A flexible freight solution
In today’s global marketplace, products often travel quite a distance from the warehouse to the point of sale. Merchandise in transit is subject to many hazards like moisture, rough handling, or improper storage.
To prevent damage, most businesses unitize their products by placing them on pallets and wrapping them with layers of plastic film. Stretch wrap, a thin plastic film, keeps the product in place by applying tension. The stretch wrap also helps protect the products from dust, water, and other potential contaminants. And while more layers of stretch wrap can better protect a pallet of product (up to a point), using more stretch wrap quickly drives up shipping costs and increases plastic waste.
“Shipments that are damaged in transit get shipped back to the sender, where they must be repalletized, rewrapped, and reshipped,” says Pat Pownall, Director of Sales at Orion Packaging. “That can cost anywhere from $700 per pallet to upwards of $5000 per pallet.”
As there was a growing need for this solution, Orion Packaging needed a reliable and consistent partner for the control system on their premium line of machinery. The company decided to integrate Rockwell Automation controls into its Flex line of high-quality stretch wrappers.