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Wrapping items for delivery/install8/30
We are looking for solutions to speed/lean up the way we package cabinets, large panels, and trim. It is a good problem to have, because we are at a point in our business where the old "just go wrap it all by hand" is no longer sufficient.
Neither are we at a point to dump $10K on a machine that just wraps 2X8 sized fridge end panels.
I'm curious about what solutions you guys use for wrapping and protecting large finished panels and assembled cabinets.
We have our own install crew, so we only ship in our own trailers.
Our preferred method for wrapping something like a 2X8 finished fridge panel is to cover both sides with cardboard or 1/8" foam sheets, and then use enough plastic wrap to hold everything together. This just takes a long time to do well.
Matt I apprenticed in a furniture factory years ago. We used 1" strips cut from a large inner tube. Wrapped cabinets, tables, wall units in furniture pads. Stretched the big rubber band around and away we went.
Our cabinet faces get covered in cardboard, then stretch film to hold that in place.
Small panels get bundled together and stretch filmed together. Nothing between, just stretched tight.
Tall/large panels get nothing. We hang blankets from the side of the trailer wall, place panels in, then fold blankets to cover the other side, then ratchet strap tight to the wall. Years of doing this with zero damage. Just use caution and common sense.
Helpful ideas guys. I hadn't thought of using cut innertube pieces as large rubber bands, that's pretty witty. Will probably incorporate that for some items.
We use furniture pads. Some of the companies that make or sell them sell the big rubber bands also. If we are forced to use corrugated for padding we use micro foam between it and the finished parts. Long trips will cause the corrugated to burnish the finish. (We ship nation wide.)