Most of the stretch wrappers people buy already come with detailed instructions on how they can operate and even troubleshoot their machines. However, they don’t go over the things you need to know to create a load that is safe to ship. Containment force is described at the holding force of the film on your automatic stretch wrapper. This is one of the most important factors when it comes to shipping successfully.
To get a better understanding, here are three essential film tips to take into consideration when operating an automatic stretch wrapper:
1. Don’t Be Quick to Buy Cheap Film
When it comes to buying film, it’s always best to go for high quality. When you come across any bargain films, you have to remember that they are false economies. The damage of products makes the stretch wrapping more expensive than the film. In that case, it’s best to invest in good film because it will wrap and run much better than a low-quality counterpart. Stretch wrapping wasn’t created to lower the cost of film. Instead, you should focus on getting a reasonable containment force at the most expensive film cost.
2. Don’t Overlook Adding More Layers of Film
Film breaks are pretty frustrating. Most operators overcome this by lowering the force that is applied to the whole load. Doing this reduces the containment force, but they can make up for that by adding a few more layers of film. Most will overlook this, but neglecting it only feeds the probability that the load might get messed up in one way or another during shipment.
3. Be Careful During Operation
The thinner you make the film, the lower the wrap force will be. It won’t be able to be applied easily because there will be an excessive amount of film breaks. There also comes the point where the returns on film gauges are diminished. Pre-stretch levels are diminished, as well. If you’re going to choose these, be very careful.
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