Besides the cost of a stretch film roll, you should also consider the cost of the pallet wrapping, when choosing the right product for your packaging needs. For your warehouse to optimally minimize the wrapping process costs, you ought to choose a product suitable for all your applications.
There are three different types of stretch wraps suitable for various applications:
Type A is suitable for Uniform load shapes. The load size should match the pallet size closely. It’s easier to wrap such applications because there are few film puncture points. This application is suitable in manufacturing plants or warehouses where the same type of product is wrapped in readiness for shipping load-after-load.
For less Uniform Loads, it’s recommended to work with type B wraps. In this case, the load size doesn’t have to match the pallet size or the manner in which the stacking is prepared irregularly as compared to the type A wrap. Type B has room for several film puncture points. You need to be extra careful in selecting the right stretch film for your applications due to the expected film application tension. Type B are often used in smaller warehouses and manufacturing plants where one package may contain up to three products destined for one destination to ensure puncture resistant wrapping.
Type C Loads, on the other hand are rarely used in warehouses because no two wraps are the same. There are several sharp points because the shapes and sizes seem to be all over. They are recommended for usage in retail stores such as drug stores and groceries because assembling is just for distribution purposes. In such cases, one load can contain various products.
Type of Equipment
You should determine the type of equipment to be wrapped. Automatic stretch wrappers with pre-stretch for packaging require max film while spiral wrap film is suitable when the configurations of your loads vary in shape and size. Conventional equipment will require economy stretch films that work well with low stretch loads. A mid-range stretch wrap is required for pre-stretch equipment operating at medium levels.
Type of product being utilized
When selecting the gauge, number of wraps, and film type, you ought to consider the type of product you’re wrapping and the consequent pallet load. A requirement such as colored, Ultra-Violet Inhibitor, and one side cling application is very vital to some end users. One side cling is suitable for a load that may shift during transit while a colored film is great for masking a package that needs to be tinted during transit. Ultra-Violet Inhibitor is good for loads that will stay outside for a long period. You can find more resources available at the Malpack Corp website.