14 July
The Misconception of Plastic Packaging Environmental Impact and What You Can Do About It

There are a lot of discussions about plastic packaging and its impact on the environment these days. Industries are now facing tremendous public pressure to go green. Communities are growing more concerned about plastic usage and its effects on the world.  Historically, plastics existed in the 19th century to help communities make available useful everyday products.  Inventors and chemists were already developing everyday household items such as combs from brittle. The early form of plastic was first called Parkesine. It was later renamed celluloid, due to the plant cellulose from which it was sourced.  However, as time progressed, plastic gained a lot of bad press due to its effect on the environment. In 2016, there wasa Greenpeace petition for a UK-wide plastic microbead ban that hit 365,000 signatures within four months. Eventually, this became the most significant environmental petition ever presented to its government.  Even royal members like Prince Charles have given enthusiastic speeches about the dangers of plastic, while celebrities like Kim Kardashian have posted on Instagram about the “plastic crisis,” and also claim to have given up straws. Yet despite the social impact of packaging, plastic is still an essential need—especially beyond the consumer’s world. There are crucial packaging processes before any product reaches its end users. Plastic packaging helps safeguard and preserve goods. At the same time, its lightweight characteristics reduce weight during transits, saves fuel costs, and minimizes greenhouse gas discharges. Without the aid of plastic, food will not be as affordable as it should be. The freshness in commercial packaging would also be questionable. Manufacturing and logistics companies would have to restructure the security and protection of their goods. Not only that, but even consumers will also see more damage in their everyday grocery shopping items and there may be health-related issues on the rise too.  Let us look at some of the general misconceptions of plastic packaging usage and its impact on the environment.    Misconception #1: Plastic Packaging Is A Threat to The Environment Yes, plastics are artificially created with (synthetic) chemicals. It is man-made and does not seem to go well with nature. However, if one were to remove the use of plastic from their life forever, they would only reduce 0.4 percent of their own carbon emissions. As for plastic waste in our ocean, statistically, plastic straws are found to account for 0.03% of total waste. However, can we do away with plastic packaging when it helps us to protect our assets from our distribution centers to our endpoint?  Plastic is also the main element that helps keep food safe and preserved for consumption. It protects and keeps food fresh during the supply process until it reaches the end shoppers. Ultimately it benefits consumers in terms of health and their own safety. Therefore, the issue does not solely lie with plastic being a threat, but how plastic waste is managed until another solution is found.    Misconception #2: Paper Packaging Will Replace Plastic  While this might sound like an excellent idea, there is more than meets the eye. Producing paper, especially for packaging purposes, requires significantly more cost and resources involved.  Compared to plastic, paper requires four times as much energy and three times the amount of water for its production. Its dense properties also make it heavier and bulkier, so more fuel and logistic arrangements are needed just for transport. To clearly illustrate this, paper requires seven trucks to move two million paper bags, whereas only one vehicle is needed to deliver the same amount of plastic ones. The other disadvantage of paper is its bulk. Though it breaks down faster as compared to plastic, it does take a lot of space, which would not be an excellent sustainable idea for the environment and community living.   A study done by Professor David Tyler from the University of Oregon in America concluded that the carbon footprint of a plastic bag is less than a paper or cotton bag. This is due to its water usage and pollution factors. He also discovered that increased paper usage causes deforestation, air pollution, water pollution, and waste. Misconception #3: Plastic Is Just “Use and Throw”  Usually, when people talk about “use and throw,” they are referring to single-use plastics. These plastics include products like straws, wrappers, bottles, and bags. These items are usually discarded quickly after the first use.  However, it is a very different scenario in the industrial trade process. Plastic usage is essential when it comes to packaging and safeguarding the quality of goods. Without plastic, there will be many damaged items and material wastages along the way. This increases production costing, which would affect pricing and profit generation.  Instead of single “use and throw” usage, find ways how plastics can be creatively reused. Change your consumer’s perception of repurposing your product packaging in ways they can reuse them in their daily life. In this way, plastic packaging will not immediately end up in some rubbish landfill but would be more valuable to end-users.   Plastic, as for now, is cheap, durable, and easy to transport. It makes perfect sense for commercial usage and decreases carbon footprints for plastic packaging environmental impact. Until another alternative is found, plastic packaging would still be the best way to support this process.    Misconception #4: Plastics Cannot Be Recycled  We are used to seeing plastic as litter. However, it has a longer lifespan than expected.   Durable plastic can be recycled at the end of use, typically for a maximum of six times. However, its fibers lessen each time it is recycled. This means after going through several cycles, it is no longer recyclable. Before it has reached its usability lifespan, it is usually repurposed as bottle caps, hardy containers, or integrated with fabric materials for clothing wears. Therefore, it is essential to use the right type of plastic so that it can be recycled to be readapted to serve more usages.    Misconception #5: Plastics will be banned in the future  Since plastic is deemed to be harmful, it would be banned in the future, right?  However, this would be challenging as plastic is still widely used in packaging because of its low cost and efficiency. There seems to be no suitable material able to replace it yet.  Here at Thong Guan, we are now researching feedstock recycling solutions and introducing bio-based alternative raw materials for renewal-based plastic so that we can play our part in protecting our environment.  Solution - Playing Your Part In conclusion, what then could be the solution to plastic packaging to reduce its environmental impact? The move to reduce plastics can only speed up when all players in the industry, including brand owners, manufacturers, retailers, and even consumers, do their part to eventually replace the use of plastic.  Investments in research and alternative materials can help businesses restrategize plans for alternative plastic packaging. It advocates the discovery and usage of other methods for packaging and brings positive changes to the environment too.  It is essential to know and choose the right type of plastic packaging to use. Here is a list of sustainable-made plastic materials to consider:  - Bioplastics: Made from natural raw materials such as tall oil and corn starch- Biodegradable Plastics: Made from traditional petrochemicals. They are engineered to disintegrate more quickly- Eco/recycled Plastics: These are plastics made from recycled plastic materials rather than raw petrochemicals. Minimize your own plastic footprint in your business practices and encourage others to follow too. There is no better place to start than your own premises. It demonstrates to others that you are responsible and have a clear stand on your part in nature conservation.  Plastic packaging is not going away anytime soon because it still brings so much benefit to the industrial world. Even though there may be a lot of misconceptions about it, we need to acknowledge that plastic is not just an isolated problem that we can exclude from our businesses. Exploring and using alternative materials, waste management, and the willingness to change makes tomorrows difference           

