B2B Industrial Packaging’s New Stretch Film Selection Tips

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B2B Industrial Packaging has four tips for choosing among the latest and greatest next gen stretch films--including one easy way to determine the best value.

B2B Industrial Packaging

Mike Theriault, President & CEO B2B Industrial Packaging

In comparison to the cost of the loads it protects, stretch film is a relatively small expense that serves as a safeguard against major loss.

According to B2B Industrial Packaging, stretch film selection is based on finding one that fits the organization’s specific needs without paying for unneeded properties. Since all films are sold by the pound, high-performance film generally ends up costing less overall because the film’s light weight offsets the higher price per pound. Beyond this there are 4 basic considerations:
1. Standard or High Performance: This is by far the most important consideration. Much of the decision will be based on price, but it needs to be tempered by the requirements of the job.

2. Hand Film or Machine Film: The general rule is that if the user is wrapping 15 or more loads per day, it’s more cost-effective to use a stretch film machine than to wrap by hand. Hand-held dispensers can be as inexpensive as a few dollars while fully-automatic wrappers run well into the 1,000s of dollars. However, if the daily output of wrapped loads is high enough, a stretch wrapper can end up paying for itself.

3. Blown Film or Cast Film: There are two basic methods of manufacturing stretch film. Blown film is generally stronger and more forgiving than cast. Characteristics are: superior strength, stretch, film memory, and puncture resistance; but poor clarity and very noisy unwind. It has the superior strength to accommodate irregular loads. Cast film is less expensive, but inferior to blown in important areas, including strength and stretch. Typical characteristics of cast stretch films are: clarity, high gloss, quiet unwind, consistent cling and consistent film thickness.

4. Standard or Pre-Stretched: Pre-stretched film is stretched close to its ultimate breakpoint at the factory and then wound onto rolls. This means the film doesn't require nearly as much physical energy to apply as standard stretch film. This is the main reason that pre-stretched films are popular for hand wrapping. It creates the same load stability as machine applications with less product, less physical energy, and greater control.

In addition to these four considerations, there are a few specialty qualities that are very beneficial for some applications:

  •     Ventilated: Common applications include anything that needs heat and moisture to vent in order to avoid spoilage, such as produce and other food products.
  •     Colored/Printed: Using stretch film in a variety of colors or that is printed, makes it easier to identify products and spot tampering. It’s also great for product coding and dating.
  •     Bundling Film: This comes in narrow widths and replaces tape and string. It’s best for packaging small items together.
  •     VCI: Vapor-corrosion-inhibiting stretch film blocks moisture and contaminants, thus preventing rust and corrosion. It’s excellent for products that come into contact with water and humidity.
  •     UVI: Users that store loaded pallets outside for any length of time will need an ultraviolet inhibiting film. However, UVI films vary in how long they will provide protection.

“This is basically what businesses need to know in order to choose stretch film,” explained Mike Theriault, president and CEO of B2B Industrial Packaging. “But it’s still a good idea to look for a stretch film distributor with the expertise to give decision-makers the confidence that they are ordering the correct material. In comparison to the cost of the loads it protects, stretch film is a relatively small expense that serves as a safeguard against major loss.”

Servicing more than 4,000 active clients, B2B Industrial Packaging sells a variety of packaging supplies including strapping and stretch wrap to clients primarily in the Central Great Lakes, California, Texas and North Carolina. B2B Industrial Packaging is unique in that it also operates a strapping tool repair facility that services the entire U.S. To contact B2B Industrial Packaging, call 1-877-222-5747 or visit http://www.B2BInd.com.

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About B2B Industrial Packaging LLC (http://www.B2Bind.com)
Servicing more than 4,000 active clients, B2B Industrial Packaging sells a variety of packaging supplies including steel strapping, polyester strapping, stretch wrap, edge board, and fasteners. B2B Industrial serves clients primarily in the Central Great Lakes, California, Texas and North Carolina, and operates a strapping tool repair facility that services the entire U.S. To contact B2B Industrial Packaging, call 1-800-413-2463 or visit http://www.B2BInd.com.

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B2B Industrial Packaging™ is a trademark of B2B Industries. All other company and product names may be trademarks of respective companies with which they are associated.

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