Stretch Netting

stretch wrapStretch wrap is most commonly used to wrap pallets and secure items together as one bulk shipment. However, many different industries use various types of stretch wrap to meet their needs. One popular kind of film is stretch netting, which is lightweight stretch wrap manufactured with little holes for ventilation. This is widely used to protect flowers, produce, dairy, meat, lumber, and many other products across an array of industries. Stretch netting is made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and has a standard strength of 140lbs. Companies use this type of stretch wrap primarily if they face problems with condensation causing the product(s) to spoil. For instance, some products are boxed and palletized while they are still warm, so this gives moisture time to collect on the inside of the cling film and eventually deteriorates the boxes and sometimes damages the goods themselves. Condensation also causes other problems such as rust on tins and caps, discoloration of packaging and labels, and impaired performance of glues. Due to its well-vented makeup, this stretch wrap also shortens freezing and defreezing time because the moisture can escape faster and products are subject to an even cooling process. In addition to eliminating condensation and allowing frozen products to evenly thaw, stretch netting maintains the freshness of perishable products by providing optimal air circulation (mainly for plants and produce).

stretch wrapVery similar to netting is a specific type of stretch wrap called Air Flow. Air flow is a die cut pallet wrap that services the agricultural, industrial, and manufacturing industries. Just like the stretch netting, Air Flow releases condensation from the pallet, reduces spoilage, and evenly cools products wrapped in the film. This wrapping is recyclable and requires less landfill space, reducing your company’s waste output. Air Flow is practical for any business, saving labor time and effort by its quick and easy installation. The film works on conventional stretch wrap machines, never has to be tied off, and only requires one person to apply.

The next time you need to ship an item that requires air ventilation to either preserve its freshness or prevent it from spoiling, consider stretch netting as an alternative. This stretch wrap netting is extremely efficient, cost effective, and ensures that no internal heat will materialize. This product is available upon request at a competitive price at TOTALPACK. Just call 305-597-9955 today!

Preventive Measures Meet Advertising Methods

stretch wrapFor any manufacturer or distributor, safety and promotion are highly valuable to your company. If you are shipping bundles of packages to one place, the appropriate tool to use is stretch wrap/stretch film to enclose the packages together. Stretch wrap is used to surround large bundles of packages to prevent the boxes from shifting and to ensure they will arrive at their final destination in one piece. Securing these bulky bundles with stretch wrap can be time consuming but it is crucial that this process is done correctly. When applying the film, make sure that there is an even amount of film on the top, middle, and bottom of the bundle. If the balance is off, this could cause the unit to become top heavy or lose support from its base. Boxes that are packed into these bunches usually have assigned numbers so whoever is dismantling the load can note all the boxes arrived safely. This process typically works just fine, but stretch wrap is easy to cut through with any sharp object. This means that even though your packages are together, someone can use scissors or a box cutter to break the seal and then have access to your merchandise.

How can you prevent this from happening? The answer is printed stretch wrap. You can order customized stretch wrap with your brand or logo to create both added safety and an extra promotional tool. By using printed stretch wrap, the odds of someone tampering with your packages will dramatically decrease. This is because once the film is sliced and opened, the individual cannot replace it with any other film and the receiver will know it has been meddled with. Not only does customized stretch wrap offer this great, added security feature but it also provides your company with free advertising. If you are already spending the money on stretch wrap, why not spend a little more to customize it with your brand? Large-bundled packages come into contact with numerous individuals each day, so take advantage of this opportunity!

All it takes is one person to take a second look at the bundle, remember your company’s name, and before you know it you have a new paying customer! Consider this special stretch wrap option when ordering new supplies. If a safety feature can also serve as free advertising space, why not try it out?!

Getting the Most From Your Stretch Film

stretch filmAs shippers focus on taking costs out of their supply chains and reducing the amount of material that goes to the landfill, they are also taking packaging material out of their loads. “The corrugated is thinner, we’re taking product out of cases and putting it in trays, or in some cases, the primary package is now supporting the load,” says Jim Lancaster, president and CEO of Lantech, the maker of stretch film systems. “At the same time, they’re not thinking about the secondary package, such as the stretch wrap. That’s when they end up with damage.” Lancaster says shippers can no longer look at just their pallet – or the stretch film going on their load – in isolation. They have to understand the eco-system in which the unit load will operate, and the biggest impact on that today is sustainability. Paper towels and bottled water are two examples of products whose shipping methods have been modified to fit this sustainable mold. They both used to be shipped in cartons and now they’re just stretch-wrapped to a pallet. Bottled water has especially been affected by this change; the bottles themselves are manufactured from a thinner gauge plastic and are assembled with smaller screw tops.

So how do you wrap a load so that it arrives at its destination in the same way it left the factory? Here are several tips Lancaster shared that Lantech defines as lean wrap:

Focus on containment force, not the gauge of the stretch film: Containment force is a function of the amount of force applied as the load is rotated and the number of layers of film. (Ten wraps of a thick film provide the same containment force as 20 wraps of a proportionately thinner film if both are applied with the same force.)

Create a uniform wrap: Some customers mistakenly believe that putting more film at the top and bottom of the loads, then skimping in the middle will hold an unstable or top heavy load in place. As packaging moves in moving trucks, the stretch film shifts from vibration, exposing the weakest point and causing the seal to fail. For this reason, Lancaster suggests that shippers uniformly distribute the film around the load.

Tuck in your tails: Have you ever tripped over your own untied shoelaces? There’s a similar consequence when it comes to stretch film, which is the tail of film that’s left after wrapping a load. Make sure then that you tuck in your tail. Not only does this not look professional, but the tail can get stuck under a forklift or in a conveyor roller and cause your package serious damage.

Attach the unit load to the pallet: If the stretch film does not lock the load to the pallet, it can vibrate off the edge. Past incline tests show that when the bottom 20% to 30% of the web of film is rolled into a cable just above the fork opening, there is a dramatic improvement in load performance.

Although it is important for a company to practice eco-friendly measures, it is also imperative not to skimp out on important packaging procedures for the sake of its sustainability goals. In the end, if your package is not delivered in one piece, your customers are not going to care if you are an environmentally friendly business or not.