Shrink Wrapping Chocolates

Product damage is a serious concern for anyone wrapping heat sensitive products such as chocolates. We often receive calls from confectioners concerned about packaging chocolates with heat shrink wrap. Since shrink wrapping requires heat to properly package products, melting is a legitimate concern. The good news is we have several chocolatiers as customers across the country using our shrink wrap machines with no melting. There are a few things to consider when looking at shrink wrap for packaging chocolates.

  1. Desired Type of Shrink Film – Different shrink films require different heat settings and exposure to heat for proper shrinking. The most common types of shrink wrap used to package chocolate are PVC and Polyolefin. For direct contact with the chocolate, polyolefin shrink film is required.

The required shrink temperature for a standard 75 gauge PVC shrink wrap is often between 250-270 degrees Fahrenheit. The product will often spend less than five seconds exposed to heat within the tunnel. A standard 75 gauge polyolefin shrink wrap often requires a heat setting of 300-350 degrees Fahrenheit with less than five seconds of exposure within the tunnel.

  1. Desired Thickness of Shrink Film – The most common thickness for both PVC and Polyolefin shrink film is 75 gauge. The 75 gauge shrink film is excellent for wrapping the vast majority of chocolate products.

The need for a thicker shrink film is often required because of larger heavier products or transportation stress after packaging. We do have a customer wrapping 20 and 50 pound bricks of solid chocolates that need to use a thicker shrink film. We also have customers that shrink wrap chocolates and handle the product multiple times after packaging. This can also require the use of a thicker shrink film. The use of a thicker shrink film requires longer exposure to heat.

  1. Type of Heating Element – Shrink wrapping requires the sealing of the open shrink film ends which does not cause melting. The process also requires heating of the shrink film to shrink it down to the product. This is the part of the process the can potentially cause product damage.

This rarely happens with the use of a shrink tunnel. Even thicker film requires a very limited time exposed to heat. The form of heating element often causing damage is heat guns. Heat guns are often used for lower output production levels. Depending on the user, packaging with a heat gun can expose products to heat up to one minute which can cause damage to products.

We shot a video packaging products with the 1519 shrink combo system to demonstrate to customers the length of time chocolates would be exposed to heat within a shrink tunnel. At the end of the video below, the operator removes the shrink film to show the chocolates within the package.

Shop all of our shrink wrap machines online at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com. If you have any further questions or concerns about shrink wrapping chocolates or any other heat sensitive products call us at 1-800-441-5090 and we would be happy to assist you.

5 Things To Know About Stretch Film Converting

Many people purchasing stretch film are not aware of the stretch film conversion process, which is perfectly fine. There are many products we purchase and have no idea how they are made. We wanted to share information about the stretch film conversion process to help potential stretch film buyers in their purchase.

The actual manufacturing process of stretch film is called extrusion. A couple of years ago we wrote a blog post about the stretch film extrusion process. The extrusion process requires the melting and forming of the stretch film resin. The end product is most commonly a master roll. The large master roll is then converted to a variety of stretch film sizes.

The process of conversion is what we are going to focus on. Being aware of this process assists stretch film buyers in a variety of ways which are explained below.

Stretch Film Conversion Requires the unwinding of a Master Roll

The large master roll created during the extrusion process must be unwound to convert the stretch film. The master roll can vary in size and width.

How does this help a buyer? The conversion process takes time. If a specific size is not in stock, there is often a 2-5 day lead time for film conversion.

Stretch Film Master roll

Stretch Film Converting Machines Feature Electronic Length Counters

An electronic length counter enables converters to adjust roll lengths according to film thickness. Thicker stretch film often has shorter rolls than thinner film. This helps to keep the overall roll weight comparable.

How does this help a buyer? The electronic roll counters are extremely accurate to ensure customers get the desired length of film.

Digital Length Counter

Stretch Film Conversion Limits are Often Constrained By Available Core Sizes

Stretch film converting machines often allow the converter to reduce the master roll to any size desired. One of the key limitations in conversion sizes is the size of the core. The core is the cardboard on the inside of the roll of stretch film. Cores are often made by a variety of cardboard corrugaters and sent to stretch film converters.

