What is a pallet load profile?
A pallet load profile is a way of categorizing the load configuration of a pallet. A pallet can be loaded in an infinite number of ways and will often vary from load to load. The positioning of the items on a pallet changes its vertical and/or horizontal profile. Depending on the horizontal and vertical edge profiles, a different stretch film or machine operation may be required.
Knowing the load profile of pallets to be wrapped makes it easier to determine which stretch wrapping machine and stretch film will work best for the given application.
Type 'A' loads have uniform horizontal and vertical edge profiles. The load footprint is nearly the same size as the pallet deck. Each item contained within the load to be wrapped fits together to form a uniform shape. There are few edges that can puncture the stretch wrap as it is being applied. These are the easiest loads to wrap due to the uniform lines and lack of snag points.
Type 'B' loads do not have the same uniform vertical and horizontal edge profiles as loads rated as profile 'A'. The load pattern results in irregular vertical and/or horizontal profiles and may not be the same size as the pallet deck. It is possible that edges may exist on these types of loads that can cause punctures or failure of stretch wrap film.
Type "C" loads vary from pallet to pallet. No two 'C' loads will have the same vertical or horizontal edge profiles. Sharp edges will require additional stretch wrap management and a higher quality stretch film is recommended to handle this type of difficult load.
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