Let’s face it, plastic measurements can be confusing. Gauge, microns, thousandths; what does it all mean? We’ve created a plastic thickness conversion chart to help you.

 

Think about some products you're probably familiar with:

  • Home Use Plastic Food Wrap - Typically 35-40 ga. Thickness
  • Home Use Zipper Bags - Typically 1.5-2 Mil Thickness
  • Heavy Duty Trash Bags - Typically 2-3 Mil Thickness


When you don't have access to this data, the reference points above will help you.


Here's another valuable trick: use a dollar bill when you need to take a measurement but don't have a ruler. United States paper money is approximately 6 3/8" wide and 2 5/8" tall. Use that as a guideline and you'll be pretty close to accurate.

 

Gauge Thickness Conversion Chart

 

Gauge

Mil

Micron

Millimeter

Inch

Centimeter

30

.30

7.6

.0076

.0003

.000762

40

.40

10

.0101

.0004

.001016

50

.50

12.5

.0127

.0005

.00127

60

.60

15

.0152

.0006

.001524

75

.75

19

.0190

.0007

.001905

80

.80

20

.0203

.0008

.002032

90

.90

23

.0228

.0009

.002286

100

1.0

25

.0254

.0010

.00254

120

1.2

30

.0304

.0012

.003048

150

1.5

38

.0380

.0015

.00381

160

1.6

40

.0406

.0016

.004064

180

1.8

45

.0457

.0018

.004572

200

2.0

50

.0508

.0020

.00508

 

Common Stretch Film Thicknesses

Hand Stretch Film:

·      47 Gauge Hand Stretch Film

·      63 Gauge Hand Stretch Film

·      80 Gauge Hand Stretch Film

·      120 Gauge Hand Stretch Film

 

Machine Stretch Film:

·      50 Gauge Machine Stretch Film

·      63 Gauge Machine Stretch Film

·      80 Gauge Machine Stretch Film

·      100 Gauge Machine Stretch Film

·      120 Gauge Machine Stretch Film

·      150 Gauge Machine Stretch Film

 

Common Heat Shrink Film Thicknesses

Polyolefin Shrink Film (Cryovac, Clysar, Bollore, Opti)

·      30 gauge

·      40 gauge

·      45 gauge

·      60 gauge

·      75 gauge

·      100 gauge

 

PVC Shrink Film (Reynolon, Syfan, Zhongda)

·      60 gauge

·      75 gauge

·      100 gauge

·      125 gauge

·      150 gauge

 

Common Packaging Tape Thicknesses

Acrylic Adhesive

·      1.6 mil

·      1.8 mil

·      2.0 mil

·      2.5 mil

 

Hot-Melt Adhesive

·      1.9 mil

·      2.2 mil

·      2.5 mil

·      3.0 mil

·      3.5 mil

 

If you’re unsure which of these products is right for you, call us toll free at 855-373-7225 or visit https://www.discountpackagingdepot.com. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help.