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25 June
Printed stretch films: Pros and Cons

If you want to improve the attractiveness of your product packaging and promote your brand through stylish packing, you should use printed stretch films or stretch wraps in the packaging process. Stretch films are essential in strengthening the packaging. You can get a catchy tagline and the logo of your brand printed on the stretch films through stretch film manufacturers in Malaysia, such as Thong Guan. Once you have decided on a captivating logo for your organization, you should start the process of getting printed stretch films for your product packaging.    What is Printed Stretch Wrap Packaging? Printed stretch wrap is similar to the ordinary heat shrink films. It has the same qualities, properties, and functions. The only difference is that printed stretch films have pre-printed customized logos and designs for marketing and branding reasons.    Types of Films on which Digital Printing Can be Performed Different stretch film manufacturers in Malaysia deals with various types of stretch films. Generally, you can find suppliers for all types of printed stretch films. Some of the common types of the stretch wrap are single-wound, polyolefin, perforated and non-perforated. Ink printing is often combined with digital printing on the stretch films to achieve maximum results.  It is imperative that you select an appropriate size and thickness of the stretch films to make sure the quality, flexibility, and strength of the wraps are not compromised during the printing process.     Pros of Printed Stretch Films 1. Superior Shelf Appeal Undoubtedly, printed stretch films have a superior shelf appeal. Lively colours and unique designs with the help of strong images and visuals on the stretch films can attract people’s attention immediately. Moreover, it is better than a non-printed stretch film because it has better visibility. 2. Greater Visibility The quality of the printing on stretch films should be maximum to make sure that your design can stay on the stretch films for a very long period of time. Some of the stretch film manufacturers in Malaysia may offer you some warranty period for complete satisfaction. Durable and conspicuous designing of the stretch film will make your brand stand out in the crowd. 3. Attract Potential Customers There is a psychological explanation behind the effectiveness of printed stretch films. It is common knowledge that people are attracted to things with bold colours and unique styles. Even if they do not like such vibrant designs, they are bound to look at such products at least once. If your products packed firmly and printed stretch wrap is used to strengthen the packing, you will be able to attract many people to your brand. If your product is placed next to a product without any printed films, your product will attract the potential customer.  Other than the above significant benefits of printed stretch films, the following are some general pros. - Lightweight and waste reduction - Upholds graphic integrity  - Easy printing on all sides - Quick marketing and branding of your company   Cons of Printed Stretch Films While there is a great number of advantages to printed stretch films, there are a few disadvantages as well.    1. Costlier Printed stretch films are more expensive than simple stretch wraps. Many product manufacturers might not be able to afford them, especially if they have just started their business. It is considered a premium product in the market.   2. Quantity Depending on the scale of your company, you might need to order printed stretch films in a large quantity. As a result, larger orders can lead to great expenses for different companies and product manufacturers.  However, it should be noted that printed films minimize the cost of labels. You might utilize some of the saved money for printed stretch films for better branding.    3. Recycling Issues There are some problems associated with the recycling of printed stretch films. Although it is recyclable, many countries and cities lack the facilities for recycling the printed stretch wraps properly, which can lead to an unsustainable environment. Many recycling companies often reject such films from recycling due to the presence of logos or text on it.    The Bottom Line Considering the pros and cons of printed stretch films, we can conclude that these modern printed stretch wraps are suitable for large companies and enterprises that are used to packaging hundreds of products and serving many customers on a daily basis. Although small manufacturers can face difficulty in terms of costing and the recycling process of the printed stretch films, many still reckon that it’s worth the money as printed stretch films can greatly boost a company’s image and branding effects. For more information, feel free to get in touch with us.   

