Five Commonly Stretch Wrapped Products

Stretch wrapping for product protection is one of the most cost efficient and effective ways to help ensure safe transport. Whether wrapping by hand or machine, companies use stretch wrap all around the world.

The products being wrapped can vary substantially. Most companies using stretch wrap are unitizing multiple products into one load, but some use stretch film for exterior product protection.

In this post, we are going to detail some the most commonly stretch wrapped products across the globe. The different products detailed use a variety of different film widths, thicknesses, and types.

  1. Boxes

Stretch Wrapped Boxes

The majority of retail products bought and sold throughout the world are bulk packed in corrugated boxes. Once multiple bulk packed boxes are filled, they are palletized for shipment.

The type of stretch film can vary depending on two major factors. The overall weight of the pallet load and how the stretch wrap is applied.

The latter can easily be determined by either hand or machine film depending on the application. Determining the right film for the overall weight of the pallet can be tricky. Other factors such as the pallet height and load type come into play.

Most companies wrapping pallets of boxes have gone to alternative high performance resin formulas or pre-stretched stretch film. The alternative resin stretch film enables users to use a thinner film while still ensuring a secure load. These alternative mixtures are available in multiple thicknesses and different names. Finding the proper high performance film to properly secure palletized boxes is highly recommended. It can save companies thousands of dollars annually.

Pre-stretch film is a standard gauged film stretched up to 90% of the total stretch rate and put onto a roll. The pre-stretch film requires very little stretch during application. It is an excellent option for light uniform box loads.

  1. Barrels

Stretch Wrapped Barrels

Barrels are made from a variety of materials and come in different sizes and shapes. Common pallet loads include four 55 gallon barrels that can be filled with a assortment of different goods including grains, liquids, chemicals, and many other products.

Most pallet loads containing barrels are heavy. Because of the weight of many palletized barrels, they are often wrapped with thicker premium film.

The most commonly known stretch film thickness is an 80 gauge thickness. Most all palletized barrels use at least a 115 gauge stretch film thickness and some use up to a 150 ga. thickness determined by the overall weight of the pallet.

  1. Furniture

Stretch Wrapped Furniture

New furniture is often stretch wrapped for transport from the manufacturer to the retailer. Many pieces of furniture do not fit on a pallet and are shipped individually. The stretch wrap used to wrap a new piece of furniture is often used for exterior protection during transport.

The film used for transportation is often removed from the piece once it reaches the retail showroom. The film used is for exterior protection only and does not require load tension. The most affordable option for this use is a pre-stretched film. The pre-stretched film offers exterior protection at an affordable cost.

  1. Wood

Stretch Wrapped Firewood

Wood of all different cuts and varieties is stretch wrapped for transportation around the world. Lumber is often banded and does not often use stretch film, but most firewood and other raw wood products are stretch wrapped.

Firewood is one of the most common stretch wrapped wood products. Many companies selling firewood choose to use a vented stretch film for curing. Once the wood is cut, it needs to cure for several months before being ready for burning. The vented stretch film allows moisture to escape the palletized wood to prepare it for burning.

After the wood is cured it is often chopped into smaller pieces for burning. The wooden bundles are commonly wrapped with a stretch film ranging from 2 inches wide up to 10 inches wide. The most common thickness for wrapping wood bundles is a 90 gauge thickness.

  1. Bottles and Cans

Pallet of Bottled Water

Case packed bottles and cans are palletized and shipped all over the world. Most all liquids are either packed in bottles or cans. Because they are consumable products they are constantly shipped in high volume to retailers.

Pallet loads of bottles and cans can be extremely heavy depending on the pallet height. Most pallets of bottles and cans range from 1800 lbs. – 2800 lbs. Though the pallet loads are often heavy, they are uniform and lack sharp edges and corners.

Many companies choose a thicker high performance resin stretch film for wrapping pallets of bottles and cans. The thicker high performance film is often more cost effective than a premium stretch film while not compromising load security.

