Shrink wrapping is an ideal packaging solution for products or promotions that require multiple items to be presented together in an appealing, tamper-resistant package. Businesses that need quality, professional packaging at affordable prices often use shrink packaging to get the job done.
What is Shrink Wrapping?
Shrink wrap is a plastic film that workers or automated processes tightly wrap around many types of products, no matter their size or shape. Once the plastic is wrapped, workers apply heat to the wrapped product, which causes the plastic wrap to shrink and conform to the contours of the object.
Econo-Pak offers a complete selection of shrink-wrapping services for clients in a number of industries. We run a facility with over 240,000 square feet of floor space to fill shrink-wrapping orders, no matter their size. And we seek to optimize the speed and efficiency of all our processes, meaning that we can deliver anything from single products to production runs of up to a billion items at your or your customers’ doorstep within reasonable lead times.
Advantages of Shrink Packaging
Our shrink wrap services are available for projects of virtually any size. Equipped with more than 200 different packaging machines, we provide customers with access to the industry’s most advanced shrink wrapping machinery. This equipment allows us to offer efficient, high speed shrink wrapping at an excellent value.
Shrink film is available in different shrink ratios, which determine the amount of shrinkage that occurs when heat is applied. The choice of shrink ratio can be based on the desired tightness of the wrap and the size of the product being packaged.
Shrink film is available in different thicknesses and clarities to cater to specific packaging requirements. The thickness of the film can affect its strength and durability, while the clarity can impact the visual appearance of the packaged product.
Shrink wrapping requires three essential elements: film, a sealer, and a heating element to shrink the film so that it conforms to the shape of the product. Clients begin by choosing the type of plastic they want for their application; this most commonly includes polyolefin, PVC, and polyethylene.
After the type and form of shrink film is chosen, products are sent through a packaging system that wraps and heat seals each item to close the opening ends of the film. Finally, the heating element is applied to create the final, wrapped product.
Shrink wrapping relies on the use of three essential components:
- Heating element
Clients begin by choosing the type of plastic they want for their application. Common options include:
After working with the client to determine the best type and form of shrink film for their project, we send products through a packaging system that efficiently wraps and seals each item. After ensuring an even distribution of shrink wrap around the product, we apply the heating element to create the final, wrapped package.
This packaging method comes with many benefits, which include:
Increased security: Shrink wrapping increases the security of the package, keeps the contents together, allows visibility of the existing marketing print, and improves the cleanliness of the project on the shelf.
Improved flexibility: Shrink wrapping can work with uniquely shaped products, and it can accommodate a virtually unlimited range of product sizes.
High product quality: We use the highest-grade shrink wrapping films that meet or exceed all industry standards (including those that apply to food and beverage products). Our shrink-wrapped film packages are also completely ready for use in retail environments.
Versatility: We work around the clock in three production shifts to accommodate the tightest deadlines. Our shrink lines can handle extra-long product lengths as well as objects with sensitive electronics or components.
Affordability: Shrink wrap offers a much more affordable alternative over other materials used for packaging. Effective use of shrink wrap can also minimize space by keeping items bundled closely together without the use of additional bulky materials like boxes.
FDA compliance: Shrink wrap can be used to package many food and beverage products. Shrink packaging can be built to conform to FDA and third-party regulations and preserve the freshness of its contents.
Customization potential: Shrink wrap can include colors, words, pictures, and logos that enhance your brand’s appeal. From the production floor to the end user, your product isn’t just wrapped in plastic—it’s wrapped in your brand.
Using polymer plastic film to tightly wrap any product, shrink wrapping can work with a wide range of items.
Industry-Leading Shrink Wrapping Service Experts
To learn more about our shrink wrapping services or to request a custom quote for your project, contact us directly today.
Nearly every major market that uses shrink wrap has done so through us. We’ve worked with clients from a wide range of industries to shrink wrap products that appear in:
- Club stores
- Convenience stores
- Vending machines
- Food service and hospitality environments
- E-commerce brands
With an HACCP-based quality-control system that fully complies with all FDA regulations, our shrink-wrapping services meet the industry’s highest quality standards.
We can also specifically design our services to comply with the following certifications:
- Certified organic
- Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3
- Gluten free