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Everything about bundle wrappers

If you’re searching for a cost-effective way and aesthetic look to wrap your products, Bundle Wrappers, also known as Sleeve Wrappers, offer a brilliant solution. 

These machines are designed to bundle products together, such as bottles, cans, and boxes, and then apply a protective sleeve or film around them. They are commonly used in industries such as food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, and logistics to enhance the efficiency of packaging processes. 

How Do Bundle Wrappers Work?

product grouping
Bundle wrappers operate by conveying products into the packaging area, where they are grouped into bundles.
forming bundles
The machine then applies a shrink film, creating a protective sleeve around the bundled products. Then it seals the edges of the film together to create a pouch around the product.
The bundle goes through a shrink tunnel to ensure the containment with intense heating. The film gets compressed and attached to the bundle of product and strengthened while cooling down.

ways to wrap with bundle wrappers

Bundle wrappers offer versatility in achieving various packaging aesthetics based on your preferences. Before investing in a bundle wrapper, it’s essential to consider three primary packaging options and which one you prefer the most.

Shrink Wrapping with Tray

Bundle wrapped cans with tray

Bundle wrappers can wrap either the bundle on the tray or the bundle by itself.

Shrink Wrapping Without Tray

Bundled Wrapped bottles without tray

The machine can create bullet holes on the side for easier gripping of the bundle, or it can provide a full closure without any holes.

With Printed or Regular Film

Coca-Cola bottles shrink wrapped with Cryovac
Bundle wrapped bottles in a printed film
Printed film featuring a company logo or custom design is available, although clear film is the most commonly used option.

Benefits of Bundle Wrappers

These machines are designed for speed and efficiency. They can significantly accelerate your packaging processes, saving you time and labor costs.
The protective sleeves applied by these wrappers safeguard products from dust, moisture, and potential damage during storage and transportation. 
Bundle Wrappers and Sleeve Wrappers are known for reducing packaging material usage and minimizing waste. They are eco-friendly and budget friendly. 
One size does not fit all in the world of packaging. Bundle Wrappers and Sleeve Wrappers can be tailored to accommodate various product sizes and shapes, ensuring a snug fit for each bundle. It is easily adjustable to different settings. 

Bundle wrappers recommendations

Impak MB3216 Bundle Wrapper Side

IMPAK MB3216

good

A reasonable manual shrink sleeving/bundle wrapping machine
SMI BP800AS Sleeve Wrapper

SMI BP800AS

better

A versatile shrink sleeving/bundle wrapping machine

SMI XP650 ASX Sleeve Wrapper

SMI XP650

best

An automatic overlap wrapper designed for high-speed shrink sleeving/bundle wrapping with printed film registration capabilities

IMPAK MB3216

A reasonable manual shrink sleeving/bundle wrapping machine

 The perfect entry level manual Bundle Wrapper

No Compressed Air Required

Tunnel Opening: 32” W x 16” H.

All-in-One System – Wraps and Shrinks

SMI BP800AS

A versatile automatic shrink sleeving/bundle wrapping machine

Suitable for packing glass and PET bottles, cans, boxes, trays, jars, and cartons of various sizes in different pack collations.

Used in industries like beverages, food, chemicals, wine and spirits, cosmetics, detergents, wood, textile, and graphics

The AS Model includes an optional Infeed Conveyor System and pushdown wipers.

SMI XP650

A high-speed automatic overlap shrink sleeving/bundle wrapper

Versatile machine for packing glass and PET bottles, cans, boxes, trays, jars, and cartons of various sizes.

Suitable for the food industry and complies with FDA, UE, and USDA standards for products in direct contact with food.

Features a stainless-steel frame and FDA-compliant conveyor.

Capable of registering print

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Key Features to Consider

1. Film Type

Consider how thick the Shrink film should be and width of it. The poly shrink film is used for bundle wrappers. Various thickness options are available, ranging from 1 mil to 4 mil, allowing you to choose the desired thickness for your needs. You can select a thickness depending on the weight of the bundle you want to wrap. The most common shrink film is 2.5 mil which is the LCBO requirement for tall can cases.

