Stretch Wrap Film
Stretch Wrap Film- A plastic film used in industrial and commercial applications to stabilize, unitize, protect, identify, and conceal products. Many business owners from most industries across the globe used a stretch wrapping film for one or more of these purposes. Read: What is stretch film used for.
The name "stretch film" derives from the amount of stretch the film offers. The stretchability allows users to pull the film tightly around the products being wrapped.
Stretch wrap film is made from Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE) a polymer designed to offer puncture and tear resistance. Rising petroleum costs have forced stretch film manufactures to develop alternative resin mixtures to increase efficiency and reduce costs. Many of the alternatives developed accomplish the desired goal, reduced costs and increased efficiencies.
Below are two primary examples and explanations of the alternative films manufacturers are producing. More detailed information about the different varieties of film can be found in our Hand Stretch Wrap Differences blog post. We discuss in further detail the different stretch wrap films available.
Equivalent Stretch Wrap Film- Most all manufacturers are producing a form of equivalent stretch film. The equivalent stretch wrap is composed of a different resin mixture than traditional gauged film. The different resin mixture makes the film thinner, stronger, and stiffer.
The primary drawbacks of the equivalent stretch film is reduced tear and puncture resistance. The new equivalent films also not have the same amount of stretch a traditional gauged stretch film will. Because the film is thinner and is composed of a different resin, it is often much more affordable than a traditional gauged film.
Pre Stretch Wrap Film- This is a traditional gauged stretch film stretched up to 90% of maximum stretchability and then placed on a core. Traditional stretch film waste often comes from users not reaching the maximum amount of stretchability when applying the film. The pre stretch wrap allows users to reach maximum stretchability easier. This helps to reduce waste and lower costs.
The primary drawbacks of pre stretch film is the puncture and tear resistance and the strength. We often recommend a pre stretch wrap film for loads of 1500 lbs. and less. We also do not recommend pre stretch film for any loads with sharp edges.
The mentioned films above are the future of the stretch film industry. They offer savings and waste reduction for users around the world.
Specialty Stretch Wrap Film- We consider specialty stretch film anything other than a standard clear film. This includes colored film and any films with special inhibitors. We also consider any custom film lengths and widths to be a specialty stretch film. We offer a large selection of specialty stretch film. Below is a list of different specialty options that can be custom made or are stock items.
Colored Tinted Stretch Wrap Film- We offer and stock a large variety of color tinted stretch film. Below is a list of colors in stock.
Blue - Red - Green - Orange - Yellow - Pink - Purple
The color tinted film is a transparent stretch film. It will not conceal the load being wrapped. It is commonly used for color coding and presentation.
Opaque Stretch Wrap Film- The opaque stretch film is a colored stretch film commonly used to conceal loads. This helps to prevent theft and UV intrusion. Below are the colors offered for opaque stretch film.
Black - White
UVI Stretch Wrap Film- This is a inhibitor added to the stretch film of choice to protect the film from break down in UV light. This is a great option for any company storing and transporting products outdoors. This is a custom made product that is not in stock. Common lead times are approximately 2-3 weeks. One pallet minimum orders are required for this product.
Custom Printed Stretch Wrap Film- Our logo film is a custom ordered film printed with graphics of the customers choice. We have up to a three color option for logos and other prints. Most logo stretch film is printed on white opaque stretch film. The white film helps to make the logo stand out more. This is a custom order product with lead times typically ranging 2-4 weeks. There is a one pallet minimum for printed stretch film.
Anti Static Stretch Wrap Film- This is a stock item offered in a variety of sizes. Great for wrapping electronics or any flammable products or products sensitive to static electricity.