Why Gripfilm is a superior choice when wrapping pallets
The UK’s economy is reliant on pallet shipments through distribution networks. Pallet shipping improves efficiency and protects individual packages from damage and loss during transportation. As you are sure to know, there are many different ways to wrap pallets.
When wrapping pallets, you are most likely familiar with stretch film. It’s the single most important factor when it comes to wrapping pallets for safe transportation. However, modern technologies have allowed rapid evolution of these films, and we’re pleased to bring you Gripfilm.
In this article, we’ll discuss the benefits of the revolutionary Gripfilm, and how it’s an improvement on standard stretchfilm.
Why are stretchwraps used?
Stretchwrap is defined as a lightweight film, which is used to bind a load to its pallet without using heat or any other means to make it shrink. Stretchwrap keeps the products in place and prevents them from moving during transportation. This protects against damage, and ensures the products arrive at their destination in good condition. This improves customer satisfaction and reduces returns and refunds, which allows for business prosperity.
The benefits of Stretchwrap
The benefits of using stretchwrap are as follows:
- Flexible application
Stretchfilms can wrap and cover pallets of either uniform or dissimilar shape. It is used to bind a load to the pallet to prevent movement and collapse during transit.
- Protect against damage
Stretch films protect against dirt, dust and moisture and are used to wrap pallets in storage to prevent damage, and ensure they arrive in good condition when transported.
- Securely wrapped items
Stretchwrap is wrapped tight around the pallet and keeps it secure and safe from movement caused by bumps and heavy braking. Black pallet film can be used to hide the load from view, where security is required.
The drawbacks of Stretchwrap
However, there is a downside to stretchwrap films. Let’s discuss the drawbacks of conventional wrap before moving on to discuss the best type of stretch wrap.
- Difficult for workers and increased risk of injuries
The number one drawback is that it is hard for warehouse staff to use. They have to use force to wrap each load and it includes making repetitive movements. They have to bend low to secure the bottom corners and thus affecting their backs. They also have to use both of their hands to hold the roll leading to wrist injuries. And they often end up walking backward while wrapping, which may lead to tripping and colliding with other people and objects. Problems like chronic back pain, neck, shoulder strains and sprains, and scraped knuckles are among the few injuries that the workers suffer.
- Difficult to get the right containment force
It is difficult for the workers to wrap the load with the same containment force every time. Containment force is the total force of the wrap multiplied by the number of revolutions of stretch film. It holds your package together and ensures that the load is transported to its destination in one piece. If the power is too weak, then the products can move during transportation, break the film, and spill out. However, if the force is too strong, it can compress and squash the products, damaging it before it reaches its destination.
- Inconsistent wrapping and finish
Standard wrapping leads to uneven wrapping due to human nature. Most of the time, many workers are working together to wrap loads. This means that each load will be wrapped differently because a different operator wraps it. This leads to an uneven finish and causes wrist strains and finger burns.
- Cost issue
Because every operator must manually apply tension to the film to secure the load, they may over-wrap the load or wrap it loosely. Loose wrapping will almost certainly cause collapse. Commonly, a spilled load will be rejected on delivery and returned to the original hub, to be offloaded, restacked, and re-delivered. This is because of the health and safety issues offloading unstable and insecure pallets: people have been injured and even killed by unsafe loads that collapse during unloading. Load rejection like this takes up time, to unload and rewrap each pallet, and transport, because the lorry must return to its collection hub.
How can we overcome these risks whilst maintaining the benefits?
Gripfilm is a revolutionary dispenser for stretch film, which is cost-effective, eco-friendly, and user-friendly. This new and advanced applicator works with a unique stretch film to reduce your packing time by 30% and your plastic usage by up to 40%. Gripfilm is the easiest applicator system in the market. Being just 800g in weight, the applicator is lightweight and has a reduced changeover time compared to the standard applicators. On top of this the applicator is magnetic so it can be stuck to any metal surfaces for quick and safe storage.
With Gripfilm, your pallets can be securely wrapped and ready for transport quickly. As less film is used there is less material to dispose of when unwrapping, and thus you can also save money on the cost of your packaging. In addition, Gripfilm reduces your business’s carbon footprint with more meterage per roll (and pallet) which therefore makes it environmentally friendly.