The width of the shrink film should be chosen to adequately cover the entire bundle. Measure the dimensions of your bundle and ensure the film’s width can comfortably accommodate it. 

2. Speed and Capacity

Think about how many bundles you intend to produce in an hour. Understanding your desired production rate will help you select a machine that can meet your output goals efficiently. Determine how many products will be packed in one bundle and the weight of the bundle. It is crucial in assessing the machine’s capability to handle the necessary volume. 

3. Automation Level

Evaluate the level of automation you need, ranging from manual to fully automatic Bundle Wrappers. The choice of automation level should align with your production volume, the level of operator involvement you prefer, and the overall efficiency you aim to achieve in your packaging process. 

4. Space and Energy Efficiency

Determine the available space in your facility and choose a machine that fits seamlessly. Additionally, opt for energy-efficient models to reduce operational costs. 

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FAQ

Most Frequent Questions and Answers

Impak MB3216 Bundle Wrapper

Yes, most Bundle Wrappers are designed for seamless integration into existing production lines, improving overall efficiency.

Yes, there are biodegradable and recyclable shrink films available that can be used with Bundle Wrappers, promoting environmentally friendly packaging practices.

Absolutely, Bundle Wrappers can be adjusted to handle delicate products with care, ensuring they remain intact during packaging.

Yes, there are fully automatic Bundle Wrappers designed for high-speed and high-volume production to meet the demands of various industries.

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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.

conclusion

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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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.

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.

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    North York, Ontario
    M3J 2J4
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    flow wrap solution for salad kits

    Overview:

    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

    Challenge:

    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.

    results

    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.

    THE EQUIPMENT USED FOR THIS SOLUTION

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

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    What is a Biodegradable Stretch Film?

    The Evolution of Packaging: A Need for Sustainability

    Traditional plastic stretch films, although recyclable, often end up in landfills. This concern has spurred the development of biodegradable stretch films like Precisionrap DK.

    If your business is trying to become more sustainable, the chances are you’ll have discussed how you can make your packaging fit in with this. Among various packaging solutions, biodegradable stretch films have emerged as a promising solution to address environmental concerns associated with conventional plastics. This article delves into Precisionrap DK stretch wrap, a biodegradable alternative that offers both performance and eco-consciousness.

    Precisionrap DK Stretch Wrap: A greener choice

    Precisionrap DK stretch wrap is a cutting-edge packaging solution designed to cater to the needs of both businesses and the environment. It shares many characteristics with traditional stretch films, such as excellent load stability, protection against moisture and dust, and ease of application. For example, the total film stretches of 285% with a hand application.

    However, its key differentiator lies in its biodegradability. It takes a few years to decay, not decades. This can help company’s sustainability goals without a hassle of recycling, while the pricing is same as other Precision product.

    Benefits of Precisionrap DK Stretch Wrap

    Environmental Sustainability
    The primary advantage of Precisionrap DK is its biodegradability. Made from biodegradable materials, this stretch film breaks down naturally over time, reducing its environmental impact compared to traditional plastics.
    Reduced Carbon Footprint
    Using biodegradable stretch wrap contributes to lower greenhouse gas emissions during production and disposal. This aligns with corporate sustainability goals and reduces carbon footprints in the supply chain.
    Cost-Efficiency
    Precisionrap DK offers competitive pricing and performance, making it a cost-effective choice for businesses that seek eco-friendly alternatives without compromising on quality.
    Versatility
    This stretch wrap can be used across various industries, from food and beverage to manufacturing and logistics, ensuring versatility in its applications.
    Ease of Use
    Precisionrap DK is designed for ease of application, ensuring that businesses can transition seamlessly to this eco-friendly packaging option.

