Pallet wrap plays an important role in the packaging world. Wrapping products is a popular choice, as it is a fast and cost-effective solution to protect and transport goods.
Where to buy, and how to use Pallet Wrap
At Springpack, we sell an extensive range of pallet wrap, from heavy duty and pre-stretched, to tinted wrap. By choosing the right gauge of film, 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. Next working day delivery is also available on all orders placed before 2pm!
How to wrap a pallet correctly
Knowing how to wrap a pallet properly will greatly reduce the risk of damage during transit or in storage. To ensure your pallet is wrapped correctly, simply follow our tips:
- First, select a pallet that doesn’t have any broken boards, and is a similar size to the load you want to wrap.
- Stack the products as closely as possible. Also, ensure the weight distribution is evenly spread, with heavier items at the bottom, and lighter items towards the top.
- Attach the wrap by threading it through a corner of the pallet, and tying it until it’s fully secure.
- 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.
- Work your way up with the layers overlapping. Once you’ve reached the top, start wrapping back down so the load is stable.
- When the entire load is safely wrapped, tear the end off and either stick it, or tuck it under, the edge of the pallet.
- 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:
So, what is Pallet Wrap?
Pallet wrap is a highly stretchable film, which is also often referred to as ‘stretch film’ and ‘stretch wrap’. It is 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, product loss and tampering are reduced. Goods can also be protected against certain weather conditions, dust and light debris. Black or tinted stretch films are ideal for transporting goods that cannot be exposed to an excessive amount of sunlight. electronic items are a good example of where this would be used.
Versatile and highly durable, it is primarily used in factories, manufacturing and storage. It can 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 and shrink wraps are the most popular choices. Despite these types of wrapping having many differences, they are regularly confused.
- Pallet stretch 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. It offers protection from dust, moisture and UV. It is also a very adaptable, with a variety of films available for different applications and surfaces. Stretch is the more cost-effective choice too.
- Pallet shrink wrap is commonly made from polyolefin, and is covered loosely around a single product or small loads. It 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. This further reduces the risk of damage caused by moisture.
If you’re unsure on which type of product is right for you, our helpful team will be able to advise you on the best solutions. Simply give us a call on 01905 457 000 or send an e-mail to [email protected]
So, what is it made from?
Pallet wrap is a plastic film most commonly made from linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). The manufacturing process 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 by entering your postcode in the Recycle Now website.
How many pallets will a roll of shrink wrap cover?
We get asked this a lot. And it all depends on what you are wrapping – the size of the pallet, and the goods being wrapped. If the pallet height is short, you will use less wrap. If you happen to be wrapping a pallet that is already incredibly sturdy, again, you will use less wrap. We generally recommend conducting a free Packaging Audit, so we offer some hints and tips on reducing the amount of wrap you are using.
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