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25 June
15 Surprising Uses For Stretch Wraps

Stretch wrapping is mostly associated with covering products for deliveries and in warehouses. It is mainly used by factories and product manufacturers to keep products safe and securely packaged. However, stretch films have a myriad of applications. Some of the surprising uses for stretch wraps are:   1. Keeping fruit and vegetables fresh Stretch films can be wrapped around fruit, especially bananas, to keep them fresh for an extended period and stop them from rapid ripening. Some vegetables can also be stretch wrapped to keep them fresh for a more extended period.   2. Keep paint fresh Stretch wraps can be used on the top of paint as an extra layer of protection. Before closing the paint can with a lid, put some stretch film around the top to ensure that air cannot enter the paint and the paint remains fresh.   3. Exam Papers Stretch wraps are one of the most common ways of securing exam papers. It ensures that all of the papers are securely transferred to the exam centres, and the bundle is not opened, hence preventing any possible leaks.   4. Bicycles Stretch films are used around bicycles all around the world, including in Malaysia. Pedals and handlebars are often covered with stretch wraps while moving them or at bicycle shops. This is to avoid any damages like scratching and scuffing on the bicycle.    5. Money  Stretch films provide extra protection for a large sum of money being transferred to a bank, storage facility or a minting facility. It is much easier to keep the money secured in one place with the help of stretch wraps. It also provides a high-security level to the currency notes because stretch films have tamper-evident properties and are waterproof. Sensitive products such as scratch cards, lottery tickets and giveaway cards are often wrapped with stretch films in Malaysia.    6. Avert Ice Cream Frosting Covering your ice cream with stretch wrap before closing it with a lid and putting it in the freezer helps prevent it from the freezer frost.    7. Safeguard your products in a suitcase If you want to put some liquid bottles in your suitcase, there is always a risk of spilling into your things and damaging it. Tightly wrap the stretch film over the liquid bottle to make sure it does not leak.   8. Cover Windows Cold air can enter your house from the small gaps in windows and doors, disturbing the whole environment of the house. You can prevent this by using stretch wraps to cover the windows and prevent cool air from entering, especially during cold nights.   9. Keep Rollers and Brushes Moist Wet paint brushes, rollers, and other equipment that can be damaged by the air can be protected with stretch wraps. As a result, the brushes will not dry and can be used again without washing them.   10. Easy Cleaning of Refrigerator Cleaning a refrigerator can be an exhausting task. To reduce the fridge cleaning time, place the stretch wraps in the fridge over the shelves. Whenever you want to clean it, just replace.     11. Protect the Moist Soil Pots should be covered with stretch wraps to protect the moist soil. Covered soil will result in a softer surface, which promotes the growth of the seeds.   12. Protect Delicate Items Like many other countries, stretch films are used in Malaysia to protect the delicate items while moving from different places, such as from the warehouse to delivery points. Other than the obvious protection, stretch wraps also keep the fragile and sharp items in one place, for example, crockeries like knives, spoons, and forks.     13. Protect Keyboard Stretch wraps can protect the computer keyboards from dirt and dust particles. Many people also habitually place eatables and fluids around the keyboard, which can accidentally spill on it. Stretch wraps can minimize the damage and protect the keyboards from accidental spills.   14. Patterns on the Wall  If you want a stylish random pattern on a wall, you can use a stretch wrap to create it. Place a stretch wrap on the wet painted wall and create different designs with the wrap. The plastic wrap will thin out the paint and leave different patterns on the wall which give a very modern chic vibe.   15. Marble Effects on Nails Similarly, if you want a cost-efficient marble effect on your nails, you can use stretch wraps. Did you know that if you use stretch wrap to dab over the wet nail polish, it will result in a unique marble effect? Just make sure to apply the top coat to preserve the design on your nails.    In a Nutshell  Stretch wrapping is a highly versatile method of packaging that can be utilized in wrapping almost any product in any style. When it comes to stretch wrapping, the only limit is your imagination because it has applications in practically every sector. Are you looking for a stretch wrap or stretch film manufacturer in Malaysia? For more information, feel free to get in touch with us.   

