Stretch film is a stretchable plastic film that is mostly used to wrap products on pallets to keep them secure, but it can have other uses. Here are 11 things you probably didn’t know about stretch film.
1. Cast stretch film is easier to stretch
Cast stretch film is manufactured with a cast extrusion process. The result is a clear film that is more affordable, less noisy, and easier to stretch than blown film. It also offers a superior cling.
2. Blown film is more noisy
Blown film is manufactured with a blown extrusion process. Blown film is hazy, but it offers a higher load and stretch capacity than cast film. It’s also more expensive, and more noisy when it unwinds.
3. Stretch film comes in different sizes
Stretch film comes in different widths and thicknesses, so it’s important to choose the right one for your application. You don’t need to use a 150 gauge stretch film when 60 gauge would be enough.
4. UV stretch film can protect shipments from the sun
If you know that a shipment you need to wrap will be stored outside for more than 60 days, it might be a good idea to use UV stretch film. It will protect your shipment from harmful UV rays.
5. Stretch film offers protection from many things
Using the right type of stretch film can also protect your shipments from rain, moisture, dust, debris, and potential thieves. It also assures you that your shipments will be intact when they reach their destination.
6. Pre-stretch film is stretched mechanically
Pre-stretch film is film that is stretched mechanically before being used to wrap pallet loads. When it is being pre-stretched between two interlocked rollers, stretch-film will gain some strength.
7. Pre-stretch film can help you save money
When you use pre-stretch film to wrap a pallet, you will need to use less of it to keep your load safe. Therefore, you can save some money by choosing high quality pre-stretch film.
8. Stretch film can be recycled
If you are concerned about using this much plastic to wrap your shipments, you will be happy to know stretch film is recyclable. However, you first need to check with your local recycling center to be sure that they will accept it.
9. Manual stretch film dispensers are perfect for small businesses
Manual stretch film dispensers are perfect for businesses that wrap less than 15 loads each day. There are different types of dispensers on the market, so there is surely one that can meet your needs.
10. Stretch wrap machines are recommended for larger businesses
If your business frequently wraps more than 15 loads each day, a stretch wrap machine will help you make this job easier, while reducing stretch film waste.
11. Stretch film can cling on both sides
Stretch film can be available in one or two sided cling. The type of stretch wrap you should choose depends on your applications, as most applications only require a one side cling but some of them can require both sides to cling.