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Poor stretch wrap causing danger and problems during transport

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Nelson Joyce & Co Managing Director, Mr Nelson Joyce observes that stretch film is wrongly viewed as ‘industrial cling wrap’ leading to the use of poor grade film. Nelson Joyce & Co is an Australian leader in packaging management.

According to Mr Joyce, engineered components and manufactured goods are inexplicably being stretch wrapped with poor grade film on pallets and skids, potentially exposing them to damage and destruction during handling and transport. 

He explains stretch wrap is used consistently to move all types of palletised products within this industry; therefore it should be treated as a type of capital asset rather than as a throwaway consumable. Being a business asset, stretch film should be viewed as a profit enhancer, taking into account the ‘outlay Vs. return’ factor of the plastic, as well as the machines used to roll the material onto pallets.

Like any other business asset, the cheapest option can often become the most costly, whereas the superior quality that takes slightly more capital outlay actually provides the best competitive advantages, therefore maximising returns.

Machine speeds, stretch capacity, troublesome additives, atmospheric conditions, end-cutting and human intervention are all factors that contribute to the process chain and hold the key between streamlined success and breakdowns.

Mr Joyce says by using the correct equipment and integrating all the processes, there is nothing stopping a business from saving up to 50% of its current costs associated with stretch wrapping, not to mention reducing potential liabilities along the way. 

Nelson Joyce & Co stocks stretch film in varying thicknesses and film quality for many different applications. The company ensures it only supplies film that has no PIB (poly isobutylene), which is a tackifier, an added substance to induce grip around the palletised product. A tackifier is not recommended for food applications, plus PIB is migratory and can make surfaces sticky, which picks up dust and other particles and can present a company’s brand badly. A tackifier also creates a haze on the film, therefore barcodes and branding can’t be read too easily.

Nelson Joyce stretch film has no tackifier; instead it sticks by particle friction and quality of resin on the outer layer.

Mr Joyce also mentions the high puncture rate of cheap stretch films, saying that they can cause all sorts of problems, particularly with spills when in transit resulting in damage and leading to various liabilities.

Using a wrap with very high puncture resistance can take care of this problem. Stretch films from all their suppliers are tested for high puncture resistance in Nelson Joyce’s testing laboratory.

Rolls of stretch wrap breaking on a machine also cost in terms of downtime and product wastage because every time a roll breaks on a machine, it has to be rethreaded.

Strength is imperative in stretch films; when a pallet falls in transit, the goods have to be returned, adding to labour cost, product damage and paperwork issues. Pallets failing in transit have the potential to cause liability problems and can reflect badly on the transporter as well as the brand of the stockowner.

Nelson Joyce says the difference between success and failure is to correctly recognise that a little investment in quality gives a greater return than skimping with cheap equipment and consumables.

Nelson Joyce’s films have the capability to go on high speed machines wrapping pallets at a rate of 80-100 an hour, or right down to the semi-automatic 20 per hour.

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