All about stretch film

Choosing the right stretch film can be a difficult task. There are many different types of stretch film, each with a different type of property. In addition, stretch films are available in different thicknesses. In the articles below you will learn which film is best used to create optimal pallet stability.

Experience & knowledge

Tips for choosing stretch film

  1. Take a good look at the type of cargo that needs to be packed: does it already have some degree of stability or not at all
  2. Does the load have sharp or protruding corners?
  3. Are there any special requirements with regard to UV resistance or frozen products?
  4. Which wrapping machine is used and what is its stretch percentage?
  5. What is the output of your production process? If it is very high, then the choice for the thicker stretch film might be more obvious.
  6. Request a free audit. We analyse your process and come up with a complete advice.

Wilbert Philipsen, Key Account Manager

Types of stretch film

Hand-wrapping and machine-wrapping films

There are basically two types of stretch film:

  • Hand-wrapping film
  • Machine wrap film

Rolls of hand-wrapping film are smaller and lighter because they are wrapped around a pallet by hand. This stretch film is often used in situations where the complexity of the load is limited and no large number of pallets need to be wrapped.

As the name suggests, machine wrap film is wrapped around a pallet with a machine: the film is clamped to a pallet with a rotating arm and wrapped around it. The other way around is also possible: the film stands still and the pallet turns around. Which of the two you use depends on the speed of wrapping.

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Stretch film and loads

Which stretch film do you use for which load?

Often only a distinction is made between light, medium and heavy loads. In our experience, however, there are several factors that need to be taken into account. An important question, for example, is whether a load has stability of its own accord or not. Think of a pallet with toilet paper and a pallet with bottles of soft drinks. The former itself has much less stability than the latter. Another important point is the wrapping machine that is used; how much can it stretch and what is the speed. It can happen that the speed of a production process is so high that a thicker stretch film is chosen, which means fewer wraps and a faster flow of pallets. This allows us to identify many other factors that play a role in choosing the right stretch film. We will be happy to advise you on this.

Winding machines

The right machine settings

Stretch film is made to stretch. The stretch of film goes from 0 to 400 percent, depending on the machine you are wrapping. Many machines can’t stretch more than 10 percent, which gives you more than just a little power on the load. AFP’s stretch films have a minimum stretch of 200 percent. This means that you can make 3 metres of film out of 1 metre of film. A film can be programmed on a certain rack; many of our films are programmed on 270 percent rack.

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Interested in our stretch film?

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Is your interest aroused and would you like to request more information without obligation? Or is it time for a 7 Step Audit at your organisation? Contact us and see what AFP can do for you as an organisation. The knowledge of our employees involved in your processes and wrapping machines ensures the optimal performance of your wrapping processes. In this way, we ensure stable pallets and prevent film from breaking, so that the packaging process runs smoothly, without delay.

  • Our experts analyse your process;
  • Your machines are set up correctly;
  • Your pallets are optimally protected.
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Hans Wels, Commercial Manager Load Security Films