How to wrap your palletized load securely with hand stretch film

Worker wrapping a load with hand stretch film

The safety of your palletized load during transport and storage is of paramount importance. The correct use of hand stretch film is crucial to ensure stability and protect goods from damage. Here are a few tips on how to wrap the stretch film securely.

Layer overlap: This refers to partially overlapping the stretch film over the previous wrap to create a continuous layer and increase the stability of the entire wrap. A 10 cm overlap means that each new sheet of film covers approximately 10 cm of the previous sheet. We recommend this regardless of the weight or height of the load.

Foot wraps: These are the first few wraps at the bottom of the pallet, applied around the base of the load and the pallet itself. They are crucial for stabilizing the load on the pallet and preventing the lower layers from shifting.

Cross wrapping: In this technique, the film is applied in a cross pattern, which creates additional stability. The film is wrapped alternately around opposite corners of the load, which helps to keep the load in position and prevent it from shifting.

Head wrapping: These wraps are used at the top end of the palletized load. They are used to secure the upper layers of the load, similar to the foot wraps for the lower part of the load.

Pallets up to approx. 300 kg and approx. 120 cm high

Foot wraps: Start with 2 to 3 wraps at the base of the pallet. These provide a stable base and secure the lower part of the load.

Cross wrapping: Although not mandatory, cross wrapping is recommended to improve the stability of the load and minimize the risk of shifting.

Head wrapping: In this category, head wrapping is not necessary as stability is ensured by foot and cross wrapping.

Pallets over 300 kg and over 160 cm high:

Foot wraps: A higher number of 3 to 4 wraps at the base of the pallet supports the greater weight and increases stability.

Cross wrapping: For heavier and higher pallets, this wrapping technique is essential to prevent the load from shifting.

Head wrapping: Perform 2 wraps at the head of the pallet to complete the protection and secure the top layers.

These techniques ensure that your goods are tightly wrapped and protected. The correct use of hand stretch film prevents damage, saves costs through reduced material consumption and increases customer satisfaction through professionally secured loads. With these guidelines, you can be confident that your palletized load will reach its destination in perfect condition.