Conclusion

These popular five products detailed show only a handful of applications and varieties of stretch wrap on the market. Companies wrapping several loads of products annually should strongly consider the different films available on the market.

Finding the right stretch film to secure or protect the product being wrapped at an affordable price will save on film costs and damaged loads. Call our sales staff at 1-800-441-5090 with questions about stretch wrap applications and we will do our best to offer the right stretch film at the right price.

 

New in 2017 at U.S. Packaging and Wrapping LLC.

We have several exciting developments we are looking forward to in 2017. First and foremost we are happy to be in our new facility with plenty of land for additional buildings and production area. The new facility allows us to offer several new services to all of our valued customers. Below are some new services and opportunities that will be made available in 2017.

U.S. Packaging & Wrapping LLC New

More Products In Stock

Our Arkansas facility is our most centrally located shipping warehouse. The new, larger facility will offer the ability to carry more products in stock to ensure faster shipping times to companies within the central region.

New Website

Since last year, our web developers have been working on a new website design. The new design will offer a fresh new look to our website while staying focused on keeping the site easy to navigate and find products.

new-website

Virtual Showroom

We are going to offer a new virtual showroom to online customers. We are currently working on our new demo room for shrink machines, vacuum sealers, and bag sealers. The virtual showroom will offer a variety of features including the ability to fully rotate machines and easily click on videos and flyers of each machine offered.

Faster In-House Testing

We have always offered in-house testing on the machines we offer. It is a great way for customers to ensure a specific machine is going to accomplish what they desire. Our limited space in our older showroom often hampered the turn-around time for sample testing. If a machine was not in the showroom, we would have to pull a machine off the racks and unpackage and hook the machine up.

The new, larger showroom is going to have our machines easily available to our warehouse crew. The larger showroom will have all of our popular machines available for same or next day testing of samples.

shrink-wrap-machine-testing

Contract Packaging

We will begin running a new line of fully automated shrink wrapping machines within a few months. We will offer the ability to shrink wrap tens of thousands of products daily. Minimums will be based on total film usage and detailed later this year. This is a great way to serve potential customers that can not justify a shrink wrap machine purchase or the labor costs required for packaging products.

New Product Lines

U.S. Packaging & Wrapping will also be offering new product lines to better serve customers. We will be increase our strapping machine offerings and packaging tape offerings. We always welcome new product suggestions from new and existing customers.

We are looking forward to an exciting and prosperous year in 2017. Feel free to shop online or call us at 1-800-441-5090 if there is any way we can assist your packaging purchase.

Stretch Film Usage Calculations

For companies wrapping hundreds or thousands of pallets annually, determining the amount of stretch film usage and average stretch rate is important to understanding costs. Below are two step-by-step stretch wrap calculations and a video to determine stretch film usage and stretch rates.

Determine Stretch Film Usage

We recommend figuring the amount of film usage per pallet and then multiplying the amount of stretch film used per pallet times the amount of pallets per week.

To determine the amount of film being used per pallet, it is important to know the number of revolutions it takes around a pallet to secure the load. This is true whether applying by hand or machine.

In the video below we are using a pallet that requires a total of 11 revolutions to secure the load. The pallet dimensions are 48″x48″x63″.

Step 1 – Determine the amount of film used each revolution.

48″ per side x 4 sides = 192 inches of film used per revolution

Step 2 – Convert Inches of film used per revolution to ft.

192″ ÷ 12″ = 16 ft. per revolution

Step 3 – Multiple the number of revolutions by the amount of film used each revolution

11 revolutions x 16 ft. per revolution = 176 ft. of stretch film used per pallet.

The last step is determining the amount of pallets going out per day or week and multiplying it by the amount of film used each pallet. The final number will give an accurate amount of stretch film footage needed per given time period.

Determine Stretch Film Stretch Rate

Grasping the amount of stretch rate consistently obtained by employees wrapping by hand or by machine application is essential in understanding stretch film cost. The step-by-step guide below will explain how to determine the stretch rate obtained.

Step 1 – Using an easily visible marker, make a 10 inch line on stretch film unraveled from the roll. Be sure to put the line at least 2-4 ft. away from the end of the stretch film.

