Stretch Versus Shrink Wrapping: Weighing Your Options

Wrapping plastic stretch film backgroundPallet cargos are tricky to package. It is not the size that is the biggest challenge, but determining the technique that will provide the best protection for the goods. The debate is usually about stretch versus shrink wrapping; where the subtle differences are much bigger than their similarities. Both methods depend on an airtight binding, but you have to be careful about which method to employ in your operation.

Your choice could possibly rely on what kind of industrial packing machine or system you have in your facility. Nonetheless, it would still be best to pick the best option – but bear in mind that the most obvious choice may not necessarily be the best.

Labour, Occupation and Cost

Nothing will affect your decision more these factors: the amount of labour involved, how much space the machine occupies and how much it will cost. Looking at the long-term efficiency is likewise important. Stretch wrapping comes with a bit of a disadvantage because stretch-wrapped packages are fundamentally corrugated packages. Furthermore, depending on the package, you may have to wrap it in several layers.

On the other hand, shrink-wrapping offers tighter packaging, easier application and fewer materials. But, what could ultimately decide it for you is the shrink gun you will be using. Quality plastic is nothing without a good film gun, so it would be better to buy the best that you can afford.

Comparing their costs and applications, shrink-wrapping wins by a mile. Not only is it easier to apply, you can finish several packages in one go. There is less equipment necessary, which is always a win for companies looking for the most efficient packaging solution.

Innovating Your Way

There is more than one way to employ shrink-wrapping. If it is not through a gun, then a shrink-wrap machine can meet your needs, as well. If your business revolves on the sale of individual items, then you can also consider still other forms of getting the job done. Take your time in deciding which wrapping method best-suits your operational needs. It is important to be thorough, so go through your requirements before making a final choice.