It is a well-known adage that you get what you pay for. Stretch film is often considered an interchangeable product that only differs in price. But quality is essential in achieving stable pallets; without the right film, the packaging process can turn out to be very costly indeed. A cheaper film can easily break, for example. A delay in the production process can have financial consequences. A high-quality stretch film helps ensure a smooth wrapping process, with the least possible line stoppages.
Another benefit is that trucks loaded with properly wrapped pallets are seldom returned due to damaged products. Did you know that on average, companies use 20 percent more film than actually needed for safe transport? At AFP we work on sustainable solutions where we focus on the least possible use of plastics as a result of which you always recoup your investment.
The idea that more layers of film result in better stability is a misconception. This is not how stretch film works. The film you need depends on multiple factors. No two stretch films are alike: not all types of stretch film are suited for the same application. For example, a heavy load of bottles has different properties than a light load of tissue paper.
The right film elasticity ensures that the products are firmly wrapped. At AFP we produce various types of stretch film geared to the needs of a specific market segment.
It goes without saying that stretch film is made to be stretched. So be sure to do just that! AFP’s stretch films always have sufficient stretch: many of our films are set to a stretch of at least 270 percent.
With the right film you are well on your way to an optimal wrapping process and stable pallets. But it involves far more than that: it requires expertise. This is the niche in which AFP operates; there are few people who can match our knowledge of how to effectively adjust a wrapping machine. With our in-depth knowledge we can optimise a machine’s settings, because we know exactly how to stretch the various films. Once we know which machine the customer is using and which product is to be packaged, we can create the perfect product-machine- film combination that guarantees pallet stability.
Road users are well-aware of the increased transport of goods by road. This is why pallet stability is more important than ever. The EUMOS regulation, which subjects the transport of goods on pallets to significantly higher demands, went into effect within the EU in May 2018.
Add to this that pallet stability and load security are no longer the responsibility of the truck driver, but that of the load’s dispatcher. This means that manufacturers as well as carriers and customers must give careful thought to load stability.
The EUMOS legislation imposes strict demands on the forces a load must be able to withstand and issues high fines in case of violations. At AFP we help our customers comply with the EUMOS regulations, specifically for the goods to be packaged.
We all want increasingly more responsibly produced products and reduced spillage of goods. Furthermore, there is an increase in European regulations: effective from 2025 at least 30 percent of the plastics used by companies must be recycled.
We can help companies already start focusing on this now: both by offering thinner films and by using new biobased raw materials for our Katan-Ex Biobased film and our new Recycled stretch film. For us the four Rs are a priority: rethink, reduce, reuse and recycle.