Shrink Wrap

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Is there a common term for shrink-wrap? This is a plastic film that is used to seal products which contracts when heated. In particular I need to be able to say "shrink wrap sleeves", meaning tubes of this plastic that go over the neck of a capped bottle, then are shrunk with heat to seal the bottle tightly. Thanks for your help!

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updated JUN 13, 2009
posted by Valerie

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http://www.empaqueperformance.com.mx/empresas_view.asp'TABLEKEY=empresa_id=1728

Thank you very much!

updated JUN 13, 2009
posted by Valerie
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http://www.empaqueperformance.com.mx/empresas_view.asp'TABLEKEY=empresa_id=1728

updated JUN 13, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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It doesn't necessarily need to be heated either.

Then we're discussing apples and oranges. To me shrink wrap is the product that shrinks upon heating. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I use it mostly for electrical wire splices (the tubes) or insulating windows (the sheeting). Both applications requires heating the product.

I agree with you Quentin. The type of 'poly? that is wrapped around packages doesn't shrink with heat, it stretches to adhere and secure any kind of cargo that is transported by truck, train, ship, etc. Technically it isn't shrink-wrap but it is widely known as shrink-wrap. They also use big bags that are placed on top of pallets and then heat is applied to them, but this is less practical when you have to 'shrink-wrap? trailer loads of material. In this case they usually place the pallets on a spinning platform that wraps the cold wrap around them to be taken away by forks lifts that load them onto a container, trailer, etc. Many distributors of goods like building materials for example, don't even use a spinning platform, instead a loader will stretch the roll of poly by walking around the pallet himself. Not a pretty sight.

updated JUN 13, 2009
posted by 00b83c38
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Muchas gracias a todos Uds! Han sido muy amables!

I don't suppose anyone knows if they use the same terms in Mexico''

updated JUN 13, 2009
posted by Valerie
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Then we're discussing apples and oranges. To me shrink wrap is the product that shrinks upon heating. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I use it mostly for electrical wire splices (the tubes) or insulating windows (the sheeting). Both applications requires heating the product.

The tube-like plastic used for electrical installations that shrink when heat is applied is called "tubos contráctiles".

The "shrink-wrap" thing is normally called "poliolefina" among chemists, and "película encogible", "filme encogible" (all horrible translations, if you ask me), or "película contráctil", often adding the term "polielefina" or similar to clarify.

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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It doesn't necessarily need to be heated either.

Then we're discussing apples and oranges. To me shrink wrap is the product that shrinks upon heating. Sorry for the misunderstanding. I use it mostly for electrical wire splices (the tubes) or insulating windows (the sheeting). Both applications requires heating the product.

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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It doesn't necessarily need to be heated either. There are different types. I think it should be banned because it is one the worst environmental pollutants.

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by 00b83c38
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http://www.slideshare.net/aj5lozano/el-polietileno

according to the dictionary that word means polyethylene. Polyethylene is used for piping (tubería) and making plastic sheeting such as VisQueen. I wasn't aware that they used it for shrink wrap.

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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tubos de polietileno---|-you specify the size---|also rollos (rolls) de polietileno---|but I think tubes are more generally understood (tubos), although if you are in the US most Spanish people would be more familiar with the English terminology than with the Spanish. In Spanish they might not even understand your request.

updated JUN 12, 2009
posted by 00b83c38