Stretch Film Terms & What They Mean

If your company uses shrink-wrap machinery or pallet wrappers, you should ensure that you hold as much knowledge about your machines and their components as possible. This will allow you to ensure that you are getting the most out of them at all times!

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Not only is important that you understand all of the terminology and buzzwords surrounding your machinery but it is also important for you to understand the different types of stretch film and terminology regarding stretch film, and this is what we are going to be discussing today. If you want to learn what the most commonly used stretch film terms mean, keep in reading at your peril…

Common stretch film terms

Blown stretch film – Blown stretch film is stretch film that is derived from the blown extrusion process and boasts greater puncture resistance.

Bottom wraps – Bottom wraps are the wraps in which shrink wrap machines use to apply film to the bottom section of a load, used to form a strong bottom wrap to ensure stability through transportation and handling.

Cast stretch film – Cast stretch film is stretch film made from the cast extrusion process and is one of the most popular stretch films available due to its affordability.

Cling – Cling is as material that is often used within stretch films – Many films have one side cling and some have both sides cling.

Co-extrusion – Co-extrusion refers to the process of extruding two or more materials through a single die in order to enable two or more materials to merge together.

Dart drop – ‘Dart drop’ is a commonly used test used within the shrink warp industry, used to measure puncture strength of stretch film. It is carried out by dropping a semi-circular shaped object onto the stretch film.

Elastic recovery – Elastic recovery is a term that is used within the shrink wrap industry to describe the ability of a stretch film to recover to its original shape after being stretched

These are only some of the terms related to stretch film too – If you would like more information or are wondering what any other terms used to describe stretch film mean, do not hesitate to contact your local shrink wrap supplier today who will not doubt be delighted to assist you further.

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