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Shrink Wrap Film – Retailers Love It

Apr 16 2014 Published by under 1

Manufacturers across the divide continue to produce quality products. We are all too familiar, with the attractive transparent packaging of toys, imported fruits, clothes, pens amongst other things. Unlike the previous times, customers can still have a glimpse into their prospective purchases, carefully examining them without necessarily compromising their state or quality (food).

It is as a result of these demands that the shrink film was developed. In the formative years; we were all accustomed to the brown paper bags which had our tree population on the decline. Subsequent move to the opaque store-name-christened polythene was a further disservice. Then came the perfect solution to all these problems, the shrink film.Initially, the shrink film was exclusively made from PVC (Polyvinylchloride).This is a plastic polymer (third most used plastic in the world) that had the capability of sealing products with a thin layer of plastic sheet. These sheets were often transparent to allow the customer have a view of the product.

The sheet would be wrapped over the product and passed over a heat tunnel or a heat gun. Normally, the length or circumference of the product would be measured, 10% of this value would be added then the sum is divided by two, this would give the size of PVC shrink wrapping to be used. PVC has the ability to shrink by 40% percent giving the packaging a tight grip of the product.

However, with time it was noticed that PVC could release small amounts of hydrogen chloride giving the products a characteristic smell in addition to poisoning. The sealers also would have small carbon deposits. The presence of a plasticizer in PVC had the drawback of hardening and shrinkage during cold weather and extreme stetching with subsequent temperature increases.

These drawbacks meant a suitable shrink film devoid of a plasticizer be developed. Polyolefin was found to have the packaging abilities of PVC but lacked the setbacks that faced the latter. It became a preferred choice of packaging. Offering a stronger seal and fewer odours. Its lack of plasticizer meant no physical changes to the shrink film. It would become the perfect storage solution; all weather .Lack of chlorine in its polymer meant no hydrogen chloride previously characteristic of PVC.

However, while its predecessor PVC enjoys machine compatibility and low cost purchases, polyolefin is the opposite, it remains relatively expensive and hard to use alongside machines.PVC on the other hand remains a suitable choice for manufacturers who don’t deal with edible products. Owing to its cheap price and machine compatibility it is a manufacturers darling.

It is of note that, both polymers are ideal for different packaging purposes. The choice of shrink film is determined by the product, budget and level of technology the producer in question has.

The undeniable fact is, packaging being the cornerstone of branding and advertising can be responsible for high sales volume or the reverse. Manufacturers and producers alike are today faced with the tough task of choosing the ideal packaging material. In the end the functionality of the shrink wrap can only be determined by the manufactures and producers.

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Student loans weigh heavily after graduation

Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

Senate leaders say they have student loan dealMost graduates are hitting the pavement to look for work, or trying to ace that final internship in the hopes that they'll be hired on. But even for those who find employment, there likely remains one nagging bit of unfinished business: student loans.


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    Is the US health care system a target for cyberterrorism?

    Apr 12 2014 Published by under Interests

    ( Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News ) he health care system in the US is a $2.5 trillion industry and depends heavily on communication and the transfer of information via the Internet.

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      Penn State takes down Paterno statue as school braces for NCAA sanctions

      Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

      This is the statue of former Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno that stands outside Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Friday, July 13, 2012. After an eight-month inquiry, Former FBI director Louis Freeh's firm produced a 267-page report that concluded that Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky for more than a decade for fear of bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on other youngsters. The revelations contained in the report have stirred a debate over whether the statue should remain. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)The statue of Penn State's late, disgraced former football Joe Paterno has been taken down, after university officials announced early Sunday their decision to remove it.


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        Construction in contraction for 22 mths

        Apr 12 2014 Published by under Interests

        Australia's construction sector remained in the red during March, although its pace of decline appears slower.

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          AppSpeed RC truck turns your iPhone or iPad into a wireless controller (Yahoo! News)

          Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

          Yahoo! News – iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad have made mobile apps and games a major pastime for many. And while games like Angry Birds and Doodle Jump can keep you occupied for hours in their virtual worlds, sometimes we crave something a little more real. It’s …

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            Treadmill desks the next office health trend?

            Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

            Workers at the financial consulting firm Salo use their treadmill desks. (Salo LLC/NPR)Will health-conscious office workers soon be skipping trips to the gym for an extended shift at the desk?


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              Android Market checks out, Google Play moves in

              Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

              This screen shot provided by Google Inc., shows the Google Play website. Google is scrapping the Android Market name and rebranding it as the “Google Play Store.” The company is unifying its content into a more “seamless” experience. (AP Photo/Google Inc.)Google’s digital marketplace for mobile applications, music, movies and books is unifying under a new name in an effort to spruce up the shopping experience.


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                New app makes it (somewhat) safer to play with your Android phone while you drive [video]

                Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

                New app makes it (somewhat) safer to play with your Android phone while you drive Accessories manufacturer VAIS Technology  is looking to spice up the market for in-car media interfaces by transforming your Android phone into an all-purpose vehicular entertainment system. VAIS specializes in integrating devices into in-car navigation systems. The company’s latest product is called iVIC (in-Vehicle Infotainment Center) for Android and it’s compatible with most Toyota and Lexus models from 2006 onward. The iVIC system currently supports the DROID Bionic, DROID RAZR/MAXX, Galaxy Note, Galaxy S III and the EVO 4G LTE, and it allows users to connect their Android phones directly into their in-car displays. Using HDMI output, the iVIC system is able to mirror a compatible Android smartphone’s display, granting access to virtually any app from a car’s navigation system. Whether you are looking to


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                  Investors want Nintendo to make iPhone games (Appolicious)

                  Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

                  Appolicious – The disappointing sales of video game maker Nintendo’s newest handheld gaming system, the Nintendo 3DS, have driven the company’s shares to a six-year low, and now it seems some investors want Nintendo to add the iPhone to its strategy.

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