Determining the correct stretch film can save significant amounts of money and increase productivity. We are stretch film professionals and can perform a stretch film audit for your company.

 

What is the total weight of the pallet & goods?
The weight of the pallet will be one of the largest determining factors of film choice. Below is our recommended guideline for the amount of holding force required for a determined pallet weight.

100kg to 200kg pallets = 1.0kg – 2.0kg retention force.
200kg to 500kg pallets = 2.0kg – 3.5kg retention force.
500kg to 700kg pallets = 3.5kg – 6.0kg retention force.
700kg to 1000kg pallets = 6.0kg – 9.0kg retention force.
All gauges of stretch film can achieve these load retention forces, but the general rule is that the thinner the film, the more times you will need to wrap the pallet to achieve the correct holding force.

Where and how is it travelling?
Is the pallet travelling interstate on a truck or plane, or simply being moved across your own warehouse for further processing? The longer the journey the heavier gauge or an increased amount of wraps are recommended.

Hand or Machine?
Can a pallet wrapping machine save you money? In our experience if you are wrapping 10 or more pallets per day, a pallet wrapper can save your company money. A machine will wrap your pallet in a predictable and repeatable way.

When manually applied you can never achieve the same level of pre-stretch as a machine and when fatigued workers are far less likely to achieve film efficiency. Add this to the amount of dropped and damaged hand rolls and machines quickly earn back their initial outlay.

Size and Shape of load?
Pallets are typically broken down in to three categories based on the difficulty to wrap them.

Type 1 – Easy: Close to a cube in shape, with little to no protrusions or sharp points. Ideal for manufacturers who produce the same shape pallets every day. Typically a lighter gauge film can be used for maximum cost efficiency.

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Type 2 – Moderate: Similar to a type 1 pallet but with more pronounced protrusions and a less than perfect side profile. With these extra hazards a medium thickness film is likely needed or regular tearing or film punctures may hinder performance and efficiency.

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Type 3 – Difficult: Sharp corners and large amounts of boarding between the corners of the pallet and the product being wrapped. Type 3 pallets can be difficult to wrap without a thicker gauge high quality stretch film.

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