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From Beginning to Advanced: Blogs on Industry and Manufacturing

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Things to think about when wrapping pallets

by Daniel Wilson

The most important thing about working with goods shipped on pallets is the wrapping. Poorly wrapped pallets can cause the goods to tip over and break while they're being handled, causing an economical loss for the company as well as creating a safety threat for the people that might be nearby when it happens. Even though most transporting companies use pallet wrappers instead of handheld wrapping units, there is still a lot you can do as the one controlling the machine to make sure the pallet is properly wrapped.

Attaching the wrap

This is a step that many people tend to not be careful enough with. Wrap that is attached too loose in the beginning of the wrapping process will most certainly cause the entire wrapping to be too loose. However, you should also avoid using knots as a way to attach the wrap to the pallet or the load. Knots make it harder for the people unloading the pallet to unwrap the plastic. It also takes more time when they have to tear knots apart. Try forming the wrap into a rope by twisting the wrap. You can then wrap the rope around one corner of the pallet itself by looping it around the corner. No knots are needed, and you may then proceed to wrapping the rest of the pallet like you normally would.  

Start from the base

The most important thing when wrapping pallets is to make sure that the load is attached to the pallet. The wrap is your tool to make sure that happens. For this reason, you should always start wrapping from the base of the pallet. Starting from the top would cause the pallet to hang onto the load, and not the other way around. You should also make a habit of checking the wrap as soon as you've wrapped it all the way up to the top of the load. If the wrap doesn't feel secure enough, then do another lap from top to bottom to ensure that the load is completely secured.

The right pallet

If you're experiencing a high degree of tearing when wrapping your pallets, you should consider examining what pallets you're using. A lot of people use pallets larger than the base area of the load to make sure that everything can fit properly. However, the sharp corners of the pallet can be devastating to the wrap. If you want to prevent tearing, make sure you load up every single spot on the pallet so that the corners of the load and the pallet match up.

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