Pallet wrap plays an important role in the packaging world. Wrapping products in pallet wrap is a popular packaging choice as it is a fast and cost-effective solution to protect and transport goods.
Where to buy Pallet Wrap
At Springpack Direct, we sell an extensive range of pallet wrap, from heavy duty pallet wrap and pre-stretched to tinted and light blow. By choosing the right gauge of film, the width and the thickness, it’s possible to securely wrap almost any weight, shape or size of a pallet. All of our pallet wrap is sold in boxes of six and available for next day delivery on all orders placed before 2pm so you can get your pallet wrap stretch film in no time!
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How to wrap a pallet correctly
Knowing how to wrap a pallet properly will greatly reduce the risk of damage while it’s being transported or in storage. To ensure your pallet is wrapped correctly follow our tips:
1. First, select a pallet that is in good shape, doesn’t have any broken boards, and is of a similar size to the load you want to wrap.
2. Stack the products as closely as possible so as not to loosen the wrap later on which will make the load unstable. Also, ensure the weight distribution is evenly spread, with heavier items at the bottom and lighter items towards the top.
3. Attach the wrap by threading it through a corner of the pallet and tying it until it’s fully secure.
4. Start wrapping around the base of the load, then wrap your way around at least 3 or 4 times, ensuring the corners are tightly wrapped.
5. Work your way up with the layers overlapping. Once you’ve reached the top start wrapping back down so the load is stable.
6. When the entire load is safely wrapped, tear the end off and either stick it to or tuck it under the edge of the pallet.
7. Upon completion, test the load for stability by lightly pushing the top items. If none of the items are loose or move then you can be sure the load is sturdy and won’t shift during transport.
Take a look at this video which shows how to wrap a pallet correctly:
What is Pallet Wrap?
Pallet wrap is a highly stretchable film, which is also often referred to as ‘stretch film’ and ‘stretch wrap’, most commonly used for wrapping around items on a pallet. The elastic recovery ensures the items are tightly bound and fully secured for transit.
By securing the load together with pallet wrap film, product loss and tampering are reduced and goods can be protected against certain weather conditions, dust and light debris. Black pallet wrap or tinted stretch films are ideal for transporting goods such as electronics that cannot be exposed to an excessive amount of sunlight.
Versatile and highly durable, pallet wrap is primarily used in factories, manufacturing and storage, although it is also used for many everyday items such as furniture, windows and food packaging.
What is the difference between Pallet Stretch Wrap and Pallet Shrink Wrap?
When it comes to finding the right solution to protect products while in transit stretch pallet wrap and shrink pallet wrap are the most popular choices. Despite these types of wrapping having many differences, they are regularly confused.
· Stretch pallet wrap has a strong elastic property and a two-sided cling so it can easily stick to itself. This type of wrap is ideal for holding large loads together on a pallet and protecting products from dust, moisture and UV. It is also a very adaptable packaging solution as there are a variety of films available for different applications and surfaces. Stretch pallet wrap is the more cost-effective choice, this is mainly because less equipment is required and the equipment that is needed isn’t as expensive.
· Shrink pallet wrap is commonly made from polyolefin and is covered loosely around a single product or small loads, which then shrinks tightly when heat is applied. This type of wrap is primarily used for covering food and protecting products from all types of weather and moisture as it sucks out the air. Shrink wrapping also has the capability to be ventilated if needed, making it more breathable and further reducing the risk of damage caused by moisture.
If you’re unsure on which type of pallet wrap is right for your products our helpful team will be able to advise you on the best solutions. Simply give us a call on 0800 651 0110 or send an email to [email protected].
What is Pallet Wrap made from?
Pallet wrap is a plastic film most commonly made from linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). The process of making the pallet wrap involves heating and compressing resin (the small pellets of plastic material) at the specific temperature according to the viscosity required. It is then pushed through an annular die to create a continuous layer of plastic. Other resins and additives can be included such as pigment, tackifier and UV resistance.
As mentioned, pallet wrap is made from LLDPE. As this is classed as category four in recycling programmes the material can be recycled, meaning you can reduce your business’s packaging wastage. Whilst it can’t be collected and recycled with hard plastics - due to the fact that it could easily get stuck in the equipment - it is accepted at collection points located in most major supermarkets if you are unable to re-use it.
To successfully recycle pallet wrap you must ensure it is clean, with no sticky labels present. You can find your closest recycling facility that accepts pallet wrap along with other types of soft plastic by entering your postcode in the Recycle Now website.
If you have any questions or need more information about our pallet wrap, give our friendly and knowledgeable team a call on 0800 651 0110 or send an email to [email protected], we’re always happy to help!
This article was written by Amy Francis, Marketing Manager at Springpack Direct.
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