Step 2 – Tie the film to a pallet and begin wrapping the pallet as normal. After a few revolutions, re-measure the line and write down the new length.

Step 3 – Use the formula below to determine the amount of stretch.

Line Size After Stretch – Line Size Before Stretch ÷ Line Size Before Stretch

Example: If the line size before stretching is 10 inches and after stretching is 22 inches the formula would be as below.

22 – 10 = 12 ÷ 10 = 1.2 or 120% stretch.

Step 4 – Use the formula below to determine the amount of ft per roll with the average stretch rate.

1 + Stretch Rate Obtained x Ft. per roll of film.

Example: Standard Machine rolls are 5000 ft. long and hand rolls are 1500 ft. see the two examples below.

1 + 1.20 = 2.20 x 5000′ = 11,000 ft.

1 + 1.20 = 2.20 x 1500′ = 3,300 ft.

Once the post-stretched roll length is determined and the film usage is known, purchasers can make accurate forecasts in film ordering and film savings. Below is the formula.

Formula to Determine Film Usage For a Specified Period

Number of pallets wrapped each week x Ft. of stretch film used each pallet

Example: 40 pallets wrapped per week x 176 ft. of film used per pallet = 7,040 ft. of stretch film used weekly

Stretch film footage used weekly ÷ Post-stretched Roll Length

Example: 7,040′ of stretch film used ÷ 3,300′ Hand Stretch Film Rolls at 120% stretch = 2.13 rolls used per week at a 120% stretch rate.

The amount of stretch obtained when applying the film is a massive factor in the overall cost of film and usage. Typically, most hand applications reach 100% – 150% maximum stretch. Stretch wrap machines with a pre-stretched head can consistently obtain 225% – 250% stretch. In the example above, the 3,300′ hand stretch film roll would have been 5,250′ long with 250% stretch.

If you have any questions about reducing stretch film costs or usage, feel free to call us at 1-800-441-5090 or shop online at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

 

 

5 Things To Know About Stretch Film Converting

Many people purchasing stretch film are not aware of the stretch film conversion process, which is perfectly fine. There are many products we purchase and have no idea how they are made. We wanted to share information about the stretch film conversion process to help potential stretch film buyers in their purchase.

The actual manufacturing process of stretch film is called extrusion. A couple of years ago we wrote a blog post about the stretch film extrusion process. The extrusion process requires the melting and forming of the stretch film resin. The end product is most commonly a master roll. The large master roll is then converted to a variety of stretch film sizes.

The process of conversion is what we are going to focus on. Being aware of this process assists stretch film buyers in a variety of ways which are explained below.

Stretch Film Conversion Requires the unwinding of a Master Roll

The large master roll created during the extrusion process must be unwound to convert the stretch film. The master roll can vary in size and width.

How does this help a buyer? The conversion process takes time. If a specific size is not in stock, there is often a 2-5 day lead time for film conversion.

Stretch Film Master roll

Stretch Film Converting Machines Feature Electronic Length Counters

An electronic length counter enables converters to adjust roll lengths according to film thickness. Thicker stretch film often has shorter rolls than thinner film. This helps to keep the overall roll weight comparable.

How does this help a buyer? The electronic roll counters are extremely accurate to ensure customers get the desired length of film.

Digital Length Counter

Stretch Film Conversion Limits are Often Constrained By Available Core Sizes

Stretch film converting machines often allow the converter to reduce the master roll to any size desired. One of the key limitations in conversion sizes is the size of the core. The core is the cardboard on the inside of the roll of stretch film. Cores are often made by a variety of cardboard corrugaters and sent to stretch film converters.

How does this help a buyer? A stretch film converter is often limited to the size of rolls based on the core sizes available. Requesting an oddball width such as a 2.75 inch wide stretch film roll would require the production of a core size in that width. This is often not possible and too costly to do so. This is why we are often limited to standard sized widths.

