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Six Advantages of Shrink Wrapping

Jun. 15, 2021

You may have heard about all the benefits of shrink wrapping. But what exactly is shrink wrap and can you use it?

 

Shrink wrap is a plastic film that you can wrap around any object, regardless of size or shape. Heat is then applied to the surface, which causes the plastic to shrink. As it shrinks, it conforms to the shape of the object and seals itself.

 

There are several ways to shrink wrap. Smaller items can be placed in a shrink wrap bag and then heated with a handheld heat gun. Other items can be placed in length-adjustable shrink-wrap tubes. Facilities that shrink wrap larger loads on a regular basis may use shrink wrappers, which can wrap, heat and seal at the same time.

Shrink Wrap

 Shrink Wrap

Advantages of Shrink Wrapping

Shrink wrapping has many applications in a variety of industries. Not only is it easy to use, but it also offers a wide range of benefits.

 

Protection

When heat shrink packaging is heated, it creates a very tight seal. This plastic seal completely protects the contents of the shrink wrap. When sealed, the contents are no longer susceptible to damage that can be caused by dust, dirt or moisture. Some types of shrink wrap even come with UV protection to protect your products from the sun's harmful rays.

 

Durability

Shrink wrap is made of very strong and durable plastic. It is very difficult to tear or puncture. Unlike other materials, shrink wrap does not become brittle or weaken in the sun or when it is extremely cold. Once shrink wrap is heated and sealed to your object, it will not loosen or sag.

 

Affordable

Shrink wrap is a very affordable option when compared to other packaging materials. It is also designed to minimize space; it keeps bundled items close together without the use of additional bulky materials, such as boxes. The space saved is money saved in storage and shipping.

Shrink Wrap

 Shrink Wrap

Branding

An added feature of shrink packaging is that it can be designed with colors, text, images and logos to promote your product. From your production floor to the end user, your product is not just packaged in plastic, but in your branded packaging. It's a marketing tool that increases brand awareness and makes you more visible to your customers.

 

Preservation

Many foods that need to be preserved, either for shipping or to extend shelf life, are preserved using shrink packaging. Food-grade shrink packaging is a regular choice for food manufacturers.

 

Convenience

One of the things that most distinguishes shrink wrap from other packaging materials is that it can be used for projects of any size. Small wires are often shrink wrapped to prevent exposure to moisture. Game pieces, candy and hardware can all be packaged and shrink wrapped. Shrink wrap kits, on the other hand, are used for weathered boats and greenhouses. Trailer and train loads can be shrink-wrapped for easy transport. Even entire buildings are shrink-wrapped to prevent chemical spills or exposure to hazardous materials.

 

Why Shrink Wrap?

Shrink wrapping is a simple process that requires only two things - the right plastic wrap and heat. With just a roll of shrink wrap and a heating source, you can waterproof, weatherproof and tamper-proof anything you own. And since there is no limit to the size of shrink-wrapped items - no matter the size - you now have the means to protect even the most bulky items. As an added benefit, shrink-wrapped plastic is recyclable; when you're done with it, you can toss it in with your other plastic bags to be recycled and remade for future use.


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