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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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Google updates iPad app with Siri-like voice search (Appolicious)

Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

Appolicious – When Apple released the iPhone 4S in October, the device didn’t have much to set it apart from the iPhone 4 that Apple released a year before, except for one big feature: Siri.

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    Business News: Engineering firm wins award

    Apr 12 2014 Published by under Interests

    Burns & McDonnell Inc., of Chesterfield has earned a National Recognition Award for engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies' 46th annual Engineering Excellence …

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      For Romney, politics is a family affair

      Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

      ** ATTN - PLEASE MOVE OVERNIGHT JULY 7 (TONIGHT) WITH STORY EX-WASHINGTON ** FILE - In this July 6, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, top second from left, plays with family and friends on a floating raft on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H. In an era where non traditional families seem to be the norm, Romney’s family stands out because it is traditional. Married for 40 years, five accomplished sons, family vacations etc. This was the portrait of his week at the lake. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)Mitt Romney's large family is at the center of his life — and of his presidential campaign.


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        Spots in iPhone 4S lines across America are being sold on Craiglist (Digital Trends)

        Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

        Digital Trends – Typical to the majority of Apple product launches, profiteers are attempting to snag the opening spots in line to sell to the highest bidder. The vast majority of spots are being held at Apple stores all over the United States. The iPhone 4S goes on sale tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. eastern time for people that have preordered the phone. In New York City, the fifth spot in line at the SoHo Apple store is currently on sale for $700. Other spots on Staten Island, 5th Avenue and the flagship store on 59th Avenue are simply being pitched to the highest bidder. According to an article at PCMag, the person sitting at the front of the line at the Staten Island store is hoping to get a minimum of $300 for his spot in line.

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          No Matter What Features the iPad 3 Has, it Will Be a Hit (ContributorNetwork)

          Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

          ContributorNetwork – COMMENTARY| According to a report from CNN, next week Apple is holding a news conference, where it is rumored the launch of the newest generation of iPads will take place. While a lot of time and effort has gone into wondering what features the new tablet computer will have, the easiest answer is it largely does not and will not matter.

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            Why Romney remains international man of mystery

            Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

            Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and his wife Ann board their charter plane in Tel Aviv, Israel as they travel to Poland, Monday, July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Romney’s first foreign trip as the de facto Republican presidential nominee has been so confounding that it requires tinkering with our working theories about who he is as a political leader and a would-be president.


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              Saudi king seeks successor as crown prince buried

              Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

              (Blank Headline Received)RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia's elderly king led funeral prayers on Sunday for his heir, Crown Prince Nayef, whose death forces him to find a new successor capable of tackling domestic unemployment, bitter rivalry with Iran and turmoil in close Arab neighbours. Mecca's Great Mosque, Islam's holiest place, was lined with members of the al-Saud ruling family and leaders of Arab states as an imam led the sunset prayer next to the body of Nayef, who died on Saturday. …


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                Bedouin seize two U.S. tourists in Egypt’s Sinai

                Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

                ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) – Armed Bedouin tribesmen have kidnapped two U.S. tourists in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula to demand the release of a tribesman arrested in a drugs case, Egyptian police said on Thursday. The American men, both 31, were seized while driving near the resort of Dahab. “There are negotiations now between the security forces and the armed gunmen to release the tourists,” a police source said, adding the Bedouin were seeking the release of one of their tribe who has been jailed in a drugs case. “We can confirm that there were two U.S. …

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                  Originally posted 2012-05-31 19:41:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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                  Apple fans: Company is more than Steve Jobs (AP)

                  Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

                  FILE - In this June 7, 2010 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds the new iPhone 4 during the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Apple Inc. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011 said Jobs is resigning as CEO, effective immediately. He will be replaced by Tim Cook, who was the company's chief operating officer. It said Jobs has been elected as Apple's chairman. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)AP – Apple fans and would-be customers seemed to agree that while Steve Jobs’ charisma and innovative genius is one-of-a-kind, the company he built will survive without him.


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