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29 April
Film Extrusion and Why Is It Important

Plastic film extrusion is one of the most significant procedures in shipping and product manufacturing industries. It produced about 25% of all the thermoplastics used in the industry, especially food packaging while the rest of the extruded films are utilized in construction and agricultural machinery.  During the process of plastic film extrusion, the molten polymer is pushed through a circular die. The process is repeated regularly and produces high-quality products of the same quality and precise gauge. The production of very thin gauge films involves blown film extrusion or cast film extrusion. Different types of high-quality stretch films are produced in Malaysia.   What is Blown Film Extrusion? Blown extrusion is similar to the simple extrusion, except for the fact that it produces very thin films. It involves extruding a tube of molten polymer through a die and expanding it multiple times to produce a thin film bubble. The bubble is then molded into different shapes. Numerous types of polymers can be used in this process. However, the majority of the stretch film manufacturers in Malaysia use polyethylene in film extrusion.   What is the Film Extrusion Process? The most common method of film extrusion is to carry it out vertically upwards. In recent times, horizontal and downwards variation of extrusion has also become popular in the industry. The four most common steps of film extrusion are: 1. Initially, the polymer, polyethylene, is in the form of a pellet. It is melted and compacted with the help of heavy machinery to convert the pellet into a viscous liquid. The liquid is then passed through a circular die. 2. Air is also inserted via a hole present in the centre of an annular die. As a result, the pressure causes the extruded material to turn into a bubble. Uniform pressure is maintained throughout the process to ensure even the thickness of the film. 3. The newly formed bubble is pulled upwards continuously, and the air is blown into the film. Thus, the film cools down from the inside, and the temperature is dramatically reduced inside the 4. The product is solidified, and the film produces it in passed through nip rollers, which finish off the bubble and compress it into flat film layers. The film is passed through different rollers like windup rollers, idler rollers, and nip rollers to make sure there is a uniform thickness in the film. Finally, the film gets ready to be molded into different shapes and products to be used in different industries.    Advantages of Blown Film Extrusion - Blown films have more balanced in mechanical properties than simple or extruded films because it passes through various machines and traverse directions. Stretch film manufacturers also make sure that the thin film produced is tensile, flexible, and robust.   - A large film, two smaller thin films, or other shapes of the film can be produced via blown film extrusion. - Excessive trimming is not needed after the film is manufactured, and a single die can be used to make different shapes and sizes of the film. - Compared to the cast extrusion, the lower melting temperature is required in blown film extrusion. It reduced the cost of manufacturing.   Disadvantages of Blown Film Extrusion - The cooling process of a blown film is an inefficient process compared to a flat film. A flat film is cooled down by the water or chilling rolls, which has much heating capacity than the air used in blown film extrusion. - It is difficult to accurately control the thickness of a blown film. The method is quite complicated, and there are a number of factors that can go wrong. Due to the complicated production method, the manufacturing rates for cast film are much higher than the blown films. Both of these types of stretch films are commonly used.  - The danger of air entrapment between the layers of the film and rollers is grave in film extrusion, which can disturb the whole manufacturing process. It can cause wrinkling or scratches on the newly produced films, and hence they ultimately have to be discarded or reused in other ways. A vacuum is usually installed to avoid air entrapment.   Application and Importance of Film Extrusion High quality stretch films whether it's made in Malaysia or other parts of the world have various applications in a lot of sectors. For example: - The film is used in agricultural packaging - Stretch film wraps are cost-effective - Stretch film is recyclable if it is utilized appropriately. - Used in different kinds of industrial packaging - The film is an essential component of bags - Bags - Preliminary research indicates that blown film extrusion will play a huge role in the massive scale production of carbon nanotube and nanowire films.   The aforementioned application shows how important film extrusion is to various industries especially when it comes to the packaging, shipping, manufacturing, construction and agricultural machinery. For more information about various stretch films, get in touch with us. 

