The top 4 Problems with Stretch wrap

Stretch wrap

Does your company need to hold boxes and products together on a pallet for transportation?

At HANPAK we sell stretch film on a daily basis and believe in the many benefits of packaging your products with stretch film. That’s not to say that it’s a packaging solution without problems.

In article below, we will explore the top 5 most common problems with using Stretch film and advise how to negate and avoid them

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1.Tearing Stretch wrap

A tear in your stretch film is the bane of productivity, consistency and most importantly, safety. When tears occur it means the stability, load containment and safety of your wrapped pallet has been compromised. Choose to ignore tears, and you risk safety injury, damage to products, downtime, unnecessary clean up and slower production times.

Tearing can happen due to various reasons depending on whether you’re using manual labor in conjunction with a stretch wrap dispenser or using a stretch wrapping machine .To avoid tearing, it would be better if you use an automated or semi-automated stretch wrap machine programmed in advance with the proper settings and for the correct load containment.

Using an automated stretch wrap machine might not be feasible for your company. If you’re unsure of the proper settings on your machine or if you must rely on human labor to wrap your pallets, you should have a local packaging expert analyze your stretch wrapping process.

2. Using the wrong type of Stretch film

When using stretch film to wrap your pallets, using the wrong type of film can result in wasted materials, time, money, safety issues, injury, costly repairs, breakdowns, downtime and other unwanted dynamics. First off, you will want to educate yourself on the different types of stretch film available, the appropriate applications and machinery to use them with and the other elements of each variety of stretch film and their correct usage.

There are various different kinds of stretch film and each of them have different applications in which they are used correctly. Here is a list of the most common types of stretch film currently available:

  • Machine Stretch including Cast Stretch/Blown Stretch/Pre-Stretch/
  • Hand Stretch
  • Color Stretch
  • UV Stretch

3.Using the wrong size of Stretch film

You may be asking yourself , why? After all, you could use any size and just be sure that you are wrapping enough layers and the pallet will still get wrapped, right?

Well, technically, yes you could do that. But, when using the wrong size of stretch wrap to wrap your products you will end up wasting wrap and throwing away time and money in addition to risking improper load containment. The size and shape of your products and the width and height of your pallets will ultimately decide the size Stretch film you should use

If you are not sure which size of stretch wrap you should be using to wrap your pallets, reach out us in here to analyze your current wrapping materials and machinery. By switching from the wrong to the right size of stretch wrap, you could potentially save thousands of dollars a year in addition to some serious man hours.

4.Using the wrong thickness of Stretch film

Just as using the wrong size of stretch wrap can lead to various problems, so it is with utilizing the inappropriate thickness (or gauge) of stretch film.

Using too thin of a stretch film for your products may result in consistent tearing which leads to wasted material, time and money. If you are using an excessively thick stretch film for products that do not require said gauge of film, you are also wasting material and essentially throwing money away.


So there you have it! The top four problems of working with stretch film. When it comes down to it, all of these problems can be avoided with a little forethought and research. If you are currently struggling with any of these issues, feel free to contact us for advice or information.


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