Stretch Films

Protect your critical shipments from damage and missing product.  Country Innovations' Stretch Wraps and Pallet Wraps reduce loss and increase profitability.

Every shipper knows the importance of a well-built pallet and a unitized load.  Poor pallet wrapping means loads that get damaged or lost and products that get separated or crushed.  

And it's not just palletized shipments.  The same principle of keeping things together applies for food service businesses as well.  Imagine a load of barbeque heading for a catering job that ends up all over the back of the van.

Protection and containment is important!   We are pleased to provide:

  • Film for palletizing - Manual and for Machine - (Stretch Wrap)

  • Plastics for food and fruit - (Cutter box Film) 
  • Aluminum for food - (Aluminum Foil) 
  • Film for meat - (Meat Film)
  • Aluminum sheets - (Pop Ups / Sheets)
  • Trays Aluminum - (Aluminum Containers / Rounds)

Country Innovation and Supply Offers you the following advantages:

 

  • Great savings on stretch wrap, manual or automated.
  • The most competitive line in plastic film and aluminum for food service. 
  • Products of value to improve your margins. 
  • Service and support for Just In Time (JIT) shipments
  • Complete line of blown film (Blown), Pre Stretched and less blown film (Cast).
  • Plastic film with metallocina available. These films have exceptional clarity, heat sealing and toughness.  They are utilized in a wide variety of packaging applications such as lamination films and stand-up pouches.
  • Wholesale and Retail - you can order various products and combine your order to form pallets, according to your needs. Greater efficiency and reduced transport costs.
  • A nationwide program that you can rely on 100%. 
  • Colorful plastic film available with low minimums and with less delivery time. 
  • Prepaid freight with two pallet orders or more.

Packaging Glossary

Adhesive: A substance, such as glue, used to laminate two structures together.

Air-Flow: Air-Flow is used in agricultural product packing and has die cut holes to reduce spoilage and ensure even cooling. Air-Flow replaces pallet netting and gives users all the advantages of conventional LLDPE pallet stretch wrap, which include strength, load holding and ease of use.

Banding/Bundling: Wrapping several items together with plastic stretch wrap.

Base Lock: The thick layer of film produced by holding your Country Innovation & Supply hand wrappers at approximately a 45 degree angle to the floor. This wrap helps lock the boxes to the skid to prevent shifting in transit.

Bleed: Where the printing on a piece goes all the way to the edge of the paper - accomplished by printing beyond the margins of the piece and then trimming to the margin. Mostly only concerned with graphic artists during pre-press before sending material to be printed.

Blooming: The time period that the Poly Iso Butylene takes to migrate to the surface of the stretch film. Once this happens high cling films are at their peak of perfection. This is also a term used in applications with liquid adhesives that causes the bond to look cloudy. This does not affect the bond strength however, only aesthetics. Henkel Loctite and 3M are good resources for concerns with blooming of liquid adhesives

Blown Film: The fabrication of a film by continuously pumping the polymer through a circular die and filling the tube with air. The volume of air contained within the tube stretches the tube out to the desired width and, in conjunction with the rate at which it is bring pulled away from the die, the desired thickness is created.

Bologna Slicing: A way to slit master rolls of pressure sensitive tapes down in the converting process to meet customers’ needs for specific widths. In addition, afilm slitting process in which a rotating double edge blade cuts a roll of film while the roll is spinning. This is the quickest way for slitting film. However, the quickness can cause the film to melt in some places, resulting in the film hanging up and tearing it, as it is unwound off the roll.

Braking Tension: The tension applied to stretch film by pulling and squeezing hand brakes. Country Innovation & Supply’s pre-stretched film takes the need away of doing this and must be used in our specific pre stretch wrapping machines. Buy five pallets and get the stretch wrapping machine free (shipping not included).

Bundling: Banding articles together into distinct and separate units with plastic stretch film. Available in three and five inch bundling film widths.

Cast Film: The fabrication of a film by continuously pumping the polymer through a straight slot die, then chilling this hot plastic immediately through contacts with a chilled roll. Film width is determined by how fast the chill roll pulls the film away from the die.

Cling: The characteristic of stretch film which makes it stick to itself.

Converting: The process of converting sheets or rolls of product such as paper, film, and foil to a finished product. Pressure sensitive tapes, roll labels, thermal ribbons and thermal transfer labels are all converted from master rolls down to their finished product.

