How do you achieve pallet stability?

Precisely: the right film is important in combination with the right settings of the wrapper. But more factors are important. A heavy load of, for example, bottles has different properties than a light load of, for example, tissue. So how do you achieve pallet stability?

The load
First of all, we look at the load: which product is wound and what are the characteristics of that product, for example heavy or light? How is the product wrapped? And we look at the shape of the load: how are the products stacked on the pallet? Is it, for example, with cardboard plates in between and do these plates have rounded corners? Is the shape of the load the same everywhere? The stacking pattern is very important in order to wrap a pallet in a stable way.

Type of pallet
Then the type of pallet is also a factor to take into account. Is it made of wood, plastic, what size and what quality is used for the transport of the goods? The properties that the pallet gives to the load are different.

The wrapper
In order to make optimum use of the properties of our film, we measure the performance of the wrapper. What is the current stretch percentage with which the film is processed and how is the winding pattern set? In addition, we know from experience how the wrapper can perform in optimal condition and we compare this during the test. All this can be done very efficiently in a short period of time, without delays in production.

Our stretch films have a stretch of about 300 percent. This means that we can stretch up to 4 metres from 1 metre, but not all wrapping machines have the capacity to stretch that far, or are not set up to reach that level of stretch.

These aspects give us a first impression of what it takes to stabilise a pallet and which film is suitable for it.