How does this help a buyer? A stretch film converter is often limited to the size of rolls based on the core sizes available. Requesting an oddball width such as a 2.75 inch wide stretch film roll would require the production of a core size in that width. This is often not possible and too costly to do so. This is why we are often limited to standard sized widths.

Stretch Film Cores

Stretch Film Converting Can Also Produce Pre-Stretch Stretch Film

Another popular product produced with stretch film conversion is Pre-stretch stretch film. During the conversion process of a pre-stretch stretch film, stretch film is pulled from the master roll and stretched up to 90% of available stretchability and placed on a smaller roll.

How does this help a buyer? Pre-stretch stretch film is a great option for companies to look into. Because the film is stretched prior to being placed on a roll, workers have to exert less energy when applying the film. Another great advantage is it is much cheaper than a standard stretch film. Being aware of the pre-stretch converting possibilities can potentially save companies thousands of dollars in stretch film costs.

Prestretched Stretch Film

Stretch Film Conversion is Responsible for the Rise of Coreless Stretch Film

Coreless stretch film is growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. Stretch film converters pre-stretch film from a master roll without the use of a core in the machine. Eliminating the cost of the core helps to reduce overall stretch film costs. Eliminating a stretch film core also reduces product lost due to damaged cores.

How does this help a buyer? Coreless stretch film is a great option to consider if wrapping lighter pallets. Aside from the two reasons above, shipping weights on coreless stretch film rolls are substantially less as well.

Coreless Stretch Film

The stretch film conversion process plays a very important roll in bringing a variety of finished products to end users. If you need any further assistance with stretch film quotes, questions, or applications feel free to contact us at 1-800-441-5090 or shop online at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

Different Types of Shrink Wrap

The term shrink wrap is a generic term often used in commercial packaging, retail packaging, food packaging, and industrial packaging. Because a lot of our business is composed of shrink wrap products we get calls all the time for “shrink wrap” quote requests. Often times people do not realize there are many different types of shrink wrap as well as many materials shrink wrap is made from.

We thought it would be helpful to write an extensive blog post about the different types of shrink wrap. Because the types of shrink wrap vary in range dramatically, we do not offer all of the types mentioned. Every type we offer in the list below will have a connected link.

Before we get in to the types of shrink wrap, we want to make a quick mention to what shrink wrap is not. The most mistaken product referred to as shrink wrap is stretch film. The plastic wrap product often used to wrap pallet loads. Though called a shrink wrap, no heat is applied and the stretch film does not actually shrink. It is a stretch film, stretch wrap, or often called a pallet wrap.

All of the types of shrink wrap listed below require heat to be applied for the material to begin shrinking. We have tried to offer possible suppliers to consider for the types of shrink wrap we do not offer.

Types of Shrink Wrap

Centerfold Shrink Wrap

Centerfold Shrink Wrap– One of the most common types of shrink wrap for retail packaging. Centerfold shrink wrap is folded in half length-ways and placed on a roll. This allows users to slide the product being wrapped between the film, seal the open ends, and then apply heat. Centerfold shrink wrap is most commonly made from PVC and Polyolefin. Some suppliers do offer a Polyethylene centerfold shrink film.

Shrink Sleeve

Shrink Sleeves- Another very common type of shrink wrap for retail packaging. Shrink sleeves are often printed on and placed over bottles to brand products. Shrink sleeves often have a lower maximum shrink rate to keep from distorting printing. Preparing plates and design mock ups can often be extensive as well as meeting required product minimums. A couple companies to consider contacting for shrink sleeves are: Source One Packaging and shrinksleevelabels.com.
shrink wrap tubing

Shrink Tubing The main difference between shrink tubing and shrink sleeves is shrink tubing is often on a continuous roll. Shrink sleeves are pre-cut to fit the product being packaged. Shrink tubing is often made from PVC of Polyethylene. Tubing made from PVC is often used for retail packaging longer objects, while polyethylene tubing is often used for packaging cases of liquids and canned products.

