Despite all the electronic production monitoring tools, minor deviations cannot be avoided. These are often caused by external temperature fluctuations during extrusion.

The permitted tolerances and test methods are specified in the GKV test and evaluation clauses for polyethylene films. These were set up by the IK Industrievereinigung Kundststoffverpackungen e.V.

© 2018 GKV

Here are some excerpts:

Strength deviation

The thickness measurements are carried out evenly across the entire width of the production hose. At least 10 measurements are taken on a film width of 1 m.

The thickness measurement is to be carried out with a calibrated thickness gauge in accordance with DIN 55543 (packaging test - test methods for packaging films -).

The thickness measurement is generally carried out across the production of the film. The spread of the individual deviations from the nominal thickness (target thickness) may be:

Width Stength Deviation
until 2500 mm > 25 μm ± 13 %
from 2501 mm > 25 ≤ 50 μm ± 20 %
from 6001 mm ≤ 50 μm ± 25 %
from 6001 mm > 50 μm ± 20 %


Width deviation

The following width tolerances apply to tubular, half-tubular, gusseted tubular with extended gusset and untrimmed flat film:

Width in mm
Deviation in mm
until 800
± 8
from 800 ± 10
from 1.200
± 12
from 2.000 ± 15
from 3.000 ± 30
from 4.000 ± 50
from 5.000 ± 80

 For trimmed flat film, 50% of the specified width tolerance applies.


Length deviation

The following length tolerances apply to tubular, half-tubular, gusseted tubular with extended gusset and untrimmed flat film:

Roll length in mm
Deviation in %
until 100
± 3,0
from 100 ± 2,5
from 500
± 2,0
from 1.000 ± 1,5
from 2.000 ± 1,2
from 5.000 ± 0,8


Manufacturing deviations

Maximum permissible width/length deviations (tolerances) from the dimensions resulting from the manufacturing process:
Bag/sack length +/- 3%
Bag/sack width +/- 3%

Examples from our product range:

Polymer Synthese Werk 

D-47495 Rheinberg

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