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A Brief Introduction into Wrapping Machines

A wrapping machine, otherwise referred to as a shrink wrap machine, is a type of machine that is used to wrap flexible materials such as plastic or aluminium around individual products or group of products. Other terms used to describe this kind of packaging include flow-wrapping, overwrapping and horizontal form fill sealing.


One of the most popular wrapping types is most definitely shrink wrapping – Shrink wrapping is when heat is applied by various means such as using a shrink gun to a thermoplastic material such as shrink film that is loosely wrapped around either a singular product of groups of products. The heat applied to this film causes the film to shrink which then tightly wraps around the products within the film. This kind of wrapping is sued as packaging within many different industries as it is incredibly high quality and able to provide wrapped products with ultimate protection. Some of the industries in which this wrapping method is most used include the food and confectionary industries, used to wrap everything from drink to sweets to vegetables. Almost anything can be shrink wrapped. Other items that are popularly shrink wrapped include but are not limited to DIY products, beauty products, CD’s and cigarettes.


Some of the terms that are used within the wrapping industry include: seal bar, heat shrink. Shrink tunnel, heat seal, crimper, end fold, film reel, wed, thermostatic film, band, multipacking, stretch film, full wrap, shrink ratio, cut-off length, film width and yield. Therefore if you want to become a wrapping experts these are all terms that you need to research and come to terms with.


Not you know what wrapping machines do; here are some of the benefits for you to consider:

  • Wrapping of this kind is an incredibly durable packaging method, with the plastic film that is generally used to wrap products being incredibly strong and hard to damage. This means that products wrapped in this way still wrapped through their entire journeys, arriving at their final destinations in perfect condition.
  • Wrapping machines are able to provide products with ultimate protection, stopping what is on the inside form coming out and what is on the outside from coming in. This is why even food products can be wrapped in the way, no germs or moisture can get inside. Not only this but when wrapping groups of products together wrapping ensuring that they stay together and that absolutely no items get lost during transportation.
  • Wrapping is incredibly affordable compared to other packaging solutions. Not only is the machinery cheap to rent and purchase but I can also reduce labour costs within companies as machines do the majority of the work and less people are needed. The machines are also easy to work, and can be used by the majority of people once instructions have been read.

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