STRETCH FILM NOTES

Stretch film is a highly stretchable plastic film that is wrapped around items. The elastic recovery keeps the items tightly bound.  It is frequently used to unitize pallet loads but also may be used for bundling smaller items. Types of stretch film include, hand stretch film, and machine stretch film.

There are two methods of producing stretch film:

In pallets unitizing stretch film can have several functions:

Making sure boxes stay on the pallet and properly aligned is an important consideration in warehouse distribution, especially as the demands for increased throughput continues to rise.

 

Applications

 Manual (or Hand) Wrappers

Typical Manual Stretch Wrapper:

 

 

 

 

Semi-Automatic Wrappers

 Typical Semi-Automatic Turntable Stretch Wrapper:

 

 

 

 

 

Automatic Wrappers

Typical Fully Automatic Rotational Arm Stretch Wrapper:

 

 

 

 

 

Automatic wrappers are generally a variant of a semi-automatic system. Automatic wrappers include a conveyor system to automatically load the wrapping machine and automatic systems to apply, seal, and cut the film.