Horizontal orbital stretch wrappers vastly increase the speed and efficiency with which objects can be wrapped in film to protect them during shipping or storage and offer clear benefits in terms of safety and cost savings.
Below we take a look at some of the vast range of applications for which a new generation of automatic, semi-automatic, and C-style orbital wrappers are suited. We’ll also break down the benefits as well as any potential drawbacks of using orbital stretch wrappers for your operation.
Orbital wrappers (also known as ring wrappers, horizontal wrappers, or ringers) are machines that wrap almost any material, usually in clear protective stretch films. These packaging workhorses allow products to be wrapped securely and consistently for shipping or storage.
Designed to handle objects horizontally (as opposed to stretch wrap or pallet wrapper machines which wrap objects standing upright), orbital wrappers are ideal for bundling long, narrow, or irregularly shaped objects. However, they’re also used to group, bundle, and wrap products that range from small to very large.
By automating the process of passing flexible packaging materials under heavy or awkward objects, orbital wrappers offer manufacturers and distributors big gains in efficiency and safety as well as saving time, money, and materials.
Depending on the application or the level of automation required, users may choose one of three popular “ringer” designs.
Semi-automatic horizontal orbital wrappers: Allow products to be bundled with some manual intervention making it easier and safer to wrap large objects horizontally.
Automatic horizontal orbital wrappers: Used for bundling products quickly and efficiently with no manual intervention in high-capacity applications.
C-Style Round Products Orbital Wrappers: These semi-automatic horizontal orbital wrappers are used for bundling round or “pass-through” products like tires, rolls of wire, tubing, and door or window frames.
Check out this video to see a Handle It® FA 125 Automatic Orbital Wrapper in action:
Now let’s take a closer look at how these machines add value in the form of speed, safety, consistency, efficiency, and reliable return on investment for many handling applications.
Orbital horizontal wrappers have hundreds of applications across manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution operations. Here are some of the most popular use cases:
Horizontal wrapping technology helps to protect metal extrusions, pipes, tubing, and industrial components during storage and shipping, making both long objects and rolls of flexible products easier and safer to handle. Orbital wrappers are also used to bundle bulk construction products like drywall, lumber, and metal panels.
Orbital wrapping is widely used to bundle boxed items into batches and to secure these bundles to pallets for easy storage, handling, and transport. It can often be used as an easier and safer alternative to the cumbersome plastic strapping used to secure larger loads to pallets.
The ability to wrap both irregularly shaped objects and “open” products like door and window frames makes horizontal wrapping the go-to choice for protecting finished wooden products. It also allows cardboard to be included in the wrapping to protect vulnerable edges more efficiently than bulky foam sheets or hard-to-recycle polystyrene beads.
Similarly, horizontal wrapping makes it easier to bundle rolls of insulation, flooring materials, and large hardware items with less manual labor, thereby reducing costs and potential safety issues. It can even be used for bundling loose materials like tiles, bricks, or pavers into custom-sized orders for distribution, offering potentially huge savings on LTL (less than truckload) orders.
By allowing a wide range of automotive parts and aerospace components to be wrapped quickly and efficiently for transit, horizontal wrapping technology helps protect sensitive parts from scratches and minor impact damage.
C-style orbital wrappers are particularly useful for bundling tires, reducing the minimum size required for shipping, and eliminating the strenuous labor involved in handling and wrapping tires by hand. Read our customer case study here.
A faster, cheaper, and more energy-efficient alternative to heat-shrink wraps, horizontal stretch film wrapping can be applied faster to appliances and electronics. It also provides more protection, especially for packages of individual components inside display boxes.
Horizontal orbital wrapping is especially popular for shipping, protecting, and displaying rolled textiles like carpets and fabric. It keeps products dry and wrinkle-free while allowing customers to see patterns and designs without opening the packaging.
Full-scale automatic orbital wrappers also make it dramatically easier and less labor-intensive to handle large carpets and mats without adding further to their shipping weight or dimensions.
Orbital wrapping has also found uses in all sorts of custom and specialty applications where unique items or products of various sizes need to be protected—from airport baggage handling to high-end art moving services. Wherever it’s used, orbital wrapping allows delicate objects to be wrapped faster, easier, and with less material than by hand.
The following chart may help you identify the best type of orbital wrapper for your application:
|Industrial Manufacturing and Fabrication
|Ideal for a variety of sizes and shapes and long or bulky industrial components.
|Logistics and Distribution
|Efficient for high-volume wrapping of uniform items like boxed or palletized products.
|Furniture and Woodworking
|Great for irregularly shaped items or use with other materials like cardboard.
|Building Materials and Hardware
|Good for handling diverse shapes and sizes, from rolls of insulation to large items.
|Automotive, Aerospace, and Military
|Essential for round items like tires and for protecting any sensitive parts during transit.
|Consumer Goods and Electronics
|Best for high-speed wrapping of electronics and appliances for protection and efficiency.
|Textiles and Roll-Based Goods
|Ideal for at-scale, repetitive wrapping of rolled goods, for protection and visibility.
|Specialty Products and Custom Applications
|Semi-Automatic or C-Style
|Semi-automatic for varied shapes and sizes; C-Style for round or pass-through items.
Now let’s break down the specific ways an orbital wrapper can add value to your operation with clear benefits over manual handling or traditional vertical wrapping methods. These include:
That said, horizontal orbital wrappers are a specialized solution and are not ideal for every application. Specific areas where orbital wrappers might not be the best choice include:
Handle It® orbital wrappers boost productivity and reduce labor costs in your packaging process. Their state-of-the-art design and robust performance are indispensable assets for ensuring the secure and efficient wrapping of round and non-standard-size products.
Handle It® offers automatic, semi-automatic, and C-style orbital wrappers suitable for a wide range of industrial warehousing, storage, and distribution applications. All Handle It® orbital wrappers are:
All Handle It® products utilize only the highest-quality components, delivered with some of the shortest lead times in the industry. We test and pre-program every machine prior to shipment and back up our equipment with a three-year warranty.
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