An orbital stretch wrapper
An orbital stretch wrapper

An orbital stretch wrapper is a means of applying stretchable plastic film to a load, consisting of a roll (or rolls) of stretch wrap supported on a vertical rotating ring and a means of passing a load through the ring's eye horizontally. Several designs are available.[1][2]

The item or load can go through the ring on a conveyor or can be placed into the ring by a pallet truck. Small loads can be suspended within the rotating ring by hand. Stretch is achieved by creating tension between the load and film roll using a brake or gear ratio system.


  1. ^ US6729106B2, Wiley, "Orbital pallet wrapping machine and method", published 2004 
  2. ^ US 4,723,393, Silbernagel, "Twin roll laminated packaging process P Silbernagel - US Patent 4,723,393, 1988 -", published 1988