Another common use for shrink tubing is electrical shrink tubing. It is often made from a seamless, very thick polyolefin. Electrical shrink tubing is not commonly used in packaging so we will not go into much detail. Some great sources for electrical shrink tubing are Grainger and more locally Autozone.

shrink band

Shrink Banding- Shrink banding is another form of tubing or sleeve except much smaller. Most people are familiar with shrink banding as a safety seal wrapped around over-the-counter medicines and toiletries. Shrink banding is often made from a PVC shrink wrap and requires a low shrink temperature. Shrink banding often comes with easy-to-open perforations. Most shrink banding is custom made to fit the specific bottle being packaged, but some companies do stock a lot of different banding sizes. A few companies to check out if interested in shrink banding are: packagingoptionsdirect.com and SKS Bottle and Packaging.

Shrink Bags

Shrink Bags- Shrink bags are very easy to describe. They have three enclosed sides and one open side. Users insert a product inside the bag, seal the open end and apply heat. Shrink bags are most commonly available in PVC, but we offer PVC and food grade polyolefin shrink bags.

Industrial Shrink Wrap

Industrial Shrink Wrap- Industrial and Marine shrink wrap is often very thick heat shrink wrap made to wrap large objects. One of the most common uses for industrial shrink wrap is the winterization of boats. Industrial shrink wrap can cover and protect boats and other objects during harsh winter months. Industrial shrink wrap is often made from Polyethylene or Polypropylene. Thicknesses often start at 6 Mils and go up to 20 Mils. Several online companies offer Industrial grade shrink wrap. Here are a couple of companies to check out if interested in industrial shrink wrap: Dr Shrink and Big Shrink.

Single Wound Shrink Wrap

Single Wound Shrink Wrap– Single wound shrink wrap is an industry term that means a lay flat shrink wrap. It is simply wound onto the roll flat instead of centerfolded. Single wound PVC and Polyolefin shrink wrap are very difficult to find these days. Most packaging machines are made for centerfolded PVC or Polyolefin shrink wrap. One of the most common single wound shrink wraps is a Polyethylene single wound shrink wrap. Single wound polyethylene rolls are very commonly used with high speed shrink bundlers for packaging water and a variety of other liquids.

Shrink Tape- Shrink tape is often used in place of electrical shrink tubing. Users often wrap electrical wires with shrink tape and apply heat to them to shrink and fit to wires. Shrink tape is often used to connect multiple wires together.

Another form of shrink tape is used for Industrial shrink wrap mentioned above. The shrink tape is often used to connect two sheets of industrial shrink wrap or repair holes. If interested in the electrical shrink tape visit Xtremetape.com. For the industrial shrink tape, Dr. Shrink sells it online.

Pallet Shrink Bags

Pallet Shrink Wrap Bags– Prior to the popularity of stretch film, pallet shrink bags used to be the preferred method of stabilizing and protecting pallet loads of products. Pallet bags are normally made from 3-6 Mil clear polyethylene shrink wrap. Pallet bags are often shrunk with a propane heat gun. They are used to stabilize and protect products during transport.

We are sure somewhere along the way we missed a couple of types of shrink wrap. This should cover the majority of types for anyone looking on the web. Hopefully this post will serve as a guide to assist in finding the right type of shrink wrap for your specific application. If you are interested in one of the many types of shrink wrap we offer, please visit www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

Prolong the life of Stretch Plastic Wrap in the Sun

Storing pallets of products outdoors is a common practice in many industries. Companies often do not have the indoor storage space to keep all products inside. In order to transport the products to and from outdoor storage they often need to be stabilized with a stretch plastic wrap.

The problem with stabilizing pallet loads with a stretch film and storing the product outside is the UV radiation from the sun. Ultra violet radiation from the sun can break down the plastic wrap as well as the product in outdoor storage. In fact, most stock stretch wrap plastic will begin to break down within 30 days of outdoor storage.