Stretch Film Cores

Stretch Film Converting Can Also Produce Pre-Stretch Stretch Film

Another popular product produced with stretch film conversion is Pre-stretch stretch film. During the conversion process of a pre-stretch stretch film, stretch film is pulled from the master roll and stretched up to 90% of available stretchability and placed on a smaller roll.

How does this help a buyer? Pre-stretch stretch film is a great option for companies to look into. Because the film is stretched prior to being placed on a roll, workers have to exert less energy when applying the film. Another great advantage is it is much cheaper than a standard stretch film. Being aware of the pre-stretch converting possibilities can potentially save companies thousands of dollars in stretch film costs.

Prestretched Stretch Film

Stretch Film Conversion is Responsible for the Rise of Coreless Stretch Film

Coreless stretch film is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. Stretch film converters pre-stretch film from a master roll without the use of a core in the machine. Eliminating the cost of the core helps to reduce overall stretch film costs. Eliminating a stretch film core also reduces product lost due to damaged cores.

How does this help a buyer? Coreless stretch film is a great option to consider if wrapping lighter pallets. Aside from the two reasons above, shipping weights on coreless stretch film rolls are substantially less as well.

Coreless Stretch Film

The stretch film conversion process plays a very important roll in bringing a variety of finished products to end users. If you need any further assistance with stretch film quotes, questions, or applications feel free to contact us at 1-800-441-5090 or shop online at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

Prolong the life of Stretch Plastic Wrap in the Sun

Storing pallets of products outdoors is a common practice in many industries. Companies often do not have the indoor storage space to keep all products inside. In order to transport the products to and from outdoor storage they often need to be stabilized with a stretch plastic wrap.

The problem with stabilizing pallet loads with a stretch film and storing the product outside is the UV radiation from the sun. Ultra violet radiation from the sun can break down the plastic wrap as well as the product in outdoor storage. In fact, most stock stretch wrap plastic will begin to break down within 30 days of outdoor storage.

Outdoor Plastic Wrap Storage

Stretch Film with a UVI Additive

A stretch film with a UVI (Ultra Violet Inhibitor) additive is a great solution to this problem. The UVI additive works the same as a sunscreen does to skin. It protects the plastic from breaking down by the ultra violet light.

Stretch film is made from polyethylene plastic which rapidly degrades when exposed to UV radiation. The degradation causes the plastic wrap to lose stretch and cling ability over time making the film ineffective.

The UVI additive is clear and unable to be seen by the naked eye. It is added during the melting of the polyethylene resin pellets. Over time there have been a variety of chemicals used as UVI additives. Some of the chemicals commonly used are: phenyl salicylate, polyarylates, nickel salts, titanium oxide, zinc oxide, and more. Some of the chemicals listed have been and are still used in sunscreens for human application.

The additives can protect film up to 9 months to 1 year from break down. Most extended UVI additive films are custom runs and require a 1 pallet minimum for production.

UV additive

Opaque Stretch Film to Protect Products

Aside from plastic film break down when storing products outside, another common problem is product break down. Some products do not break down in sunlight when stored for a year of less, but others rapidly break down.

For storing products outdoors that are sensitive to sunlight, we recommend the use of an opaue stretch film with a UVI additive. As discussed above, the UVI additive will product the film from break down and the opacity of the film will protect the product.

Depending on the amount of stretch obtained and the thickness of an opaque stretch film, it can typically block out light within 3-4 wraps. Completely blocking out sunlight will help to greatly extend the life of a product stored outdoors.

Opaque Stretch Film

We offer stock white and black machine and hand opaque stretch film rated for 1 month of UV exposure for sale online. For extended UV periods we offer custom runs on pallet minimums with typical lead times 1-3 weeks. Call us at 1-800-441-5090 with questions and quote requests.

8 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing a Pallet Wrapping Machine

The decision to purchase a pallet wrapping machine is a big decision for most businesses. Pallet wrapping machinesNew Stretch Wrap Machine provide many benefits over hand stretch wrapping. For more information of possible advantages our recent blog post about stretch wrap machine advantages over hand pallet wrapping. The article explains that once volume is high enough it makes sense to purchase a pallet wrapping machine for a variety of reasons.

