Shrink wrap packaging is a generic term often used to describe packaged products. Most people do not realize it comes in a variety of different forms and is used to package millions of different products around the world. Many new and existing business owners are often lost when beginning to determine the right type of packaging for a new or existing product. This guide is intended to assist with the discovery process and offer possible solutions for new product packaging.
The products below are broken down into the different forms of shrink wrap packaging to better understand the specific product often used with each product.
Shrink Banding – Commonly made of PVC, shrink banding is used with bottles as a safety seal to ensure customers that products have not been tampered with.
Shrink Sleeves – Shrink sleeves are pre-cut printed shrink tubes that slide over bottles and jars. Shrink sleeves are a great form of marketing and are often printed on. Printed shrink sleeves require fully custom orders with minimum order requirements to begin production. Clear PVC shrink sleeves are often cut to size from continuous rolls of tubing and more readily available than custom shrink sleeves.
Double Packed Products
Shrink Bags – Shrink bags have three closed sides. Users insert products into pre-made bags and seal the open of the bag with a sealer. Shrink bags are most commonly made from PVC or polyolefin shrink film.
Shrink Bundling Film – Most shrink bundling film comes in a 2 mil thickness and thicker. Shrink Bundling film is often made from a single wound polyethylene shrink film. Single wound means the film comes off the roll flat.
Heavy Retail Boxes
Double Packs of Charcoal
Cases of Soda
Bundled Metal Products
Shrink Tubing – Shrink tubing has two closed sides and comes on a continuous roll. Shrink tubing is the same as a shrink sleeve except most often sold in clear and continuous PVC rolls.
Wooden Dowel Rods
Molding and Trim
Towels and Small Rugs
Stacks of Cups
Giant Toy Pencils
Centerfold Shrink Film – Centerfolded shrink film is the most popular form of shrink wrapping. Film is folded in half length-ways and wound onto a roll. A 24 inch flat film is folded in half to 12 inches and wound onto a roll. The crease creates a pocket to put the product into. Most high-speed and semi-auto machines use centerfold shrink film.
Product Replacement Parts
Assorted small products with backer board
Bundled Product Packs
Stacks of Stickers
Personal Care Products
Vanity License Plates
Shrink wrap is a professional and affordable form of packaging for large and small businesses. Feel free to use this list as a guide to help determine the best film to be used for your application. Don’t hesitate to call us if you need any further assistance.
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