Outdoor Plastic Wrap Storage

Stretch Film with a UVI Additive

A stretch film with a UVI (Ultra Violet Inhibitor) additive is a great solution to this problem. The UVI additive works the same as a sunscreen does to skin. It protects the plastic from breaking down by the ultra violet light.

Stretch film is made from polyethylene plastic which rapidly degrades when exposed to UV radiation. The degradation causes the plastic wrap to lose stretch and cling ability over time making the film ineffective.

The UVI additive is clear and unable to be seen by the naked eye. It is added during the melting of the polyethylene resin pellets. Over time there have been a variety of chemicals used as UVI additives. Some of the chemicals commonly used are: phenyl salicylate, polyarylates, nickel salts, titanium oxide, zinc oxide, and more. Some of the chemicals listed have been and are still used in sunscreens for human application.

The additives can protect film up to 9 months to 1 year from break down. Most extended UVI additive films are custom runs and require a 1 pallet minimum for production.

UV additive

Opaque Stretch Film to Protect Products

Aside from plastic film break down when storing products outside, another common problem is product break down. Some products do not break down in sunlight when stored for a year of less, but others rapidly break down.

For storing products outdoors that are sensitive to sunlight, we recommend the use of an opaue stretch film with a UVI additive. As discussed above, the UVI additive will product the film from break down and the opacity of the film will protect the product.

Depending on the amount of stretch obtained and the thickness of an opaque stretch film, it can typically block out light within 3-4 wraps. Completely blocking out sunlight will help to greatly extend the life of a product stored outdoors.

Opaque Stretch Film

We offer stock white and black machine and hand opaque stretch film rated for 1 month of UV exposure for sale online. For extended UV periods we offer custom runs on pallet minimums with typical lead times 1-3 weeks. Call us at 1-800-441-5090 with questions and quote requests.

End of Year Closeout Sale!

As the holiday season approaches and the year winds down, many companies have left over budgets to spend. Investing in materials and machinery is a great way to spend year-end budgets. We are offering an end of the year sale for just that reason.

Through the month of December we are offering free shipping in the Continental US for any order over $2000. This is a huge savings for anyone trying to order machines or supplies in bulk. Some of our stretch wrap and shrink wrap machines cost over $1000 for freight alone.

Any companies looking to mix and match material and machine orders can save as well. Orders can easily be placed online or by calling our sales team. If ordering online enter coupon code: Turkey Turkey

Some of the best products to save on free shipping are listed below.

Eagle 2000BWS stretch wrap machine

Avg. Shipping Costs $600-$900

TL-1622MK Combo Shrink Wrap Machine

Avg. Shipping Costs $350-$700

AVS Vacuum Sealer

Avg. Shipping Costs $140-$350

 

Stretch Film

Avg. Shipping Costs $120-$300

Call us today to place and order or request a quote!

Semi Automatic Shrink Wrap Machines

A semi automatic shrink wrap machine is an excellent mid-level machine for companies doing several thousands of Semi Automatic Shrink Wrap Machineproducts per day. We often recommend newer, growing companies to start with manual impulse sealers or I bar sealers. These smaller less productive machines only cost a few hundred dollars and can accommodate a few hundred products of production per day.

As the business and production grows we recommend stepping the machine up to a semi automatic shrink wrap machine. A semi auto machines offers several benefits over I bar sealers and impulse sealers. Let’s look at the advantages of a semi auto machine over manual machines as well as cost and production levels.

Advantages

L-Bar Sealer – Semi automatic shrink wrap machines come with an L bar sealer which is designed to be more efficient than I bar sealers. The L bar sealer seals and cuts all open sides in one motion. An impulse sealer or I bar sealer requires users to rotate the product after the first seal to make the final seal.

Magnetic Hold Down – Some impulse sealer and I bar sealer manufacturers offer a magnetic hold down option, but they are not standard on most manual sealers. A semi automatic shrink wrap machine comes with a magnetic hold down. The magnetic hold down holds the sealing bar down to complete the seal. This allows a worker to begin preparing the next product to be sealed. In the video below, at the 16 second mark the worker releases the sealing bar and the magnetic hold keeps the bar held down.

