Hand stretch film or hand stretch wrap are films designed specifically to be manually applied. It's also called manual pallet wrap and hand wrap. This type of film is traditionally used in lower capacity packaging operations.
It's important for you to always evaluate the efficiency of manual stretch wrap against the possible benefits of upgrading to machine film wrap equipment. AAA Polymer offers an expansive list of hand stretch films to meet virtually every application need. Continue reading to learn more about hand stretch films available at AAA Polymer.
As our best-selling, general purpose, hand-applied stretch film, this versatile film has unparalleled puncture and tear resistance with great cling, which makes it easy to use by both experienced and new employees.
We carry a litany of standard sizes and gauges in our inventory to ensure you receive your hand film as quickly as possible. As the simplest solution for all hand-wrapped application, the stretch and toughness of our Classic Blown film ensures enhanced protection for regular and hard-to-hold loads.
Applications of our Classic Brown Hand Film include:
Blown stretch wrap or blown stretch film is manufactured through a blown extrusion process that uses a vertical die. Considered the higher quality of film for load retention, it has a higher stretch capacity as well as a higher load capacity.
The most typical characteristics of blown stretch film are:
Blown hand stretch film may require significant force to load due to it naturally wanting to return to it's original size. However, once it is stretched, it's designed to stay tighter to the longer over longer periods of time.
As a tear resistant film, blown hand stretch film is excellent for wrapping loads with sharp edges. Blown film is most likely to be used in lower capacity packaging operations.
Cast film, cast stretch film, or cast stretch wrap is made with the process of cast extrusion and uses a horizontal die instead of the vertical die utilized in the blown process.
Cast film offers excellent clarity and optics as well as great tear resistance, which is ideal for maintaining load unionization when tearing is a possibility. Cast film also offers a consistent cling and thickness. Due to the quietness of unwinding cast film, it's preferred for several operations that use stretch wrap machines.
The most common characteristics of cast film are:
Cast stretch film is an ideal solution for securing loads with less fragile contents. With cling on both sides, cast film may stick to other pallets during transit. If this is a concern, AAA Polymer does offer one-sided cast stretch film for specific application needs.
Whether you choose cast hand stretch film or blown hand film depends on your application needs. Both cast hand stretch film and hand blown film are offered with two-sided cling. However, we do offer cast hand stretch film with one-sided cling.
As the tougher option, blown film has a much less chance of puncturing than cast film. This toughness is the result of the slower cooling process. Although blown film is stronger, cast film has a glossier, clearer finish. This transparency allows different types of scanning technology, such as RFID, to be used. In contrast, blown hand film is duller and hazier.
Use our simple blown hand stretch film vs cast hand stretch film comparison chart to guide you in the process:
|Cast Stretch Film||Blown Stretch Film|
|Film Memory||Minimal ability to return to original state after being stretched||Higher ability to return to original state after being stretched.|
|Visual Clarity||Extremely clear to make scanning and reading easy||Not crystal clear that can make scanning and reading harder|
|Gloss||Higher gloss that can create annoying reflections||Lower gloss and minimal reflections|
|Load Retention||Easily stretches - even after being applied which can result in shifting||Offers superior holding power. Will not re-stretch after being applied|
|Puncture Resistance||If stretched too much, standard tearing can occur||Offers most resistance to breakage and tears|
|Film Cling||Offered in two-sided cling, but you can order one-sided cling for specific needs.||Offered in two-sided cling|
|Unwind Noise||Extremely quiet on unroll||Noisier when releasing from roll|
When browsing through different types hand stretch film, it's most important to choose the best product for your application. The key factors to keep in mind include:
In addition, there are several other factors to consider, and the professionals at AAA Polymer can help. We will conduct a needs assessment to understand your business and suggest the best hand stretch or blown film for your business. Contact AAA Polymer today.