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06 April
Eight Myths about Stretch Films

For businesses that ship large amounts of inventory using pallets, protecting your shipments during transport to your customers is very important. An improperly wrapped pallet can put your products at significant risk of being damaged during transport. Pallet load stability is very important and can be achieved using the proper stretch film to wrap your products.  When it comes to choosing the right stretch film, there are several myths or misconceptions about its usage which causes some businesses to avoid using it. Below, we're going to cover the top 8 myths about using stretch film for pallet load safety.    Common myths about stretch wrap  There are a lot of different myths about pallet stretch film that exist, most of which happen to be not true. To ensure that your products reach your customers safely you need to prioritize pallet load safety. One of the best ways to do so is by utilizing stretch film to fully wrap your pallet before shipping.  Check out the top eight myths about using stretch films to ensure the safe delivery of your products:   1. Thickness determines quality People have the incorrect perception that thicker stretch film equals greater protection. This couldn't be further from the truth as nano stretch films provide superior protection in a thin wrap.    2. Hand-wrapping is cheaper than Machine wrapping Hand wrapping your pallets can actually cost you more money than using a machine. The reason for this is due to the amount of excess time wasted on securing pallets. Using a machine to wrap your pallets will save you time and money that you would otherwise spend using the hand wrapping process.    3. Cheap stretch films save you money Many falsely assume that cheap stretch wrap will save them money. This is also another misconception because cheaper stretch film oftentimes requires that you use an excessive amount of it.    4. Just because your pallet looks secure doesn't mean it's secure Don't confuse the look of your pallet with how secure it actually is. You need to physically check for pallet load stability every time you're packing a new shipment. This is the best way to ensure that your items will be safe during transport.    5. It's impossible to reduce your usage without sacrificing security It is possible to reduce the amount of stretch films you use without sacrificing the safety of your products. There are a lot of stretch film options available on the market such as nano stretch film which lets you use less material for increased stability.     6. Stretch yield limits at 200% There are plenty of stretch wrap options which can give you a yield of more than 200%. Nano stretch film is one of those products that allow you to gain more coverage without increasing your material use.    7. One type of stretch wrap works for all occasions Depending on the items that you're preparing for shipment and their size, you may want to use different film types for packing. There are products such as nano stretch films which let you use less film for more coverage.    8. Pallet wrapping machines are too expensive There are several different pallet wrapping machines available for sale. Not all automated pallet wrapping machines are expensive or unreasonably priced. Depending on what your needs are, you can find an affordably priced machine for your needs in no time.    These are the top eight myths in existence as it relates to the usage and application of pallet stretch films across different industries. If you own a business or company that uses stretch film to wrap pallets on a regular basis, this information can be used to help save you time and money.  Don't let misinformation stop you from reaching the business goals you have set in mind. Now you know the truth about pallet wrapping, start shipping your products with assurance so your customers keep coming back. For more information, Feel free to get in touch with us.   

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28 February
Why Is Nano Stretch Film Better?

Nano stretch film is a highly elastic-plastic material used to wrap items and secure them on pallets. It is a new technology of multi-layered stretch film. One of the greatest benefits of nano stretch film is that it can reduce the thickness while retaining a strong holding force on the wrapped pallet.  Nano stretch film is made from LLDPE. This material is perfect for wrapping and securing loads as it is extremely flexible.  Stretch film in Malaysia offers a wide variety of cost-effective films for pallet wrapping machines or hand-applied to help you save time, money, and protect your products.   Features of Nano Stretch Film  - Nano stretch film is thin but at the same time, it is tougher and has a good grip for pallet load stability.  - You can use less stretch film so you can lower your cost per load. - Flexible. It can be easily adapted to fit the nature of items wrapped and types of high-speed pallet wrapping machines. - Stronger durability against puncture and tearing the perforation - Highly stretchable - Less self space needed - Eco-friendly   Why Use Nano Stretch Films To Wrap Your Goods? Here are the main benefits of nano stretch films:    1. Pallet Load Safety Stretch film will protect your goods as it will keep them free of moisture, dust, and dirt. When you use nano stretch film the shipping damage is minimal. They can also protect your items from ultraviolet rays and reduce the instances of pilferage.   2. Increase Worker Productivity  When you use the stretch wrap, workers can easily scan through optics, resulting in more productivity. Because it is easier to wrap, you will save time and money, and pallet loading and transportation can be performed faster and more effectively.    3. Save Money Stretch film is the best alternative to wrap your products. The stretch wrap machine/equipment is affordable compared to the other alternatives and they also consume less energy, making them more environmentally friendly.  Besides, your per load packaging cost can be reduced significantly as you will need less film because of its toughness.    4. Pallet Load Securing Using nano stretch film will keep your shipment safe as it can sustain punctures. If for any reason the stretch film is torn, it will not lead to further tearing. This will prevent your goods from getting damaged and avoid customer dissatisfaction.    What is the Difference Between Stretch Film and Shrink Film? Many use the terms shrink wrap and stretch wrap interchangeably, but you have to keep in mind that they are two different products.  The main difference between shrink wrap and stretch wrap is that the formal is a clear plastic that is not stretchy. Also, shrink film requires heat to cling to the product and it is commonly used for direct contact with food.  Stretch wrap is an elastic film that is commonly used to wrap and secure loads on pallets for shipping purposes. It clings to itself creating a tightly wrapped, secure packaging.  There are a wide variety of stretch films such as: - UV stretch film - Colored stretch film - Pre-stretch film Stretch film is more adaptable than other films.     The Bottom Line Thanks to nanotechnology, it is possible to get thinner films to perform in the same manner just like the thicker traditional stretch film. Nano stretch film has better stretchability, it is puncture resistant and it is stronger to hold all your goods. Thong Guan Industries Berhad is now working with stretch films that have 33 layers, which enables us to have more control and to increase the effectiveness of their performance.  The use of nano stretch film has many benefits, including: - Reduced packaging costs - Greater efficiency - Greater pallet load security - Less damage during the transportation process - More environmentally friendly compared to the current “non-nano” films.  Stretch film can stretch around corners of products, boxes, and pallets. It is made from Linear-Low-Density Polyethylene (also known as LLDPE), which is the perfect material for wrapping and securing loads thanks to its flexibility.  If you want to know which type of nano-stretch film is the best for your wrapping requirements, get in touch with us. Our professional and friendly staff will be pleased to provide you with all the information you need.

