Shrink Wrapping is the process of wrapping goods and items with an air tight barrier of plastic. It is used in many different applications and has revolutionised the packaging industry. Shrink wrap is incredibly versatile and the possibilities for use are endless as it comes in a variety of strengths and sizes.
It is used within the food industry as the air tight barrier prevents contaminants from getting into food. It also provides an extra layer of security and helps to prevent items from going off due to the lack of air. It is preferred within food packaging as it is transparent which aids consumers to see the quality of the product they are buying.
CDs and DVDs which contain unique bar codes and individual software licenses. Shrink wrap helps to package these items safely and securely. Once the shrink wrap is broken, it cannot be resealed which provides peace of mind that the contents have not been tampered with. Entire pallets can be pallet wrapped to protect them from the weather and to keep the contents from moving around.
Adult magazines are transported in shrink wrap to ensure that the contents have not been opened or tampered with and to prevent young people and children from being able to see the contents. Sometimes shrink wrap is used to ensure security of privileged items such as wills and deeds for the same security reasons.
In extreme cases, shrink wrap has been used to quarantine entire buildings in case of a hazardous chemical accident. Once the accident has been controlled and is deemed safe, the shrink wrap can be removed with relative ease.