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How Long Does Shrink Film Last?

Apr. 15, 2024

The lifespan of shrink film can vary depending on several factors, including the type of film, storage conditions, and exposure to external elements. Generally, shrink film is designed to provide protection and preservation for products during transportation, storage, and display. Here are some factors that can affect the longevity of shrink film:

  • Material Composition: Shrink film can be made from various materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, or PVC. Each material has different properties and durability. For example, polyethylene shrink film is commonly used for its strength and flexibility, while PVC shrink film offers excellent clarity and shrinkability.

  • Storage Conditions: Proper storage is essential for maximizing the lifespan of shrink film. Storing the film in a cool, dry environment away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures can help prevent degradation and maintain its integrity over time.

Shrink Film

Shrink Film

  • Exposure to Elements: Shrink film may degrade more quickly if exposed to harsh environmental factors such as moisture, UV radiation, chemicals, or physical damage. For outdoor applications or products stored in challenging conditions, selecting a shrink film with UV inhibitors or additional protective coatings can help prolong its lifespan.

  • Handling and Application: The way shrink film is handled, applied, and sealed can also impact its longevity. Proper sealing techniques, including achieving the appropriate temperature and dwell time during heat sealing, can ensure a secure bond and prevent premature failure or tearing.

  • Product Compatibility: Compatibility between the shrink film and the packaged product is crucial for maintaining product quality and extending shelf life. Some products may require specific types of shrink film with barrier properties or ventilation to prevent moisture buildup or spoilage.

In general, high-quality shrink film stored under optimal conditions can last for several years without significant degradation. However, it's essential to regularly inspect the film for signs of damage, brittleness, or discoloration, especially if stored for extended periods. If any deterioration is observed, replacing the shrink film is recommended to ensure continued product protection and presentation.

HYF film, available in several grades of PLA, PETG and PVC provides excellent printability and shrinkability and is suitable for partial-body labels, full body labels, tamper-evident bands, and promotional applications.

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