    Precisionrap : cost-effective and efficient solution

    Precisionrap has a two-part handheld dispenser, which allows ergonomic stretch wrap usage. Aside from less intensity of labour, Precisionrap also offers several key advantages over traditional hand pallet wrapping techniques:

    Film Efficiency: Precisionrap consumes less film by weight compared to traditional methods. Based on a cut and weigh test by rewrapping a pallet with Precisionrap and comparing film weights, customers can reduce their film consumption by a minimum of 35%.

    Improved Load Containment: According to the force-to-load measurement, Precisionrap significantly enhances load containment, exerting up to 50% more force on the load to maintain its integrity compared to traditional hand-wrapping techniques.

    Faster Wrapping: With Precisionrap, you can wrap a typical load 33% faster than with manual hand wrapping. Precisionrap streamlines the process without compromising on wrapping quality.

    Consistent Containment: Precisionrap ensures consistency and containment with its snapback test. This test measures the film’s ability to recover to its pre-applied length after being cut vertically. Precisionrap consistently achieves greater and more consistent snapback and load containment compared to traditional hand-wrapped pallets, regardless of the operator.

    Biodegrading process of Stretch Films

    3 Steps of Assimilation
    Precisionrap DK is a plastic based film that has additives included in the manufacturing process. These additives, usually enzymes, enable the plastic to break down.
    Step 1.
    After 2 years of stable shelf-life, Precisionrap DK starts the chemical reaction begins causing the film to assimilate and attract micro-organisms that consume the carbon.
    Step 2.
    When the film breaks down by oxidative degradation, it simply turns into smaller pieces of plastic. A low molecular mass oxidation products are established.
    Step 3.
    With abundance of UV rays, heat, and micro-organisms, the film will be bio-degraded in the ocean or buried landfill. At the end of the process, which takes 6 to 24 months, only a little bit of CO2, H2O and biomass remain.

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    Can You Rent a Shrink Wrap Machine?

    If your business is looking for packaging solutions that are both efficient and budget-friendly, the idea of embracing a shrink wrap machine may have crossed your mind. But let’s face it, it’s a big investment. If you’re still doubtful to dive into machine ownership or if your product is giving you the “shrinking” feeling about its compatibility with a shrink wrap machine, there’s the other options: machine rental!

    If you are intrigued by the notion of renting one of these shrink wrap machines, consider this article your trusty co-pilot. Let’s dive into the different finance options of a shrink wrap machinery and which one will suit your needs.

    Exploring Payment Options of Shrink Wrap Machine

    When it comes to securing a shrink packaging machine, there’s 5 payment and ownership options to consider. Impak Packaging is partnered with several finance companies for better financing experience of yours.

    So, whether you’re in for a short fling, a long-term commitment, or ready to go steady, there’s a payment path that suits your needs.

    1. Rent/ Rent-To-Own

    Renting lets you borrow the machine for shorter spans, like 4-6 months, depending on your situation. This choice suits for seasonal goods or fresh projects. Meanwhile, the Rent-To-Own program is like the best of both worlds. You can channel the rental fees toward eventually owning the machine.

    2. Lease / Lease-To-Own

    Leasing steps up the game by offering longer borrowing periods—think more than 6 months to years. And here’s the kicker: Lease-To-Own enters the stage. It’s like giving you a pass to the machine ownership after the leasing period. Great for those who want to test the waters before fully diving in.

    3. Ownership

    The “just take the plunge” option. If you’re confident about your machine usage, you can buy it outright.
    Plus, there’s no need to play all your cards at once; installment plans and financing options through various financial companies make this a dynamic choice too.

    The Popular Shrink Wrap Machines to Rent

    If your product is not too big and small quantity, hood sealer is perfect for entry level shrink wrapping. There’s no need to purchase a heat shrink tunnel, as this is a one step solution to shrink wrapper products.
    Our semi-automatic L Bar Sealers are the perfect machines for low to medium volume shrink applications. An operator sets the seal time and heat, then inserts a product between the two layers of center-folded shrink film, then presses down on the sealing bar. Once the seal is complete, the package is pulled away from the seal area.

