NPP’s Guide to Stretchwrap
Top Ten Tips
Drawing on its many years’ experience NPP Group Ltd has compiled the following top ten tips checklist to help achieve the perfectly wrapped pallet. In addition to the following tips it is essential that correct stretch wrap is used and applied in the right way to ensure the production of a wrapped pallet which will cope with the rigours of the modern supply chain.
- Choose a grade of film that is compatible with the stretching process.
- Choose a thickness that is sensible for the weight of the product being wrapped.
- Consider the stability of the load and select a film overlap that will cope best with this.
- Remember that additional turns of film around the top of the load will enhance the stability.
- Consider the journey length and the maximum number of fork-truck movements the load will undergo to determine the most sensible total of turns.
- Always ensure that there are at least two turns around the load AND the pallet base to prevent the load sliding off under extremes of braking, cornering etc.
- Ensure that the film is applied so that the sticky side is presented to the load. This will prevent loads sticking together.
- Because the film has a ‘memory’, check 12 hours after wrapping to ensure that the optimum tension has been used.
- When the optimum wrap has been achieved record all the details of the stretch, tension, overlap, wrap weight, load-holding force etc. to ensure no changes are made to the wrap over the course of time.
- Always use stretch film from a reputable supplier like NPP where quality and consistency can be proved through process, procedure and test records.