Save Thousands by Down-Gauging Your Stretch Film

Stretch film costs are rising and companies are struggling find ways to cost-effectively wrap their loads. Certainly, wrapping and protecting your loads is still necessary. So how can you reduce your costs when stretch film just keeps getting more expensive? The answer: down-gauging!

What is down-gauging?

Down-gauging is the process in which a stretch film is replaced with a lower gauge (thickness) stretch film. This provides users with the ability to use less stretch film (by weight) to wrap a typical pallet of goods. Sound simple enough? Not so fast. There are some things to consider before deciding to down-gauge. Just follow the five steps!

5 Steps to Stretch Film Savings

Step 1: Define your current costs

  • How many loads do you currently wrap per shift, day, year, etc.?
  • How much film is applied to each load?
  • How many rolls do you buy per year?
  • How much does a roll weigh?
  • How much does this all cost? (Consider your current price per roll, ordering and holding costs, etc)

Step 2: Consider the load itself

  • What exactly are you wrapping?
  • Is it an A, B, or C load? (Not sure? Click here.)
  • What’s the current wrap pattern like? Why?

Step 3: Contact the R.V. Evans team!

  • There are several ways you can do this! Whichever works best for you.
    • Call us at 800-252-5894
    • Click here to request information about stretch film savings
    • Visit
    • Email us by clicking here

Step 4: Calculate your projected savings

  • The R.V. Evans team does this for you with our down-gauging ROI calculator!
  • Enjoy a crisp, clear side-by-side analysis

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*Certain information has been omitted or changed to protect customer’s pricing.


Step 5: Save money

  • Make the decision to save money on stretch film!


Does this seem overwhelming? NO NEED TO WORRY! R.V. Evans is always here for you. You know your business; we know stretch film. We can help you answer all of these questions and help you save money. You can absolutely skip straight to Step 3 and contact us for help :).


Additional Ways to Reduce Stretch Film Costs

Additionally, when it’s time to replace, add, or upgrade stretch wrapping machines, consider working with the R.V. Evans team to boost savings even higher. Read this article for an overview of what to consider when selecting a new stretch wrapper that best fits your needs. Again, just see Step 3 and contact us!

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Shrink and Stretch Wrapping: Differences and Applications

“Go ahead and shrink wrap that pallet”, my boss said before he walked out of the warehouse. I leaped into action only to waste 15 minutes searching for a shrink wrapper in the warehouse. There wasn’t one. As my boss returned, he said to me in an annoyed voice, “Ok, what was confusing about shrink wrapping the pallet?”. “I noticed there isn’t a shrink wrapper here, sir”, I said. He stared at me for a second before replying, “Ok…I guess it is hard to miss”, then he grabbed the pallet jack and wheeled the pallet over to a large, conspicuous stretch wrapper just 20 feet away.

There is a common confusion regarding shrink wrapping and stretch wrapping. These two applications have something in common: they are both methods of packaging something in plastic. However, these applications package things much differently and for different purposes.

Shrink Wrapping

Shrink wrapping is the process of using shrink film, a material comprised of polymer plastic, and heat to seal products inside of the shrink film. The heat application process can be done via either a heat gun or a shrink tunnel. Packaging manufacturers like Seal-A-Tron produce shrink wrapping systems for industrial applications. A shrink-wrapped item will look something like this:

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In some cases, entire pallets of produce can be shrink wrapped to provide a form of product protection in transit and/or storage. However, most applications involve individual products, especially food products.

Stretch Wrapping

Stretch wrapping is the process of wrapping stretch film, a highly stretchable and elastic plastic film, around products. The elasticity of the stretch film pulls the products together and keeps them secure. This process is often performed with a turntable stretch wrapping machine like Orion’s Flex CTS Twin Station Stretch Wrapper, although many options are available for different user needs. A stretch-wrapped pallet looks something like this:

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This particular pallet was also strapped and equipped with corner board, a form of protective packaging, for optimal protection and security in transit and in storage.

Which One Should You Use?

This question is best answered by requesting more information from the R.V. Evans team. However, to get you started, a brief breakdown of a couple advantages and applications is shown below.

Stretch Wrapping Applications/Advantages Shrink Wrapping Applications/Advantages
· Wrapping boxes and pallets of products

· Cost-effective (particularly with pre-stretch)

· Protection from dust, dirt, and moisture

· Typically used to secure single products

· Best choice for food products

R.V. Evans Co. would be happy to provide you with any additional information you need at 1-800-252-5894 or via the website.

Pallet Unitizing: The Different Types of Pallets and How to Protect Them

Using strapping material to secure pallets has been around for forever. Using stretch wrapping as a method to unitize pallets really came on board in the 70’s. It has since changed the way that people unitize pallets and can be a huge asset to any company. The whole key to determining the best approach to take with stretch wrapping is the size, weight and shape of the customer’s product on the pallet.

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Stretch film and machinery vendors have classified pallets into three different types called A, B or C type pallets.

A Pallet:

An A pallet is uniform and neatly stacked with smooth edges. This is the easiest style of pallet to wrap because there are no protruding edges that could cause potential rips and breaks in the stretch film.

B Pallet:

B pallets are not so uniform and may have a variety of different items on the same skid. This may require more protection as the protruding edges are causing more force against the stretch film. In some cases, a higher grade of stretch film is used to prevent breakage.

C Pallet:

C pallets may look like a person with four arms. There are edges protruding all over the pallet causing sharp edges. These are normally difficult to wrap and require manipulation of the film and strap used to protect the load.

The nice thing about stretch film is that it often takes 1 ½ – 2 minutes to wrap a pallet, when using strapping to unitize a pallet, it normally takes around 5 minutes. A lot of companies still use strapping to unitize pallets because they have done so for the last 50 years. With new technological advancements in the manufacturing of stretch film happening every day, switching from strapping to stretch film can realize cost savings and provide better product protection during shipping. Determining what type of pallets you are shipping is the first step in identifying what the best approach to protecting them is.

For more information on the pros and cons of each option, feel free to contact us at or by phone at 1-800-252-5894.

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