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16 January
Different Types Of Plastic Wraps And Their Usage

Plastic wrap can be used to denote various kinds of plastic, used in different industries. The industrial and commercial usage of plastic wraps in food industries in the most prominent one. Different kinds of plastic wraps such as cling film, sarong wrap, etc are used for the same.  Therefore, thin plastic material, used to seal food in containers, in order to maintain their shelf life and sustainability is known as plastic wraps. Plastic wraps do the job of sealing and vacuuming food items, inside a container, without using any adhesive. The plastic wraps used in food packaging is made from polyvinyl chloride which helps in maintaining the level of water vapour and oxygen in the food containers, which in return, helps in keeping the food fresh and healthy for a long period of time.  Wrapping food in plastic wraps, cling films or saron wraps, helps in the preservation of food. Food can be preserved and stored for a long period of time. Food is saved from getting perished and the quality of food is also maintained.     Stretch film and its kinds Stretch films or stretch wraps are stretchable plastic which is used around items to keep them tight, intact and safe. Products which are kept on pallets to be transported from one place to another are usually packed with stretch film in order to keep them protected and secured. This also keeps the pallet safe.  Heavy and bulky items, usually carrying delicate products inside them, or are supposed to be travelled across places on a pallet, is wrapped by a pallet stretch film in order to keep them protected.  Products secured by stretch films are strong and durable enough to be transported and stored for long durations. Another benefit about stretch films and stretch wraps is that they are recyclable and hence a better and friendlier option for the environment.    Kinds of pallet stretch films  1. Machine Stretch With a width that can vary up to 80 inches, a machine stretch wrap is usually applied with the help of a stretch wrap machine. They are faster, cost-efficient and a safer option in comparison to wrapping stretch films by hand.    2. Hand Stretch Ranging from 1000 ft to 2000 ft, hand stretch wraps are wraps designed to be used by hands. Since they require manual power, they are shorter and lighter. They are usually used for packaging operations which are lower in potency.    3. Blown Stretch Tougher and with much more holding power in comparison to other kinds of stretch films, blown stretch have a higher tear resistance and thus are considered more durable and sturdy.   Difference between stretch wraps and shrink wraps. Unlike stretch wraps, shrink wraps are the plastic material which are used to cover products and are wrapped around products with the help of heat. Here are a few differences between stretch wraps and shrink wraps:   - Stretch wraps do not require heat and shrink wraps require heat, in order to cover them around products.  - Stretch wraps are used more to wrap industrial products in comparison to shrink wraps.  - Shrink wraps are used more to wrap retail products in comparison to stretch wraps. - Stretch wraps are used more to wrap pallets in comparison to shrink wraps.  - The most common thickness of stretch wraps is 80 gauge and shrink wraps in 75 gauge.    Conclusion Different plastic wraps are manufactured through different methods. Each comes with its own usage, pros and cons. Plastic wraps are usually difficult to recycle, hence are not encouraged. However, plastic wraps do not degrade easily, can survive under extreme temperatures, are an affordable means of packaging and keeps the products safe and secure.  

