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Reviews, trends and tips covering all things flexible packaging to protect your products and your bottom line.

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Food Packaging  |  Packaging Design  |  Packaging Materials

What's The Purpose Of Perforated Shrink Film? Understanding Applications

In the wide world of flexible packaging, shrink film is perhaps one of the most common materials found on packaging lines throughout the globe. And while there are many different types of shrink film available, perforated films are one of the more curious forms of this soft plastic substrate.   Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling perforated shrink films for generations. One of the questions that we’ve been asked is: what exactly is the purpose of perforated shrink film? In addition to the prevention of ballooning, there are various benefits to perforated shrink film for specific applications. Today, we will take look at perforated shrink films and what they have to offer the modern packaging line.

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Environment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance

Is There An Expiration Date On Shrink And Stretch Films?

The short answer to this question is "yes there is". Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling shrink and stretch films for decades. While there are a ton of benefits to packaging your products in shrink and stretch film, this packaging doesn’t have an unlimited shelf life.   Unfortunately, we have had customers experience premature expiration and expired shrink and stretch film. Our goal in this article is to inform companies that purchase these products on the expiration date of shrink and stretch films as well as other issues that can cause your film to expire sooner. You’ll also find advice on how to prevent said premature expiration.

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Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

Shrink Film Cheat Sheet

We all want to save the most we can with any projects we take on. This handy infographic will help you maximize your savings with your shrink film. Get it for free when you subscribe to our blog.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Pros And Cons Of Buying Packaging Materials And Machinery From The Same Company

In 2020, there are countless vendors from which you can order packaging machinery. Likewise, there are thousands of options for purchasing materials. When buying materials and machinery, you may ask yourself; why not buy both from the same company? What are the pros and cons of doing this?   Here at Industrial Packaging we have been selling packaging machinery and materials for many years. During that time we have learned a lot about the benefits of buying materials and machinery from the same vendor. We value our customers and only want them buying the materials and machinery that’s best suited for them. And in some situations that means our customers don’t buy everything from us, and that’s OK.   In this article, we will review the pros and cons of buying your packaging machinery and materials from the same company.

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Investment  |  Packaging Materials  |  The Business of Packaging

What Is The Price Of Shrink Wrap Film? Understanding Cost

Have you ever wondered how much a roll of shrink wrap film costs? When pricing shrink wrap film, there are many dynamics which affect the cost of the film. The price of a roll of shrink wrap film is calculated based upon the width, length, gauge, and type of shrink wrap film you want to employ.   Generally speaking, a (centerfold) roll of clear shrink wrap film costs (on average) between $100-$150. You can review this example to better understand how to calculate the cost of shrink wrap: 12” CF x 45 ga. X $8.50 PIW = $102.00.   CF = Centerfold. GA = Gauge. PIW = Per inch of width. The thicker the gauge, the higher the price per roll.   Also, while this equation does not include these items, it is important to know the following terms:   SW = Single wound. DL = Double length rolls.   While it may seem slightly complicated, pricing shrink film to fit your exact needs is a case sensitive endeavor. The price you pay for a roll of film changes based on the dynamics mentioned above. In this article, we will discuss the various elements of pricing shrink wrap film and help you to choose the right option for your products.

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Packaging Materials  |  Plant Performance  |  Technical Service and Support

Top 5 Quality Issues With Shrink Film

If you are running shrink film on your packaging line, chances are you have run into performance issues at some point or another. Dog ears, poor seals and other annoyances can pop up based on various factors. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling and working with shrink film for almost 70 years. During that time, we have run into every potential issue that the material has to offer. In this article, we will discuss the top 5 quality issues with shrink film and provide advice on how to avoid or negate them.

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Equipment  |  Packaging Materials  |  Packaging Psychology

Can You Use A Hair Dryer To Shrink Plastic Film?

The short answer to this question is yes. Technically, the heat produced by most hair dryers can shrink plastic film. Specifically, polyvinyl chloride or polyolefin. Now, is it a good idea? That is a whole other can of worms. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been helping people shrink plastic film for over 65 years.   In the article below, we will dig deeper into one of the stranger questions we have received in regards to shrink film and discuss more appropriate ways to accomplish the same goal.

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