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Steve Smith, COO - Rapid Technologies Group, Director of the Rapid Technologies Lab,

answers your questions about palletized load containment and protection. 

  1. ​What is the real total cost of load failures and rejected loads?

  2. What is a load containment standard, and why is that important?

  3. If cycle time is not an issue, do you get better overall value (containment & cost) by using thicker film with fewer revolutions or thinner film with more revolutions on average?

  4. What is the optimum number of inches that you should wrap on the pallet itself to best secure the load to the pallet and not be damaged by forklift tearing film?

  5. There are different tools for measuring Force to Load. Do they all measure it the same way and will the results be the same?

  6. What is the true cost of web breaks.

  7. Would a lighter gauge full web film provide more savings, or would we not be able to apply as much pre-stretch resulting in the same weight of film per pallet wrapped?

  8. If we switch to Rapid Bander could we reduce the thickness of our ECT box?

  9. Why do we have load failures, even when we meet our corporate force to load containment standard?

  10. More on load containment.

  11. Is the testing you do in your lab an ISTA test?

  12. Have you been able to duplicate your test lab results at customer locations?

  13. How much film should we be using to wrap our pallets?

  14. Corners of Tier Sheets Poking?

  15. How much film do we need to apply to a pallet of our product for good load containment?

  16. Can you explain the basic functions of stretch wrap machines, and what adjustments can be made?

  17. How do the new high-performance stretch films compare to Rapid Bander?

  18. How does stretch wrap machine condition affect load containment?

  19. How does stretch wrap machine condition affect load containment?

  20. What are the risks of downgauging?

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