Stretch Wrap Film: The Ultimate Guide for Packaging | Vulcan Wire  
vulcanwire

Stretch Wrap Film: The Ultimate Guide for Packaging

June 4, 2019 | Vulcan, Inc.
Stretch Wrap Film: The Ultimate Guide for Packaging

To ship your products on a pallet, you will need a few different supplies. You’ll need a pallet, of course, along with boxes to contain the products and some banding to pull things together. Additionally, you will likely want to use stretch wrap to bundle the entire load together before it is sent on its way. Learn more about stretch wrap below, and place your order with Vulcan today.

Why Stretch Wrap?

There are a number of benefits to using stretch wrap film when palletizing products for shipment, including:

  • Hold everything together. The items you stack on a pallet should be nicely organized, and then held down with strapping. But they still might not be as stable as you would like for a long journey. By adding stretch wrap, you can apply gentle pressure all around the load to keep things nicely in place.
  • Reduce product loss. Items are far less likely to fall off of be stolen from the pallet if you use stretch wrap.
  • Arrive in better condition. You want to make sure your products are in the best possible condition when they get to their destination, and stretch wrap will help you meet that goal.

Wrapping Your Pallet

When first learning how to wrap a palletized load, be sure to start by wrapping the bottom of the load with several layers before working your way up. You want to keep the items on the bottom as secure as possible, since they are providing the foundation for the rest of the items above. Be generous with your layers of stretch film low on the load and gradually work up toward the top.

Pressure is Important

As you wrap, be sure to keep the film pulled tight. The goal, after all, is to apply some pressure to the load, and that is only going to happen if you maintain steady pressure as you work your way around the pallet. Pulling too hard could potentially cause the film to break, however, so practice until you get comfortable with applying just the right amount of pressure as you go.

The 50% Rule

You will need to overlap your layers to get optimal strength and performance out of your wrap. As a good rule of thumb, try to overlap your layers by roughly 50% on each pass, moving half of the width of the film up the load with each trip around. As mentioned above, you may want to apply a thicker wrap at the bottom of the load, so overlapping by more than 50% near the bottom is a good idea.

Consider Going Back Down

The job will not necessarily be done when you get to the top of the load. Sometimes, a single trip from bottom to top will be sufficient to secure your pallet. In other cases, however, you may want to go back down to the bottom after reaching the top—doubling up the wrap to secure things further. This will be a judgement call based on what you are shipping and how secure the load feels after your first layer is complete.

Trust Vulcan For Your Packaging Needs

To order the perfect stretch wrap film for your needs, please contact Vulcan Wire right away. We carry a variety of stretch wrap film options, including a selection of gauges and widths. We also carry a full range of other packaging supplies to meet your needs. Shop today!

Featured Posts

How to Use a Metal Strapping Tool

How to Use a Metal Strapping Tool

If your business doesn’t do the kind of high-volume banding that justifies the purchase of a baler, using a manual banding tool may be your best bet. These tools are...

Know More

Hospital Recycling Ideas & Tips to Reduce Waste

Hospital Recycling Ideas & Tips to Reduce Waste

Managing waste is one of the many challenges that hospitals face on a daily basis. Operating a hospital is similar to operating an entire city, only it’s contained in a...

Know More

Commercial Aluminum Can Recycling Tips

Commercial Aluminum Can Recycling Tips

If your business collects a large number of used aluminum cans through the course of operations, you’ll need a method for recycling those cans quickly and easily. This is a...

Know More

How to Choose the Right Baling Wire

How to Choose the Right Baling Wire

Within the category of baling wire, you will find an incredibly wide assortment of products. Just deciding to purchase some wire is not good enough. There are some specific features...

Know More

California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

California’s Mandatory Commercial Recycling Law

It should come as no surprise that commercial ventures generate most of the solid waste in the state of California, as well as throughout the rest of the country. The...

Know More

Stretch Wrap Film: The Ultimate Guide for Packaging

Stretch Wrap Film: The Ultimate Guide for Packaging

To ship your products on a pallet, you will need a few different supplies. You’ll need a pallet, of course, along with boxes to contain the products and some banding...

Know More

How to Make a Cardboard Bale

How to Make a Cardboard Bale

For a business that goes through a lot of cardboard on a day to day basis, baling that cardboard up for recycling is a common task. While experienced workers will...