Core: Tube on which coiled product is wound; usually made of fiber (most thermal transfer labels and stretch film), plastic (for clean room and medical device labeling applications) aluminum (industrial applications), or steel.

Cross Top Wrapping: A unitization technique which covers the top of a load. Not only does cross top wrapping protect the tops of pallet loads but it also helps to pull the load together as it settles during shipment. Country Innovation & Supply’s offer of buy five pallets of pre stretch film and get the pallet wrapping machine for free includes a setting on the pallet wrapping machine that will wrap just over the top of the pallet and into the skid to keep from cross top wrapping.

Customer Service Representative: The person at Country Innovation & Supply who promptly and cheerfully answers or gets the answers to all your packaging questions, follows your order from beginning to shipment, and advises you when your order has been placed. They are here to make sure the customer is taken care of and happy with our packaging supplies and services from Atlanta to Chicago to Dallas to Los Angeles.

Die: A device used in the manufacturing of die cut roll labels, converted tapes custom foam packaging and adhesives. More often than not die charge costs are usually a one-time charge. CIS has an inventory of thousands of thermal transfer pressure sensitive and tag dies so please check with us to avoid a potential die charge before ordering from another label manufacturer or packaging supplier.

Double Stacking:  One pallet piled on top of another during shipping for greater efficiencies in logistics saving our customers money as a whole.

Eco-Wrap: Micron pallet wrap. Stiffer and stronger than conventional hand wrap. Has a high resistance to stretch for superior load retention. Typically used for heavier items such as paint jugs, bulk liquids and chemicals.

EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate): A copolymer put in stretch film adding strength to ordinary polyethylene film. Typically for when end users want to store stretch film outside where it is susceptible to UV degradation.

Extruder: A machine that makes stretch film. It consists of a large steel barrel surrounded by heaters, which melt the plastic resin pellets. Inside of the barrel is a large screw to force the liquid plastic under pressure through a die to be made into plastic sheeting by either the cast or blown processes. The manufacturers that are extruding are the first ones to receive any new price increase on the market.

Extrusion: A product formed by pushing material through a die.

Film Supply: The amount of film on a Country Innovation & Supply roll of pre stretch or regular stretch film.

Fingertip Control: Stretch film tension control that is at the operator's finger tips, providing the operator with control that can always be felt and adjusted instantaneously. When very little pressure is applied to the Country Innovation & Supply handbrakes, the film can be stretched up to 25%. When a small amount of pressure to applied to the hand brakes in a tapping motion, the film can be stretched up to 50%. When continuous fingertip pressure is applied to the hand brakes, then the film can be stretched up to 100% and more. CIS’s advice is to convert to a pre-stretch machine so the operator can be better utilized elsewhere making your shipping and packaging area more efficient.

Flexible Hand Brakes: The key to fingertip control using a patented braking system. Inside the hand brakes are specially designed wear pads that dissipate heat and provide the proper tensioning when squeezed for maximum film stretch. By squeezing them, the operator can get 50% to 100% or more stretch when he pulls the film. Not only do grips give the operator a feel of how much pressure the operator is applying to the film, but they protect their hands - keeping them from burning or blistering.

Flexographic Printing: An economical printing method, mostly done on web-fed equipment, in which a rubber roll, partially immersed in an ink fountain, transfers ink to a fine-screened steel roller carrying the design to be printed, which in turn deposits a thin layer of ink on the printing plate. The print pattern is raised and the non-print area is lower. The ink is applied to the raised area of the rubber plate, and then transfers to the material to be printed in the desired pattern. Flexographic printing produces remarkably sharp reproductions of multicolor work, including lettering in small type sizes.

Foil: A rolled aluminum product less than 0.006 inch thick.

Gauge: The Thickness of a film. 80 Gauge film equates to .8 Mil or .0008 inches.

HandyWrap: Pallet stretch wrap with disposable extended core handles.

Identi Film: Pallet stretch film in colors used to identify product, color coding for rotating inventory or block product from being seen in the manufacturing environment or distribution centers. Tinted films give protection from tampering and theft.

Lamination: Composite product consisting of two or more sheets or films joined together, with adhesive, wax, etc.

Layout: A rendering of a proposed printed piece, indicating positions for headings, copy, art and borders. May also indicate color treatments. Used in Pre-press for approval process for graphics to be printed.

LDPE or PE (Low Density Polyethylene): A resin base for making stretch film. Even though LDPE is a relatively strong transparent film with good tensile strength it does not match the performance of the newer LLDPE.

