One of the unique things about stretch film is that you can apply a pound of film or 4 ounces of film to a load and it looks exactly the same. Stretch Film University reveals the differences in film application and educates on proper application for best performance and lowest cost.- Stewart Whitmire
REDUCE PALLET DAMAGE WITH BETTER STRETCH WRAP METHODS
Many manufacturing companies turn to us after experiencing repeated product damage and load failure from their existing pallet wrap setup. They need a solution to eliminate this damage and reign in expensive losses. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) estimates that pallet damage accounts for over $2.6 billion in losses each year.
It is a myth that simply adding more stretch wrap to a pallet will better protect the product. Typically, adding more stretch wrap with the same wrap pattern and equipment settings already in use will only add to the cost of packaging and will not reduce potential damage caused by braking, accelerating, cornering, and other maneuvers that occur in transit.
Atlantic’s Stretch Film University seeks to show our customers first-hand the elements of a properly wrapped pallet and the overall effect this can have on reducing damage and saving costs.
HANDS-ON TRAINING FOR OPTIMAL STRETCH WRAP PERFORMANCE
Stretch Film University is our way of passing along the film knowledge and data that we’ve gathered through extensive research in our Film Lab over a multitude of applications.
We welcome maintenance personnel, machine operators, quality inspectors, and management to take our training and better understand the significance of optimal stretch wrap methods and the impact this can have on damage reduction and increased revenue.
Consider 2 pallets wrapped in stretch film each with the same type of film. Would you be able to tell the difference in the stretch wrapping method by simply looking at them?
It’s not unusual for the pallet that is better wrapped to actually cost less. Consistency in material usage, wrap pattern, and equipment settings results in a more efficient process, less material and waste, and greater cost savings.
MODERN PACKAGING CHALLENGES
MODERN PACKAGING DEMANDS BETTER STRETCH APPLICATION
Reduction in plastics and other materials for packaging over the last decade means there are greater demands on pallet wrapping to protect products during transit. Elements of prestretch, secondary stretch, wrap pattern, and overlap are all essential to achieve the desired containment force that dictates how well the film can protect the product.
Through demonstrations and hands-on testing at the Atlantic Stretch Film University, we help you understand how all the elements of stretch wrap application contribute to the best possible pallet wrapping method for a particular use.
TOPICS COVERED IN STRETCH FILM UNIVERSITY
We cover topics that range from the foundations of stretch film and film properties, to measuring containment force, comparing films, and the best practices in stretch wrapping. Below are a few of the specific topics you can expect to learn about at Stretch Film University.
- Forces at Work
- Preventative Forces
- Stretch Explained
- Compression Force
- Stretch Resistance
- Containment Force
- How to Measure Containment Force
- Atlantic’s Stretch Methodology
Meet the experts involved in Stretch Film University, including Stewart Whitmire, Kyle Pischel, and John Cook as well as our resident stretch wrapping technicians Bruce Laughter and Ken Fields on our Experts page.