Stretch wrapping secures products to the pallet and protects them from scuffing and environmental damage while in transit. It’s an essential step in the packaging process, but it can require hours of difficult physical labor — hours that your workers could spend tackling higher-level tasks. Stretch wrapping machines simplify the stretch wrapping process by wrapping pallets automatically, without input or interaction from workers. As a result, fully automatic stretch wrapping machines are increasingly popular with manufacturers in many industries, including food and beverage, electronics, building products, paper, pharmaceuticals and textiles. Over the long term, an automatic stretch wrapper can save your company a lot of money. Still, you need to ensure the machine’s upfront cost fits within your company’s budget. When you know how much you can expect to pay for a stretch wrapping machine, you can make a more informed purchasing decision. Let’s take a closer look at how much a stretch wrapper costs and how your company could benefit financially.
How Much Does a Stretch Wrapper Cost?Stretch wrapping machine prices can vary widely depending on the type of machine you are considering. As a result, it’s a good idea to evaluate several different options before making a decision. Some of the factors that influence how much a stretch wrapper costs include:
- Level of automation: There are actually two kinds of stretch wrapping machines — automatic and semi-automatic. Semi-automatic machines typically cost less, although they require some interaction from workers. Automatic stretch wrappers cost more, but they provide a bigger boost to efficiency and packaging consistency.
- Maximum throughput: Throughput refers to how many pallets a stretch wrapping machine can wrap in a set period of time. Machines with higher throughput cost more, so you will want to estimate your efficiency requirements as closely as possible without overestimating. If you do need a wrapper with high throughput, automatic rotary arm systems often make the best choice.
- Installation requirements: Third-party installation is another factor to consider when estimating stretch wrapper price. At Cousins Packaging, we train distributors to perform installation, which helps keep costs low.