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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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T-Mobile looking to merge with MetroPCS

Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

T-Mobile looking to merge with MetroPCST-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom AG, has reportedly been discussing a potential merger with MetroPCS, according to Bloomberg. The talks come as T-Mobile continues to suffer from large subscriber defections, having lost 802,000 net customers in the fourth quarter of 2011 alone. Deutsche Telekom is considering a stock-swap transaction that would give the German company control over the combined entity, which would be publicly listed, although an outright sale of T-Mobile is possible too. T-Mobile, the nation’s fourth largest carrier, has been looking for options since its failed merger with AT&T last November. MetroPCS has 9.5 million subscribers as of January 2012 and operates the fifth largest wireless network in the United States. Read


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    Oracle skewers Google as Android trial opens

    Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

    Oracle began Monday trying to convince a jury that Google’s top executives have long known that they stole a key piece of technology to build the Android software that now powers more than more than 300 million smartphones and tablet computers.

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      OTA Update Center allows developers to push updates to custom Android ROMs

      Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

      OTA Update Center allows developers to push updates to custom Android ROMsA new free service has been announced for developers of custom Android ROMs. The service, called OTA Update Center, is relatively simple and allows developers to easily push over-the-air updates to their users. Rather than requiring developers to host their own files, OTA Update Center provides a server and an update app that streamlines the process of updating a custom ROM. After registering for Update Center, a developer needs to simply add a few lines to their ROM’s build.prop file and provide a direct-link to the download. The rest of the work is done by Google’s (GOOG) service, and users will automatically be notified when an update is available for their custom ROMs.  [Via XDA-Developers] Read


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        Just Show Me: 3 great shopping apps for the iPhone (Yahoo! News)

        Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

        Yahoo! News – Welcome to Just Show Me on Tecca TV, where we show you tips and tricks for getting the most out of the gadgets in your life. In today’s episode we’ll show three great shopping apps on the iPhone. Everything from finding deals near you …

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          Hermit crabs running short on shells? 3D printing to the rescue! (Yahoo! News)

          Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

          Yahoo! News – Hermit crabs are one of the most relaxing pets you can own. They don’t bark, hiss, or need to be taken outside, and they generally live their lives in the slow lane. Unfortunately, these cool crustaceans are feeling the pinch …

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            N.C. gay-marriage foes have slight lead ahead of vote

            Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

            In this March 22, 2012 photo, Molly Beavers bounces her son, James, 1, on her hip in the front yard of their home in Raleigh, N.C. Beavers, a developmental therapist, opposes a proposed constitutional amendment that would make North Carolina the last state in the Southeast to ban gay marriage. (AP Photo/Allen Breed)Supporters of gay marriage in North Carolina have out-raised and out-advertised their opponents ahead of a vote on May 8 over whether the state constitution should be amended to specifically bar same-sex couples from marrying or entering into domestic partnerships. Despite this effort, 55 percent of North Carolinians say they plan to vote for the amendment […]


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              MDM Engineering Gp – Issue of share options to a director

              Apr 12 2014 Published by under Interests

              MDM Engineering Gp – Issue of share options to a director

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                U.S. agency backs Apple in essential patent battle

                Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

                Attendees sit in front of an Apple logo during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2012 in San FranciscoWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Google unit Motorola Mobility is not entitled to ask a court to stop the sale of Apple iPhones and iPads that it says infringe on a patent that is essential to wireless technology, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. In June, Judge Richard Posner in Chicago threw out cases that Motorola, now owned by Google, and Apple had filed against each other claiming patent infringement. Both companies appealed. In rejecting the Google case, Posner barred the company from seeking to stop iPhone sales because the patent in question was a standard essential patent. …


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                  2012 campaign challenge: Corral undecided likely voters

                  Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

                  Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign fundraising event in Del Mar, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Loretta Mitchell is 100 percent sure she's going to vote in the presidential race come November. She doesn't have a clue who'll get that vote.


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