We offer two types of pallet wrapping, Stretch Wrap and Stretch Hood, see more on the menu to the left.
The Stretch Wrapper
Wraps film around the pallet in a circular motion, starting at the bottom of the pallet and wrapping its way to the top. The Stretch Wrap can also have a top sheet applicator, where a sheet is placed on top of the pallet.
The Stretch Hood
Creates a hood, starting from the top of the pallet and rolling down a whole film to the bottom of the pallet. Some say it is like putting on a tight condom.
See videos below for different types of Pallet Wrap.
What Pallet Wrap method
What is the best pallet wrapping method? Stretch Wrap vs Stretch Hood.
It depends on what you prefer when you are considering fully automatic pallet wrapping machines.
Stretch Wrap is a lower initial investment as Stretch Hood is nearly twice as expensive to buy. On the other hand, the Stretch Hood uses less film per pallet and is faster.
Both types have excellent sealing and protective qualities regarding water resistance and stability. Though the Stretch Hood has a more presentable outlook as the pallet looks smoother with one layer of film compared to several layers of film with Stretch Wrapper.
The Stretch Wrapper with top sheet is waterproof as water will not touch the product but if the pallet is placed outside, exposed to the weather elements for a longer period, then water will leak between the layers of wrapping and the pallet will not look as presentable anymore. The water or rain will not reach the product inside the wrapping.
Choosing the best pallet wrap
When it comes to choosing the best pallet wrap, it is basically down to your own preferences. However, if your product needs to breath, for example organic products such as onions, then you need to acquire a stretch wrapper with net film as the other pallet wrapping methods do not allow the product to “breath”.
Deciding what Pallet Wrapping method you should purchase comes down to four key deciding points. Pallet Outlook, machine purchase cost, load stability and film/labour cost.
Pallet outlook: A Stretch Hood only uses one layer of film compared to several layer of film with a Stretch Wrapper. Thus the pallet outlook will be better with a Stretch Hood.
Machine price: A Stretch Hood is nearly twice as expensive as Stretch Wrap.
Load stability: Both machines are excellent at stabilizing the pallet load.
Long term operation cost: In general, the stretch hood is less costly in the long term as less labour is needed to change film rolls and less film is used.
However, you need a high output of pallets in order to justify the higher machine cost, if long term operation cost is the deciding factor.
There are different deciding factors and we will be happy to assist you in finding the correct pallet wrapping machine. We are with you, every step of the way.