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Atlantic Packaging > Consulting & Innovation > MUST Stretch Wrap Monitor

Load Containment Testing & Analysis

MUST Method

Atlantic’s MUST monitoring system helps you achieve significant cost savings on your stretch wrap application by gathering data on film usage and alerting pallet wrap operators when the film application is outside of the benchmarks. Less film is wasted and loads are wrapped consistently every time.

In addition to cost savings, you also benefit from the expertise of our stretch wrap technicians who can recommend the best film and the proper settings for every stretch film application. This means optimal load integrity with reduced loss and damage during shipping.

The MUST system can be retrofit onto any stretch wrapper available today so you can get the full value out of your existing equipment.

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Our MUST monitoring system is designed to audit and optimize stretch wrap usage to significantly reduce damage during shipping.


The monitoring response system alerts pallet wrap operators to changes in film usage, promoting consistency across all loads.


Optimized stretch film usage results in less wasted film and less plastic entering the waste stream for improved sustainability.


Once your stretch film application is benchmarked for optimal use, each load is wrapped at the precise setting needed for best performance.


The MUST monitoring system ensures that the right amount of film is used with the best application for reduced waste, optimal performance, and, ultimately, lower film costs.


Installing MUST on your stretch wrapper results in tremendous costs savings from significantly reduced product damage that would otherwise occur due to poorly wrapped loads.

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Load Containment Testing to Eliminate Damage


The MUST stretch wrap monitoring system has helped so many of our customers streamline their pallet wrapping operations by developing standards for film application (See: Beverage Industry).


These optimized standards are based on the expertise of our stretch film specialists and testing done in our Film Lab. After a careful audit, our experts recommend the precise film properties, amount of film, and film application that will result in the best possible performance for your usage.


With the benchmark settings determined for your stretch film application, our team installs the MUST system onto your new or existing machine.

The system monitors every load that is wrapped on a given stretch wrapper, and the amount of film applied to a load is recorded and graphed in real-time. MUST Monitoring gives pallet wrap operators the necessary tool to ensure that no load ever leaves their facility with improper stretch film application.


Load consistency helps to reduce variability and waste with stretch film application.


Without benchmark settings and monitoring of load consistency, there is potential for over application of stretch film which drives costs up (See our Case Studies here).

There is also the potential for under application of film which can result in load failures and costly damage. It is nearly impossible to detect consistency and load percentages simply by looking at the wrap pattern.

The MUST monitoring system protects the pallet wrapping operation from variations resulting from day to day operator changes or film carriage performance that might cause deviations from the optimal wrap pattern settings. It does this by tracking film usage and alerting the operator when the stretch wrapper is operating outside of the benchmark settings.

The true value of the MUST system is that it identifies variations in film usage and application, then initiates a response to resolve the problem.


In a time when all businesses are seeking measures to improve their sustainability, Atlantic delivers a tool that tracks stretch film usage to help operators maintain optimal performance. Use of the MUST tracking devise results in significant reductions in wasted film, eliminating substantial amounts of plastic from entering the waste stream.

When businesses can improve their sustainability, they limit their impact on the environment and slash material costs, resulting in higher profits and a more environmentally friendly footprint.


As optimal pre stretch percentages degrade on a stretch wrapper over time, there has been no way to measure this issue without physical testing. These subpar conditions can exist for long periods of time before they are corrected.

But with the MUST Monitoring System, every load that is wrapped on a given stretch wrapper is tracked. The amount of film applied to the load is recorded and graphed in real time.

If the load is wrapped out of the engineered benchmark, production knows immediately and can make the necessary adjustments.

MUST promotes maximum load integrity through real time data and alerts. With this system in place, there is no longer any reason for a load to leave the facility without optimal wrapping for best protection of the product through transit and storage.


An important benefit to customers utilizing the MUST stretch wrap monitoring system is the significant reduction in costs associated with pallet wrapping.

MUST ensures that our customers gain control over their material costs. Less film goes to waste due to load consistency while damage and loss during transport are virtually eliminated due to load integrity with each application.

MUST ends the unknown when it comes to stretch wrap applications. It reveals the true unit cost of every pallet wrapped.


One of the most important benefits of installing the MUST stretch wrap monitoring system is the tremendous costs savings that you can incur by virtually eliminating damage during transit that would otherwise occur with an improperly wrapped pallet.

Unsaleables account for $2.6 billion annually among U.S. manufacturers. Use of the MUST monitoring system, in conjunction with matching the proper film to the specific application through our Film Lab, seeks to significantly reduce the amount of unsaleables that can occur due to product damage during shipping.

The system does this by alerting the operators of the stretch wrap machines any time there are variations in film usage and application from the set benchmarks.


According to the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the trend in reduced packaging we’ve seen over the last decade will continue, creating greater potential for unstable, difficult-to-contain loads.

Now more than ever, the importance of containing a load with the best possible films and the best possible prestretch settings and wrap patterns is critical. MUST helps ensure that these settings remain consistent for every load wrapped in order to achieve the optimal safety of the products during transit. Install MUST and be confident that your products will reach their destination safely.


“The MUST Monitoring System allows the customer to utilize performance grade stretch films properly, resulting in load containment and reduction in break, damage, and loss.”

Kyle Pischel

MUST Technical Director