    Automatic L-bar sealers are perfect for center-folded shrink-wrap applications, where speed is a factor. They use center-folded shrink film, a conveyor feeds the product into the film and into the sealing area. Vertical/horizontal photocell sensors determine when to activate the jaw sealer. Once the product is sealed, a conveyor automatically feeds the sealed product into a shrink tunnel.

    Bundle wrapper use two rolls of shrink film to create a sleeve that encircle items that can be packaged together used as a bundle. This bundle is introduced into the sleeve wrapper where sealing head come down behind it and seals the film. And it is conveyed to a heat shrink tunnel where the shrink film binds the items together.

    Side Sealers are continuous motion horizontal sealers designed to wrap packages effortlessly and efficiently. Side Sealers are the fastest type of sealers which is suitable for wrapping box type packaging.

    Shrink Tunnels are used with sealers to apply heat to the film so the film shrinks perfectly around the product. They can come in two different conveyor configurations: Roller or Belted. Both conveyors can be used with polyolefin, PVC sleeves, and polyethylene films. The space between these rollers allows hot air from the bottom to shrink the film around the product to create a tight sealed package.

    We have a variety of consumables in stock which are used for machines such as shrink wrap for a reasonable price. Our packaging experts will support you find the best product for your needs.

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    Benefits of Renting a Shrink Wrap Machine

    1. Cost Efficiency

    Renting a shrink wrap machine presents an affordable alternative to an outright purchase. For businesses dealing with short-term or sporadic packaging requirements, the upfront investment associated with buying such machinery might not be the wisest choice. Renting allows you to access high-quality equipment without straining your budget.

    2. Flexibility

    Every business encounters fluctuations in packaging demand. Renting a shrink wrap machine enables you to scale your operations according to your needs. Whether you’re tackling a short-term project, a seasonal rush, or a limited-time promotion, renting grants you the agility to respond effectively.

    3. Trial of the Latest Technologies

    The rental market is rich with modern shrink wrap machines boasting advanced features. By renting a new machine, you gain access to the latest technology without the commitment of ownership. This means you can elevate your packaging quality and efficiency without a hefty investment.

    A Checklist Before Renting a Shrink Wrap Machine

    While the prospect of renting a shrink wrap machine is enticing, a few key considerations should guide your decision-making process:

    1. Duration and Frequency of Use

    Assess the length of time you require the machine and the frequency of its usage. If your packaging needs are intermittent or short-term, renting becomes an even more attractive choice. However, if you need it all year round maybe it is better to own it.

    2. Compatibility with Your Needs

    Each business has its unique packaging requirements. Ensure that the shrink wrap machine you rent is compatible with the dimensions and types of products you need to package. This ensures optimal results and a hassle-free packaging process. Not sure about the compatibility? Talk to our package machine experts!

    3. Dive into Rental Terms

    Before sealing the deal, thoroughly review the rental agreement. Understand the terms, maintenance responsibilities, and technical support provided by the rental provider. Clarity on these aspects will ensure a smooth experience.

    4. Service Team

    To make the most of your shrink wrap machine rental journey, consider collaborating with packaging experts. Their insights can help you select the most suitable machine, set the correct parameters, and streamline your packaging process for maximum efficiency.

    In Conclusion

    Renting a shrink wrap machine can be a strategic choice depends on your situation. The benefits of affordability, flexibility, and access to advanced technology position renting as an intelligent move for businesses with varying packaging needs. By keeping factors like duration, compatibility, and terms in mind, you can navigate the rental landscape confidently. Remember, collaboration with packaging professionals can enhance your experience and unlock the true potential of shrink wrap machine rentals. So, get a free consulting from our experienced expert which will revolutionize your packaging with a tailored solution that delivers outstanding results.

