Semi-Automatic vs Fully Automatic Turntables

January 02, 2022 2 min read

When you’re packaging goods, you need the right equipment for the size and specifications of your load. Semi-automatic and fully automatic stretch wrappers are two of the most common machines used by industrial workers for these types of applications. The challenge is that these two machines are entirely different, and many packagers are unsure which one will make the greatest impact. 

At Cousins Packaging, we have a variety of stretch wrapper machines available for our customers. So let’s compare automatic turntable vs. manual stretch wrapper machines to help you make a more informed decision about your packaging requirements.

The Difference Between Semi-Automatic and Fully Automatic Wrappers

The main difference between semi-auto and full-auto stretch wrapper machines is that one is fully automated, while the other is partly manual. Although both types of pallet wrapper technology are designed to make the packaging process simpler and safer, they’re made to serve different applications and industry needs. One of these is certain to prove a worthy upgrade if you’re looking to enhance work speed and versatility.

How Semi-Automatic Turntables Work

Semi-automatic wrappers require an equal share of work between the operator and the machine. While the equipment does the wrapping, it’s up to the worker to put the load on the turntable and tie the film to it properly. Most semi-auto turntables require either a pallet jack or a forklift for loading.

What makes a semi-automatic machine so beneficial is that it reduces work time. Hand wrapping can be a long and tedious process, and it’s become outdated for most businesses looking to grow and increase profits. Meanwhile, semi-automatic equipment offers ease of use, helping you cut down on expenses. 

Many of the turntables provided by Cousins Packaging can manage a maximum of 35 loads every hour, which is excellent for small to medium-sized applications. Feel free to check out our low and high profile models to learn more about the features and specifications of these products.

How Fully Automatic Turntables Work

Unlike semi-automatic wrappers, automatic turntables are independent and can handle most wrapping applications on their own. As soon as a load makes contact with the machine, the wrapper can easily gauge the size of the load and take care of the entire wrapping process. 

Even cutting and securing the film to the load are manageable tasks for this machine. All the worker has to do with our automatics is push a remote button, and the rest is a breeze! The operator does not have to do anything with our many styles of in-line conveyorized automatic systems. This is the most efficient option for larger companies or growing businesses that may be having trouble keeping up with demands. 

Automatic is the way to go if you’re looking to maximize productivity and reduce waste on bigger applications. Our turntables are suited for loads of up to 4,000 lbs., which makes them truly versatile solutions. We offer a variety of conveyorized automatic and platform automatic machines for larger wrapping applications.

Choosing the Right Pallet Wrapper for Your Needs

While both semi-automatic and automatic pallet wrappers have their benefits, it takes careful consideration and planning to decide which is ideal for your business. Take a look at our turntable and automatic turntable product pages today or contact us for more information.