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  • What Are Shrink Bags And How Are They Used?

    shrink bagThere are many different types of bags available on the market, with each having their own specific benefits. Shrink bags are made from a plastic that shrinks around what it packages when it is heated. Hence, it actually molds itself to the shape of the item that is packaged within the bags. Anything from a bar of soap to entire boats can be packaged in shrink wrap. For very small jobs, a shrink bag is closed by using a heat gun. For larger jobs, the bag is replaced with shrink wrap and this is closed by a specifically designed machine. Let’s take a look at some of the things that are most commonly wrapped in these types of bags and why.

    In terms of soap, whether you make it yourself or buy it from the shop, shrink wrap is used so that the fragrance of the soap doesn’t evaporate. Furthermore, the shrink bags protect the soap from crumbling and other damage. To wrap these, the soap simply gets placed in the shrink bag, leaving around half an inch of space around the soap. It is then closed with a heat gun, melting all the space that has been left around the bar of soap. Bigger items are also placed in shrink bags. For instance, it is commonly found on goody bags. Here, the shrink bag or shrink wrap stops items from falling out of the basket. Furthermore, it adds a professional looking touch to a gift that is often home made. Naturally, a slightly larger shrink bag has to be used for these, because both the basket and the contents of the basket need to fit inside. Tie the top of the bag with a nice looking ribbon and use a heat gun to melt the plastic around the basket and the items.

    As stated earlier, even very large items can be protected by shrink wrap. Boats, for instance, are wrapped in shrink bags when they are not in use, protecting them from any adverse weather conditions. If you want to try to do this, you do need to put in quite a bit of effort. Firstly, you need to pad any of the boat’s sharp corners. This is so that the wrap doesn’t get punctured. Leave the boat on the trailer and wrap it in its entirety. You can then melt the wrap with a heat gun, just as you would with soap or gift baskets. One of the great things about this system is that you can buy repair kits so that you can repair small patches of shrink wrap should it tear somewhere. Basically, you can place any item that you want to sell, give away or just simply protect in shrink wrap.

  • When Should You Use Poly Strapping

    Poly StrappingEvery once in a while you need to use strapping. Basically, this is because strapping makes it possible for bundles of items to be strapped together. This is generally done to ship or store these items securely. By strapping items, the life of the product is extended because it is safe at all times, but it also allows you to have more space. This, in turn, means it is easier to get to items if you need to use them again. Furthermore, poly strapping increases the safety of storage, particularly if you store items on racks. By not bundling them, pieces could fall off and either break or injure somebody.

    However, there are many different types of poly strapping available on the market. So how do you know whether or not poly strapping is the right type of strapping to use? Naturally, all that can be given are recommendations, there are no laws stating that you have to use poly strapping. If you are unsure, it is always best to speak to a professional about whether or not you are using the right type of strapping. As a rule of thumb, you should multiply the weight of the items you are strapping by one and a half and divide this by the number of straps. This gives you the strapping’s tensile requirement. By performing this calculation, you will be able to ascertain whether or not the strapping you intend to use is strong enough, or whether you need to look at stronger types of strapping. There are many different types of strapping available, including steel, so you should be able to find the right one for you.

    So, when can you use which type of strapping? There are actually two types of poly strapping. The first is polyester. This is the strongest strapping material in the plastic materials. It can take on very high levels of initial tension and this tension can be retained for a very long period of time, particularly when compared to other types of plastic strapping. Furthermore, polyester is very environmentally correct because it is easy to recycle and it can be provided in machine grade. The second type is polypropylene strapping. This is a far more economical type of strapping. However, just because it’s cheaper doesn’t mean it isn’t any good. It has very high break strength (up to 2000#) and it can be provided in lots of different colors. This is particularly useful for storing things that are color coordinated. For instance, if each department in a warehouse has a certain color, then the color of the polypropylene can indicate which materials need to go to which department. Very often, polypropylene strapping is used to reinforce packaging and is generally combined with cardboard boxes.

  • Useful Information About Shrink Film

    Shrink FilmThere are many items used across the globe to protect items during transport or storage, or for any other application. One of the most popular products used is shrink film. However, there are a lot of questions about this type of film that may need answering. Knowing the answer to these questions will help you to make better use of your film and will help you to understand when to use it. For instance, many people don’t know by how much shrink film actually shrinks. The reality is that there is no simple answer to this, since a lot of variables are involved in it. Some of the variables include the temperature that is used in the oven, the type of oven, how long it was in there and so on. However, as a rule of thumb, the film is reduced to around half of its original size, but it does become a lot thicker. The film is always 0.010″ before it is baked. This is the same thickness as a business card.

    So how do you use it? Many people wonder whether they can use an embossing gun on shrink film, which is possible, although you should also use either a stylus or tweezers to hold the film in place during heating. It cannot, however, be placed into a laser printer or copier. As soon as the film is exposed to heat, it begins to shrink. Because printers and copiers generate heat, the film would damage your equipment.

    It is also possible to print on this type of film. In fact, shrink film is very commonly used in the graphics industry. However, many people find that if they print on two sides, it ends up looking smeared. This is generally because the style of the Inkjet is not set right. If you set it up right, you can print on both sides of the shrink film without any issues. However, if you find that the film won’t load into your printer, you may need to have a little play with the printer settings to allow it to accept a thick paper option. Each printer has different settings, so you may want to contact your manufacturer. Sometimes, the film curls up, but that is nothing to worry about and you should be able to flatten it back out. Make sure you are patient and let it run its own course. If you do find it’s all curled up, you can remove the parts where it has curled together with some tweezers, placing it back to ensure smooth cooling. Best of all, with permanent markers, you can even write on the finished product after you have shrink filmed it, which means that it provides you with a great tool for presentations.

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