Manual Machines

 

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Manual Machines

TypeDescriptionSample Image(s)AdvantagesDisadvantagesComment
  Manpower  
  • Unconventional wrap patterns are possible
  • No loading issues
  • Can accommodate unusually long or wide loads
  • Requires operator full time
  • Ergonomic and safety concerns (Operator fatigue and physical discomfort)
  • Increased manpower costs
  • Increased transportation costs from improperly secured loads
  • Cannot accommodate unusually high loads
  • Without pre-stretch, packaging costs are relatively high
  • Suitable for very low volume wrapping needs
  Handwrapper
  • Very inexpensive hardware cost
  • Addresses some ergonomic and safety concerns
  • Same
  • Recommended for back up if wrapping machine is down
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Turntable Wrappers

 

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Turntable Wrappers

 

TypeDescriptionSample Image(s)AdvantagesDisadvantagesComment
Turntable Low profile, Manual, Foot switch
  • Same as Manpower (above)
  • Addresses ergonomic and safety concerns of operator walking around loads
  • Accommodates a loading ramp
  • Forklift portable
  • Uses standard 120 VAC outlets (move machine and plug in wherever is convenient)
  • Negligible to minimal installation costs
  • Same as Manpower (above)
  • Load supporting turntable has maximum load weight limitations
  • May not be suitable for unstable loads which cannot accommodate rotation
  • Manual wrapping process requires operator full time
  • Does not address ergonomic and safety concern of operator having to manually lift film roll
  • Suitable for very low volume wrapping needs
  High profile, Manual, Foot switch
  • More robust turntable support system should stand up to abuse better and require less maintenance
  • Does not accommodate a loading ramp (i.e. fork truck loading only)
  • Same
  Low profile, Manual, Non pre-stretch
  • Address ergonomic and safety concern of operator manually lifting film roll
  • Non pre-stretch film carriage limits possible stretch of film increasing cost of packaging per load
  • Non pre-stretch film carriage creates sub-standard shipping package
  • Same
  Low profile, Semi-automatic, Non pre-stretch
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  • Semi-automatic process frees operator from attending process full time
  • Non pre-stretch film carriage limits possible stretch of film increasing cost of packaging per load
  • Non pre-stretch film carriage creates sub-standard shipping package
  • Suitable for low to medium volume wrapping needs
  Low profile, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch


  • Semi-automatic machine, does not require the active participation of the operator throughout the whole wrap cycle, allowing him/her to work productively elsewhere while the load is wrapped automatically
  • Pre-stretch film carriage maximizes the stretching of the film, significantly reducing the cost of packaging per load
  • Pre-stretch produces superior shipping package
  • Full array of available options accommodates needs for over-sized loads and wrap pattern variations
  • Fork lift portable
  • No air supply required
  • Minimal installation costs
  • Requires operator to manually load the turntable, attach the film to the load, start the wrap cycle, cut and seal the film, and remove the load from the turntable
  • Load supporting turntable has maximum load weight limitations
  • May not be suitable for unstable loads which cannot accommodate rotation
  • Turntable wearing parts require more frequent maintenance
  • Need ramp to load with pallet trucks or powered-walkies
  • Suitable for low to medium volume wrapping needs
This is the most common configuration for semi-automatic pallet stretch wrappers, meeting most customer's needs for portability, loading flexibility, semi-automatic operation, wrap pattern flexibility, superior load containment, and film savings.
  Low profile, Turntable surround, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch
  • Turntable surround provides protection for turntable plate
  • Accommodates placement of machine into pit for floor level loading
  • Same
  • Same
  Low profile, Dual turntable surround, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch
  • Dual turntables increases operator loading and unloading efficiency, allowing more loads to be wrapped per hour
  •  Same
  • Suitable for medium volume wrapping needs
  High profile, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch
  •  More robust turntable support system
  • Reduced maximum load wrap height capacity
  • Does not accommodate a loading ramp (i.e. fork truck loading only)
  • Suitable for low to medium volume wrapping needs
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Rotary Arm Wrappers

 

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Rotary Arm Wrappers

TypeDescriptionSample Image(s)AdvantagesDisadvantagesComment
Rotary Arm  Wall / column mount, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch
  • Unlimited load weight capacity
  • Floor level (no ramps required)
  • No load bearing components results in higher reliability and less maintenance
  • Minimal floor space requirement (when not operating)
  • Higher initial purchase price (compared to turntable models)
  • Higher initial installation costs
  • Larger floor space requirement (when operating)
  • Not portable
  • Support structure requires suitable load bearing wall or column
  • Suitable for low to medium volume wrapping needs
  Cantilevered Frame, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch

  • Free standing design negates need for machine supporting structure
  • Minimal floor space requirement (when not operating)
  • Requires installation on a suitably robust floor with special anchors
  • Minimal options for oversized loads
  • Same
  Tripod, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch

  • Free standing design negates need for supporting structure
  • Increased floor space requirement (when not operating)
  • Minimal options for oversized loads
  • Same
  Gantry, Semi-automatic, Pre-stretch

  • Free standing design
  • Options to accommodate larger over sized loads
  • Larger floor space requirement (when operating or not)
  • Same
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Turntable Automatic Wrappers

 

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Turntable Automatic Wrappers

