Signet’s pallet wrap guide – What you need to know

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Pallet wrap is a plastic film that protects and secures products to themselves or to a pallet for transport or storage purposes. As there are a variety of stretch films available, it can be overwhelming when deciding which one will be the most suitable for you.

Choosing the right pallet wrap before wrapping any pallet could assist you in creating time and cost savings further down the track.

Stretch film basics

The two most common types of pallet wrap are cast and blown wrap. Both types of wrap differ slightly in the production process, resulting in different wrap qualities.

Cast pallet wrap has a very clear and glossy finish, which allows numerous scanning technologies to be utilised for identification and documentation purposes during transport or storage.

Comparatively, the clarity of blown pallet wrap is low when it is layered, causing a haze, which limits the effectiveness of scanning technologies. Cast wrap makes minimal noise when used and has slightly more stretch than blown wrap. Blown wrap is noisy to unwind, due to its high tack, and has superior puncture resistance. Blown stretch film will seem tough and highly resistant when wrapping your goods and is usually the preferred choice when wrapping obscure, oddly shaped products.

We also offer several types of specialty films, which can be highly effective in specific circumstances. These include:

Applying your stretch film correctly

For optimal load stability and product protection, correctly applying your chosen wrap is vital.

Depending on the wrap you use, the amount of tension applied when wrapping the load will need to be adjusted accordingly. If the pallet wrap is not applied correctly, it could:

  • Re-stretch, potentially allowing products to move during transportation
  • Increase the risk of product damage, leading to additional time and costs to replace and return damaged goods

When film is applied manually, hand pallet wrappers or holders reduce the level of manual handling and limit the risk of potential injury. For warehouses that are wrapping high volumes of pallets, or businesses looking for ways to streamline their packaging processes, stretch wrap machines are an alternate application option. These machines can often reduce waste and increase efficiency and safety by providing improved security and consistency when wrapping loads.

It is crucial to recognise when it might be time to explore the potential benefits and cost savings offered by upgrading to a machine.

As every business is different, the perfect pallet wrap depends on individual needs, and the below questions should always be asked when making your decision:

  • What are the items you are wrapping, and are there different loads or are all your pallets the same?
  • Where is the pallet going or being stored when it leaves your warehouse? – The use of UV wrap or pallet caps might be necessary to further protect the products.
  • How is the pallet being transported?
  • How long will the pallet be stored for?
  • What is the frequency and volume of pallets being wrapped?

Wrapping things up

Poorly wrapped pallets are a costly mistake to fix, which is why it is so important to choose the right pallet wrap and application method. Considering the above factors is the first step to keeping your products securely wrapped up and arriving safely at their end destination.

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