Understanding Packaging and the Basics
Packaging Insight is a resource to help our customers understand the terminology used in the various packaging industries. We hope you find the information on these topics both informative and useful. As always we are committed to the success of our customers. If you have a question or need information on a product or topic not mentioned feel free to call us 813 242 6995.
What is Stretch Pallet Wrap?
Stretch film is a plastic film used to secure, bundle, and stabilize products. Stretch film is made from linear low-density polyethylene. When applying the film is to be pulled and stretched around products to obtain tight and secured product loads. Stretch film comes in a variety of widths, thicknesses, and colors.
We offer multiple varieties of stretch film to choose from in a wide array of widths and thicknesses. All of our stretch wrap film is made from virgin material ensuring the highest quality possible. Shop four easily navigable sections:
*Hand Stretch Film- Most of our hand film comes with a standard 3" core that will fit most any hand dispensers. Choose everything from clear to colored and even anti static stretch wrap film.
*Extended Core Stretch Film- Offers built in handles that are great for companies that need to wrap something on the go. The built in handles are ideal for low volume out put or mobile stretch wrap applications.
*Bundling Stretch Film- Considered any film roll between 2-5 inches in width. Bundling film is a great alternative tape and plastic strapping for bundling multiple products together.
*Machine Stretch Film- Our machine pallet stretch wrap is offered in true standard gauged film as well as pre stretched and equivalent film. All of our machine film can run on stretch wrap machines with up to a 250% stretch.
*Vented Stretch Film- Ideal for allowing products the ability to breathe. Vented stretch film is an 80 gauge stretch film with die-cut holes allowing products to breathe when palletized. Ideal for allowing wood to cure and moisture to escape from fully loaded pallets.
*Colored Stretch Film- We offer transparent and opaque colored stretch film ideal for a variety of applications. Companies use transparent stretch film to color code loads to make for easy identification during shipping. Opaque film is often used to conceal load and protect shipments from UV light.
True Gauged Stretch Film- For years, companies have used "true gauged stretch film" a product that offers a great amount of stretch, cling, and strength. Overtime this stretch wrap has become more expensive because it is thicker and uses more petroleum based resins during the manufacturing process. This increase in price has encouraged manufacturers to find alternatives to keep costs lower. The term for alternative pallet wrap is "equivalent stretch film".
Equivalent Stretch Film- An affordable alternative to "true gauged film". Equivalent films use a different resin mixture along with multi-layering to produce a thinner, stronger product that uses less petroleum base. We offer two equivalent hand films that offer a great hold, good stretch, and one sided cling at an affordable price. Our two equivalent hand films are: Hybrid & Micron. The main difference between the two are the number of layers and the resin formulas. Hybrid rolls are thinner and made of more layers during the extrusion process. Micron rolls are in between the true gauged film and the hybrid stretch film thickness. It does not offer as many layers, but does have more stretch than the hybrid film. It also offers better tear resistance.