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    North York, Ontario
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    FDA Approved Shrink Packaging Solution for Cake/Pizza Cartons

    Overview:

    A large manufacturer of cake cartons, pie cartons & pizza boxes in Toronto wanted to upgrade their existing process, and incorporate a faster and effective way to wrap cake and pizza boxes. They were wrapping on a sleeve wrapper which left open holes on each side of the package. Their customers needed a fully enclosed package to comply with food packaging guideline’s under CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) & FDA food & safety regulations.

    An Impak technical application expert worked with this company to get a better understanding of their expectations and recommended a highly efficient Automatic Side Sealer for Cake Cartons, Pie Boxes & Pizza Boxes. Since the implementation of the new shrink wrapping system, the customer has reduced its packaging cost by 15% and can run different sized boxes at the required speeds without having to change the film.

    Automatic Side Sealer with Shrink Tunnel

    Challenge:

    The customer wanted a complete enclosure due to CFIA and FDA regulations. They wanted to wrap big and heavy stacks of cake and pizza boxes at higher speeds. They wanted to cut their packaging cost and wanted a solution that was less labour intensive and more efficient.

    Before (Cake Boxes on a Bundle Wrapper)

    Process & Solution:

    A previous customer referred the customer to one of Impak’s Technical Applications Expert. He worked alongside the customer and recommended an Automatic Side Sealer capable of running several sizes of cartons. The machine has a larger range of sizes and is fully adjustable with unlimited length. All the controls are centrally located so it’s faster and easier for the operators to set up. Since the introduction of the new side sealing system, less material is being used. The system works on demand and no operator is required. 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.

    After (Pizza Boxes on the Automatic Side Sealer)
    After ( Pizza Boxes on the Skid)

    results

    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 no operator is required, 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.

    Side sealer sealing and shrinking pizza boxes, cake boxes with complete enclosure

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    Impak Packaging Gertex Group Logo
    Impak Packaging

    400 Flint Rd.
    North York, Ontario
    M3J 2J4
    Phone: 416-299-0960
    Fax: 416-299-0961
    Email: [email protected]

    Inquiries

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    Shrink Wrap Machines Tech Tips

    • For Semi Automatic L Sealers:

    Step 1:  Inspect Teflon tape for burn grooves

    Step 2: Inspect silicone pads for burn grooves

    Step 3: Check sealing wire tension

    Step 4: Check melamine strip behind the wire for burn groove

    • Automatic L Sealers with hot knife:

    Step 1:  Inspect sealing bar and knife for build up. Warm up bar and use a soft cloth to clean. DO NOT USE any abrasive material as this will damage the Teflon coating on the bar.

    Step 2: Inspect Teflon tape and silicone sponge for burn groove.

    Step 3: Inspect side seal belts on film puller.

    Step 4: Inspect infeed and outfeed belts for edge wear and check for proper tracking.

    Step 5: Check film feed drive and pinch rollers for film residue build up.

    • Shrink Tunnels:

    Step 1: Check chain for proper tension. Lubricate chains every 40 hours of operation. For stainless steel and Teflon mesh belts, check for proper tracking.

    Step 2: Check and lubricate roller bearings.

    Step 3: Check and clean vents in the tunnel chamber.

    If still the problem persists, you can give us a Contact Us at (416) 299-0960, and one of our experienced technicians will have your machine up and running in no time. Thanks for reading!

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    Email: [email protected]

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    Stretch wrapping basics

    Stretch wrapping is a technique used throughout the packaging industry to secure products to a skid and provide extra protection while in transport. This technique is particularly useful while shipping several boxes or products on a skid. Pallet Wrapping will ensure that your products are safe, stabilized and secure so they reach your customer without being damaged or tampered. This article aims to give you a clear understanding of how stretch wrapping works and how it is implemented. You need to follow certain steps so that you stretch wrap your products properly preventing them from getting damaged during the shipping process.

