Metal Manufacturer, Fabrication Shop Benefit from New, Automated Orbital Wrapper

TAB Wrapper Tornado Eliminates Product Damage from Load Shifting in Transit

Reading, PA, April 9, 2018 –  Full-service metals manufacturer DeWys Manufacturing, Marne, Michigan, has cut its order return rate by upwards of 50 percent since replacing its horizontal turntable wrapping machine and manual hand-wrapping methods with the automated TAB Wrapper Tornado orbital wrapper from TAB Industries, Reading, Pa. With a single rejected order costing DeWys potentially thousands of dollars in product along with production time, labor and materials to replace the damaged goods, these returns due to defects from load shifting in transit were unacceptable, according to COO Mark Schoenborn, especially for a company committed to Lean Manufacturing, high quality and zero defects. “Our old system was coming up short but the TAB Wrapper has virtually eliminated customer complaints due to issues with pallet loads shifting and damaging the product,” says Schoenborn.

The TAB Wrapper Tornado wraps plastic film 360 degrees around and under the pallet to join the products to the pallet and create a single, secure, unitized load that keeps the products in place during lift truck operations, storage, and delivery. Schoenborn purchased the fully automated model with wireless, remote operation and automated cut and wrap, enabling the lift truck driver to operate the TAB Wrapper by pushing a button without leaving his/her seat. Four lift truck drivers wrap nearly 150 pallet loads per day on the orbital wrapper, regardless of the products’ size, length or shape. By cutting the return rate and speeding the packaging process, the TAB Wrapper has also allowed DeWys to handle more orders without hiring extra employees.

Southern Metalcraft Turns Shipping Department Into One-Person Operation

Full-service metal fabrication shop Southern Metalcraft, Inc., Lithonia, Ga., has eliminated rework required due to product damaged in transit by replacing manual stretch-wrapping in its packaging and shipping process with a fully automated TAB Wrapper Tornado orbital wrapping machine. Developed and manufactured by TAB Industries, Reading, Pa., the TAB Wrapper Tornado secures the pallet load to its pallet by wrapping plastic film 360 degrees around and under the pallet to create a sturdy, unitized pallet load that keeps the product in place despite the rigors of transportation throughout the supply chain. The fab shop was shipping upwards of 25 pallets of large, complex parts per week and reworking an average of one pallet per month at a cost of thousands of dollars over the year, according to Greg Williams, president. “With the manual wrapping, we just couldn’t get a secure wrap every time,” says Williams, noting steel banding and crates were often used for extra support. “As we grew, it became more important to address this and then I read about the TAB Wrapper.”

The TAB Wrapper enables a single forklift driver to operate the machine at the press of a button without leaving the seat while the load stays raised on the forks, turning a cumbersome, two-person job into a fast, easy one-person job. “Our drivers are very happy with it – we should’ve bought this a long time ago,” says Williams, who purchased the 100-inch model TAB Wrapper, the largest of the standard models available. “We researched other wrappers but the TAB Wrapper was the best choice for us and the 100-inch offers the most bang for the buck,” says Williams. Enjoying a sharp increase in business, the company has been able to handle packing and shipping nearly twice as many pallets per week since installing the TAB Wrapper and has dramatically reduced the use of crating and banding.” Of the 40 pallets wrapped last week, all were wrapped on the TAB Wrapper.

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