Once the decision is made to make an investment into a stretch wrap machine, there are still a variety of questions to ask. We urge anyone buying a stretch wrap machine to accurately answer the questions below and have them ready when talking to a salesman about purchasing a pallet wrapping machine.

1. Should I buy a new or used machine?

Each option offers different benefits. The purchase of a used stretch wrap machine can lower initial costs and offer the same benefits as new machines. The drawback is, many used stretch wrap machines are sold as-is with no warranty. Some machines manufacturers are not easily identifiable on used machines. Purchasers need to know what brand of machine it is before the purchase to obtain parts if needed. We recommend for anyone considering the purchase of a used stretch wrap machine to locate a supplier of parts for the machine and someone that can service the machine if needed.

A new machine often costs more, but more than likely comes with a warranty and easily accessible parts. Many brands of new stretch wrap machines are capable of running years without issues.

2. What are current and projected production levels?

Production levels are very important in helping to determine the proper machine. Different pallet wrapping machines offer different top end revolutions per minute. Revolutions per minute and total wraps required per load will factor the maximum production levels of a machine.

Wrapping 35 pallets per day that are 48 inches in height and weigh less than 1200 lbs will require less film than wrapping 35 pallets per day that are 60 inches in height and weigh 2400 lbs. The heavier, taller pallet will require more top and bottom wraps because of weight as well as more overall wraps because of the pallet height. All of these factors are important to determine the proper pallet wrapping machine to meet production needs.

3. Does each pallet need to be weighed?

Choosing a pallet wrapping machine with a scale is much more affordable than choosing to add a scale after the machine is received. Determining weighing needs prior to purchase is important for any company to consider. Other questions that should be considered should be the maximum weight needed for the scale and if a printed weight receipt required?

4. What is the maximum size of film that will be ran?20 inch pallet wrapping machine carriage

Standard machine stretch film is 20 inches wide. There are a large variety of stretch film selections available in 20 inch wide machine stretch film. Companies can find different thicknesses, colored film, and vented stretch film just to name a few. Large film sizes are more limited on varieties available. Using a large film can reduce the amount of needed revolutions, therefore increasing production times.

To run larger films, the film carriage on the pallet wrapper needs to accommodate the size of film being used. Purchasing a machine with an accommodating film carriage reduces headache after the machine is received.

5. Is a pre-stretched head required?

This is mostly determined by the type of stretch film that will be ran on the machine. We strongly recommend purchasing a machine with a pre-stretched head to save on film costs. The only time we suggest the use of a machine without a pre-stretched head is if only a pre-stretched film will be used on the machine.

A pre-stretched stretch film is already stretched up to 90% of the capable stretchability. We recommend this type of film for uniform pallet loads up to 800-1000 lb. Any loads that do not meet those requirements should be used with a stretch film that is not pre-stretched and a machine that will stretch the film during application.

6. What color of stretch film will be used?White Stretch Wrap

It is important to determine if the film being used will be clear or colored. It is also important to determine if the products being wrapped are black or clear. These factors will determine the type of phot-eye needed for the pallet wrapper. Dark colored products and clear products can often throw off a standard photo-eye. Some wrappers may need a black photo-eye or a laser sensor to properly wrap loads.

7. What are the largest pallet dimensions to be wrapped?

It is important to purchase a pallet wrapper to accommodate the largest pallet being wrapped. This will require a length, width, and height measurement. Tall pallets may require an extended mast machine, while wider and longer pallets may require a larger base.

The size of the machine base needed is determined by the pallet diagonal. Which can be determined by using the formula below.

Formula For Pallet Diagonal

8. What type of environment will the machine be placed in?

The external environment around the machine can affect performance. Machines placed in cold room storage can often require different lubricants. Machines placed in areas of high dust can sometimes require additional covers and protection. High humidity can require more frequent maintenance. Be sure to identify the type of environment before purchasing and talking to a salesman about a machine.

