Packaging products using a Shrink Wrap system and
Shrink Wrap film.
Table top shrink wrap systems range in size from 13" all
the way up to 40" wide.
Shrink wrap film comes in widths ranging in size
from 4" up to 38".
Shrink wrap systems use film that is called
centerfold, it is sold on the roll and the length is
based upon the thickness of the film. The most common
films are PVC and Polyolefin and they are available in
many gauges, the gauge you will use is based upon the
type of product you are wrapping. An example would be
the film on a DVD in a video store. Most DVD's are
shrink wrapped using 75 gauge PVC and that comes on
rolls of 2000'. Centerfold shrink wrap film is two
Easy shrink wrap tips for perfect packages:
1. When shrink wrapping a boxed product make sure the
film seam is straight and even. This is very easy to do
and makes your finished product look very professional.
2. When heating the shrink film make sure to blow the
heat at an angle to the film and not directly at it.
This technique will help the film shrink evenly and will
prevent you from burning holes in the film.
3. Remember centerfold shrink wrap film is two
sided. When you first use a roll the film might be hard
to separate. If you have trouble getting it to separate,
place a piece of tape on each side of the film and pull
it apart. The shrink wrap system has a metal spreader
bar. Put one side of the film on the top of the bar and
the other on the bottom. This keeps the shrink film
spread apart and ready to insert your product into it.
4. When shrink wrapping many products do all your seals
first then use the heat gun to shrink down the film.
5. The sealer arm of the shrink wrap system cuts
and seals at the same time. Hold the arm down and use
light pressure to pull the film away.
6.Turn power on using the rocker switch. The shrink
wrap system does not require warm up time. The
sealer arm is on when it is held down.
7. Plug the heat gun into the AC outlet on the left side
of the shrink wrap system.
8. Adjust the heat gun to the desired temperature. Keep
the gun approximately 12" from the shrink film. Do not
hold the gun in one spot for more than a few seconds.
Holding it in one spot for to long will cause the film
to burn rather then shrink.
9. Make sure not to hold down sealer arm to long. Doing
this will prematurely wear out the wire and Teflon tape.
Shrink wrap systems have many uses. Listed below is just
a small sampling.
Gift baskets, photos, frames, art, DVD's, collectables,
foods (using special food grade shrink films) computer
software, re-packaging open products and returns,
printed products and CD's.
A standard shrink wrap system consists of the shrink
wrap sealer, heat gun and a starter roll of film.
The Koala system also includes a replacement wire and
Make sure any system you purchase is UL listed for
safety. The Koala shrink wrap system is UL listed and
made in the USA.
Standard table top shrink wrap systems will package up
to 300 pieces per hour. Higher capacity systems are
available with semi-automatic units having a capacity of
up to 1000 pieces per hour. These units generally
include conveyor belts, heat tunnels and automatic
Cleaning your shrink wrap system:
Never use anything abrasive to clean the shrink wrap
sealer heating element(the wire and Teflon tape)
To clean the shrink wrap system heating wire
first remove the Teflon tape from under the sealer arm.
Pull down and allow the residue to burn off the arm.
Wipe anything still clinging to the sealer arm off with
a piece of cardboard. After the wire has cooled and is
visibly clean, cover with a new piece of 3 mil Teflon
tape. Note: Teflon tape over the wire is always required
when using PVC and Polyolefin film to prevent
build up and smoking of the sealing arm.
Use ten mil Teflon tape on the bottom sealing pad.
Shrink wrap system safety tips:
Know your work area. When using your shrink wrap system
make sure the work area is clean and dry before
operating. This is an electrical appliance and can be a
potential shock or fire hazard.
The shrink wrap system should only be connected to 110
VAC 15 amp wall receptacle.
Unplug shrink wrap system when not in use as an
additional safety precaution.
Keep work area well lighted.
Always store your shrink wrap system in a safe place out
of reach of children.
Never try to seal anything other than the plastic shrink
films intended for use with the shrink wrap system.
Store your shrink wrap system indoors away from
heat and moisture.