High density can liners are measured in microns. A common sized can liner is 43x48, 16 micron. Moody says sometimes there will be an asterisk next to the gauge, so the item number will be 43x48x16 ‘C,’ for clear and then they might put a letter ‘N’ afterwards, which means nominal. Nominal, according to Moody, means plus or minus 10 percent on the gauge, meaning that a customer could end up getting a can liner that is 10 percent thicker than 16 microns or 10 percent thinner than 16 microns.
Distributors say cheater can liners can often be tipped off by the verbiage — or lack there of — used on the packaging of can liners. Words that are commonly used are “nominal gauges” and “market quality.”
Moody says recently a customer of his was made to believe that what he was being offered from another distributor was the same can liner that Solutex was selling. It was far from the truth, though.
Charles Moody, president of , Sterling, Va., has also been forced to fight off distributors trying to undercut his can liner pricing. The only successful way to do so, he says, is to fight back by educating customers that there are deceitful distributors selling these cheater products in the marketplace.