Shrink wrapping is an easy process that only requires two things—the right kind of plastic wrap and heat. Shrink wrap is a plastic film that you can wrap around any object, no matter what size or shape. Heat is then applied to the surface, which causes the plastic to shrink. As it shrinks, it conforms to the shape of your object and seals itself. You can waterproof, weatherproof and tamperproof just about anything you have. Since there is no restriction on size to shrink wrap items, you now have a way to protect even the bulkiest of items. As an added bonus, shrink wrap plastic is recyclable; when you’re finished with it, you can toss it in with your other plastic bags to be recycled and remade for future uses.
Shrink wrapping has many applications across various industries as it is easy to use and it offers a wide range of benefits. To name a few:
When heat is applied to shrink wrap, it creates a very tight seal which fully protects the items’ contents. Once sealed, the items are protected from damages which can be caused by dust, dirt or moisture. Some types of shrink wrap even come with a UV protection feature, to keep products safe from the sun’s harmful rays.
Shrink wrap is made from a very sturdy, durable plastic. It is difficult to tear or puncture. Unlike other materials, shrink wrap does not become brittle or weaken when it is under extreme weather conditions and it does not loosen nor sag, ensuring more security.
Tampering will be avoided
Any tampering will be noticeable immediately and for this reason, many pharmaceutical companies and food manufacturers now shrink wrap their products to ensure that items are or were delivered with the level of diligence required. Other banks and government agencies use a special type of shrink wrap which changes color when the material has been stretched or meddled – this is to show if there has been any unauthorized activity which transpired with the storage or transfer of said items.
Shrink wrapping is an affordable option for it only requires two things, as mentioned – heat and plastic. The price may vary on the type of plastic used, but even considering such the process is cheaper than the value it delivers.
It is designed to maximize space as it keeps bundled items close together without the use of additional bulky materials such as boxes. And when space is maximized, value for money is saved especially for storage and transport.
Helps in Branding
An added feature of shrink wrap is that it can be designed with colors, words, pictures and logos that will help promote products. From the production floor until it reaches the end user, the product carries with it the company’s logo. This is a marketing tool that can increase brand awareness, and make a brand more visible to potential customers.
Assist in the Longevity of Perishable Goods
Food is easily perishable and because of this, manufacturers are posed with a challenge to extend their products’ shelf life. Food-grade shrink wrap is a regular choice for food production companies as exposure to external factors may cause the spoilage faster which will entail waste for food companies and this exposure is being avoided by the careful sealing of each food item.
Shrink wrapping is not limited by the size of the item to be wrapped. Small electrical wires are often shrink wrapped to prevent exposure to moisture, as well as game pieces, candies, and other hardware. On the other hand, shrink wrap kits are sold to weatherize boats and greenhouses even freight on trailers and trains can be shrink wrapped for easier transport. To extend the capabilities of shrink wrap, advanced systems can even shrink wrap entire buildings to prevent chemical leaks or exposure from hazardous materials.