Simple Guide to Choosing the Best Machine Stretch Film

Simple Guide to Choosing the Best Machine Stretch Film

By Michael Kralstein | Stretch Wrap

Jan 31

Machine stretch film is designed to be applied with a stretch wrap machine. Machine stretch film provides a range of advantages over hand stretch film, including

  • Reduced packaging materials cost,
  • Faster and more efficient packaging,
  • Wrapping of more secure loads,
  • Safer stretch film application, and more.

In the machine stretch film world, the farther your load will travel and the heavier it is — the more machine stretch film you’ll need. With this in mind, it’s important to choose the best machine stretch film for your specific application.

Fortunately, you don‘t have to do it alone. The experts at AAA Polymer offer decades of experience helping warehouses and distribution centers choose the most effective and cost-efficient solution. Continue reading to learn more about the different types of machine stretch film and other considerations you should include when choosing a machine stretch film.

What Is Blown Machine Stretch Film?

Created through a process of blown extrusion, blown machine stretch film is designed to be more tear resistant, resilient, and tougher than other types of film. These features are uniquely vital whenever you’re wrapping loads with sharp edges that could possibly tear through thinner films.

Blown machine stretch film also boasts a higher degree of memory after it has been stretched. This means your wrapped packages are much more likely to remain secured through transit and not shift. While blown machine stretch film has a higher tear resistance and is tougher, this film is noisier on the unwind and can appear relatively hazy.

What Is Cast Machine Stretch Film?

Cast machine film or cast machine wrap is engineered through a process called cast extrusion. Unlike blown machine stretch film, cast films are very clear and have exceptional clarity. This clarity allows you to quickly identify and see any products you may have wrapped underneath. While cast machine film is clearer, it doesn’t have the strength or tear resistance of blown machine stretch film.

What Is Machine Specialty Stretch Film?

If your business has very unique or specific packaging needs that general purpose wraps fail to accommodate, machine specialty stretch film may offer the most viable solution. Two of the most common machine specialty stretch films are custom colored stretch film and UV stabilized stretch films.

As the name suggests, custom colored machine stretch films are transparent films available in a range of transparent colors. This means you can easily see through it — even after many revolutions. UV stabilized machine stretch film is engineered to deliver weathering resistance and radiation absorption to reduce the harmful effects of UV radiation on the wrapped load.

How to Choose the Right Machine Stretch Film for Your Load?

When choosing the best machine stretch film, it’s vital you always base your decision on the specific application. Because there are no one-size-fits-all films, AAA Polymer will work to evaluate your needs on a case-by-case basis. In the process, we’ll always pay attention to a specific set of machine stretch wrap factors:

  • The price of the machine stretch film
  • The size and type of load you’ll typically wrap
  • Whether your loads have any special requirements, such as RFID tags, light sensitive materials, etc.
  • Where your pallet is being shipped
  • The weight of the load being wrapped

At AAA Polymer, we’ll help you confidently answer all of the questions and guide you to the machine stretch film best suited to meet your application needs. At the same time, we’ll provide the solutions, so you can confidently know your employees are using the right amount of machine stretch wrap to achieve the protection and stability your load commands.

Contact AAA Polymer for Machine Stretch Film

Since 1974, AAA Polymer has been a leader in the space — providing a vast range of different machine stretch films and wraps across virtually all industries. However, we don’t only sell machine stretch films. Instead, we deliver comprehensive solutions based on your facility’s usage and goals. Because there are no one-size-fits-all solutions, we’ll work closely with you to deliver a solution that saves you money and increases efficiency.

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About the Author

Michael Kralstein started working in sales full time for AAA Polymer in February 2000. In 2006, he became the Sales Manager of our can liner division. He currently manages all aspects related to can liners.

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