What is a pallet load profile?
What you should know
A pallet load profile is a way of categorizing the load composition of a pallet. To begin with, you can load pallet in an infinite number of ways. This will often vary from load to load. Next, when positioning the items on your pallet the vertical and/or horizontal profile will change. Incidentally depending on the horizontal and vertical edge profiles, you may be required to use a different stretch film or machine operation.
In conclusion, knowing the load profile of your 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. Due to the uniform lines and lack of snag points, these are the easiest loads to wrap.
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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