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23 December
Do's And Don'ts For Pallet Shipping

If you are shipping large quantities of certain items, you must palletize your boxes. This is extremely important because it is the most efficient way to store items in transit, and most carriers will require it. As your boxes should be palletized before they come to pick them up, you must be ready to do it and do it the right way.  Let’s begin by reviewing how to pack a pallet and package your items: A) First, keep in mind that the carrier’s responsibility is to move your goods from point A to point B, so it is your job to package your items as well as possible. B) It is important to package your items with a strong pallet stretch film to protect them from the inside out.  C) Use the best-quality packaging materials you can find. Believe me, you will save time and work. You will need:   - Boxes - Quality Pallets - Stretch film and wrap   How to Prepare Your Cargo For Transport   1) Use Stretch Film  The best way to prevent your items from shifting is to use stretch film and pallet straps. These two tools are the best for pallet load stability and safety. Stretch wrap is an excellent form to keep your items immobile since it clings tightly and can hold a lot of weight.  Remember to use a nano stretch film around the bottom of the pallet. In Malaysia, there are established stretch film manufacturers, such as Thong Guan so you should not have any problem finding the right one.    2) Pack Your Items In Each Individual Box To maximize the pallet load securing you need to make sure to properly pack your items in each individual box. The boxes should have no air inside and you need to make sure they are full. If there is air, your items could get damaged during shipping. Do whatever you need to do to adjust the box to your items, for example, you can use bubble wrap, or cut the box.  To close the boxes, you can use tape, even though it is a better option to use stretch film, as it will properly secure the boxes and save you money and hassle.    3) Place The Heaviest Boxes In The Bottom If you have different-sized boxes on the same pallet, you must place the largest and heaviest boxes at the bottom. This way you are building a solid foundation of your stack. Big, heavy boxes can support more weight and it will keep the smaller boxes in place and stable.  It is better not to use a pyramid shape as placing all the small boxes on the top can make it less stable than you can imagine. The best solution is to place smaller boxes evenly throughout the stack.    4) Use Enough Stretch Wrap As mentioned, the best way to secure your pallet load is to use stretch film. Make sure to use enough stretch film, wrap 3 to 5 times. It is important to use high-quality stretch film as you don’t want your goods to be damaged.  When you are wrapping your boxes, make sure to wrap the top part but leave a small space so the pallet is accessible to the forklift. This way the pallet would not separate from the boxes when the forklift tilt to transport.  Finally, if you want more strength, don’t forget to twist the stretch wrap.    5) Use Labels It is important to use labels to help workers handle your items safely. Also, labels will speed things up when the other party is receiving them. It is important to use the correct type of labels and to know exactly what labelling practising your items require, so do simple research to do it right.    6) Ask Your Carrier For Any Additional Rules Every carrier has additional rules you need to know to stack and wrap your items. Make sure to read carefully all the freight carrier’s regulation for palletized goods. It is important to know the specific packaging codes when shipping via air, ground or maritime freight.    The Bottom Line Learning how to properly palletize your shipping boxes will ensure safer and easier transportation. Just make sure to use high-quality materials, especially pallet stretch film to protect your items and avoid any problems with your carrier. 

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20 November
How To Reduce Product Damage During Shipping

One of the biggest blows to a company's sales and profits is product damage. Any company that is into production of goods invariably has to convey these products to the point of sales, and while this is necessary, it comes with certain risks such as goods getting damaged in transit.  The fact that almost every shipment undergoes product damage has led manufacturers to add extra stock to their shipment to make up for anticipated damage, but this results in an increase in cost. In fact, it has become a pre-calculated part of the total cost of business.  As common as having damaged products is, having a high percentage of it will invariably lower your profit margin as well as disappoint your customers. One thing you should always consider as a manufacturer or supplier is customer satisfaction. Nobody enjoys ordering a product and then receiving damaged stock, and such customers will be discouraged from patronizing your brand and may even go on to comment negatively online, therefore posing a great threat to your business growth.  Happy customers tend to be loyal customers, and so you should look for ways to minimize product damage during transportation. This is done basically by using high-quality stretch films (also called stretch wraps) to wrap the stacked goods, but even the stacking itself must be done in such a way as to maximize pallet load stability in order to reduce the tendency of the goods to move or fall apart when the vehicle accelerates or brakes suddenly. Below are ways in which you can increase pallet load stability to reduce product damage.    1. Using stretch films High quality stretch films or wraps can significantly increase the stability of loads. When loads are stacked on a pallet, ensure to wrap tightly using a quality stretch film. Note that while using too many layers of stretch films can damage packaging and thus the product, too little will lead to instability and possibly collapse.    2. Reducing stack height Stack height is a major factor to consider in improving pallet load stability. Stacks having a significantly large height to width ratio tend to be more unstable than shorter ones. Tall stacks have their centre of gravity very far from the ground, therefore making the top of the stack very heavy. This increases the tendency for the load to topple over when the vehicle breaks suddenly, whether or not stretch wraps are used.    3. Limiting the use of perforations More products are now commonly shipped in open and shelf-ready cases with a lot of perforations. Having too many perforations in a case will weaken the structural strength of the case, especially when these perforations cut through the vertical edges.    4. Improving your shipping platform Plastic pallets are better and more durable than wooden ones. Wooden pallets are more prone to defects, which may, in turn, lead to collapse during shipping. Wooden splinters and protruding nails can as well damage packaging or the product therein, therefore if wooden pallets must be used at all (due to lower cost), refined lumber with smooth finishes and countersunk fasteners should be used. Large gaps in pallets reduce structural strength and thus pallet load stability will be compromised when products are aligned along such gaps. Fewer gaps would mean more lumber, but the impact on pallet load stability should make up for the cost. Plastic is resistant to action of fluids and other materials, thereby limiting the spread of chemical spills that can lead to contamination of products.    5. Choosing an interlocked stacking pattern over columnar pattern.  Whereas columnar stacking may improve the compressive strength of your stack, using an interlocking pattern produces greater lateral strength and overall pallet load stability. Also, ensure that your packaging is designed such that it fully utilizes all the available space in the pallet. Unused spaces give room for products to move about, thereby increasing the chances of hitting against each other or possibly collapse.    In a Nutshell  After all the above have been checked, use a high-quality stretch wrap to wrap up the whole stack and I assure you product movement or damage during shipping will be drastically reduced.  

