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14″ Shrink Film (Polyolefin)

What's the difference with Shrink Film & Stretch Wrap?

It’s very common to confuse shrink film and stretch wrap although they are not the same material. In fact, they are made for very different applications and using one in the wrong application could lead to serious problems.

What is shrink film used for?

Shrink film is used for packaging products. It shrinks to form around the shape of the products being packaged. Shrink film does not stretch and you cannot use it as a stretch film.

To choose the right type of shrink film for your needs, you will have to ask yourself these questions about your product:

  • Are you packaging food? If you are packaging food, you will want to use polyolefin shrink film.
  • Does your packaging need to breathe? If so, you may want to consider using perforated shrink film.
  • Are your products ultra-sensitive to heat? If the answer is yes, shrink film may not be a good choice for you.
  • Are your customers very environmentally conscious? If they are, you may want to consider using biodegradable shrink films instead of traditional plastic films.
  • Are you on a tight budget? If you are, you will want to consider using traditional clear plastic shrink film.

What is stretch wrap used for?

Stretch wrap is used to wrap pallets of pre-packaged goods prior to shipping. It does not shrink and it cannot be sent through a heat tunnel or used with a heat gun.

Depending on the volume of products you are palletizing, you will want to ask yourself a few questions.

  • What is my budget? Stretch wrapping machines cost, on average, between $2,400 – $250,000. Stretch film dispensers cost about $50 – $100.
  • How many products am I wrapping each day/week/month? If you are wrapping a large volume of products and have the required funds, you may want to use a stretch wrapper machine in order to cut costs associated with manual labor.
  • What are my load containment requirements? Depending on the size and weight of your products, using a stretch wrap dispenser may not be the safest or even the right tool for the job. If you can not achieve the proper load containment with a dispenser, you may have to upgrade to a stretch wrapper machine.

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