Master Roll: A finished roll that comes off the press.

Maximum Stretch:: The ability of the film to stretch as far as it can without tearing. Country Innovation & Supply uses premium grade stretch films that can stretch 100, 200 percent, and more.

Memory: After the Country Innovation & Supply stretch film is stretched to its maximum it will recover and form fit the load which has been wrapped (See recovery).

Neck Down: The narrowing tendency of stretch film when being stretched or pulled.

PMS (Pantone Matching System): Standard, numbered shades and colors and may be selected when a specific background or accent color is desired. The Pantone Matching System is an international printing, publishing and packaging color language providing an accurate method for the selection, presentation, specification, communication, reproduction, matching and control of color. All of CIS’s clients four color process printed labels that run on our flexographic printing presses contain PMS colors specified in the high resolution Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop artwork. Digital label printing is CMYK and not specific PMS colors.

Process Print: Also four-color process - Indicates the four-color plates or cylinders commonly used in color printing. This type of printing is mostly photographic quality.

PVC: Poly Vinyl Chloride. In film form, it is used as a meat or produce wrap as stretch film, and a high clarity shrink wrap for retail packaging.

Raw Materials: A manufacturing classification of inventory before the material is put into the manufacturing process and when components are in their "raw" state.

Recovery: Stretch film trying to return back to its original form after it has been stretched. This action constantly pulls the load together since the stretch film tightly form-fits the load. Stretch wrapping continues to tighten the load as it settles during shipment, due to the recovery property, keeping the load safe and secure during shipment.

Reverse Printing: Printing an image on the back of a transparent material so that when viewed from the front the image is correct. Often this is done with static cling labels or labels that are printed sub surface on the printing press. Laying down a printed background on an opaque surface, leaving certain design areas open.

Securi-Wrap: Opaque (cannot be seen through) pallet stretch film. Opaque film blocks UV rays from damaging products. Offers a sense of protection for shipments during transit by not allowing contents to be seen.

Slip: Term used to describe the amount of COF (coefficient of friction) on the surface of a substrate such as paper, film, or foil. The slip affects the ability of the web to process through application equipment. Typically only a concern for converters of labels and films.

Slitting: The cutting of a large master roll into small rolls used to meet custom or standard widths of a end users application needs.

Supplier: A provider of goods and/or services. A value added supplier like Country Innovation & Supply will provide their customer with superior customer service and excellent quality, when the customer requires product. CIS is dedicated to what is relevant and meaningful to our customers backed by our proven process and documented cost savings portfolio.

Tear Strength: A measure of how likely a substrate will continue to tear once started. Tear strength will differ with and against the grain. This is why it is important to partner with a supplier such as Country Innovation & Supply who is an expert in labels, plastics and foam packaging. BOPP, Polyester labels, Paper roll labels and films all act in different ways when forces are applied such as tears.

Telescoping: Transverse slipping of successive layers of film or labels so that the edge of the foil, synthetic or paper is conical rather than flat.

Tensile Strength: The maximum longitudinal stress that stretch film can take before it tears.

Tolerance: Allowable deviation from a nominal or specified dimension. Specification sheets or “engineering specs” include tolerances on die cut tapes, labels and adhesives. Also label production yields are often delivered at +/- 10% due to the speed of a press and its inability to stop specifically on an exact number with flexographic label printers.

Top Sheeting: A protective covering put on the top of a load to protect the top from dust, dirt, and other objects that might damage or contaminate the load. Country Innovation & Supply distributes a top sheeting dispenser and top sheeting rolls for protecting tops of loads, open containers, etc.

Unitization: Wrapping techniques that protect a pallet load from top to bottom, making all packages in the load one single unit. These techniques are ideal for long distance hauls and less than truckload shipments. Wrapping in an X formation, wrapping low to the bottom of the pallet, and cross top wrapping are wrapping techniques that promote the best unitization for transportation.

UOM: Unit of measure.

WrapNet / Air flow pallet films: Netting pallet wrap. Knitted pallet wrap that hold load together but also allows air to circulate throughout the pallet. Used in the food and produce manufacturing industry a lot to keep moisture from building up inside the film.

Yield: The amount of stretch a film gets without interfering with the performance of other properties like tear and puncture resistance. In addition, the yield may be measured when comparing conventional stretch film and pre stretch films for how much material is actually used and the cost of that material per pallet. Stretch films that do not reach their full strength or stretch do no provide a full yield. This is why pre stretch films are becoming more and more popular.

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