Gripfilm has self-gripping properties that are achieved through a unique manufacturing process. This allows it tension itself after it has been wrapped around the pallets. It is available in black, red, green, blue, yellow tinted and clear transparent films. With this incredibly strong, puncture-resistant stretch film, you can wrap commercial pallets quickly. Moreover, the construction gives it superior strength that is used for irregular and unbalanced pallet loads. It easily wraps around the uneven edges that stick out.
In addition, thanks to the grip dispenser’s non-slip core, the application is efficient, rapid, and smooth. The Gripfilm roll can run to the core. Running to the core saves an average of 15-20% of material waste, because you are able to use all the material on the roll, which saves waste and unnecessary expense. Moreover, once the roll has finished, the roll’s core can be recycled, as it is clean cardboard. Many users have said that the Gripfilm system is excellent with its efficiency and longer length rolls.
Since Gripfilm is lightweight, it can be used to wrap packages efficiently and effectively. Its one-hand operation provides free movement, and the ergonomic handle reduces injuries. Less effort required by the operator means that they will not tire quickly.
Reduced risk of injuries
In addition to this, the Gripfilm applicator has a non-slip core, which means the operator does not have to bend low or overstretch to wrap the goods. Therefore, the operator can walk upright, and the chances of back, neck, shoulder, and wrist strain, as well as finger burns and hand abrasions, are reduced.
Always Walk Forward
Another benefit of Gripfilm that reduces injuries is that you will always be walking forwards, and not backward. The operator can always walk forwards while using the Gripfilm applicator, instead of going slowly backwards, not being able to see where they’re going. This, in turn, increases wrapping speeds and prevents trips and injuries.
Gripfilm allows you to use less film and reduce plastic wastage. Each roll contains at least 35% more film than conventional stretchwrap, which means that each Gripfilm roll will last longer than a standard roll. This means that you won’t need to purchase as many rolls in a year to wrap your pallets. This reduces your annual expenses, as well as your organization’s carbon footprint.
Self-gripping and tightening film
Gripfilm has high load retention and punctures resistance property. The self-gripping film powerfully tightens around the load and keeps its shape even when stretched due to load movement during transportation. The contents of the pallet are kept secured and thus reducing spillage of items.
The Gripfilm applicator’s skid plate allows you to wrap parts of the pallet that are difficult to wrap properly with conventional stretchfilm, such as the bottom and top of the load. By using one hand and keeping the skidplate on the floor, the operator can achieve a strong connection between the load and the pallet. At the top, the applicator achieves a consistent wrap at heights that could not previously be reached by the operator using two hands. This makes sure that the load and pallets are secured together, which prevents collapse.
Less force needed
The design of this dispenser allows you to maintain a consistent film tension, even when wrapping at heights above the operator’s head. The operator will not have to stretch the film themselves as the film will automatically contract once it’s been wrapped around the load. This means that Gripfilm requires minimal effort on the part of the operator.
With Gripfilm, you can evenly cover the pallet, which means that you will use less film per pallet. And since it has self-gripping properties, you will not need to stretch the film around the load yourself.
Longer rolls with reduced downtime
Each roll of Gripfilm is longer in length and has up to 550m of film to the roll compared to the 300m films on the traditional roll. This means that fewer roll changes are needed, and thus a reduction in operator downtime. When changing rolls, the twist-lock system with the non-slip core allows the operator to change the roll much quicker than conventional applicators.
A more powerful film
The unique manufacture of this stretch film makes it stronger and more versatile than the traditional wrapping film. Higher additive content makes it not only stronger than conventional films, but also give it a little bit of elasticity – this is why it provides a much more powerful connection between load and pallets and is able to keep the loads in shape through all the bumps and jolts of its journey.
It will bounce
Gripfilm will bounce if the roll slips out of the operator’s hand and drops; this prevents it from denting and tearing and having to be thrown away. This is because during manufacture, the machine is ‘airwound’ – wound onto the roll with a small layer of air between layers. This means less damaged rolls, and less material wastage, compared to the conventional film rolls. In addition, airwound films have a cleaner and easier release from the roll than conventional stretchfilms.
Reduced plastic wastage
Since the roll is protected and less material is used, your plastic usage will be reduced by 40 percent. In addition, using all the material on the roll can save you an additional 15-20% of your annual. Therefore, you can take control of your plastic wastage with the Gripfilm applicator! With so many advantages, it is by far the best option for companies involved with packing pallets. It is something that every business needs to improve their packaging and achieve hassle-free storage and transportation of pallets.
Not sure which type of Gripfilm is for you?
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