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    ASTM D4649 - 20

    Standard Guide for Use of Stretch Films and Wrapping Application

    Active Standard ASTM D4649 | Developed by Subcommittee: D10.25

    Book of Standards Volume: 15.10


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    Significance and Use

    4.1 This guide is for user selection, specification, and application of stretch film materials. It may be used between the buyer and seller to arrive at purchase specifications.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers recommended guidelines for the selection, specification, and use of stretch films for unitizing, reinforcing, and palletizing for indoor environments. This can include storage or transport, or both, in warehouses, closed containers such as truck trailers or rail boxcars, and associated transfer terminals. This guide does not cover the performance issues associated with outdoor exposure.

    1.1.1 Performance characteristics of stretch film may be negatively affected by extreme temperatures.

    1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D882 Test Method for Tensile Properties of Thin Plastic Sheeting

    D907 Terminology of Adhesives

    D996 Terminology of Packaging and Distribution Environments

    D1003 Test Method for Haze and Luminous Transmittance of Transparent Plastics

    D1505 Test Method for Density of Plastics by the Density-Gradient Technique

    D1746 Test Method for Transparency of Plastic Sheeting

    D1894 Test Method for Static and Kinetic Coefficients of Friction of Plastic Film and Sheeting

    D1922 Test Method for Propagation Tear Resistance of Plastic Film and Thin Sheeting by Pendulum Method

    D2103 Specification for Polyethylene Film and Sheeting

    D2457 Test Method for Specular Gloss of Plastic Films and Solid Plastics

    D2578 Test Method for Wetting Tension of Polyethylene and Polypropylene Films

    D2863 Test Method for Measuring the Minimum Oxygen Concentration to Support Candle-Like Combustion of Plastics (Oxygen Index)

    D3951 Practice for Commercial Packaging

    D4321 Test Method for Package Yield of Plastic Film

    D4470 Test Method for Static Electrification

    D5331 Test Method for Evaluation of Mechanical Handling of Unitized Loads Secured with Stretch Wrap Films

    D5414 Test Method for Evaluation of Horizontal Impact Performance of Load Unitizing Stretch Wrap Films

    D5415 Test Method for Evaluating Load Containment Performance of Stretch Wrap Films by Vibration Testing

    D5416 Test Method for Evaluating Abrasion Resistance of Stretch Wrap Films by Vibration Testing

    D5458 Test Method for Peel Cling of Stretch Wrap Film

    D5459 Test Method for Machine Direction Elastic Recovery and Permanent Deformation and Stress Retention of Stretch Wrap Film

    D5748 Test Method for Protrusion Puncture Resistance of Stretch Wrap Film

    D8314 Guide for Performance Testing of Applied Stretch Films and Stretch Wrapping

    E96/E96M Test Methods for Water Vapor Transmission of Materials

    E284 Terminology of Appearance


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 55.040 (Packaging materials and accessories)

    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/D4649-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM D4649-20, Standard Guide for Use of Stretch Films and Wrapping Application, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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