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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