Stretch film containment force is the most important factor in determining whether a load can be transported safely. With stretch film and pallets, binding is key. The aim of using stretch film correctly is to move the product on the pallet from point A to point B safely. You want to be able to do this safely and at the lowest possible cost. What is the correct way to use stretch film? Use the right amount of Stretch Film Containment Force.
The Stretch Film Containment Force is the total force applied to the load at a given point. It is produced by multiplying the wrapping force or slackness by the number of revolutions of the stretch film. Using the right amount of stretch film containment can be the difference between your product reaching point B overall or being damaged.
Figuring out what type of pallet load profile you typically pack is as simple as A B C. Pallets can be loaded in a seemingly infinite number of ways. Often, you don’t just pack one pallet profile. The positioning of the product on the pallet varies horizontally and vertically between pallets. Depending on the horizontal and vertical edge profiles, different stretch films may be required. Understanding the differences between these profiles will help determine the right stretch film for you.
The loads have a uniform horizontal and vertical edge profile. The footprint of the pallet is usually the same size as the pallet deck. Pallet load curves look most like a perfect square. They may have some edges that can pierce the stretch film, but these are the loads that are easiest to wrap and contain correctly.
B loads do not have the same uniform shape as a typical A load. Patterns may be irregular, making them more difficult to wrap and contain. Your box may stick out further than the pallet deck. You will have more of one side sticking out towards the stretch film than a conventional one. You may have some objects sticking out on one side, but more evenly on the other.
C loads are the most irregular of the bunch and can vary from pallet to pallet. No two C loads are alike. There will be more pronounced horizontal and vertical edges than other pallet loads. These prominent sharp edges may require more stretching skills and higher quality stretch film. These types of loads are the most difficult to wrap correctly and require more attention to the binding of the stretch film.
A common misconception about stretch film is that the thicker the gauge, the stronger the film. Well, that’s no longer true. It may have existed in the past, but for today’s engineering films we have a different way of looking at loads. Here are some basic load control recommendations based on load weight.
These are just general suggestions, remember to talk to a packaging specialist to help you understand the correct stretch film containment force figures.
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