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Stretch wrapper maintenance?

Establishing a proper equipment maintenance program can be very important. Without a proper protocol to keep a stretch wrap machine (or any sort of machine for that matter) in perfect function, it can be very challenging to run a stable, consistent business. Certainly, having regular checkups and tests is a smart idea, however, it is far better to have an established checklist and specific protocol for which to diagnose and solve problems which can arise when a piece of machinery is being used constantly. COHS states that without regular maintenance of all machinery, the work environment is considered hazardous and dangerous.
Laying out a protocol for equipment maintenance sounds like quite the challenge, but in truth, it is fairly simple. Think of it like a checklist. A simple, yet static manner of diagnostics are perfect for a structure. Organizing everything in an “If, Then” manner, means that every possible problem that a machine can have must be checked before moving on to the next, or solving it. In this manner, you can ensure that maintenance is performed in the exact same manner each time, and fixing any common problems that may (and realistically eventually will) arise.

Of course, with a stretch wrap machine, there are only so many common problems that can arise. For this reason, each checklist based system must have a manner of freedom to it, once all the check points have been done. It’s very important to have a skilled, trained individual performing these programs, or at least doing the final check-over.

This maintenance program must be rigid. It must be performed at a set interval, for example once a week, at the end of the week. Having an actual, physical checklist is also important, not only does it make certain that the individual performing the check knows how to do their tasks, and in what order, but it also means that it is potentially possible to keep records of maintenance. This means that should a larger problem be diagnosed within a final, free form check over, logs of previous maintenance can be read and reviewed to try and pinpoint not only what the exact problem is, but figure out where it came from, so either the person who did the maintenance can be taught to do it better, or an error in the protocol can be corrected.

Machinery with moving parts (or really any sort of machinery), particularly stretch wrap machinery, are prone to various malfunctions. Things can get caught up, small parts can break, and overall function can be impaired. It is highly imperative therefore to create a specific, “If, Then” style checklist for regular equipment maintenance. Not only is it the safe thing to do, but it is the productive, and smart thing to do for any business which may be using a stretch wrap machine.

A large percentage of machine film malfunctions are results of the machine wrappers not being “married” to the appropriate stretch film. At KEYPAK, we are dedicated to making sure you receive the appropriate stretch film to wrap the right load application that marries with the right machine film wrapper. Our trained service personnel can assist with your ongoing maintenance requirements to keep everything running at peak performance.

To find out more about KEYPAK visit our website,

Struggling to keep your boxes closed?

Water-activated paper tape is one of the best choices you can make for securely and quickly sealing cardboard cartons. While there are many different tape options, none of them are as green & secure as water-activated tape. And, not only is it secure but is completely recyclable meaning it doesn’t have to be removed from boxes to be recycled. Water-activated paper tape is also biodegradable helping to lower your company’s environmental impact.

With the heat of summer and its humidity or the chill of winter, keeping packages securely closed is always an important consideration. Dust, rain, humidity and extreme temperatures all work to unseal even the most carefully placed tape. This is where you can win with water-activated tape. The durability of water-activated paper tape makes it the perfect choice for closing those hard to seal packages and keeping them that way.

Unlike pressure sensitive adhesives like masking tape or standard packaging tape, the adhesive on water-activated tape penetrates the surface of the cardboard container and bonds with it, creating an extremely secure seal. This additional bonding not only keeps the cartons closed like they should be but keeps the package from being tampered with. Since the tape is impossible to remove intact, these tamper-evident seals will allow you to ship your product without worrying about theft or tampering. You will be able to save money and have less liability for the boxes once they leave your facility.

Water-activated paper tapes are available with standard printed messages or can also be printed with your company’s logo or message. This is a great way to further increase the security of your package while giving your marketing efforts a boost, all for a minimal cost per package

Keeping Profit in the bottom line!

In the 3PL and distribution ring, getting shipments out the door, on time, every time with no in-transit damage are key to the bottom line. Increased labor & transportation costs along with growing global competition means that cutting costs and increasing efficiencies are key to maximizing revenue.

A major contributor to the expense ledger are the consumables that are required but seldom directly recovered on the profit side. One of the single largest line items is pallet wrap which is increasing in use due to its ability to unitize loads effectively and efficiently. The cost of pallet wrap is not the sticker price on the product itself however. In order to accurately assess what this cost actually is, how it can be reduced and what the impact will be requires the answer to three questions;

  • What are the dimensions (length and width) of one load; and how many revolutions of wrap are being put on that load? Also take into account whether the loads are typically nice and square or irregular.
  • What is the true gauge, width, and length of the current film being used? Is it working appropriately with no load failures?
  • What brand of stretch film equipment is being used? All stretch film equipment manufacturers have their own designs specifically relating to how film is stretched through the carriage head and delivered to the load. It is important to know how each design affects the delivery and stretch of the film.

Answering these questions can be done without much difficulty, but analyzing how the answers impact costs saving is a bit more difficult. The good news is that KEYPAK has developed a system to make this easy as well. Utilizing specialized test equipment and recognized metrics we are able to calculate an accurate and documented cost-per-load.
In addition to the analytics, KEYPAK has a line of patented stretch films that have the ability to outperform the competition enabling additional savings potential. PowerWrap™ is an evolutionary machine film that is changing the way the industry wraps pallets. This film offers exceptional load containment and control, outstanding holding force, and unbelievable puncture resistance while reducing the cost-per-load shipped. This is a machine film that delivers impressive performance… and puts the most profit back into your bottom line!

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