If you’ve been wondering about the benefits of pre-stretched film, it’s time for you learn how it can affect your packaging operations. Those who frequently stretch wrap pallets or unitized loads can greatly benefit from switching to pre-stretched film, especially if your stretch wrap is applied by hand. Pre-stretched film improves performance, reduces worker fatigue, and offers incredible cost savings. Let’s dive deeper into what pre-stretched film can do.

Before we continue highlighting the remarkable benefits of pre-stretched film, we wanted to make sure you know exactly what it is. Pre-stretched film is plastic film that has been stretched close it the ultimate breaking point before it’s wound onto a core.

To stretch the film, manufacturers place the film on two rollers. One of the rollers will rotate faster and pull the film from the other roller to elongate it. Once the film has been stretched to the proper amount, it’s fed through the system and rewound onto a new core. Overall, the weight of the finished roll is lighter than traditional film, which makes it easier to work with.

This process of stretching the film is what gives it unique qualities compared to traditional stretch wrap. Now let’s talk about some of the benefits that pre-stretch film provides.

Pre-Stretched Film Provides Cost Savings

The most appealing benefit of pre-stretched film is the possible cost savings. Every packaging company wants to reduce costs and switching to pre-stretched film is one of the easiest ways to see an increase in your bottom line.

Pre-stretched film provides high cost savings by reducing the amount of material needed to wrap a pallet. Once the film is stretched, it will attempt to return back to its original state, which is known as film recovery. The higher the film recovery, the tighter and more secure your load will be. Pallets wrapped with traditional film must be hand-stretched prior to the application, and often the film is never stretched far enough to reap the full benefits of the film recovery. Pre-stretched film is carefully stretched to the ideal point where film recovery is at an optimal level.

Pre-stretched film is also thinner than traditional film, which allows you to wrap pallets effectively with less film. By using less film, you’re able to reduce your consumption of materials, and therefore, reduce your costs.  In most cases, switching to pre-stretched film can provide anywhere from 25 to 40 percent in cost savings.

Pre-Stretched Film Requires Less Effort

Employees who work with stretch wrap film have been plagued by the challenges associated with applying it for quite some time. With traditional stretch film, this process is much more difficult because the film has to be stretched before application. This requires employees to walk backwards to get the optimal strength to stretch the film. Walking backwards increases an employee’s risk of injury and causes quicker fatigue, both of which produce large amounts of downtime.

Rolls of traditional film are also heavier because the film is much thicker. This makes it more difficult for employees to handle the film as they wrap pallets and other unitized loads. This leads to dropping the film, which can greatly damage the integrity of the stretch wrap. With lighter rolls, employees can maneuver the film easier and reduce the risk of dropping the roll.

Pre-stretched film doesn’t require any extra effort from employees, and it allows them to walk forward rather than backward, which helps improve worker safety. The lightweight rolls also reduce the rate of worker fatigue and help keep the film safe from drops.

Pre-Stretched Film Improves Performance

Another major benefit of pre-stretched film is improved performance. Because the film is stretched by a machine, its level of stretch is more uniform throughout the entire roll. The process of hand stretching the film heavily relies on the capability of your workers, which is inherently less controllable. The stretching machines used by manufacturers are able to consistently pull the film for longer periods of time without exhaustion.

Because pre-stretched film offers a higher stretch consistency throughout the roll, it’s performance can be controlled and optimized much easier than traditional film. Traditional film’s performance cannot be easily controlled because the stretch consistency is very unpredictable.

The uniformity of pre-stretched film provides enhanced performance with less material consumption, which leads to fewer load containment failures. Fewer load containment failures results in less time wasted repairing damaged pallets and less damage-related costs. 

We hope you can clearly see the benefits of using pre-stretched film versus tradition hand wraps. Not only will you reap the benefits of cost savings and improved performance, but you’ll also be improving the lives of your employees. It’s win-win situation all around.

Feel free to contact us with any questions about switching to pre-stretched film and be sure to see our inventory of stretch wrap film to find everything you need to keep your packaging operations moving forward.