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All stretch films are two sided, the one side of the film is slightly tacky whilst the other side of the film is smooth and slippery.  Both sides have a purpose –  the tacky side helps with adhesion between the layers of film whilst the smooth side of the film allows pallets to rub against each other when being loaded in a truck for example, without catching and tearing on each other.

 

The challenge comes in the way manufacturers wind the film.  Depending on how this is done means that the film is either produced with an outside cling, or an inside cling.

 

In the case of Lindum products:

 

All Carewrap film is produced with an outside cling, that means when you unroll the film the outside facing side of the film is tacky whilst the inside side of the film is smooth.

 

All Carestretch film is produced with an inside cling, that means when you unroll the film the outside facing side of the film is smooth whilst the inside side of the film is tacky.

 

So why is this important?

 

If the film is not applied in the correct orientation to the pallet this will mean that the tacky side of the film is left facing outwards.  Not only does this mean that the product will attract more dust and dirt but also means that if pallets do rub against each other when loading a truck for example, the film will snag, potentially ripping the film and reducing load stability.

 

Operators may need training or reminding which way up they should hold the roll of film or place the roll of film on the machine. Some examples are shown below.

 

How to apply Carewrap to a pallet.  The outside of the film is applied to the surface of the pallet whilst the operator walks anti-clockwise around the pallet.

 

How to apply Carestretch to a pallet.  The inside of the film is applied to the surface of the pallet whilst the operator walks anti-clockwise around the pallet.

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