TypeDescriptionSample Image(s)AdvantagesDisadvantagesComment
Turntable Automatic Low profile, Conveyor-less, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipe-down
  • Portable-automatic machine, does not require the active participation of the operator throughout the whole wrap cycle, allowing him/her to work productively elsewhere while the load is wrapped automatically
  • Remote start options enable the operator to start the wrap cycle without approaching the panel (i.e. fork truck operators do not need to dis-mount)
  • Pre-stretch film carriage maximizes the stretching of the film, significantly reducing the cost of packaging per load
  • Pre-stretch produces superior shipping package
  • Full array of available options accommodates needs for over-sized loads and wrap pattern variations
  • Fork lift portable
  • Requires operator to manually load and unload the turntable
  • Requires pneumatic power (air)
  • Increased installation costs (professional installation recommended)
  • Load supporting turntable has maximum load weight limitations
  • May not be suitable for unstable loads which cannot accommodate rotation
  • Turntable wearing parts require more frequent maintenance
  • Need ramp to load with pallet trucks or powered-walkies
  • Suitable for medium to high volume wrapping needs
  Low profile, Conveyor-less, Turntable surround, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipe-down
  • Turntable surround provides protection for turntable plate
  • Accommodates placement of machine into pit for floor level loading
  • Same
  • Same
  High profile, Conveyor-less, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipe-down
  • More robust turntable support system should stand up to abuse better and require less maintenance
  • Reduced maximum load wrap height capacity
  • Does not accommodate a loading ramp (i.e. fork truck loading only)
  • Same
  High profile, Conveyor-less, Pre-stretch, Cut and Seal
  • Film sealer securely heat bonds the film tail to the previous layers of wrapped stretch film, significantly reducing the incidence of "leading film tails"
  • Some models require air and/or higher voltages
  • Not easily portable
  • Same
  High profile, Conveyorized, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipe-down
  • Fully automated operation does not require an operator (loads are accepted from and discharged to automated conveyor)
  • Minimal floor space requirement (compared to other fully automatic systems)
  • Permanent installation (i.e. not portable)
  • Requires air and/or higher voltages
  • Significant installation costs
  • May not be suitable for unstable loads which cannot accommodate rotation
  • Same
  High profile, Conveyorized, Pre-stretch, Cut and Seal  N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A
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Rotary Arm Automatic

 

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Rotary Arm Automatic Wrappers

TypeDescriptionSample Image(s)AdvantagesDisadvantagesComment
Rotary Arm Automatic Wall / column mount, Conveyor-less, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipe-down
  • Automatic operation (no operator needed to cut and seal the film)
  • Suitable for un-stable loads (load remains stationary during wrap cycle)
  • Unlimited load weight capacity
  • Floor level (no ramps required)
  • No load bearing components results in higher reliability and less maintenance
  • Support structure requires suitable load bearing wall or column
  • Installation costs
  • Larger foot print (operating area)
  • Not portable
  • Some models require air and/or higher voltages
  • Suitable for medium volume wrapping needs
  Cantilevered Frame, Conveyor-less, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipe-down  
  • Free standing design negates need for supporting structure
  • Slightly increased floor space requirement (when not operating)
  • Requires installation on a suitably robust floor with special anchors
  • Minimal options for oversized loads
  • Same
  Gantry, Conveyor-less, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipe-down
  • Free standing design
  • Accommodates options for oversized loads
  • Larger floor space requirement (when operating or not)
  • Same
  Gantry, Conveyor-less, Pre-stretch, Cut and seal
  • Film sealer securely heat bonds the film tail to the previous layers of wrapped stretch film, significantly reducing the incidence of "leading film tails"
  • Some models require air and/or higher voltages
  • Not portable
  • Same
  Gantry, Conveyorized, Pre-stretch, Cut and Wipedown
  • Fully automated operation does not require an operator (loads are accepted from and discharged to automated conveyor)
  • Suitable for un-stable loads (load remains stationary during wrap cycle)
  • Permanent installation (i.e. not portable)
  • Requires air and/or higher voltages
  • Significant installation costs
  • Suitable for medium to high volume wrapping needs
  Gantry, Conveyorized, Pre-stretch, Cut and Seal
  • Film sealer securely heat bonds the film tail to the previous layers of wrapped stretch film, significantly reducing the incidence of "leading film tails"
  • Permanent installation (i.e. not portable)
  • Requires air and/or higher voltages
  • Significant installation costs
  • Suitable for medium to high volume wrapping needs
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Rotary Ring Automatic Wrappers

 

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Rotary Ring Automatic Wrappers

TypeDescriptionSample Image(s)AdvantagesDisadvantagesComment
Rotary Ring Automatic Gantry, Conveyorized, Pre-stretch, Cut and Seal

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  • Load remains stationary (suitable for unstable loads)
  • Load weight capacity is limited only by conveying system
  • Cut and seal can occur anywhere on load (top, middle, or bottom)
  • One way wrap significantly reduces cost of packaging per load
  • Minimizes film tail
  • Higher end models accommodate array of machine options not possible with other wrappers (integrated top sheet dispenser, corner post applicators, integrated top cap applicator, and many more ...)
  • Permanent installation (i.e. not portable)
  • Requires air and higher supply voltages
  • Significant installation costs
  • Suitable for medium to very high volume wrapping needs
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