4 Things to consider when matching stretch film to the application
Gauge and Thickness of Stretch Film
Stretch film is measured in mils or microns, and typically the higher the gauge, the thicker and more durable the film and the more reliable the load. Just remember there are many other factors at play when selecting the appropriate gauge and thickness of your stretch film.
Many stretch film users think they can save money by choosing a lower gauge (down-gauging), but they often need to increase the number of times they wrap the load (revolutions) with film. Not only does this lead to increased cost-per-load, but it also increases the wear and tear on the machine itself and slows down production on the line.
Understanding the shipping cycle for each load is just as important as the above five factors when selecting the right stretch film. There’s a big difference between shipping across town to a distribution center and shipping a load across the Rocky Mountains to California. The longer the load must travel, the more stops and starts it will experience and is subject to increased movement and jostling of the packages. The last thing you want is an overturned pallet upon delivery due to faulty packaging.
In addition to choosing the right stretch film for the machine, stretch film users should take time to consider the volume and frequency of the items shipped. How many pallets do you send out every day, week or month? How much time and labor hours are involved for each pallet to leave the facility? How much film are you using per load? Once you can track that data, you’ll be able to choose the most efficient stretch film for your packaging application needs and budget.