Stretch film or wrap, a highly stretchable polyethylene (PE) film, provides flexibility and durability to properly pack stacked products and pallets.
Stretch film offers high elongation characteristics and elastic recovery in order to keep items tightly bound when wrapping items together for packaging, shipping, transport and storage. Although frequently used to unitize pallet loads, stretch wrap can also be used for bundling smaller items.
Stretch film can be applied either manually (by hand) or by machine. It is important that the user evaluates needs and resources to best determine whether manual or machine stretch film is more appropriate. The right choice improves efficiency and reduces unnecessary costs.
Why Use Stretch Film?
By using stretch film companies ensure clean pallets and improved warehouse space management. Due to the high elasticity of stretch film, users reduce material consumption thus increase cost-effectiveness. Stretch films offer numerous characteristics that make it appealing for wrapping items, including:
· Holding protected parts securely in place
· Keeping dust, dirt and moisture off warehouse stock
· Providing greater strength, stretch, tear and puncture resistance
· Being recyclable, environmentally friendly
· Offering excellent clarity and cling
· Does not leave residue
· Available in different colours (black, white, blue and green) to secure product privacy on pallet and for color coding purposes as well
When to Use Manual Stretch Film
Using manual stretch film does not need investment in a machine wrapper; a company will only inquire labor costs of the operator hired to wrap items. Choosing the right stretch applicator, manual vs. machine, will result in more efficient and cost effective packaging operations.
When to Use Machine Stretch Film
Common machine stretch film types: cast machine stretch film, blown machine film and converted films. A company must evaluate whether they are capable to inquire the short term high cost of investing in a stretch wrap machine in order to benefit from long term cost effectiveness.