Answering these basic questions prior to purchasing a pallet wrapping machine will help ensure the proper machine is obtained prior to purchase. This can help save headache down the road for management and workers. If you have any questions, you can call us at 1-800-441-5090 or view our online resources and store at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

Packaging Machine Summer Savings Sale!

The right packaging machines can help increase production, protect products, and promote brands. We offer a large selection and variety of packaging machines online as well as some custom machines. From now until the end of August we are running a machine summer savings sale. Many of out stock machines are on sale and ready to be shipped out. Check out the machines below for details.

Tabletop L Bar Sealer

Was: $631

Now: $570

The 13″x13″ L bar sealer is an excellent shrink wrap machine for packaging a variety of items including: electronics, books, stationary, soaps, and more! The recommended film for the 13″x13″ L Bar sealer is a 12″ or smaller PVC or polyolefin centerfold. An L bar sealer can also be used with shrink bags as well if preferred. The 13″x13″ L Bar sealer comes with the sealer, film rack, and two replacement sealing wires. Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

AVS Vacuum Sealer

Was: $1,995

Now: $1,895

The AVS vacuum sealer is a heavy duty vacuum sealer capable of sealing up to 360 products hour. The AVS vacuum sealer requires a 18 gallon external compressor for optimal packaging speeds. All AVS vacuum sealers come with a 1 year manufacturers warranty and are capable of sealing vacuum bags up to an 8 mil thickness. Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

Eagle 100 Strapping Machine

Was: $860

Now: $799.99

The Eagle 100 strapping machine 110v is an excellent machine for low to medium production levels. The Eagle 100 can strap up to 30 straps per minute. The Eagle 100 features: adjustable cool down, automatic motor shutoff, instant heat sealing, locking casters, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

TL-1622MK Combo Shrink Wrap Machine

Was: $9,900

Now: $8,999

 The 1622 shrink wrap machine is a plug and play shrink wrap machine capable of packaging over 600 products per hour. The 1622 shrink wrap machine features: Micro Knife sealing wire, auto discharge conveyor, magnetic hold down, adjustable seal time, adjustable tunnel conveyor speed and temp, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

Eagle 2000B Stretch Wrap Machine

Was: $6,200

Now: $7,700

The Eagle 2000B stretch wrap machine is a work horse stretch wrap machine capable of all day applications. It is a stock item and can ship within 48 hours of a completed order. The Eagle 2000B features: Chain driven turntable, 110v plug-in, LCD control panel, machine stretch up to 250%, 12 revolutions per minute, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

Eagle 2000BWS stretch wrap machine

Was: $9,350

Now: $8,995

The Eagle 2000BWS is the standard 2000B stretch wrap machine with a built-in scale capable of a 5,000 lb. weight limit. The eagle 2000BWS features: 110v power supply, 3 year manufacturers warranty, automatic load height sensor, max load height of 87″, and more! Call 1-800-441-5090 today with questions or click on the image to shop our online store!

All machines currently on sale are stock items and can typically ship within 48 hours of a completed order while supplies last. Call us at 1-800-441-5090 or visit www.uspackagingandwrapping.com to view all of our products online.

Machine Stretch Wrap Options

Making the switch from applying stretch wrap by hand to using a machine can be an expensive upfront cost, but in the long run can save companies thousands of dollars in cost. There are a variety of options to choose from when considering a stretch wrap machine as well as many other options to choose from when choosing a machine stretch film.

In this post we are going to cover a variety of machine stretch wrap options. We will detail which options are best for different load types and which industries commonly use each type of film. The best way to begin would be to define what machine stretch wrap is and how to identify a machine stretch wrap roll vs. a hand stretch wrap roll.

Machine Stretch Wrap – Cast or blown Extruded LLDPE film on rolls commonly ranging from 20 inches to 80 inches wide. Roll lengths are often between 3,000 ft – 9,000 ft in length. Thicknesses of machine stretch wrap range from 35 gauge thicknesses up to 150 gauge thicknesses. The most common core size used for most machine stretch wrap is 3 inches.

