Common Misconceptions about Shrink Wrapping 

Shrink wrapping for pallets is used to protect the loads and secure them for storage and shipment. The pallet shrink wrapping allows one to unitize boxes of items, and it can be used with all sorts of shapes, load sizes, and even products too. 

The problem with this is that this is something that people have incorrect, and here, we’ll listen to a few misunderstandings that come with shrink wrapping, and how this material works. 

It Shrinks 

This shrink wrapping seems to shrink when this is applied to the boxes.  This is something that is different from regular shrink wrapping. This is because propane guns that have heat are used to apply the heat to these materials.  This is also available in different sizes, in order to fit the pallets and their loads. Polyethylene is also something that’s commonly used in shrink wrapping for pallets. 

Shrink wrapping is also known as stretch film by some. This is not the same.  Stretch film is something that’s thinner than a palletized shrink wrapping that uses heat. Stretch film is definitely available in different machines and hand rolls. Whenever the material is then dispensed from this roll, it essentially gets stretched out, and they will wrap this around the load, in order to hold all of this together.  This definitely pulls a more outer protection and will unitize these loads.  It’s important to wrap the products that are around the product as well. 

With a lot of bumps and road conditions being finicky, it’s important to unitize the loads, shifting it off pallets during the transport. This material stretching does reduce waste too, and they are capable of stretching with hundreds of percent of size growth. 

It’s Like Food Wrapping 

Not necessarily. 

Pallet wrapping does have a bit of cling on a singular side, and possibly two of them, but it’s far different from food wrapping. This cling is seen on one side, in order to get the pallet to shrink the film to itself. 

Pallet shrink wrapping is also made with some LLDPE and additives added. These are called plasticizers, and it also makes the material more stretchable and flexible. 

Food clinging wrap is made from different kinds of materials, and also has fewer stretch capabilities than regular food wrapping there. 

Food cling is made from a more PVC type of material, and it’s far thinner than most wrapping films too. Wrapping, along with securing loads with some cling wrap is definitely not an effective way to utilize resources, and also is a good way to wrap the pallets. 

It’s Food-Safe 

Food safe stretch wrapping doesn’t exist.  It’s not safe for food contact, unless it’s stated on this.

Most of this stretch wrapping is not made from food products. Some of these unique wrappings and other items aren’t food safe, and they need to have explicit details before you use this with food. 

Foods in containers and boxes, however, are a different story, but it definitely can be wrapped with pallet wrapping. This wrapping doesn’t need to cause condensation either if you put this in cold storage, and that of course, it won’t cause spoilage and mold. 

Pallet Wrapping can be Used without Stretching 

Most of the pre stretched film is in a roll, already stretched up to about ninety percent, and it doesn’t require much stretching and pulling during an application process. It’s great for uniform loads, as they can make sure that this is something that’s good for holding items. Taking the right measures for pallet wrapping is important, and here, we went over all of the aspects of this, and misconception.