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Differences Between Regular and Pre-Stretched Hand Film

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With its versatility as a wrapping material, hand film is a stretchable plastic material. It is used to contain various bulk products that range from large pallets to smaller containers. Hand film comes in different types with the most common being the regular stretch filmand pre-stretched hand film. Each of the types offers different advantages and disadvantages. This article will discuss the differences between the two leading types of hand film.

Ease of Use

Pre-stretched hand film is much easier to handle and use when applying it to the product than regular hand film. Because of this, it is much more popular than regular hand film when it is being used to hand-wrap the product. The initial stretching of the film lowers the resistance encountered, and the edges are pre-rolled and are much more resistant to damage from dropping. The result is that is both easier on the hands and body, and also less prone to accidental damage. This is advantageous when the film is being applied by hand. Whereas regular film is used predominantly with stretch wrapping equipment.

Stretch filmis also much better for the employees handling it since it is already stretched and less effort is required to apply it. It comes on rolls that are lighter and thus much easier to manipulate in the industrial setting. The lower torque required for pre-stretched makes application much easier as the user can walk forward as opposed to walking backwards with regular hand film. This adds to the safety of the application and increases the speed at which it can be applied.

Cost Savings

Another advantage of pre-stretched hand film versus regular hand film is the savings that can be gained through less consumption of the product when wrapping pallets or other applications. It is much thinner when stretched than regular but is also much stronger. Typical cost savings can range from 25 percent to 40 percent depending on the application of the material.

Less waste

In addition to the cost savings gained from the using it, there is less waste since it is easier to apply and doesn’t get damaged easily. The pre-rolled edges are less prone to damage and there is less to discard as a result of damaged edges. It is stronger and does tear or puncture as easily. This results in less waste to be disposed of from the warehouse or industrial floor.


Stretch film film provides better consistency since it is stretched near its final breaking point before it ready to be used. It will not encounter any reduction in width once it is stretched as may often occur with regular film. The regular film is typically not stretched uniformly and therefore does not provide the same level of strength. The uneven stretch of the regular film makes it more susceptible to failure than the other type. The non-uniformity of regular stretch film can result in wasted film which adds to the company’s costs of operation. The stretch filmalso maintains its memory which helps the film preserve its tightness when the product is transported.


In warehouse settings, the use of
stretch filmprovides more stability and security to pallets on which the items are contained. The clarity of the film makes it easier to identify and inspect the products. This minimizes any losses that may come from pilferage and theft since the wrapped pallets are not easily tampered with. When the product is transported, the film provides greater stability which is beneficial to all parties involved.

Widespread Use

Many businesses and industries are using the pre-stretched film instead of regular film because of its strength, uniformity, ease-of-use and cost savings. With the appropriate stretch wrapping equipment, a business can maximize the use of it to gain distinct advantages over regular film.


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