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Shrink Sleeve Storage Tips

| Shrink Sleeves

~ by John Onganon, think4D Production Manager

Shrink sleeves are a popular packaging option for enhancing product branding and labelling.  If there’s a gap in the application process despite timely delivery from think4D, here are some tips on how to properly store them:

First, you’ll want to make sure that you store your shrink sleeves in a clean, dry, and temperature-controlled storage facility with low humidity.  This will help maintain their quality and prevent damage; excessive heat or extreme cold can distort and damage your shrink sleeves beyond repair.  The general rule-of-thumb is to keep the temperature between 40 and 80 degrees (+5C and +27C), ideally in the middle of the range. 

Try not to handle them until it’s time to use them; when exposed to dirt and dust particles, shrink sleeves (which already have some static charge and attraction to dust) can lose their sheen and their effectiveness when applied to your products.  With sleeves printed and then wound into rolls, they are susceptible to being loose, so proper handling is critical to avoid unrolling.

Remember that shrink sleeves won’t last forever unused!  The shelf life can vary based on the specific product as they are exposed to conditions like natural shrinkage of the film, or the film becoming brittle, which increases their susceptibility to damage.  Make sure you plan your product’s packaging process and avoid overstocking so you won’t have to store your sleeves for longer than required. 

By following a few simple precautions, you’ll be able to make sure your sleeves make it from the roll to your product exactly as you intended, which maximizes your productivity and uptime!

think4D are the experts on which sleeves are best for your products, how to buy the optimal quantity of sleeves, and how to make sure the quality stays intact from application to delivery. How can we help you?

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