Comprehensive Guide to Industrial Bundling

You're looking to optimize operations in your packaging facility. Bundling products can streamline the shipping process and cut costs. But how do you choose the right binding method? Industrial bundling using elastic binders is an efficient, adjustable way to bundle loose products. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about implementing an elastic bundling system. You’ll learn the benefits of bundling, how elastic binding works, and how to choose the right binding machines and materials. With the right information, you can develop a custom bundling solution to meet your facility's unique needs. Let's dive in and explore how industrial elastic binding can optimize your packaging operations.

What Is Industrial Bundling?

Industrial bundling refers to the process of securing multiple loose products together into a single shipment unit using strapping, banding or stretch wrapping. This allows for efficient handling, storage and transportation of goods.

Why is Industrial Bundling Important?

Industrial bundling provides stability and protection for products during shipping and handling. Bundling equipment, like elastic binders and banding machines, wrap straps or bands around boxes, crates or pallets to keep items tightly together. This prevents shifting and damage. Bundling also allows for efficient stacking of products for maximum space utilization in warehouses and transport vehicles.

Common Bundling Methods and Equipment

The most common bundling methods are banding, strapping and stretch wrapping. Banding uses plastic or steel bands to secure items, while strapping employs wide plastic straps. Stretch wrap utilizes a plastic film that clings to itself to bundle goods.

InkJet's elastic binders, or elastobinders, use rubber bands to securely bundle vegetables, cables and other products. The bands provide give to safely bundle delicate items. Cyklop's steel strapping and banding machines quickly secure heavy-duty shipments with metal or plastic straps. Rotary arm stretch wrappers spin a wrapping of cling film around pallets for a tight, weather-resistant seal.

Key Benefits of Industrial Bundling

The key benefits of industrial bundling include:

  • Product protection - Bundling shields goods from damage during handling and shipping. • Load stability - Straps, bands and wrapping prevent shifting that could cause items to topple over. • Space efficiency - Tightly bundled goods can be stacked higher, allowing for maximum use of storage and transport space.
    • Handling efficiency - Bundled products are easier to lift, move and manage versus loose items. • Cost savings - By preventing product damage and maximizing space usage, bundling can significantly reduce overall shipping and logistics costs.

In summary, industrial bundling is a simple yet highly effective method for preparing goods for efficient and cost-saving storage, handling and transportation. The right bundling tools and techniques help companies better protect their products and streamline operations.

Flower Bundling Machines: An Overview

Flower bundling machines, also known as elastic binders or elastobinders, utilize elastic bands to bundle flowers together for efficient packaging and shipping. These industrial machines automate the bundling process, increasing productivity and reducing costs for flower producers and distributors.

How Do Flower Bundling Machines Work?

Flower bundling machines feed a precise number of stems onto a tray or conveyor belt. An elastic band is then stretched around the stems to bundle them together. The machines tie off the elastic band to secure the bundle. Some machines also include a counting mechanism to ensure each bundle contains the correct number of stems.

The bundling machines can handle a high volume of stems, bundling thousands of flowers per hour. Their speed and precision make them ideal for large-scale commercial flower operations. The elastic bands they use are specially designed to securely bundle the flowers without damaging the delicate petals.

Benefits of Automated Flower Bundling

Flower bundling machines provide several benefits over manual bundling techniques:

  1. Increased Productivity. Machines can bundle flowers much faster than humans, allowing businesses to handle greater volumes.
  2. Reduced Labor Costs. Automating the bundling process eliminates the need for manual laborers, reducing costs.
  3. Improved Packaging Efficiency. Precisely sized and securely tied bundles optimize space in shipping boxes and on pallets. This reduces waste and allows more flowers to be shipped at once.
  4. Minimized Flower Damage. Elastic bands gently secure flowers in place without crushing or tearing petals. This results in higher quality, better preserved flowers.
  5. Consistent Bundling. Machines tie bundles with uniform size and spacing, creating a consistent, professional appearance.

In summary, flower bundling machines are powerful tools for improving efficiency, increasing profits, and producing higher quality results for commercial flower operations. By automating the packaging process, these machines maximize productivity and optimize the presentation of your products.

Choosing the Right Industrial Bundling Equipment

Consider the Products Being Bundled

The type of products you need to bundle will significantly determine which bundling technology is the most suitable for your operations. If you are bundling irregular shaped produce or products, elastic bundlers that use stretchable elastic bands are ideal as they can securely hold uneven and odd-shaped items together. For bundling boxes, strapping equipment is well suited as it can tightly strap cartons together.

Volume and Speed Requirements

The volume of products you need to bundle in a given time period is another important factor to consider. If you have a high throughput and need to bundle thousands of items per hour, automatic bundling equipment like strapping machines or plastic bundlers will allow you to bundle products efficiently at maximum speeds. For lower volumes, semi-automatic bundlers can be adequate and more affordable. Fully manual bundling, using tools like strapping dispensers and sealers, may suit very small-scale operations but can be tedious and time-consuming.

Available Floor Space

The amount of floor space you have available in your facility will determine what size of bundling equipment you can accommodate. Fully automatic, high-speed bundling lines typically require a large footprint, while tabletop bundlers have a minimal footprint. Consider your floor plan and how much space you can dedicate to your bundling operations before selecting equipment.


