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Applying Pallet Wrap Properly and Economically

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Pallet stretch film is a packing tool used around the world to help reduce the amount of merchandise damaged during transit. This works by keeping boxes that are stacked on a pallet from falling over or creating unbalanced shifts in weight. The stretch film also functions as an additional layer of protection against dust, moisture, and tampering from unauthorized personnel.

It is important to realize, however, that it must be applied in a certain way, or it will not be anywhere near as effective as it could be. The type of stretch wrap that is used must be high quality and of a decent thickness, the amount applied needs to be efficient, and the application should not be too thick or too tight.

First of all, it is important to realize that different specifications for stretch film results in different strength and characteristics. Note that not every stretch wrap manufacturer is equal. Although most do use LLDPE stretch film, it can vary in aspects such as thickness and stretch ability. You want to make sure that the film you are using can stretch at least 300%, if not more, because if it is unable to stretch that much, it may begin to tear when the pallet is moved.  Also, if you are going to be using machinery to apply the stretch wrap, make sure to get a product that is thick enough to handle the high speed application it will encounter in a machine.

Before investing in LLDPE stretch wrap, take a look at the product. Find one that is resistant to moisture and sunlight, and that has a smooth appearance. Don't assume that the most expensive product is the best - look around before making your purchase. When applying the stretch film, make sure to apply just the right amount to cover your shipments. This usually is not a big problem for cast stretch film applied by hand, but can become a problem if a machine is not calibrated correctly.  Be sure and inspect your machinery on a regular basis if you are using it to apply stretch wrap.  Also, take a look at the finished product, as that is an easy way to see if anything with your machinery needs to be corrected.

Last, but not least, it is very important to check both the thickness and the tightness of the application.  Both in manual and automatic application, people tend to not trust the stretch film enough, and therefore apply too much and apply it too tightly.  If too much is applied, it can be simply wasting stretch wrap and therefore wasting money.  If it is applied too tightly, this can actually damage your boxes that you have loaded on to the pallet.  If you are using a product from a quality stretch film manufacturer, a simple application of moderate thickness and tightness should do the job well enough.

These are just a few of the main aspects to successfully applying stretch film and using it economically. By following these tips, you can not only ensure that your product will arrive safely at its destination, but also that you will be saving money on packing film at the same time.

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