Helpful Formulas

Mils vs. Microns

  • Mil – A unit of measurement in thousandths of an inch. (i.e., .001 = one thousandth of an inch or 1.0 mil). Generally used to designate the thickness of LLDPE products.
  • Mic – Short for micron, one thousandth of a millimeter. Generally used to designate the thickness of HDPE products.

For the EXACT conversion:

  • Mils to Microns: (Number of Mils) x 25.4 (i.e., .75 mil = 19 microns).
  • Microns to Mils: (Number of Microns) / 25.4 (i.e., 14 microns = .55 mil).

For the APPROXIMATE strength equivalents:

LLDPE & Blends

HDPE

.4 - .45 mil
.6 - .75 mil
.75 - .95 mil
.95 - 1.1 mil
1.1 - 1.5 mil
1.5 - 1.8 mil
Premium Super-Hexene

6 micron
8 - 10 micron
10 - 13 micron
13 - 16 micron
16 - 18 micron
16 - 25 micron
no comparable equivalent

Formula for determining proper bag size:

  • Measuring instructions to determine the proper size bag for any receptacle:

For a round receptacle:
Width of bag required = Diameter of receptacle x 3.14 / 2
(Diameter = the distance across the top of the receptacle)
Length of bag required = 1/2 of the diameter + height of receptacle
+ 4" to 6" for overhang

 

For a square or rectangle receptacle:
Width of bag required = Length of two sides
Length of bag required = 1/2 the smallest side + height of receptacle
+ 4" to 6" for overhang

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