How to Shrink Wrap

How to Shrink Wrap


Learn how to Shrink Wrap using our easy How-To-Guide. In these shrink wrapping instructions we will review the most popular techniques: Using Shrink Wrap Film with I-Bar or L-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine, and using Shrink Wrap Bags using a One-Step Shrink Wrap Machine.

Shrink Wrap Using Shrink Wrap Film
and an I-Bar Shrink Machine


What You Will Need:
1) An I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine
2) Shrink Wrap Heat Gun
3) Centerfold Shrink Wrap Film
4) Products to be Wrapped

How to Shrink Wrap:

Step 1 Prepare and arrange your items to be shrink wrapped. Remember, shrink wrap is transparent, so you will want your items to look good from all angles.


Step 2 Choose the correct size of Centerfold Shrink Wrap Film you will need for your item. To determine the width of shrink wrap film your item requires, measure the width of your item, add the height, and add 2" for shrinkage. For example, if your package is 16" L x 4" W x 6" H, you would take 4+6+2 = 12. You would want a 12" roll of shrink wrap. If you are unsure, always estimate high... having too much is better than not having enough.

Step 3 Load your Shrink Wrap onto your I-Bar Shrink Wrap Machine. Pull the Shrink Wrap Film over the work table and create your first seal at the beginning of the roll.


Step 4 Continue to pull the Shrink Wrap Film until you have enough room on your work table for the item to be shrink wrapped. Place your item in between the two layers of shrink wrap and push your item to the back left corner of the film.

Step 5 Pull the handle of your Shrink Wrap machine once more to create a seal on the right side of the package. This step releases your package and shrink wrap from the roll. Turn your item and seal the last open side using the I-Bar handle.

Step 6 Plug in your heat gun and point it toward your package. You will want to hold the heat gun at least 3-4" from your product so as not to over-shrink and create holes. Start at the bottom of the package and work your way evenly up the sides. You'll know you are finished when the shrink wrap is tight to the touch all over.



Example of Shrink Wrapped Products:

Shrink Wrapped Products

Shrink Wrap Using Shrink Bags
and the Galaxy One-Step Shrink System


What You Will Need:
1) An MiniPack Galaxy One-Step Shrink System
2) Shrink Wrap Bags
3) Products to be Wrapped


How to Shrink Wrap:

Step 1 Turn on your MiniPack Galaxy One-Step Shrink System and set it to the correct temperature and time for your shrink wrap gauge according to the user manual. Let the machine warm up.

Step 1 Prepare and arrange your items to be shrink wrapped. Remember, shrink wrap is transparent, so you will want your items to look good from all angles.


Step 2 Choose the correct size Shrink Wrap Bag you will need for your item. To determine the width of shrink wrap bag your item requires, measure the width of your item, add the height, and add 2" for shrinkage. For example, if your package is 16" L x 4" W x 6" H, you would take 4+6+2 = 12. You would want a 12" width shrink wrap bag. If you are unsure, always estimate high... having too much is better than not having enough.

Step 3 Place your item in the center of your Shrink Wrap Bag with the seam on the bottom. Once your Shrink Wrap Machine is heated to the correct temperature, place your shrink wrap bag in the Shrink Machine sideways so that the open end of the bag is hanging over the right edge of the machine (the sealing edge). Pull down the hood until the magnet grips it and the shrinking and sealing process is activated.


Step 5 Once the shrinking is complete the hood will lift automatically, displaying your completed product.



Example of Shrink Wrapped Products:

Shrink Wrapped Products



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