Stretch film designed to be applied with a stretch wrap machine is referred as machine stretch film. It provides many advantages over hand film including: faster and more efficient packaging, reduced packaging material costs , safer application, more secure loads and more. Common machine stretch film types: Cast machine stretch film, blown machine film and prestretched film.
Machine stretch film ranges from 18 inches to 20 inches roll having microns from 23 to 29microns.
Spurred by the need for tamper-evidence, this market has grown in recent years.
Lower cost alternatives, i.e. PVC shrink bands, control cost of the individual product need, however, shrink offers the ability reduce costs through multi packaging with film vs. other packaging alternatives.
Shrink-wrap product packaging is considered one of the most durable packaging options, as the plastics flim is high quality and hard to damage. Shrink-wrap is great for products that require transport, especially if it’s long distance. Shrink-wrap remains pliable under extreme temperatures and the life of Shrink-wrap is one to two years depending on the applications and formulations.
2. THOROUGH PROTECTION
Product can come in all shapes, size and designs, requiring different protection and making it hard to find the best packaging. Shrink-wrap product packaging works on almost any item because it can securely package and product. Because it tightly shrinks over a product to hold it in place, shrink-wrapping a product will fully protect the enclosed items from harmful factors such as dirt, moisture and other damages. This also allows for storage in the refrigerator, ice, or water.
Shrink-wrap product packaging is very affordable compared to other packaging options. In addition, because the plastic film shrinks and encloses tightly onto the product, it saves space, which means shrink-wrapped products do not take up much space in warehouses or factories. In fact, 75% less shrink material is needed compared to corrugated products. Shrink-wrap product packaging requires less space for storage and less space in transport, which means more products can be shipped at once.
Stretch wrapping is one of the most popular unitizing and pallet wrapping methods on the market today.
The following lists some of the main benefits of stretch wrap.
Shrink Film: a material made up of Polymer plastic film. When heat is applied it shrinks tightly over whatever it is covering. There are variety of uses for Shrink wrap and shrink film. Some common uses of shrink wrap are for wrapping food, gift basket, boxes, toys, books, soaps, stationery etc.
PVC films are still widely used to protect these easily damaged products and improve appearance. Today’s soft shrink films afford the opportunity to introduce polyolefin films into the market.