It is incredibly important to make sure that a pallet has been fully wrapped before it gets moved. There are two reasons for this. The first is that a poorly wrapped pallet could result in some of the product falling off that pallet and being damaged, incurring costs for the warehouse that could take away from their profits. The second is that items falling off the pallet represent a safety hazard for people walking on the warehouse floor or operating heavy machinery. It is therefore safer and more profitable for warehouse workers to make sure that pallets are fully wrapped before they are moved at all. Here are some tips for stretch wrapping a pallet in order to avoid the two problems mentioned above.
1. Overlap Your Layers of Wrap
When you are adding layers of pallet stretch wrap to the product that is on a pallet, you are likely going to need to apply several layers, since most pallet stretch wrap sizes do not come large enough to wrap a pallet in one single rotation. In order to increase the strength and coverage of your pallet wrap, you will need to be sure that each layer of the wrap overlaps the one beneath it by at least fifty percent. This will allow you to ensure that there are no gaps in your overall coverage and that small items will not be able to slip through.
2. Increase the Amount of Plastic Wrap for Heavier Objects
Plastic wrap can tear if enough pressure is placed upon it. If you have heavier objects on your pallet, then your pallet wrap is going to undergo more pressure than it would if there were only light items. This means that you will likely need more layers of pallet wrap if you have particularly heavy items on the pallet. You can tell if you need more pallet wrap by taking a single item that is on the pallet and pushing it against a piece of pallet wrap. If the pallet wrap gives, then you are going to need several layers all over the pallet in order to keep everything intact.
3. Use the Pallet Wrap to Pull Down the Load
Finally, once the sides of your pallet have been fully wrapped, take the wrap and pull it down over the top of the pallet, using extra wrap if necessary. This will reduce the load that is on the wrap on the sides of the pallet and increase the load on the actual pallet itself, which will be much better able to deal with it.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in pallet wrappers such as Fox Packaging Services.