The terms "shrink wrapping" and "shrink bundling" are often confused. There are differences both in how the packages are wrapped as well as in how the packages are used. Since Texwrap now offers both solutions with the addition of the Tekkra bundler line to its offering, we are able to guide our customers to the perfect wrapper solution in a customer-focused unbiased manner.
Shrink "wrapping" generally produces a package destined for retail display. These packages are typically wrapped in high-quality polyolefin film chosen for its ability to provide a clear, sparkling, totally-enclosed finished package meant to enhance the shelf appeal of the product.
Generally, shrink "bundling" produces a more functional package. These packages are wrapped in polyethylene film to protect or unitize the products and appearance is not the primary concern. Shrink bundled packages can include loose or unsupported product wrapped in film only, product on corrugated pads, or product in trays. These packages are typically open with bullseyes on the ends.
In about 80% of all shrink packaging applications, the choice between these two technologies is clear and is dictated by the end use of the package. In the other 20%, either technology could work and the final choice might be dictated by film cost, line speed, machine configuration, size, complexity, or simply customer preference.