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The value of stretch film;Stretch wrapping, whether manual or machine film, plays a vital role in the transport process. It is one of the most effective ways to secure products to pallets and provides the best defence against product damage. However, as with all types of packaging, there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution and not all stretch wrapping solutions are created equal. Stretch film quality (single-sided versus double-sided bonded), gauge thickness (42G versus 100G) and width (20″ versus 30″) all determine how well your pallet will hold, the cost of transporting your product and, for example, your overall return on investment (ROI).
It’s all under control
In addition to quality, there is another key factor that will determine whether your stretch film will perform well and save you money: the gauge.
The thickness or gauge of a film is a key indicator of its sealing potential. Gauges measured in millimetres (MIL) affect load control and can predict the likelihood of film breakage. Most commonly, the thinner the gauge, the less weight it can hold – but this is not necessarily a bad thing. In some cases, trays carry lighter weights and using film with too high a gauge is wasteful, expensive and unnecessary. However, if you use a film gauge that is too small, your pallets may not be able to hold or may need to be packed too many times. In both cases, choosing the incorrect film gauge can have a detrimental effect on your operation and result in a high cost per load. So it’s important not to lose too much for too little by measuring the value of stretch film correctly!