There are a large variety of film options to choose from when considering a machine stretch film. One of the most important factors to consider when using a machine stretch wrap is the thickness of the film and the resin mixture. The thickness of the film is self-explanatory. One issue many people struggle with when considering a machine stretch wrap is the resin mixture.

In the past, all stretch film was measured in gauge thickness and had a 150% to 250% stretch rate. Machine stretch wrap is a petroleum-based product and the increase of petroleum prices has encouraged advancements within the stretch film industry. Extruders have began offering different resin mixtures that offer comparable load retention at less cost. These new resin mixtures often produce a stiffer, thinner film that is commonly measured in micron thickness. Our blog post titled Stretch Wrap Savings details what different resin mixtures offer and how they can save companies money in film cost. For this post we are going to go over the different machine stretch film we offer and what each thickness and resin mixture is commonly used for.

True Gauged Machine Stretch WrapThis is the top-of-the-line stretch wrap we offer. A true gauged stretch film offers a 150% stretch rate. The use of a thick machine stretch wrap with a high stretch rate offers excellent puncture resistance for non-uniform loads.

Our true gauged machine stretch wrap is available in widths from 20 inches to 80 inches. Thicknesses are available from a 70 gauge thickness up to 150 gauge thickness. We recommend true gauged stretch wrap to anyone wrapping heavy uniform pallet loads or non-uniform pallet loads.

Many companies wrapping heavy pallet loads full of boxes choose to use a 70 or 80 gauge machine stretch film for extra load production opposed to other resin mixtures. Most companies using a true gauged film in excess of 80 gauge are typically wrapping non-uniform loads or loads other than boxes.

The 90 gauge machine stretch wrap is a popular item with our wood and forestry companies. The 90 gauge often provides enough puncture resistance to effectively wrap full wood pallet loads. The 100 gauge up to 150 gauge machine stretch film is used by a wide variety of companies wrapping everything from 55 gallon drums, railroad ties, and even palletized scrap metal.

Performance Machine Stretch WrapPerformance machine stretch wrap is a different resin mixture to make the machine stretch film thinner and stiffer. The stiffer film promotes better load retention, but not comparable puncture resistance to a true gauged stretch film. Companies wrapping uniform pallet loads can reduce cost and maintain load retention with performance machine stretch film.

The performance machine stretch film offers the ability to down gauge. Companies wrapping uniform loads with a true gauged machine stretch wrap can often down gauge from a true 80 gauge to a 63 gauge performance film. The 63 gauge film offers the same load retention as the true gauged 80 gauge stretch film. Because of this, a performance stretch film is often referred to as an equivalent stretch film.

We offer performance machine stretch wrap in thicknesses from a 45 gauge to a 115 gauge. Equivalent machine stretch wrap thickness is often measured in microns. View our gauge conversion chart to convert micron to gauge. The chart will help to clear confusion on actual film thickness. We do have some customers using the thicker stiffer film for non-uniform loads. It does not have the same puncture resistance as a true gauged film, but for the price it often accomplishes the task at hand.

Pre-Stretched Machine Stretch WrapPre-stretched machine stretch wrap is a true gauged machine stretch wrap stretched to 90% stretchability and placed back on a roll. We recommend a pre-stretched machine stretch wrap for companies wrapping lite uniform loads.

A pre-stretched machine stretch wrap can be an excellent option because it requires a machine to use less energy and the film cost is considerably cheaper. We recommend the pre-stretched machine stretch wrap for uniform pallet loads less than 1000 lbs.

A real popular industry we sell our pre-stretched machine stretch wrap too is nurseries. Many nurseries often ship light pallet loads of potted plants. Another common industry that uses pre-stretched machine stretch wrap is the medical industry. Pallet loads are often light and uniform and a pre-stretched film is more than adequate to secure products.

If you have any questions about machine stretch film or would like a quote, call us at 1-800-441-5090. You can also view all of our machine stretch wrap products by clicking on the link. All pallet orders of machine stretch film ship free with substantial discounts!