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Shrink Wrap Film (Price per Roll)

Item #: SHRINKWRAP-CFG

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You can buy heat shrink wrap film online in either polyolefin or PVC material options in a large variety of sizes and gauge thicknesses. Polyolefin shrink wrap film is the most popular option industry-wide because of it's high-clarity, eco-friendly properties that are safe for direct contact with food, and the fact that it does not emit any odors or fumes. PVC shrink wrap is a less expensive option and, although it does emit a smell when heated, it does a great job of shrink around oddly shaped items. To use shrink wrap film you will need a heat gun and/or shrink wrap machine. Shrink packaging is used as a way to protect products from dust, tampering, scratches and moisture. Custom printed shrink wrap is also available by special order to act as a marketing tool.

Polyolefin BenefitsPVC Benefits
Very tough, multi-layered co-extruded filmVery strong & flexible
Puncture resistantShrinks at lower temperatures
Strong seal memory for reboundExcellent clarity
Unmatched glossy clarity 
FDA Approved 
"Green: product; recyclable 
Emits no smoke, odor, or residue build-up 
Wont' crack in weather fluctuations 
Package will stay taut & wrinkle-free 

Starting at: $56.00
Qty/Pack : 1 Roll

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How to Choose a Shrink Wrap Roll Size

A common question we get is: what shrink wrap roll size do I need for my product? For centerfold shrink wrap film like outs, you can use the following simple formula to determine the best size for your applications to be wrapped:

(item width + item depth) x 2 x 1.1 ÷ 2

For example:
5 in wide product +15 product depth = 20
20 x 2 = 40
40 x 1.1 = 44
44 ÷ 2 = 22" Wide Roll Recommended

 

Shrink Wrap FAQs:

Q: Is it centerfold?
Yes, our shrink wrap film is centerfold film.

 

Q: What size shrink wrap do I need?
For centerfold films like ours, use the following formula to determine recommended roll width:
(item width + depth) x 2 x 1.1 ÷ 2.
For example: 5 + 15 = 20 x 2 = 40 x 1.1 = 44 ÷ 2 = 22" Wide

 

Q: What shrink wrap gauge do I need?
60 and 75 gauge is most commonly used for products under 12 pounds, and a 100 gauge is used for anything heavier.

 

Q: What kind of shrink wrap machine do I need?
Different applications require different kinds of machines. You will always need a heat gun to shrink the plastic, but we also offer impulse bar sealers, I-bar sealers, L-bar sealers and shrink tunnels. If you need help choosing a machine, call (866)537-2244 to speak with a shrink wrap expert.

 

Q: Can I use a hair dryer with shrink wrap?
No, a conventional hair dryer will not reach the temperatures needed to shrink the film. A shrink wrap heat gun is required.

 

Q: How does "gauge" compare to "mil" and "micron" measurements?
60 Gauge: 0.60 mil / 15 mic
75 Gauge: 0.60 mil / 19 mic
100 Gauge: 1.0 mil / 25 mic

 

Q: Does it work like stretch wrap?
Shrink wrap is often confused with stretch wrap, however, they are completely different products. Stretch film is used to simply wrap pallets of boxes and stretches tight, but does not shrink around your products with heat. If you need stretch wrap, please call us at (866)537-2244 for information.

 

Product Description

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Shrink wrap film is constructed of a heat-shrinkable plastic material, made from either polyolefin or PVC. The term "shrink wrap" is most commonly used in the commercial printing and packaging industries for retail, food packaging, industrial packaging and more. But it is often also used for smaller organizations like churches and schools who periodically make baskets or other crafts.

What are the different kinds of shrink wrap film? Polyolefin is the most popular shrink option on the market because of the eco-friendly properties and the fact that it is safe for use with food products. It also offers great clarity and leaves less residue on your shrink machine for easier clean-up. It does not contain chloride, therefore, it does not emit any odors or fumes when heated, like PVC shrink film does. PVC shrink wrap is less expensive and is best for use with oddly shaped products that need a tight shrink, which makes it a popular choice for retail bottles, such as lotions. PVC stands for polyvinyl chloride and works well with high-speed machines.

How to use shrink wrap film: shrink wrap film rolls require a sealer and heat gun to close and shrink the material. Films will well with tabletop i-bar machines or floor standing tunnel systems. Simply wrap your product with the film, seal all the edges around your film, and then use a heat gun (when not using a tunnel machine) to shrink the film to the desired tightness around your products. Keep in mind that they will not shrink indefinitely and do have a maximum shrinkage, so you want the film close to your product for this reason, as well as to reduce waste.

Shrink wrap film can also be custom printed for your business. Please call (866)537-2244 for more information and to learn about custom options.

When to Use Polyolefin or PVC Shrink Wrap Film

Polyolefin Popular UsesPVC Popular Uses
Good for almost any application Packaging boxes
Toys CDs & DVDs
Sporting goods Software packaging
Food Non-Edible Containers (Cans, Bottles, etc)
Stationary & Cards  

 

Benefits & Drawbacks of Polyolefin & PVC Shrink Wrap Film

PolyolefinPVC
Polyolefin BenefitsPolyolefin DrawbacksPVC BenefitsPVC Drawbacks
Very tough multi-layered
co-extruded film
Cost [Polyolefin is a
more expensive option]
Very strong and flexible Lower sealing strength
than poly
Puncture resistant Machine Compatibility
[Does not work with all shrink wrap
machines. Check your machine
capabilities before using]
Shrinks at lower temperatures Storage Issues due to
Temperature Fluctuations [The plasticizer
in PVC film hardens in cold conditions
& softens in hot conditions,
compromising the strength
of the seal]
Strong seal memory to
rebound
  Excellent clarity Proper ventilation is required
when using [PVC releases small
quantities of hydrogen chloride
into the air, & carbon
deposits on the sealer wires]
Unmatched glossy clarity      
FDA Approved      
"Green" product is recyclable      
Emits no smoke, no odor &
no residue build-up
     
Won't crack due to weather fluctuations      
Package will stay taut and wrinkle-free      

Specifications

Item # SHRINKWRAP-CFG
Manufacturer Part Number SHRINKWRAP CFG
Quantity 1 Roll

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