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Shrink Wrap Film

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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.


Shrink Wrap Film: PVC vs Polyolefin Shrink Film | Binding101

Starting at: $56.00
Qty/Pack : 1 Roll

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Shrink Wrap FAQs

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

Product Description

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 vs PVC Shrink Wrap Film - Common Applications  
  Polyolefin Common Uses  
  PVC Common Uses  
  Good for almost any application     Packaging boxes  
  Toys   Packaging CDs & DVDs  
  Sporting Goods   Software Packaging  
  Food   Cans, Bottles & Non-Edible Container Packaging  
  Stationary & Cards      

 

  Polyolefin vs. PVC Shrink Wrap Film - Benefits  
  Polyolefin Benefits     PVC Benefits  
  Very tough multi-layered co-extruded film     Very strong and flexible  
  Puncture resistant   Shrinks at lower temperatures  
  Strong seal memory to rebound   Excellent clarity  
  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    

 

  Polyolefin vs. PVC Shrink Wrap Film - Drawbacks  
  Polyolefin Drawbacks  
  PVC Drawbacks 
  Cost [Polyolefin is a more expensive option]     Sealing strength  
  Machine Compatibility [Does not work with all  
  shrink wrap machines. Check your machine  
  capabilities before using] 
  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] 
     Proper ventilation is required when using  
  [PVC releases small quantities of hydrogen chloride  
  into the air, & carbon deposits on the sealer wires]   

 

Note: Often shrink wrap is confused with stretch wrap, however, they are different products. Stretch film is often used to simply wrap pallets of boxes, while shrink wrap shrink around items with heat. We also offer stretch wrap film; please call (866)537-2244 to inquire.

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Item # SHRINKWRAP-CFG
Quantity 1 Roll
Color Clear

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