Home » Learn » Shrink Wrap Boot Camp » Purchasing a Shrink Wrapper

5 Questions to Ask Before Purchasing a Shrink Wrapper

photo of a man holding shrink wrapped candy bar in front of shrink wrap tunnel

Choosing the right shrink wrap equipment for your packaging needs is a very important step in designing an effective and efficient packaging operation.

There are many different types of shrink wrap systems designed for different applications, performance levels and budget.

When shopping for a shrink wrap system, take into consideration what your needs are now and in the future.

1. What Do You Want to Shrink Wrap?

There are many types of shrink wrap film that are suited for specific types of applications. Shrink wrap films should be considered when shopping for a shrink wrapper system to ensure no shrink film issues arise later.

2. How Fast Do You Want Your Shrink Wrapper to Operate?

Shrink wrapping systems vary widely in the packaging speed and knowing your production volumes and wrapping output needs will allow you to compare systems. For example some shrink wrappers pack several products an hour while others pack 35 products per minute and more.

Once volume levels are determined, degree of automation can be considered as well, choices are: manual shrink wrappers, semi-automatic shrink wrappers or fully automatic shrink wrapper systems.

3. Is the Shrink Wrapper to be Integrated Into an Automated Packaging Production Line?

Not all shrink wrap systems are suited for integrated packaging operations and add on systems like conveyors will need to be carefully selected for flexibility and suitability for the packaging processes involved.

4. How Big is the Package you are Shrink Wrapping?

Like most things, shrink wrap systems, machines and applicators come in different sizes. If your packaging units are large, likely your shrink wrap system will be too.

5. Do You Have Workplace Limitations?

Shrink wrap machines come in different sizes and mobility. For example if you have small space, small items to package and need the system to move as your workplace demands, you may want to consider a compact straight L-Bar Sealer as your shrink wrap system of choice.


Crawford Packaging is a full-service packaging company located in London, Brampton and Waterloo, Ontario. From packaging to packaging equipment, installation and upgrades, and in-person equipment training and repair, we're focused on your business success every step of the way.