- Stretch wrap or stretch film
Stretch wrap or stretch film is a highly stretchable plastic film that is wrapped around items. The elastic recovery keeps the items tightly bound. In contrast,shrink wrap is applied loosely around an item and shrinks tightly with heat. SIzes 75mm / 100mm /150mm / 200mm /250mm /450mm /500mm / 600mm.
It is frequently used to unitize pallet loads but also may be used for bundling smaller items.
Types of stretch film include bundling stretch film, hand stretch film, extended core stretch film, machine stretch film and static dissipative film.
Manual (or Hand) Wrappers:
- Extended Core: An extension of the film's core serves as a handle for wrapping; this type of wrapper offers little stretch control and is hard on hands.
- Mechanical Brake: A simple structure supports a film roll and a mechanical brake system provides resistance creating stretch of the film.
- Pole Wrappers: Similar to the Mechanical Brakesystem, but the roll and brake are at the end of an extended pole, creating an ergonomic design which eliminates the need to bend to wrap the bottoms of loads and strain to reach the tops of loads. Used for space missions too.