    Stretch Wrapped skids of Bottle Water heavy

    stretch film

    Stretch Film is a highly stretchable plastic film that is used in the stretch wrapping process. This highly stretchable film is wrapped around the boxes while adjusting the tension, wrapping the skid providing a secondary protection. There are two types of stretch film which are commonly used: Machine stretch film and Hand stretch film.

    Stretch Wrapping Equipment

    Fox FPS 300 Pallet Wrapper with wrapped palletPallet Wrappers/Stretch Wrappers tightly wrap a loaded skid or a pallet with machine stretch film. A loaded pallet is placed on the turn-table and with the carriage mounted with stretch film, the turntable rotates dispensing film and wrapping the pallet. Pallet Wrappers tightly wrap the pallet making it stable, air-tight and clean. You can also use a hand wrapper to wrap the pallet by hand using hand stretch film.

    Different types of pallet wrappers

    The Turntable Pallet Wrapper is like a spinning plate for pallets. Just like the name sounds, this machine has a turntable on the bottom of the structure that spins. You place the pallet on the rotating platform, and a roll of stretch film is dispended high to low as it turns. You can adjust the tightness and number of wraps as needed. It’s an easy and effective way to protect and contain products during transport. 

    Imagine a big oscillating arm that hugs your pallet with stretch film to ensure containment during transport – that’s the Rotary Arm Pallet Wrapper. The pallet stays still, and the arm moves around the skid, wrapping the film from top to bottom. This method is great for fast and stable wrapping, especially for tricky loads that may wobble.

    The Orbital Pallet Wrapper is perfect for irregularly shaped loads. Instead of spinning the pallet, it wraps the film around the load horizontally from all sides. This ensures that every part of the load is securely covered, preventing any shifting during shipping. This type of stretch wrapping machine is perfect for long product like furniture and cabinetry.

    The Mobile Pallet Wrapper is like a compact wrapping machine on wheels. You can take it anywhere in your warehouse, no fixed spot needed. Just place the pallet on the floor, attach the film, and let the machine move around the pallet to wrap it up neatly. It’s convenient, safe and saves time!

    Key Considerations FOR hand WRAPPING

    The following are the steps to be considered before stretch wrapping a skid using a hand film:

    1. Select the right size pallet or skid

    Make sure you stack your boxes or products using the right size skid.  Using a skid that is too large or too small will result in an insecure and unstable load. The best size is one that is not larger than the products placed on top otherwise the plastic may tear on the sharp pallet corners; yet the pallet has to completely cover the base area of the products you want wrapped or you may have damage to your products in shipping.

    2. Stack the base of the skid properly

    If you have different size boxes, make sure to place the larger heavier boxes on the pallet first. Make sure not to leave any gaps and occupy as much space as you can to make the base stable and secure.

    3. Stack the rest of your boxes on the skid

    Properly place the remaining boxes or products on the skid. Make sure that your boxes do not cross the edges of the pallet and placed them as close as possible to each other in order to prevent them from moving after being wrapped. Do not stack your pallet too high as it can destabilize the load by raising the center of gravity. Make sure your skid is in cubical or square shape.

    4. Start the Stretch Wrapping Process

    Tie the stretch film around the corner of the skid. This will ensure that the film does not come off while wrapping. While holding the hand stretch wrapper, start walking around the skid. Once you reach the corners of the skid, tightly secure and apply tension ensuring it is nice and tight around the load. Always start from the bottom and then go towards the top.  It is recommended that you go around the skid at least 5-6 times to ensure stability. Once the wrapping is finished, check the skid thoroughly for sturdiness. If the load is moving and is not stable, you should consider wrapping it again. Once your pallet is stable and sturdy, tear the stretch wrap from the skid and you are done.

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    If you have a high volume of skids or pallets to wrap, we recommend using a machine pallet wrapper. If you have any questions about stretch wrapping and wrapping equipment, please call us at (416) 299-0960 and a representative will guide you in selecting the right stretch film and equipment for your packaging needs.

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    Email: [email protected]

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