Shrink wrap packaging is an industry that is growing day by day as more and more organisations realise the benefits of owning their own shrink wrap machinery, making their daily tasks easier, more efficient and cost effective. However, for those who do not yet have a manufacturing device such as this, there are many different types of machinery that you can purchase for your business to help you pick out which one will best fit your needs. Here we have a short guide to help you find the perfect solution. The process of shrink-wrapping items can be done completely automatically, semi-automatically or manually. Chamber Shrink Wrap Packaging Machines This is a semi-automatic option, which is usually the best option for small businesses, at the more basic level of shrink-wrapping machinery. With a simple procedure you can wrap a variety of different objects in just a few seconds. The speed of this part of the chain purely depends on that of the person in control, with most of the process being carried out by hand with the simple use of a handle for control. There is also options for seal only or shrink and seal, the chamber shrink wrap machine is available in several different sizes. Semi-Automatic Shrink Wrap Packaging Machines This next level adds an element of automation to the process, making for a much more time efficient procedure. Taking away the need for a person to transfer the object to the shrink tunnel, with this machine, an operator is only needed to slot the object into the shrink wrap film and push it towards the rollers. This machine is fully adjustable, from the height, positioning and temperature so that you can find the optimum settings. Available in a range of sizes, you can be sure that there will be one to suit your very needs. Fully Automatic Shrink Wrap Packaging Machines At the higher end of the range comes the fully automatic shrink wrap packaging machinery. This takes up much less manpower, working with little to no help to complete the process. These machines manage to pack at a staggering rate, beginning at around 25 packs per minute, and top speeds reaching around 100 packs per minute. This could speed up your packaging production line by a substantial amount, saving you time, energy and ultimately, money. Whether you require the machine to package simple item shapes or more complex, individual options, our fully automatic machines are suitable to pack nearly any type of shape. If you need further information when making a choice on which machine would be most suitable for your business, feel free to get in touch with us and let us help you find your perfect plastic packaging option!

Shrink wrap film plastic packaging a benefit to our green economy

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Incorrect information, ignorance and misconception surrounding plastic packaging and shrink wrap film are holding the food packaging industry back when it comes to sustainability and reducing food and packaging waste.

Manufacturers, brands and retailers are still driven primarily by the consumer, and they remain hesitant when it comes to plastic as a packaging material, despite numerous efforts by INCPEN and the British Plastics Federation to debunk the misinformation relating to the environmental factors and safety aspects of plastic packaging.

LINPAC director of innovation, Ana Fernandez said:

“Despite the indisputable benefits that such plastics have brought to society, negative perceptions continue to circulate about the material.

“Whilst those in the industry do understand the benefits of plastic packaging, many are quite literally frightened of the potential reaction of consumers, who continue to see plastic as the root of all evil, regardless of how misinformed their concerns may be.

“Whilst it is clear that there is no one-size-fits-all solution in the world of food packaging, with rigorous recycling and packaging waste targets to meet and a mountain of food waste to tackle, it is frustratingly clear that progress across the supply chain in these areas is being stifled by misinformation.”

A leading figure within the industry, Ana Fernandez notes that perceptions surrounding cardboard and paper packaging’s effect on the environment is the complete opposite of reality, with many opting for this method of packaging, thinking that it has a far more positive effect on the environment.

But Ana disagrees, adding:

“The reality is far different, when considered over the entire life of the packaging, paper and cardboard embody far more greenhouse gases than its plastic equivalent and is extremely energy intensive to manufacture. On the other hand, plastic is light, robust and requires substantially less energy to manufacture, offering a lower carbon footprint when compared to cardboard.

“Furthermore, plastics can be recycled many more times than paper. Additionally, paper or cardboard contaminated with food cannot be recycled – something many consumers are not aware of and which can lead to other cardboard becoming contaminated and unrecyclable too.”

“Food packaging’s main criteria is to protect the contents within, keep the product in its intended condition and be appealing to the consumer. With Fernandez finishing by saying: “Contrary to popular misconception, plastic packaging should be regarded as a valuable part of our green economy and as a solution, not part of the problem!”

 

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