Stretch film is an incredibly durable material mainly used for storage and transportation. If your business has a lot of inventory or transports a lot of products, stretch film may be something you should consider using. Here’s an overview of stretch film, its uses and the advantages of using this material.
1. What Is Stretch Film Made From?
All stretch film starts as small plastic pellets of polymeric feed stock. Chemically engineering stretch film is a complicated process that includes many different types of resins and additives.
The types of additives used in the manufacturing process depend on the kind of film being created. Some additives can influence pigment for tinted films, and other additives can make the film stickier, so it’s easier to secure items. Once the resin is heated and compressed, it’s cut with a die machine, which creates a smooth layer of plastic.
2. What Is Stretch Film Used For?
Stretch film is very versatile and is commonly used in factories, manufacturing, and storage. One of the primary purposes of stretch film is securing loads of items for storage or transportation. The film is usually wrapped around a full pallet load of products to ensure security and protection from outside elements.
Stretch film is also used for everyday items outside of the manufacturing space. The plastic surrounding the 28 pack of water at the grocery store is actually a type of stretch film. Stretch film is also commonly used when transporting furniture to protect the items while they’re inside the moving truck. Fragile items like windows are also transported wrapped in stretch film.
3. Blown Stretch Wrap
Blown stretch wrap is designed to be tough and resilient. Blown stretch is the best choice when you have a large, heavy load that needs to be safely secured. Blown stretch film is designed to be a high-quality product and is more expensive to buy and produce. The increased resiliency of blown stretch wrap makes securing loads with sharp edges a simple task.
4. Cast Stretch Wrap
Cast stretch film is known for its clarity, tear resistance and superior cling. Cast stretch film is generally an inexpensive type of stretch film and is cheaper to produce. The clarity of this wrap allows people to see the products while they are secured on the pallet. When compared to blown stretch wrap, cast stretch is much quieter when unwrapping.
5. What Are The Advantages Of Using Stretch Film?
One significant advantage of using stretch film is that the material is completely recyclable. All you need to do is make sure your recycling center accepts soft plastics. Stretch film is also a very clean material that doesn’t allow mold or algae growth or infestation by rodents and pests.
Stretch film can also be specialized to protect items from the environment. Opaque stretch films are excellent for transporting products like beer that can’t be exposed to the sun. Stretch films can also protect your products from the rain, dust and even dew if left outside.
Many companies use stretch film for its resiliency, versatility, and ability to secure large loads safely. Stretch film is usually purchased by the pound, or there’s a set price per roll. Stretch film companies can help you analyze your needs and determine the right amount of film for each of your loads. Having an accurate measurement helps you get the most out of the material and save money in the long term. The shape, type, and weight of your load will determine the ideal amount of stretch film. After you know the right containment force for your load, you can use a cut and weigh process to find the exact amount of film you need for each load.