Standard or True Gauged Stretch Film– This film is what companies used and manufacturers produced for years before petroleum prices got out of hand. True gauged stretch film offers a great amount of stretch, tear resistance, and strength. The main drawback of using a true gauged hand stretch film is unneeded waste. The user does not reach the maximum stretch potential of the film.
Eco or Micron Stretch Film– This film is called different things by manufacturers, but is still considered an equivalent film. It is a step down from true gauged stretch film and often comes in a 57, 60, or 63 gauge. Many suppliers try to pass this film for a true 80 gauge stretch film. The main differences between this and the true gauged stretch film is the thickness and the amount of stretch potential. A micron stretch film is often stiffer and will not stretch as much as a true gauged stretch film. It does offer several great benefits. It is more affordable, it’s strong, and it often promotes less waste. Because the micron film has less stretch, users can often apply enough force to reach maximum stretch potential to reach the full use of the film.
Hybrid or Multilayer Stretch Film– This is also considered an equivalent stretch wrap commonly used in place of lighter gauged film. Depending on the manufacturer, this film often comes in a 47, 51, or a 53 gauge. Some suppliers often try to pass it off as a true 70 or 60 gauge. The micron stretch film is a multilayered film as well, but does not have as many layers as the hybrid stretch film. The hybrid stretch film is stiffer and has less tear resistance than the micron film. Benefits include: cost, lighter rolls, less physical exertion when applying, and stronger. The multi layers make the film stronger than a true gauged film of the same thickness. The hybrid does not come in thicker forms because the whole purpose is to use less petroleum resin.
Prestretched Stretch Film– This is a great “green” option for users wrapping lighter loads. The prestretched stretch film is a true 80 gauge stretch film stretched up to 90% of its stretch potential then placed on a roll. This makes it an affordable film that promotes less waste. Users can reach the full stretch potential when applying the film with little physical exertion. We recommend users use prestretched stretch film for loads no heavier than 1000 to 1200 lbs.
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