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Strapping, wrapping and hooding systems

Stretch Film

Gordian stocks a variety of stretch films for different applications and industry sectors. We supply Hand Films and also Machine Films which are compatible with our range of Turntable, Rotary Arm, Horizontal and Ring Wrappers. Our stretch wrap is of the highest quality meaning that our customers benefit from less machine downtime and a properly secured product.

Free Packaging Audit

We understand that every customer is different. We work with our customers to identify the best value solution with the aim of reducing the quantity of packaging used wherever possible. This in turn reduces recycling related taxes and has a positive effect on the environment. We can also help identify whether your existing stretch wrapper is performing satisfactorily. Efficient pre-stretching is essential to ensure that the film exerts the correct tension to secure your product during transit. If your machine is not stretching effectively, you will be using more film than required and your film costs will be higher than they need to be. 

What is Stretch Film?

A multi-layer polymer film which is applied in overlapping wraps around boxed and/or palletized goods. As it is being applied, the film is stretched, thereby drawing the items together and stabilizing them. Stretch Film provides protection from dust and the elements and consolidates several items into one securely wrapped consignment.

Hand Stretch Film

A blown film, which is tacky on both sides, effectively sticking to itself when applied.  It is typically used in lower capacity packaging operations and cold storage due to moisture in the air allows more tack. Our hand film is supplied with extended cores meaning the film can be applied by hand without the need for a dispenser. Customers might be able to reduce costs by upgrading to a stretch wrapping machine.  Hand Stretch Film is also known as hand film, hand pallet wrap, hand wrap, hand stretch wrap, manual pallet wrap).

 View our Hand Stretch Film Range.

Machine Stretch Film

A cast, co-extruded film, specially designed for use with stretch wrap machines. The film clings to itself without adhesive additives. Available for Core Break and for Power Pre-Stretch machines. The latter use a special grade of film that can be stretched up to 300% depending on film thickness, application and equipment. Stretching the film exerts a higher force on the load, providing more stability and lower packaging costs per pallet. Machine Stretch Film is also known as machine film, machine pallet wrap, machine wrap, machine stretch wrap).

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Advantages of Machine Wrapping compared to Hand Wrapping: 

  • Faster and more efficient packaging
  • Enhanced load safety and security
  • Reduced packaging material costs
  • Safer application
  • Minimise RSI injuries

Selecting the right Machine Stretch Film

1. Product

> Product lighter loads require a lower gauge of film to avoid being damaged

> Heavier goods can withstand the compression of higher gauge films

> The weight of the load and the uniformity of its outer surface are also important factors to consider.

2. Equipment

> The type of machine you are using or considering purchasing will help determine which film you need

> Higher gauges were once essential for power pre-machines

> Modern pre-stretch films are thinner, sturdier and can be stretched further without compromising on strength.

3. Film Gauge

> Common stretch film gauges range from 15µm to 30µm.

> Load type, weight and height are key factors when selecting film gauge

> As pre-stretch increases, it is essential that film strength is not compromised.

> Light gauges make good dust covers for already secure/strapped loads

> Heavy gauges are necessary for loads requiring high securement.

4. Shipping

> Handling and shipping conditions should be taken into account when selecting machine film

> Our sales team are ready to advise you on which type of film is best suited to your requirements.

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You might also be interested in our Turntable Stretch Wrappers , Rotary Arm Stretch Wrappers, Horizontal Stretch Wrappers, Ring Wrappers, Stretch Hooders.

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