Wrapping Machines wrap a flexible packaging material, (e.g. paper, aluminium, plastic film), around a product or group of products. See PPMA Member Companies who supply a comprehensive range of Wrapping Machines.
What are Wrapping Machines used for?
Flexible wrapping is extremely versatile and is used in many product sectors. It is most common in food, bakery and confectionery for single items which can range from confectionery (count line), bars and cakes through to cheese and sausages.
There are many applications of wrapping for single items including products in daily use, items for DIY, toiletries and cosmetics. Some techniques are used in very particular product areas e.g. skin packaging for DIY products and high-quality Fold Wrapping for cosmetics, CDs or cigarettes.
Shrink Wrapping is used extensively in packaging. Heat is applied to a thermoplastic material already loosely wrapped around the product or group of products, which then shrinks around them to form a tight wrap. This method is often used for transit wrapping and protective packaging of larger item such as doors or even bricks on a pallet.
Stretch Wrap is a flexible wrap with elasticity that ensures a close fit to the product or group of products. Unlike Shrink Wrap it does not require heating.
Pallet Wrap Machines have been specifically designed to wrap very large items and pallets (see Palletising Machines ) for both protection and security reasons. These have found many applications in the building and beverage industries, but can be used in many other sectors.
Wrapping and Sealing a Product
There are multiple further kinds of Wrapping and Sealing machine:
Wraps a product or group of products in flexible packaging material with a series of folding, heat sealing or gluing operations.
Wrapping Machine Suppliers
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Common Wrapping Machine Terminology
- Seal Bar
- Heat Shrink
- Heat Seal
- End Fold
- Film Reel
- Thermoplastic Film
- Stretch Film
- Full Wrap
- Shrink Ratio
- Cut-off length
- Film width