Know More

Pallet Size Chart: Standard Sizes & Dimensions

Pallet Size Chart: Standard Sizes & Dimensions

To use freight shipping to distribute your product, you’ll likely need to pick out pallets that will serve as the platform for your shipments. Pallets are great for this purpose...

Know More

Air Freight Packaging Requirements

Air Freight Packaging Requirements

Many companies like to send their freight shipments via ground shipping. However, in some cases, it will be necessary to opt for air freight. This may be the better option...

Know More

The Importance of Wire Gauge

The Importance of Wire Gauge

When shopping for baling wire, gauge is one of the first specs you should consider. Of course, it’s a good idea to buy quality wire—such as that available from Vulcan...

Know More

Recent Posts

Search By Tags

auto tie balerzinc coated steel strapsteel strap salemetal strappingsteel price increasebeat the price increaseThe Trump administrationChina's increased steelcost-effective alternativessteel versus plasticcorrect size and lengthpackage dealssave on wirepin and clip wiresuspended ceiling wireICC Evaluation Service ApprovedAcoustical solutionsstrapping solutionspoly cordpoly cord strappingpallet strappallet bandingsave on packagingpackaging special offerfree toolmustache movembermustache movember shavingsfree packaging toolearmuffscreative baling wireChester GreenwoodChampion Ear Protectorsautomatic wirehorizontal balerdomestic polyester straplabor day salepolyester strap salewire salesteel strapsteel strap toolsealless toolzinc strapjuly 4th4th of julyhaywardbay area wirehayward historyhayward baling wirehayward manufacturerheart of the baypallet wrapbaler wirewire gaugewire manufacturerceiling wirestraight wiregalvanized wirehayward wirewire strengthdomestic wireimport wirerecycling industrystrengthen communityBundle uphappy holidayswire sizesbaling wire sizespolypropylene strappingpackaging salepackaging suppliessignode strappingpolyester strappingwoven polyester strappingcomposite polyester strappingstrapping toolsan francisco newslagunitas brewingheineken beerlocal newsnew Vulcan Wire productseptember salevulcan box wireblack annealed wireblack wirebailing wireamerican wiremade in americaautomatic baling wirebox wirewire manufacturing10 gauge wire11 gauge wire12 gauge wirewhere to buy baling wirehistory of vulcanGod of fireRoman god of firevulcan god of firevulcan godroman mythologytop 10 iconic american productsamerican productsacoustical ceiling wireceiling wire salesoft wirehanger wireAlice CombsAmerican madewarehouse warm upinjury preventionoffice stretchesguaranteed productstensile strengthtensile testbreak strengthguaranteed wirestretch wrapstretch filmplastic wrapshrink wrapload securingfifty shades of grey wirepresident lincolnuniversal lawsounce of preventionvulcan forecastvulcan holidayschristmasnew yearmaintenance suppliesthanksgiving dinnerthanksgiving pairingbeer pairingwine pairingsteelsteel strapping;packagingsteel bandingman of steelpalletizingforklift accidentswarehouse safetysustainabilityeco-friendlyrecycable conveniencevulcan wire sales officefoley street officevulcan incorporated officerecycle wirerecycle baling wirewire artbaling wire artwright brothersload securementwire manufacturer videobale ties videobaling wire videovulcan advantage videovulcan incorporated videovulcan wire videovulcan wirebaling wirestraight cut wirePhoto

icon1

Request for Quote

Request a quote today.

Let us know the wire or packaging supplies you need, and one of our experts will contact you with price and availability. We’ll also be happy to help discuss your needs with you, make product recommendations, and answer any of your questions.

Get A Quote

icon2

ORDER BY ELECTRONIC

DATA INTERCHANGE (EDI)

Send orders via EDI (SPS Commerce, Ariba, etc.) to the Vulcan corporate office.
Call or email for more details:
Tel. 510-887-2495
Contact Us

icon3

We support recyclers

Get the right size bale tie for your baler.

Not all bales are created equal. Some bales are big or small. Some bales expand or shrink. If you recycle paper, plastic, or metal, VULCAN WIRE will help you choose the appropriate gauge and length bale tie or auto tie wire specific to your baler needs. Call us today for a free quote.

icon4

Subscribe for Vulcan
updates and savings






Copyright © 2016, All rights reserved Vulcan Incorporated | Vulcan Wire

Designed & Developed by Futurism Technologies