Author Topic: Anyone familiar with automating sleeve covers for pallets?  (Read 1219 times)

Bearblastbeats

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Anyone familiar with automating sleeve covers for pallets?
« on: February 02, 2017, 07:50:51 AM »
A client of mine is looking to steer away from a pallet wrapper and wants to move forward with a system that will put a sleeve or a bag over the pallet.

I ran a few google searches but can;t seem to find something useful.

Any engineers or salesmen familiar with material handling and could point me in a direction?

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Re: Anyone familiar with automating sleeve covers for pallets?
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2017, 08:12:57 AM »
Interesting. All our suppliers have the spinny-wrappy automated pallet wrapper. I am sure you can tell from my description that this is an area of expertise for me ;)

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Re: Anyone familiar with automating sleeve covers for pallets?
« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2017, 04:39:58 PM »
I worked for a company that had both.  IIRC, the sleeve style wrapper was much more temperamental.  It required a machine to blow the bag open and it would fail regularly, which in turn required an employee to babysit the machine. 

I also found the wrapped pallets were more stable with the extra compression, but this might not matter depending on your product.

I'm afraid it was long enough ago that I can't remember who the supplier was.  If a search doesn't turn anything up though, there might be a good reason for it.

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Re: Anyone familiar with automating sleeve covers for pallets?
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2017, 12:16:48 AM »
Interesting. All our suppliers have the spinny-wrappy automated pallet wrapper. I am sure you can tell from my description that this is an area of expertise for me ;)
I worked with one of those before! They're fun.

The only thing I can think of when I hear 'bagged' pallets is loose material filled into a single giant bag, which is then palleted. 

Depending on material (Bags? Boxes?) and shipping method (Rail cars? - often loose items are unpaleted and used to fill in the dead space in rail cars, so bagging might pose problematic), there are probably pros and cons to each system.

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Re: Anyone familiar with automating sleeve covers for pallets?
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2017, 08:14:10 AM »
From a technical perspective, you may have better luck on an automation forum instead of a financial forum.   

Idk if your application would fall under robotic (robotforums) or if there is a special forum for packaging.   

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Re: Anyone familiar with automating sleeve covers for pallets?
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2017, 12:42:18 AM »
I implemented Pallet wrappers (reuseable blankets instead of shrinkwrap), but those were manually applied.
Usually people just go with adding cardboard boxes for the product (or plastic trays), and banding / tieing, when they want to avoid the pallet wrapper.