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3 Things You Never Knew You Could Shrink Wrap

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Shrink Wrap has tons of applications, we use it all the time at work. Pallets, tools, pallets of tools, it’s part of every day operation in the warehouse, and the people I work with swear by it. 

The basic premise of shrink wrap is that you cover the item in a layer of polythene film, and then apply heat with a shrink gun which allows the polythene to contract (i.e. shrink) and tighten.

The real benefit to using shrink wrapping is that it stops loose items from throwing themselves around the back of a trailer, keeping deliveries protected and safe.

Here are a few things you’d never expect to be shrink wrapped:

1. A Boat

Yep, sometimes people cover their boats in a tight layer of polythene to protect them from damage when transporting them via land or sea. The great thing about using shrink wrap for this type of application is the wide variety of shapes and sizes.

2. A Helicopter

I couldn’t quite believe it when I saw this, something I associate with strength being protected by a thin film of plastic. Reading into it further, it turns out that sometimes the army covers helicopters in opaque shrink wrap to help keep the exact details a secret when transporting them, this isn’t limited to helicopters of course, it could be carried across to most things.

3. A House

Ridiculous, right? That’s what I initially thought, but the application actually makes quite a lot of sense. According to a company in America, covering an unfinished house in shrink wrap can help it survive exposure to the elements such as rain and humidity which can cause rot and rust.

There you have it, you possibly see shrink wrapping every day, but I doubt you see it used in this extreme.

 

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