Polyolefin Shrink Wrap Film (Price per Roll)
- Constructed of a heat-shrinkable plastic material, made from Polyolefin.
- Most commonly used in the commercial printing and packaging industries for retail, food packaging, industrial packaging and more.
- Often also used for smaller organizations like churches and schools who periodically make baskets or other crafts.
- Custom printed shrink wrap is also available by special order to act as a marketing tool.
Polyolefin Shrink Wrap Film is constructed of a heat-shrinkable plastic material, made from Polyolefin. 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 Polyolefin shrink film does. Polyolefin 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. Polyolefin 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 (800)631-3572 for more information and to learn about custom options.
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|
|Example: 5 in wide product +15 product depth = 20
20 x 2 = 40
40 x 1.1 = 44
44 ÷ 2 = 22" Wide Roll Recommended
When to Use Polyolefin or PVC Shrink Wrap Film
|Polyolefin Popular Uses||PVC 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
|Polyolefin Benefits||Polyolefin Drawbacks||PVC Benefits||PVC Drawbacks|
|Very tough multi-layered
|Cost [Polyolefin is a
more expensive option]
|Very strong and flexible||Lower sealing strength
|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
|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|
|"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|
|Thickness||75 or 100 Gauge|