Pallet Wrap. Stretch Film. Plastic Wrap. It doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s all the same thing right? Big, giant rolls loaded with ‘sticky’ plastic designed to get your pallets safely from point A to point B.
Here are some frequently asked questions that you might find useful.
Blown and Cast stretch wraps are made very differently which gives each film unique properties.
Cast film is designed to have high clarity which is ideal for scanning barcodes through the film. It is also virtually silent to apply which helps to reduce workplace noise. Cast film is typically lighter too, which is less strenuous to operate.
Blown film is made with enhanced durability, is stretchable in both directions (cast film can only be stretched length-ways) and is tear and puncture resistance. It is also hi-tack which helps the film to stick to the pallet of goods, or onto itself.
Most stretch films are designed to be applied by hand (except for machine film). The rolls of wrap can be used without accessories, but there are options available to make the process easier.
Roll Holders are the baseline option. These are plastic ends that get inserted into each end of the pallet wrap roll and stop the cardboard from damaging the user’s hand.
Hand Pallet Wrappers
Hand Pallet Wrappers offer handles with rubber grip and adjustable tension. These are ideal for improving Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) as they reduce the strain on hands and back from continuous bending and twisting.
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) is a strong, high density, moderately stiff plastic. It is frequently used as a plastic for a variety of applications such as crates, homewares, toys, ropes, and sports nets.
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is primarily used in film and shopping bag applications because it is flexible, and relatively transparent. Due to its “formability”, LDPE is also used to produce more rigid objects such as buckets and plastic lids.
Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) is like LDPE, however, is viewed as stronger and tending to have greater environmental stress-crack resistance and a higher impact strength. LLDPE is used in a variety of applications such as general-purpose film, stretch film, garment packaging and agricultural film.
Gauge is basically the thickness of the film. The official measure of thickness for stretch film is called micrometer, otherwise known UM. For example, 500mm x 375m x 25um indicates that the film is 500mm in width, 375m in length, and 25um in thickness. To find out if the thicker the film the better, click here.
Stretch film, also referred to as pallet wrap, is a type of plastic film that is highly stretchable used in the packaging and shipping of items.The purpose of stretch film or pallet wraps are the secure loads onto pallets to ensure stability during transport and storage.
One of the common myths in which people assume when buying pallet wraps are, the thicker the film, the better. This is not necessarily true. Due to the advancements in technology nowadays, thinner films today are as strong, if not stronger than the thicker films of years gone by. In some instances, down-gauging your stretch film to a thinner UM might result in improved load stability, reduced waste, cost savings, and improved safety. However, this also depends on the experience of workers applying stretch film. If this is the first time you're using and applying stretch films, it might be worth purchasing a thicker film as unskilful workers with thinner film could result in more film punctures. Find out more about the 7 common myths about stretch film here.
With a short-term view that focuses on the initial cost of an automatic or semi-automatic pallet wrapping machine, it is. However, hand wrapping is largely considered more expensive, risky and inconsistent. If your business has a high pallet output, then you should click here to find out more.
It highly depends on the application of the stretch film that you are after. For instance, if you were looking for a pallet wrap that has high tear and puncture resistance, you would go for blown wrap; whereas if you were after high clarity and do not require high tack, you would go for a cast pallet wrap. Each pallet wrap has their own advantage, hence we would encourage you to find out what the purpose is before making a decision on which pallet wrap to choose.
Load containment is the ability of the pallet wrap to unitize the load and maintain the load's integrity. For more information on the importance of load containment, click here.
While many people confuse themselves with the two terms, there is actually a major difference between shrink wrap and pallet wrap. Shrink wrap, as the name suggests, is designed to shrink and mould itself around the item. Pallet wrap on the other hand, also known as stretch film, is designed to be stretched when applied to a pallet in order to secure the load during transportation.
Our coloured pallet wraps are blown film. We have 4 main colours: white, blue, green and red. The advantage of using coloured wraps are that they allow for easy pallet identification.
We also have black pallet wraps which serves as a security wrap. This is ideal when shipping valuable or confidential goods.