Pallet wrap, also commonly known as stretch film, stretch wrap, or shrink wrap, is a packaging material used to secure and protect items on pallets during storage and transportation. It is typically a thin plastic film made of materials like polyethylene. Pallet wrap is designed to be wrapped around a pallet of goods, and it clings to itself when stretched, providing a secure and stable way to bundle and protect products. There are two main types of pallet wrap:
- Hand Stretch Film: This type of stretch film is designed to be applied by hand. It comes in rolls and is manually stretched and wrapped around the pallet. Hand stretch film is commonly used for smaller quantities or in situations where a pallet wrapping machine is not available.
- Machine Stretch Film: Machine stretch film is designed for use with pallet wrapping machines. These machines automatically apply and stretch the film around the pallet, making the process more efficient and consistent. Machine stretch film is typically used for larger-scale operations and high-volume pallet wrapping.
Pallet wrap provides several benefits, including:
- Securing and stabilizing loads: It prevents items on a pallet from shifting, falling, or getting damaged during transit.
- Protection from dust and moisture: Pallet wrap helps shield products from dust and moisture, keeping them clean and dry.
- Improved handling: It makes it easier to handle and transport palletized loads using forklifts or pallet jacks.
- Tamper-evident packaging: Pallet wrap can serve as a tamper-evident seal, making it clear if a pallet has been opened or tampered with during shipment.
Pallet wrap is commonly used in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities, and for shipping goods. It plays a crucial role in ensuring the integrity and safety of products during the logistics process.