Discharge Conveyor – The discharge conveyor is an excellent time saving feature on the semi automatic shrink wrap machines. The discharge conveyor is a conveyor found between the L bar sealer. The conveyor transports products from the sealer to the shrink tunnel after the magnetic hold releases. At the 17 second mark in the video below, the discharge conveyor is activated.

Shrink Tunnel – A shrink tunnel is by far the most time efficient advantage to a semi auto machine over a manual machine. Most companies advancing from a manual shrink wrap machine are often using one or multiple heat guns to apply heat to the film. This step can drive people crazy and takes the longest amount of time in the entire shrink wrapping process. A shrink tunnel uses a conveyor to transport products through a heated area. Once the film is heated and shrunk, finished products exit the shrink tunnel.

Micro Knife Band Ribbon – Most all I bar sealers and impulse sealers have wire sealing elements. Wire sealers often burn out faster and require replacement more often than band ribbons. A band ribbon is a thicker metal piece used to seal film.

220V Option – All impulse sealers and I bar sealers run on 110V power. Semi automatic machines have a 110V power, but also have the 220V power option available. Running a semi automatic shrink wrap machine on a 220 V power supply is recommended when possible. The 220V allows the machine motors to run cooler while using less electricity during production.

Cost

Cost Difference – The cost difference from a manual shrink wrap machine to a semi automatic shrink wrap machine is often several thousands of dollars. Depending on size, most manual shrink wrap machines are less than $600. Semi automatic shrink wrap machines start at $6,300 to $9,000.

Production Difference – As seen above, the cost of a semi automatic machine is ten times the cost of a manual shrink wrap machine. Production levels are fairly consistent with the cost increase as well. A single user with a manual I bar system and heat gun can wrap 1-3 products per minute. We recommend any company wrapping over 300-450 products per day to consider increasing machine production capabilities. A semi automatic machine with one user is capable of packaging 8-14 products per minute. We recommend a semi auto machine for anyone wrapping up to 5,000 to 6,000 products per day.

For more information on semi automatic shrink wrap machines, call us at 1-800-441-5090. We also offer a wide variety of manual and semi auto shrink wrap machines online. Click here to view all of our shrink wrap machines.

8 Questions To Ask Before Purchasing a Pallet Wrapping Machine

The decision to purchase a pallet wrapping machine is a big decision for most businesses. Pallet wrapping machinesNew Stretch Wrap Machine provide many benefits over hand stretch wrapping. For more information of possible advantages our recent blog post about stretch wrap machine advantages over hand pallet wrapping. The article explains that once volume is high enough it makes sense to purchase a pallet wrapping machine for a variety of reasons.

Once the decision is made to make an investment into a stretch wrap machine, there are still a variety of questions to ask. We urge anyone buying a stretch wrap machine to accurately answer the questions below and have them ready when talking to a salesman about purchasing a pallet wrapping machine.

1. Should I buy a new or used machine?

Each option offers different benefits. The purchase of a used stretch wrap machine can lower initial costs and offer the same benefits as new machines. The drawback is, many used stretch wrap machines are sold as-is with no warranty. Some machines manufacturers are not easily identifiable on used machines. Purchasers need to know what brand of machine it is before the purchase to obtain parts if needed. We recommend for anyone considering the purchase of a used stretch wrap machine to locate a supplier of parts for the machine and someone that can service the machine if needed.

A new machine often costs more, but more than likely comes with a warranty and easily accessible parts. Many brands of new stretch wrap machines are capable of running years without issues.

2. What are current and projected production levels?

Production levels are very important in helping to determine the proper machine. Different pallet wrapping machines offer different top end revolutions per minute. Revolutions per minute and total wraps required per load will factor the maximum production levels of a machine.

Wrapping 35 pallets per day that are 48 inches in height and weigh less than 1200 lbs will require less film than wrapping 35 pallets per day that are 60 inches in height and weigh 2400 lbs. The heavier, taller pallet will require more top and bottom wraps because of weight as well as more overall wraps because of the pallet height. All of these factors are important to determine the proper pallet wrapping machine to meet production needs.

