Stretch Film

Stretch Film

Stretch film for manual use and for automatic installations. We have rolls of different sizes and thicknesses (with and without cardboard tube) in transparent, white and black. Stretch film in all its varieties are available from stock for immediate shipment.

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Stretch film is an extremely elastic thin plastic wrap (usually polyethylene) and its primary use is to wrap products for shipping and transport. As the stretch film is wrapped around it, tension is applied which allows the film to extend its length by up to 300%.

This tension creates a constricting force around the load, which helps to secure the products and ensure that they are securely fastened, as the stretch film adheres firmly to itself. It can also be used to package small objects, not just large pallets.

Six major advantages of stretch film:

  1. Protection. They keep the product free of moisture, dust and dirt. It can be protected from ultraviolet rays depending on the film chosen. In other words, it is protected from inclement weather. It also reduces cases of theft as it is more difficult to access.
  2. Damage reduction in shipments. Possible damage is minimised, as the loads are held firmly together, thus preventing them from shifting during transport.
  3. Economic. It is cheaper than strapping tape or shrink film. The wrapping machinery is also less expensive compared to other alternatives, and it can also be done manually.
  4. Easy to wrap and visible contents for easy storage and transport. Or opaque if you want to keep the load out of sight.
  5. Versatile. The characteristics can be chosen according to the load and are easily adaptable. Allows to wrap loads with strange shapes or difficult to stack.
  6. Sustainable. Many types of stretch film are recyclable.

There are different types and thicknesses of stretch films available on the market to meet specific requirements, depending on the type and size of the load. Many factors go into choosing the right type of stretch film.

Choosing the right type of stretch film can be tricky. There are many types and each with different properties. As well as different thicknesses. To choose the right one you need to look carefully at the type of load to be packed and observe the following characteristics:

  • Degree of stability of the type of load.
  • sharp corners or protrusions that may tear the film.
  • Special requirements (UV resistance, foodstuffs...)

Manual stretch film is made exclusively for hand wrapping. It is also known as hand film or hand pallet wrap. It is commonly used by companies wrapping small volumes of products (less than 50 pallets per day).

Rolls of hand-wrapping film are smaller and lighter because they need to be easily handled. These films are usually used when the weight of the item is not very heavy, nor particularly fragile, as if not done properly, they can cause damage to the wrapped items.

They are available in two formats:

● Manual stretch film without mandrelThe cardboard inner tube is avoided, so the roll weighs less and no waste is generated. Coplasem provides an applicator and thus avoids the use of gloves without hurting your hands.

● Manual stretch film with mandrel. With standard cardboard tube inside.

The difference with manual stretch film is that we have to use machinery for its use. It is normally used in high volume packaging operations. Some of the advantages compared to manual stretch film:

  • Reduction of material costs.
  • Ease of use and security.
  • Faster and more efficient.
  • Increased load containment.

The automatic stretch film is wrapped around a pallet with a machine. The film is held and wrapped around it with a rotating arm. It can also be done the other way round, with the pallet rotating and the film standing still.

Some common types of stretch film for automatic use:

Cast stretch film. Also known as cast film cast or cast wrap. These films unwind noiselessly. It is manufactured by cast extrusion. This treatment makes them very clear, allowing objects to be seen without the need for unwrapping. This film stretches more easily because the molecules are aligned when extruded. But it does not have as robust a stretch memory as other films, although it does have excellent tear strength.

It adheres on both sides, allowing the wrapped product to remain tightly wrapped. It is more cost effective than blown film.

Blown stretch film. It is manufactured by a blown extrusion process. This process involves blowing heated resins into a bubble. The bubble is transformed into sheets which are rolled and applied to a central tube. The tube is topped with an air ring which is then blown to cool it. This cooling operation gives it greater strength and more flexibility.

Blown films provide a high degree of memory when stretched. On the downside, it is more expensive and has poorer transparency than other films. It also produces what some consider to be an annoying level of noise compared to other similar films.

Pre-stretched film. It is a film that has been pre-stretched during the manufacturing process. That is, it expands close to its breaking point before it is prepared on rolls. This film does not need as much energy as other stretch films to achieve the same wrapping strength. The consumption of pre-stretched film is typically 50% less than other films, which allows for a reduction in costs.

Los films estirables de color fueron creados para atender las necesidades de embalaje que otros tipos de films estirables no cubrían. Es perfecto para la codificación por colores de los almacenes, para el transporte internacional o para inventarios. Además son resistentes a la perforación.

El film estirable ultravioleta tiene aditivos especiales para protegerlo de la luz solar. Se utilizan cuando la carga va a estar en el exterior durante un prolongado período de tiempo o cuando la carga resulta especialmente fotosensible.

Film estirable VCI. En este caso el film es inhibidor de la corrosión por vapor, está pensado específicamente para envolver componentes metálicos y que no se oxiden. Para embalar herramientas o tuberías, por ejemplo.

Film estirable reforzado. Son films extraordinariamente gruesos, con fórmulas especialmente resistentes que se utilizan para cargas extremadamente pesadas. Por ejemplo, ladrillos o bloques de hormigón.

Film estirable ventilado. Se utiliza cuando el flujo de aire y el oxígeno es necesario para los productos que se embalan. Por ejemplo productos de panadería calientes.

Film macroperforado. Normalmente es utilizado para el transporte de plantas y flores para que puedan ser transportadas de modo seguro sin interrumpir su ciclo vital.

Film estirable NO Cling. Se utiliza para embalar productos de manera que puedan deslizarse unos sobre otros sin engancharse ni romperse. Por ejemplo alfombras.

Minifilm estirable: Su utilización es para la sujeción de pequeñas piezas en multitud de industrias (como automoción o construcción)

Hay muchos tipos diferentes de máquinas para envolver con distintos ajustes. Los ajustes correctos de la máquina son importantes cuando se trata de lograr la estabilidad del palet y la seguridad de la carga.

Otro factor a tener en cuenta de la máquina que se utiliza para envolver es cuál es la capacidad de estiramiento y cuál es la velocidad. A veces, la velocidad del proceso de envoltura puede exigir un film estirable más grueso para garantizar un alto rendimiento.

El hecho de que un palet esté envuelto y tenga un buen aspecto a simple vista, no significa que esté bien hecho o seguro. Cuando no se utiliza de modo adecuado, pueden surgir problemas durante el transporte.

Podemos elegir entre tres tipos de máquinas distintas:

  1. Máquina de plataforma giratoria. Utilizan una plataforma rotativa motorizada para girar los palets en su sitio. Pueden ser de formato automático o semiautomático. Para envasado de tamaño pequeño o medio, y con pocas cargas, entre 20 y 40 por hora.
  2. Máquina de brazo giratorio. Utilizan un brazo mecánico que gira alrededor de la carga. Para cargas muy pesadas o ligeras pero con un alto grado de inestabilidad. Pueden ser en formato automático y semiautomático. Unas 40 cargas a la hora.
  3. Máquina orbital de anillo horizontal. Utilizan un anillo horizontal giratorio para envolver los productos encajados en su interior. Son excelentes para envolver cargas grandes.