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Types of Stretch Film
There are many brands and configurations of stretch wrap film in the market today, as a matter of fact there are too many and its confusing to say the least.
Broken into two main categories of Hand Stretch Film and Machine Stretch Film depending on how the product is applied the rest of the variations are focused on gauge, manufacturing and application.
What is Hand Stretch Film?
Stretch film designed specifically to be applied manually is referred to as hand stretch film. It is also referred to as hand film, hand stretch wrap, hand wrap or manual pallet wrap. It is typically utilized in lower volume packaging operations. However the efficiency of manual stretch wrap packaging should be regularly re-evaluated against potential benefits of upgrading to a machine applied films.
Choosing the right stretch applicator will result in more efficient and cost effective packaging operations.
What is Machine Stretch Film?
Stretch film designed to be applied with a stretch wrap machine is referred as machine stretch film. It provides many advantages over hand film including: faster and more efficient packaging, reduced packaging material costs, safer application, more secure loads and more.
Common Machine Stretch Film Types
Blown Stretch Film
Cast Stretch Film
Specialty Stretch Film
The basics of the stretch wrap world are that the heavier your load and the farther it travels the more film you will require to secure it. With this in mind the process requires knowledge, experience and expertise to select the most cost effective solution for your shipping requirements.
What is Cast Stretch Film?
Cast Stretch Film, otherwise known as Cast Film or Cast Wrap, is manufactured using the cast extrusion process.
Typical Characteristics of Cast Stretch Films
Superior Tear Resistance
Consistent Film Thickness