Reusable Pallet Wrappers Take Aim at Stretch Wrap and Shrink Wrap Cost

Worried about the rising cost of stretch wrap or shrink wrap or the Workers Comp claims that can result from all those awkward wrapping postures and the use of cutting knives? Reusable pallet wrappers can reduce or eliminate the need for plastic film, say suppliers of this reusable packaging category.

reusable pallet wrapper

Avoiding plastic wrap is a good way to cut cost while improving ergonomics and reducing environmental footprint, they stress. Wrapping the average pallet consumes about 135 linear feet or about a pound of plastic, which is either recycled or sent to the landfill.

Frank Gallucci of Amici Enterprises, manufacturer of the Envirowrapper, says that his reusable wrapper helps customers better maximize pallet height, while eliminating damage due to loads toppling over. In addition, pallets do not cling together as they do with stretch wrap. Using reusable wrap also translates into a reduction in stretch wrap disposal. Frank reports recent new customer wins in Canada, Ireland, and in Venezuela. We previously reported on the use of reusable wrappers at Premier Organics. Amici, which has been selling the Envirowrapper since 1991, reports many happy repeat customers.

“Pallet Wrapz™ offer a solution to the high cost of stretch film and a reduction in damage to product on the pallets,” offers Matt Jacobs of Pallet Wrapz™, a manufacturer of reusable pallet wrappers.

Matt is quick to point out additional benefits in terms of waste reduction, as well as with respect to mesh in the wrap which improves air flow through the product. “There is very little if any condensation buildup during the summer months with high humidity that can cause the food product on pallets to spoil,” he says. Both vendors report that their reusable wrappers are quicker and more ergonomically friendly to apply than manual stretch wrapping, while unwrapping does not prevent risk of knife cuts or strains associated with pulling off plastic film.

Reusable wrappers incorporate a plastic wrapper in conjunction with belts and Velcro or buckle systems to tighten them around the pallet. They can be customized to fit a range of palletized products from fresh produce to postal/printing, beverage, and frozen foods. Additionally, Amici offers an insulated wrapper for temperature-control products. Display pockets or other features can provide messaging on wrapped unit loads.

Pallet Wrapz in action. Reusable pallet wraps can be configured for various applications.

There are enormous opportunities for reusable wrappers, especially within facilities where products are palletized after
production or container unloading, wrapped and stored, before being unwrapped in the same facility for further processing or distribution. In supply chain applications, attention to reusable wrapper control is important to ensuring the success of the program. Whether for use within a facility or for shipment to trading partners, a few simple steps can help ensure success:

  • Determine where wrappers will be stored, to ensure ready access to staff who will be using them.
  • Establish best practices for removing and rolling up wrappers, as well as storage and return procedures. It is important for employees at the receiving destination to know not to cut them off as they would with plastic film.
  • Attention to minimizing dwell time and facilitating prompt return will help minimize the amount of wrappers required, as well as help eliminate the possibility of loss.

Crossmark Graphics Invests in KBA Rapida 106 Press/LED Drying

When Crossmark Graphics began to search for a new sheetfed press in August 2015, the general commercial firm had two important criteria: advanced press technology and forging a strong partnership with the press supplier. After thorough reviews of the major press manufacturers, Crossmark Graphics chose KBA and its popular Rapida 106. The new six-color, 41-inch Rapida 106  press plus coater arrives at Crossmark’s New Berlin, Wisconsin, facility this spring.

“We’re excited for the delivery of our new Rapida 106 press—our first from KBA,” said James Dobrzynski Sr., founder of Crossmark Graphics. “It will be our workhorse press day-to-day producing all types of print jobs including plastic, lenticular, and canvas. Our goal is to increase production by 20 percent and maintain our high quality levels from the first to last sheet.”

After narrowing its decision to the KBA Rapida 106, Dobrzynski and his team including daughter Tammy Rechner, president and CEO, and sons Jay, Mark, and Brian, interviewed current KBA Rapida 106 customers to gain their input on the press. Rapida 106 owners, they learned, said that KBA’s technology is more advanced than other manufacturers and that they forged strong partnerships with the firm long after the press was installed. These unsolicited comments, along with the press’s continual innovations to boost its performance, flexibility, and cost efficiency solidified the decision to move forward with the KBA Rapida 106. Upon its arrival at Crossmark, the firm’s new Rapida 106 will be configured with a host of automated features unique to KBA such as fully-automated plate changing, CleanTronic, ErgoTronic color control, QualiTronic, LogoTronic, as well as a VariDry HL Blue IR/HA/UV drying system.

While 80 percent of Crossmark’s business is derived from printing on paper, a fast-growing area is printing on plastic, which now encompasses 20 percent of the firm’s output. For the last 2½ years, Crossmark has had a non-KBA press equipped with LED, and seeing the benefits of LED wanted to be a complete LED printer, which provides low energy usage, no heat, no distortion of the sheet, and no odor.

Crossmark’s new KBA Rapida 106 press will also have an extra LED on the press enabling the firm to do more special effects. It is equipped with an extra LED lamp along with docking ports after each print station to give the firm full flexibility, added Dobrzynski Sr.

The new QualiTronic ColorControl will read and monitor every sheet that goes through the press, its camera system is integrated directly into the press with LED illumination and permits fully automatic ink density measurements in control strips. The control strips can be positioned either at the front or in the center of the sheet. As soon as printing starts, the control strips are scanned directly in the press and the measured solid densities are presented on the screen in a live graphic display. The measurements are used as a basis for fast, dynamic inline color correction. It is also possible to create inline measurement reports in PDF format. It will give us high quality consistent color.

The 41.73-inch wide and 29.13 inches around KBA Rapida 106 press, known industry-wide as the ‘makeready champion’ will enable Crossmark Graphics to provide the highest quality offset printing and immediate drying with ease. Accompanied by high-level KBA technology, this new press will be the keystone for the second generation of owners at Crossmark Graphics. KBA is genuinely excited to partner with them.”