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20 November
Plastic Wraps For Moving

If you are moving soon, it is a good idea to buy stretch wrap as part of your packing supplies. The plastic film has been used by professional movers for a long time but now it is available in different sizes and gauges, making it perfect for your do-it-yourself move.   Using stretch wrap is better than using tapes because it’s easier to apply and remove. Plus, it is recyclable so you are helping to save the environment too.  If you need more protection and to secure large items, you should buy 80 gauge. For smaller, lighter items, your best option is 65 gauge stretch wrap.  Stretch film manufacturers in Malaysia, such as Thong Guan offers different types of plastic wraps for moving. You should choose the one that is right for you.   How to Use Plastic Wrap for Moving It is a good idea to have all the items disassembled and secured with plastic wrap before you wrap them. For example, if your furniture has drawers, empty these to have less lifting to do.  If you are going to cover the item in padding, do it before wrapping the plastic wrap around the item. The main purpose of the stretch wrap is to help keep safe the materials in place.  Ask someone to help you cover your items with stretch film, so one can hold the item while the other wrap the plastic around. To make sure you have secured every part of the item, you need to wrap them both horizontally and vertically.  By using plastic wrap to secure your items, you will save time and money as packing tapes are no longer needed; stretch wrap would stick to itself.    Ways to Use Stretch Film It is easy to find stretch film in Malaysia so you shouldn’t have a problem buying it. Here are some ways to use it for your moving needs:   - To close the drawers and cabinet doors during transportation  - To protect appliance cords to the appliance - To avoid using tapes for keeping paper cover  - Pallet load security  - To prevent spills from open bottles such as shampoo with a layer of stretch film - Secure rugs during transportation.  - Pallet load safety    Stretch Film for Furniture As mentioned, professional movers use plastic wrap to pack items and furniture. If you want the same professional result, follow these simple steps to protect your belongings:   1. Clean furniture. It is important to have all your furniture clean and dry before wrapping. This way you will have one thing less to do in your new house.  2. Pull out any removable parts. Check your furniture to find removable parts like sofa legs and table leaves. Wrap each removable part separately, and pack them in a box.  3. Before you wrap wood or leather with stretch film, make sure to cover them with paper. The paper will give protection and airflow, preventing the item to sweat.  4. Be extra careful with the corners. It is a good idea to place cardboard or extra foam in the corners to protect them.  5. Use different types and sizes. Use stretch wrap 80 gauge to cover the entire piece of furniture and 65 gauge for small items. Use the plastic wrap to maintain any paper cover securely.    To apply the plastic wrap, just place your fingers in the centre of the empty rolls and go around the piece, letting the large roll unwrap as you go. Remember, it is a good idea to have a friend or family member nearby to help you hold it in place at first to get it started. Cut it with scissors. The wrap will stick to itself.    In a Nutshell   As you can see, there are many reasons why using plastic wrap for your moving is a wise decision. It will help protect your items while saving you time and money.  While you can find plastic wrap in a grocery store, it is better to buy rolls specifically used for moving. To find them, contact Thong Guan, your stretch film manufacturer in Malaysia. Our friendly staff will be pleased to guide you on the size and type you need for your moving.   

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