3. Does each pallet need to be weighed?

Choosing a pallet wrapping machine with a scale is much more affordable than choosing to add a scale after the machine is received. Determining weighing needs prior to purchase is important for any company to consider. Other questions that should be considered should be the maximum weight needed for the scale and if a printed weight receipt required?

4. What is the maximum size of film that will be ran?20 inch pallet wrapping machine carriage

Standard machine stretch film is 20 inches wide. There are a large variety of stretch film selections available in 20 inch wide machine stretch film. Companies can find different thicknesses, colored film, and vented stretch film just to name a few. Large film sizes are more limited on varieties available. Using a large film can reduce the amount of needed revolutions, therefore increasing production times.

To run larger films, the film carriage on the pallet wrapper needs to accommodate the size of film being used. Purchasing a machine with an accommodating film carriage reduces headache after the machine is received.

5. Is a pre-stretched head required?

This is mostly determined by the type of stretch film that will be ran on the machine. We strongly recommend purchasing a machine with a pre-stretched head to save on film costs. The only time we suggest the use of a machine without a pre-stretched head is if only a pre-stretched film will be used on the machine.

A pre-stretched stretch film is already stretched up to 90% of the capable stretchability. We recommend this type of film for uniform pallet loads up to 800-1000 lb. Any loads that do not meet those requirements should be used with a stretch film that is not pre-stretched and a machine that will stretch the film during application.

6. What color of stretch film will be used?White Stretch Wrap

It is important to determine if the film being used will be clear or colored. It is also important to determine if the products being wrapped are black or clear. These factors will determine the type of phot-eye needed for the pallet wrapper. Dark colored products and clear products can often throw off a standard photo-eye. Some wrappers may need a black photo-eye or a laser sensor to properly wrap loads.

7. What are the largest pallet dimensions to be wrapped?

It is important to purchase a pallet wrapper to accommodate the largest pallet being wrapped. This will require a length, width, and height measurement. Tall pallets may require an extended mast machine, while wider and longer pallets may require a larger base.

The size of the machine base needed is determined by the pallet diagonal. Which can be determined by using the formula below.

Formula For Pallet Diagonal

8. What type of environment will the machine be placed in?

The external environment around the machine can affect performance. Machines placed in cold room storage can often require different lubricants. Machines placed in areas of high dust can sometimes require additional covers and protection. High humidity can require more frequent maintenance. Be sure to identify the type of environment before purchasing and talking to a salesman about a machine.

Answering these basic questions prior to purchasing a pallet wrapping machine will help ensure the proper machine is obtained prior to purchase. This can help save headache down the road for management and workers. If you have any questions, you can call us at 1-800-441-5090 or view our online resources and store at www.uspackagingandwrapping.com.

Shrink Wrapping For E-commerce Sales

Selling products on Ebay, Etsy, Amazon, or your own website can be a very rewarding and lucrative experience. Amazon, Ebay, and Etsy logosWhether making your own products or reselling products, business owners can list products for sale and watch the sales roll in with enough hard work and determination. After enough sales are obtained some business owners may begin to consider alternate forms of product packaging.

The consideration for an alternate form of packaging may come from necessity or want. Some business owners find that products are becoming damaged during transport, while others are wanting to offer a more professional looking packaging. Shrink wrapping can be a solution to many packaging woes. In this post we are going to look at the benefits and uses of shrink wrapping for e-commerce sales and how they may benefit a variety of e-commerce packaging needs.

Often confused with stretch film or vacuum packaging, shrink wrapping involves applying heat to a film to enable it to shrink and conform to the product being wrapped. One of the most widely recognized uses of shrink film is the film used around water bottle cases.

