9 Safety Tips When You Stretch Wrap a Pallet
By: Paige Jackson
Stretch wrapping a pallet is an easy way to protect your shipment and to make sure it reaches its final destination without any damage. To keep your products safe, you need to know how to properly use stretch wrap.
If you need to stretch wrap many pallets, you should consider using an automatic stretch wrapping machine. However, if you only have a few of them to wrap, here is how you can safely stretch wrap a pallet with a hand stretch wrapper.
1. Choose the right pallet
If you want your load to be secure and stable, you first need to make sure you are using the right size of pallet. The right pallet should be as large as the base of the load you are going to stack up on it. If it’s too large or too small, stretch wrapping it properly will be difficult.
2. Stack your boxes properly
Now that you have the right pallet, it’s time to stack your boxes on it. If you have different sizes of boxes, start by placing the largest and heaviest ones on the pallet, and stack the smaller boxes on top of them. Ideally, your load should form a nice cube.
3. Tie the stretch wrap to a corner of the pallet
Start by tying the end of your stretch wrap to one of the corners of the pallet. This way, you will be sure that the stretch wrap will not move while you will be wrapping the pallet, and you will not have to start all over again.
4. Stretch wrap the base of the pallet
Firmly hold your hand stretch wrapper and start walking around the pallet, carefully securing the wrap around the pallet and the base of the load. Make sure the stretch wrap tightly grasps the corners of the pallet. Adding edge protectors to the corners of the pallet is another measure you can take to prevent damages and stabilize your load.
5. Wrap up the load
After you have wrapped the bottom of the load at least three or four times, start moving up towards the top of the pallet. If your load is not wrapped tightly enough, the different boxes of your shipment might shift during transportation.
6. Overlap the layers of stretch wrap
As you move towards the top of your load, make sure you overlap your layers of stretch wrap. Each new layer should overlap the last one by 50%, so the two layers of film can cling to each other and prevent your boxes from shifting.
7. Wrap the pallet one more time
Once you have reached the top of your load and tightly stretch wrapped it, you should wrap the whole pallet one more time. Wrap it again, overlapping the layers of wrap until you reach the bottom. Your load should now be tightly secured.
8. Make sure your load is stable
Before cutting the stretch wrap, check your wrapped load to make sure it’s stable and sturdy. If you find that some of the stacked boxes can move easily, you should stretch wrap the whole pallet at least one more time. Using more stretch wrap now is better than having to deal with a damaged shipment later.
9. Cut the stretch wrap
Now that you are certain that your load is safely wrapped and that nothing will move during transportation, it’s time to finally cut or tear the stretch wrap. Press the end of the wrap against the load so it will stick to it. You can now move on to your next pallet and repeat those steps.