ESTABLISHING YOUR BASELINE IN STRETCH WRAPPING.
In part 2 we are going to talk about establishing a baseline. Perhaps you have heard some of these statements: “Without Data you are just another person with an opinion” – Dr. Deming.
Or the words of Lord Kelvin, “If you cant measure it, you cant improve it.”
First, lets define containment force with regards to pallet stretch wrapping. When you wrap your pallet with stretch film, you have the decision of how much force you want that film to squeeze your pallet with. You can wrap the pallet very loosely, which will allow for only a dust cover, or you can really pull the film tightly. The pressure that the film applies to the pallet is containment force.
Read more about containment force and stretch film properties HERE.
Unlike others who design special tools to measure containment, Highlight Industries conforms to ASTM D4649-03 Annex A1. This is a documented and repeatable method to measure containment on your pallets. (Please note that we also offer tools to allow you to measure your containment).
You may ask yourself, “Self, why would I want to use this method instead of others who may incorporate a cool gadget?”
The answer is simple: Highlight Industries helps you develop your packaging standards. Isn’t it important to have a nationally recognized living document that is available to provide your customers on exactly what you have done? Instead of them having to buy custom measuring tools that may not be clearly documented in their methodology, and could also allow for user variances.
For more information and tools to help you measure your containment, please contact Highlight Industries. Tune into the same Bat Channel and at the same Bat Time to read Part 3 of our Series….Improving your methods.