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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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Apple WWDC Unveils iOS, iCloud (The Daily Beast)

Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

The Daily Beast – CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a groundbreaking new cloud service today, spelling the end of traditional computers as we know them. Dan Lyons on the brilliant new gambit.

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    Nancy Pelosi to stay on in House

    Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

    Pelosi To Announce Future Leadership Plans WednesdayNancy Pelosi told House of Representatives Democrats on Wednesday that she plans to stay on as minority leader.


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      3. Medical Conference: Beat, Reverse, Cure Type 2 Diabetes [The Diabetes Engineer]

      Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

      www.DeathToDiabetes.com http Segment No. 3 of diabetes lecture. Topics: Honeymoon period, Doctor’s denial, Engineering methodolgies, Root causes, Pathology at cellular level, BG/Insulin levels. Ex-diabetic engineer, who almost died of diabetic coma, explains how to defeat Type 2 diabetes, based on his experience, research, and acclaimed book, Death to Diabetes (ISBN 0977360741), the Diabetes DVD (ISBN 0977360733), and the soon-to-be-released The Diabetes Handbook (ISBN 097736075X). DeWayne McCulley: Penn State graduate, Xerox engineer, Hughes Aircraft, Urban League math tutor, Eta Kappa Nu honor society, Farrell High School, Shenango Valley

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        Adobe CS6 offers customers a new subscription cloud service

        Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

        It seems like everyone’s offering a cloud storage service these days. Amazon’s doing it, Dropbox is doing it, and Google is expected to announce a major new cloud storage option called Google Drive later this week. But there’s a new company getting into the … Continue reading

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          Data Gods: Sweden recognizes file-sharing as official religion (Yahoo! News)

          Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

          Yahoo! News – You might consider your digitally-inclined ways a lifestyle, but a collective of data pirates in Sweden have taken the free flow of information on the web to religious new heights. Members of the group — known officially as the Missionary Church of Kopimism — …

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            18 million Android devices could get whacked with malware in 2013

            Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

            One security firm on Thursday claimed that 2013 will be the year of mobile malware for Android users, however no specific numbers had been given. The team at Lookout Mobile Security has painted a similar picture for Google’s (GOOG) operating system. The firm notes that more than 1.2 billion mobile devices are expected to be purchased in 2013 and in the following year users are forecasted to download over 70 billion mobile apps. Due to Android’s popularity, it is estimated that 18 million devices running the operating system may encounter some form of mobile malware. The likelihood that users will encounter malware or spyware, however, is heavily dependent on geographical location and behavior. Research from the security firm reveals that users

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              ReBrick: A social network for Lego lovers (Yahoo! News)

              Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

              Yahoo! News – Ever wished you could browse a whole bunch of crazy and imaginative Lego inventions and creations on a single site? Now you can. The Lego Group recently launched ReBrick — a social media site for fans of the construction toys, where enthusiasts can share their …

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                In his 10th decade, a legendary UM engineering scholar publishes his ninth book

                Apr 12 2014 Published by under Interests

                In his 10th decade, a legendary UM scholar publishes his ninth book

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                  Maryland county installs cameras to watch cameras

                  Apr 12 2014 Published by under General Interest

                  In one of the most interesting paradoxes of our time, Maryland’s Prince George’s County is installing security cameras to watch over its traffic and speed-detection cameras after a string of vandalism in the area since April. Prince George’s County Police … Continue reading →

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