and inkjet technology for the best outcome but also proposed a cost-effective solution by recommending a well-maintained, gently used machine at a more budget-friendly price point. Additionally, this expert customized the pre-owned equipment to align seamlessly with the client’s specific requirements and expectations for salad kits.

    Since the implementation of the new flow wrapper, the customer has reduced its packaging cost by 15% and can print best-before dates without any further configuration.

    a flow wrapper with a PRinter attached


    The customer had a multifaceted challenge on their hands: they needed to package various items like cheese, nuts, and dressing of varying sizes simultaneously while ensuring the Best by dates were accurately printed on each package. Their goal was to achieve higher packaging speeds without any issues of smudged printing. Additionally, they aimed to reduce their packaging costs and sought a solution that would streamline their processes, minimizing labor-intensive tasks and improving overall efficiency.

    After (Salad dressing with 'Best By' printed on)
    Best-by salad dressing
    After (Salad dressing with 'Best By' printed on)
    Process & Solution:

    A previous customer referred the customer to one of Impak’s Technical Applications Experts. He worked alongside the customer and proposed a flow wrapper(IMPAK AHP 450 Servo) with a built-in printer. The flow wrap machine is fully adjustable to cater to the specific needs of products with a memory of 20 different recipes. All the controls are centrally located with HMI full-color touch screen so it’s easier for the operators to set up. The system cut the packaging by bag lengths setting and print registration setting can be added with additionally installed printer as well. Servos are utilized on the drives for minimal maintenance and long-term reliability.

    The people working in the plant are very happy with the ease of system operation and the fact that it is much quieter than the old system. The customer has increased their production and reduced their cost. They are now able to provide safe and secure packaging for a broader range of customers in the food industry with compliance across all sectors.


    Lowered Cost

    Since the introduction of the new system, the customer has reduced overall cost by 25%. Less material is being used resulting in a 15% savings on packaging costs.

    Reduced Labour

    The system works on demand and only one operator is required to put products on the machine, the customer has reduced labour by 30% and reallocated employees to other key areas in the business.

    Increased Production Speeds

    Overall production has been increased as the machine runs 30% faster than the previous system.


    • Impak AHP450
    AHP-450 Flow Wrapper
    • Conveyor
    • Hx Nitro Thermal Inkjet

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