Types of Shrink Film

Shrink Film- Shrink film comes in a variety of forms and is commonly made of four materials. Shrink film can be purchased on single wound and centerfolded rolls. A single wound roll comes off the roll flat, while a centerfolded roll is folded in half length ways. Shrink bags are also a very commonly used form of shrink wrapping and are available in a variety of different sizes. Shrink tubing is the last most common for of shrink wrapping and often comes on a lay flat roll.

The most common material is a PVC shrink film that has a consistency of a cellophane wrap. PVC is crinkly before being shrunk and after heat is applied becomes harder and more rigid.

Polyolefin shrink film is quickly becoming one of the most common materials used in shrink wrapping. It is a softer shrink film with more elasticity than PVC and is also FDA approved for direct food contact.

Polyethylene and polypropylene are strong durable shrink films often used to wrap large heavy products. Cases of water bottles are often packaged with polyethylene shrink film.

What is Needed for Professional Shrink Wrapping

After the form of shrink film is chosen and the material is chosen, two basic items are needed to obtain a professional factory style look.Heat Sealer

Heat Sealer- Heat sealers come in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate different product sizes and production levels. The most basic heat sealer is an impulse sealer. An impulse sealer has one sealing bar to seal and close open ends. Impulse sealers can be purchases for under $100 up to $400 depending on the size.

The most common heat sealers for medium to high output production are L-Bar sealers. L-Bar sealersL-bar-sealer are used with centerfold shrink film. The two sealing sides of an L-Bar sealer seals and closes all open ends in one motion. L-Bar sealers range in price from $600 up to several thousands of dollars based on size and amenities.

Heating Element- After a heat sealer is used to close the open ends of a shrink wrap package, heat must be applied to the film to shrink it and conform it to the product. For low output shrink wrapping applications, a heat gun is the most common heating element used. Heat guns are available for $50 or less depending on the wattage used.1808-Shrink-Tunnel

For higher production shrink wrapping applications a shrink tunnel is the way to go. A shrink tunnel has a conveyor running through a heated oven. The products are shrunk down and ejected out of the opposite end of the tunnel. Shrink tunnels start at $2000 and can be up to several thousands of dollars depending on size and conveyor speed.

How Can Shrink Wrapping Help My E-commerce Business?

The use of shrink wrap packaging can help e-commerce businesses in several ways. Below is a list of problems shrink wrapping can offer a solution for.Bundled Shrink Wrap Products

Damaged or Leaking Products- One of the worst things customers and businesses can experience is damaged product arrivals. When customers order a product and the product is damaged or leaking everywhere upon arrival. Shrink film can remedy some of these problems.

If multiple products are being shipped within a box, shrink film can be used to bundle the products together. ThisLiquid Leaking Shrink Wrap will help to reduce product shift during transport and when used with the proper void-fill can dramatically reduce damaged products.

For liquid items, shrink film can enclose the container to prevent liquids from leaking all over other products within the shipping container. This is a common use for shrink film with e-commerce businesses. Shrink film can also help caps stay on during transport to reduce leakage.

Increased Professionalism- Shrink wrapping is one of the most affordable and professional packaging solutions Branded Shrink Wrap Productsavailable. Business owners can produce a professional factory look for a few hundred dollars with the right shrink wrap equipment. Once the proper seals and shrink rate is obtained a professionally designed sticker can be applied to the film for branding and product marketing.

Tamper Evidence- Shrink wrapping is a great way to ensure customers are purchasing a product that has not been Tamper Evident Shrink Wrappingtampered with since it was packaged and shipped by the seller. Many e-commerce businesses ship shrink wrapped products with stickers that tell customers not to use the product if the shrink wrap is opened. This offers peace-of-mind to customers to guarantee the product has not been handled since leaving the seller.

Protection From Exterior Elements- For many home deliveries, UPS and Fed Ex often leave packages at the door of Moisture barrier Shrink Wrappingthe buyer. For products sensitive to moisture, a rainstorm can quickly ruin the product. Shrink film can help reduce product loss by protecting a product even if the exterior box becomes wet in a rain storm.

We offer a large selection of shrink wrap products and machines to small and large businesses across the nation. Visit our online store or call us at 1-800-441-5090 with questions or quote requests.