Category: Polyethylene film , Operating instructions , Operating instructions , Stretch packaging , Bags , Plastics and plastics , Knowledge base and solutions , Stretch films , Plastic films；Gauge to Mil Conversion
When using stretch film, plastic bags or other plastic packaging supplies to protect your valuable products, it is important that you use the correct size and style of each material. When you use the optimum size stretch film or plastic sheet, you can ensure that your pallets can withstand harsh travel or storage conditions. Below, you’ll find a handy breakdown of what each thickness measurement means and how to convert. We’ve even included a useful gauge to mil conversion chart for easy reference.
In layman’s terms, a gauge is a unit of measurement. You may have heard of it in relation to wiring, but when used to discuss plastic thickness, it denotes a different quantity. This leaves many people wondering how to measure gauges. For most purposes, it is easiest to understand that the higher the gauge number, the thicker the film. For example, your standard bin liner might be between 120 and 160 gauge, while a heavy duty bag for yard waste might be between 300 and 400 gauge.
Gauge to Mil Conversion：The mil is a common unit of measurement in manufacturing and is equal to 1/1,000th of an inch. Just like a gauge, the higher the mil measurement, the thicker your material is. Your kitchen self-sealing bags may average about 1.5-2 mil thick, while heavy-duty rubbish bags are about 2-3 mil thick. When you want to convert mil to Gauge, all you need to do is multiply the number of mil by 100. e.g.
2 mil x 100 = 200 gauge
To convert mil to inches, simply divide the number of mil by 1,000.
3 million / 1,000 = 0.003 inches
When working with any type of plastic or plastic packaging material, such as stretch film, plastic bags or plastic wrap, it is important to be aware of the units you may see measured in metres or mils. As you get used to seeing and handling polymer consumables, you will have a better understanding of what each measurement means in practice. Until then, we know that a quick conversion guide containing mil, gauge and the more common units of measurement will come in handy. Please see the following chart for easy reference.
Remember: 100 gauge = 1 mil and 1 mil = 25.4 micron
100 gauge = .00100 inches = .00254 centimeters
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