Your budget will ultimately drive what type of bundling technology you can invest in. Fully automatic bundlers tend to be the most expensive, costing tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Semi-automatic and manual bundlers are more affordable, ranging from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars depending on features and capabilities. Consider total cost of ownership, including maintenance and consumables costs, when evaluating different bundling equipment options.

By assessing these four factors, you can determine the optimal bundling solution for your specific industrial needs and choose equipment that maximizes productivity, minimizes costs, and helps you achieve your operational goals. The right bundling technology can have a significant impact on throughput, efficiency and profitability. Carefully evaluating your options will ensure you make the best choice for your company’s success.

Implementing Industrial Bundling in Your Facility

As a packaging engineer, implementing an industrial bundling system in your facility can significantly improve efficiency and productivity. Industrial bundling, also known as elastic bundling, uses elastic bands to securely bundle loose products together for shipping and handling.

Choosing the Right Bundling Equipment

The key to a successful bundling operation is choosing equipment tailored to your product and production needs. InkJet, Inc. offers a range of elastic binding machines, like the Cyklop CB series, that can bundle items of various sizes, weights and quantities. Consider factors such as:

  • Product dimensions and weight: The machine must be able to effectively bundle your particular product without damaging it.
  • Production volume: Higher volume operations will require faster, higher-capacity bundling equipment to keep up with demand.
  • Bundle configuration: The machine should be able to create the specific bundle size and shape you require. For example, the Cyklop CB series can bundle in single, double or triple stack configurations.

Optimizing Your Bundling Process

Once you have the appropriate bundling equipment in place, focus on optimizing your overall process. Some key steps include:

  • Product orientation and alignment: Properly orient and align the products before feeding them into the bundling machine to ensure even, secure bundling.
  • Choosing elastic bands: Select elastic bands that provide enough tension to keep the bundle intact during handling and shipping without damaging the product. Bands also need to maintain tension throughout changing temperatures.
  • Adjusting banding speed: Set the machine to apply bands at the optimal speed for your product and production volume. too fast may result in uneven bundling, while too slow reduces productivity.
  • Banding configuration: Determine the number of bands, band spacing and banding pattern that will securely hold the bundle together. More bands or a wrap-around pattern may be needed for heavier products.

By assessing your specific needs, selecting the appropriate equipment and optimizing your bundling process, you can achieve efficient, high-quality bundling results in your facility. The experts at InkJet, Inc. are also available to provide guidance and support in setting up or improving your industrial bundling operation.

FAQs About Elastic Bundling Machines

What is elastic bundling?

Elastic bundling, also known as stretch wrapping, is a popular method of unitizing products for shipping and storage using stretch film. Stretch film is wrapped around the product to securely hold the items together. Elastic bundling provides stability and protection for the products during handling and transportation.

What are the benefits of elastic bundling?

Elastic bundling offers several benefits:

  • Protection: The stretch film protects the products from environmental damage like moisture, dust, and scratches. It also prevents the items from shifting during transport which could cause damage.
  • Efficiency: Elastic bundling allows for efficient handling and transportation of goods. Multiple items can be bundled together, reducing the number of units to be moved. This speeds up the loading and unloading process.
  • Cost-effective: Elastic bundling reduces product damage and labor costs. Fewer damaged goods and faster processing times decrease expenses.
  • Presentation: An elastic bundle has a uniform, professional appearance. This visual presentation can positively impact the perception of the products.

What types of machines are used for elastic bundling?

Two main types of machines are used for elastic bundling:

  • Rotary arm stretch wrappers: Rotary arm machines feature an arm that rotates around the product, wrapping it in stretch film. These machines offer a high output and can handle large products. However, they require more floor space and have higher costs.
  • Turntable stretch wrappers: Turntable machines place the product on a rotating platform. The stretch film dispenser remains stationary as the turntable rotates the product. Turntable machines have a smaller footprint so they are good for areas with limited space. They have lower outputs and typically cannot handle very large products. Turntable stretch wrappers like the Cyklop binding machines provide efficient, affordable elastic bundling solutions for many businesses.

How does elastic bundling work?

The elastic bundling process typically involves the following basic steps:

  1. Loading: The products are placed on the wrapping machine table, turntable or conveyor. For larger products, a forklift or crane may be used to load the items onto the machine.
  2. Wrapping: As the product rotates, stretch film is dispensed from a reel and wrapped around the bundle. Multiple layers of film are applied for maximum stability.
  3. Cutting: Once the desired number of wraps have been applied, the film is cut from the reel.
  4. Ejecting: The now wrapped and secured product bundle is ejected from the machine, ready for shipping or storage.

In summary, elastic bundling machines like Cyklop's binding equipment use stretch film to quickly and efficiently unitize products for handling, shipping and storage.


You now have a comprehensive understanding of industrial bundling and the technologies involved. By utilizing elastic binding machines like Cyklop strappers, you can optimize your packaging operations. Consider how bundling with rubber bands or stretch film could benefit your products. With the proper equipment and techniques, you can achieve significant efficiencies and cost savings. The knowledge you've gained equips you to evaluate your options and make informed decisions. Implementing an effective industrial bundling strategy takes research and planning, but the payoff for your bottom line makes it worthwhile. You're now well on your way to streamlining your packaging and distribution.