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4 Parcel Packaging Tips on Using Shrink Wrapping

Shrink wrapping is one of the most popular packaging solutions around- and for good reason. Aside from being lightweight, space-saving and cost-effective, this durable, plastic film can also be used to secure a variety of different products against dirt, dust, moisture and pests, whilst also deterring people from tampering with the goods stored inside. Being so versatile and easy to use, shrink wrapping is the packaging method of choice for many businesses operating in a wide range of different industries, including food and beverage, transport and retail. But before you go ahead with contacting us for shrink wrapping services, we’d recommend checking out these 4 parcel packaging tips on using shrink wrapping: 

1. Pick the Right Shrink Film

There are plenty of shrink film options available out there, with many different sizes and shapes to choose from.  So, if you want to ensure that your goods are packed the right way, you have to make sure that you choose the ideal shrink wrap for your product’s specific requirements. Different types of shrink film come with different benefits. For example, there are some types of shrink film that are more suitable for using on fruits and vegetables, thanks to their anti-fog properties. On the other hand, you will also find shrink film that is more suitable for packaging retail products that are meant to sit pretty on store shelves. One of the most important things to consider is the size and thickness of your shrink film in relation to the goods you’re wanting to wrap. After all, choosing the wrong film can result in issues like wrinkles, dog ears, and tears.  

2. Use the Right Amount of Heat

If you’re going to be handling shrink wrapping yourself, you’ll needing a reliable heat source in addition to your shrink wrap and the package you’re wanting to wrap. Keep in mind that an insufficient level of heat will prevent the wrap from shrinking properly over your package. Alternatively, using excessive heat can potentially damage your goods or cause issues with the shrink wrapping itself. So, your heat source needs to be hot enough to shrink the plastic wrap efficiently, but also not so hot that it ruins the goods stored inside. Most people opt for a heat gun, but you can also use a hair dryer or a lighter if you can’t get your hands on one of these. 

3. Add Perforations 

In order to avoid shrink film ballooning, it’s important to have perforations in your shrink wrap. Ballooning is what happens when air becomes trapped within the package as the shrink film starts to sink over it. This will cause the air inside the package to expand in a ballooning effect. Luckily, this can be addressed by adding perforations to the film. Of course, the need for perforations will depend on the products you’re wanting to shrink-wrap. 

4. Pair it with Pallets

At Aussie Crates, we generally recommend pairing your shrink-wrapped packages with pallets, depending on what products you’re wanting to transport. Whilst shrink wrapping helps to secure items from the elements and weather conditions, timber pallets work to protect your shrink-wrapped cargo further keep all of it together in one space, making it easier for you to transport large quantities of goods and protect them even further from bumping and tampering. 

Get Shrink Wrapping Service in Perth at Aussie Crates

Attempting shrink wrapping yourself can be time-consuming and messy. On the other hand, you can turn to the packaging professionals at Aussie Crates for fast, convenient and cost-effective shrink-wrapping services in Perth. Offering a wide range of shrink wrap for a variety of different applications, we can help you choose the best solution for your cargo and ensure that your items are safely packaged and ready for shipping. Our shrink-wrapping services are suitable for both businesses and personal items. Moreover, we can always guarantee the highest-quality film for the packaging of your goods; so, you can rest assured knowing that your cargo is in good hands. 

To enquire about our shrink-wrapping services, call Aussie Crates now!