Before You Buy: Important Tips for Selecting Stretch Film

Before buying your next roll of stretch film (aka stretch wrap), it’s important to consider several factors to ensure you choose the right product for your specific needs. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  1. Purpose and Application: Understand the intended use of the stretch wrap. Whether it’s for pallet wrapping, bundling smaller items, or securing loads during transportation, the application will dictate the type and specifications of the stretch film required.
  2. Type of Load: Consider the characteristics of the load being wrapped, such as its weight, shape, and fragility. Heavy, irregularly shaped, or fragile loads may require a stronger and more durable stretch film.
  3. Film Thickness: The thickness of stretch film is measured in gauge or microns. Thicker films offer greater puncture resistance and load stability but may be more expensive. Choose the appropriate thickness based on the weight and nature of your loads.
  4. Stretchability: Look for stretch films with good elongation properties. Films with higher stretchability can cover more area with less material, providing better load containment and cost-effectiveness.
  5. Compatibility: Ensure that the stretch film is compatible with your packaging equipment, whether it’s manual dispensers, semi-automatic machines, or fully automatic wrapping systems.
  6. Clarity and Transparency: If visibility of the wrapped goods is important, opt for clear or transparent stretch film. This allows for easy identification of products and barcode scanning.
  7. Adhesive Properties: Some stretch films come with built-in adhesive, known as cling films, which help the film adhere tightly to the load without the need for additional tape or heat sealing.
  8. Environmental Considerations: If sustainability is a concern, look for stretch wrap made from recyclable materials or those that can be easily disposed of without harming the environment.
  9. Cost and Value: While price is important, it’s also crucial to consider the overall value the stretch wrap provides. Cheaper options may save money upfront but could result in higher costs due to increased product damage or the need for additional layers. Also, be aware that sometimes a lighter gauge will weigh less yet cost more per roll. 
  10. Customer Reviews and Recommendations: Before making a purchase, it’s a good idea to speak with your distributor to ensure you’re choosing a reliable and high-quality stretch film product.

By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision. 

Whatever your stretch film or packaging needs, we’re here for you with that personal touch that’s kept our customers happy for over 90 years. Call Arnold Packaging today at 855-276-6537 or submit a quick form and we’ll get right back to you.

Laura Cadden
Arnold Packaging
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