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Heat Shrink Wrap- Securing, Protecting and Simplifying Tasks

Posted by Global Plastic Sheeting on Wed, May 22, 2024 @ 02:33

Heat Shrink Wrap: Demystifying Thickness, UV Protection & Electronics

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Heat shrink wrap film, a versatile and cost-effective workhorse, has become an essential tool across numerous industries. While thicknesses can vary depending on the application, the 9-mil film occupies a sweet spot, offering a balance between durability and affordability. Let's delve into the world of 9-mil heat shrink wrap, exploring its applications, the importance of UV inhibitors, and its technical specifications.

Applications Galore: Where Does 9-Mil Heat Shrink Wrap Shine?

The beauty of 9-mil heat shrink wrap lies in its adaptability. Here are some of its common uses:

  • Pallet Wrapping: Secures and protects palletized goods during transport and storage.
  • Bundling: Keeps individual items grouped together, preventing movement and damage.
  • Product Protection: Shields products from dust, moisture, and minor scratches during shipping or storage.
  • Temporary Shelters: Creates temporary enclosures for construction projects, equipment protection, or emergency situations.
  • Machine Covers: Safeguards machinery and equipment from dust, debris, and paint splatter during maintenance or storage.

What Thickness (Mil) of Heat Shrink Wrap Do I Need?

Think of mil (millimeter) as the heat shrink wrap's weight class. Here's a quick breakdown:

  • Lighter Items (3-6 Mil): Perfect for bundling magazines, wrapping tools, or creating temporary dust covers.
  • Medium-Weight Items (6-8 Mil): Ideal for securing boxes on pallets, protecting furniture during transport, or waterproofing equipment outdoors (for short periods).
  • Heavy-Duty Applications (9 Mil and Above): Suited for heavy machinery, large boats, building enclosures, or situations demanding long-term weather protection. Remember, thicker mil also translates to a higher heat requirement for shrinking.

UV Inhibitors: A Shield Against the Sun's Wrath

Sunlight, while essential for life, can wreak havoc on certain materials. Heat shrink wrap is no exception. Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to degradation, causing the film to become brittle and lose its protective properties. This is where UV inhibitors come in.

These additives act as a sunscreen for the film, absorbing or reflecting UV radiation. Incorporating UV inhibitors into the 9-mil film extends its lifespan, especially when used outdoors or in areas with significant sun exposure.

  Does Heat Shrink Wrap Protect Electronics?

Understanding the Technical Specifications: Surface Resistivity

The technical specifications listed for 9-mil heat shrink wrap can seem complex, but some hold significant meaning. Let's break down "Surface Resistivity (ANSI/EOS/ESD-511.11) 10¹² max ohms/sq - Meets with the Requirements of NFPA 701-15 Test 1."

  • Surface Resistivity: This value indicates the film's resistance to electrical current flow across its surface. A high surface resistivity (10¹² max ohms/sq in this case) suggests the film is a poor conductor of electricity.

  • ANSI/EOS/ESD-511.11: This refers to a specific industry standard that outlines test methods for measuring surface resistivity in electronic devices.

  • NFPA 701-15 Test 1: This points to a test method outlined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) used to assess a material's flammability.

In simpler terms, the high surface resistivity and adherence to these standards imply that 9-mil heat shrink wrap with these specifications can be suitable for applications involving electronics or where static discharge needs to be minimized. Additionally, it might meet flammability requirements as outlined by NFPA 701.


The 9-mil heat shrink wrap film offers a powerful combination of affordability and versatility. Understanding its applications, the role of UV inhibitors, and its technical specifications empowers you to make informed decisions when choosing the right heat shrink wrap solution for your needs. Whether you're securing pallets, bundling products, or creating temporary shelters, the mighty 9-mil film is a reliable partner for your protection needs.

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Plastic Sheeting used in containment in construction and remodels

Posted by Nana Hinsley on Thu, Jun 23, 2022 @ 09:23

Have you ever considered the possible impact of containing construction activities, large and small with the use of plastic sheeting?  First, this can save a large amount of time and money on each project, as the mess is contained to a minimal area, where it can be thoroughly cleaned.  If the surfaces are protected within the containment with self-adhesive surface protection or other protective covers, then cleanup time can be kept to an absolute minimum.

 Customers, neighbors, Cities, EPA, are much happier if construction mess is contained and kept to minimal levels. Contractors benefit from this happiness, both financially, and with a better reputation, making referrals for future projects much easier to get.

When heat shrink wrap is used on large projects to contain the area, the workspace can be heated to extend the "season" for many construction activities. Shrink Wrap Workers are more productive, because they can't see what is going on outside of the containment, and do not interact with the public.  Worksites are more secure, and safer.  The jobsite is also much less of an eyesore, and produces less impact on the environment.

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Plastic Sheeting for Hospital Remodels

Posted by Lee Hinsley on Tue, May 10, 2011 @ 02:32

Plastic sheeting plays a large role in hospitals. Some people refer to it as "Hospital Rated Visqueen".  What they are referring to are the large number of uses for the types of products supplied by Global Plastic Sheeting.  Some of the products and applications include:

-Fire Retardant Plastic Sheeting: The most popular of our fire retardant sheeting for hospital applications is ASFR-6.  This 6 mil Anti-Static Fire Retardant Plastic will not give off a static electricity discharge like normal plastics, so is safe around sensitive instruments.  Also does not attract dust, and hospitals love that feature.  We also stock everything from Construction Grade FR Poly, to Reinforced FR Polyethylene.

-Tacky Door Mats (anti-microbial) for the entrances to operating rooms, and for helping contain contaminants in construction/maintenance operations

-Heat Shrink Wrap: This 9 and 12 mil Fire Retardant product is used to wrap and contain any areas needing to be sealed off for any reason

-ZipWall poles: used to create a containment, these pole and jack systems are easily set up to create a containment of any size

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DeckProtek is popular in Health Care applications- 10, 14, and 30 mil versions provide a high level of Fire Retardant floor or wall protection.  While most of this is used during periods of construction or renovations, we have also provided it to cover the floors in emergency rooms, rooms where patients have radioactive treatments, where all surfaces must be covered, and many other applications

-Carpet Plastic FR: Self-Adhesive Fire Retardant covering for protecting carpeting, quickly, easily, and cost effectively

-Fire Retardant Tapes: 225FR Duct type sealing and seaming tape, 268 Black FR tape, and others to meet the FR needs of the health care industry

-Poly Srcim, various thicknesses and colors have been popular in health care.  They all meet stringent FR standards, and are available in a variety of colors, which is sometimes requested.

-Fluted Plastic Sheets: These 4’ x 8’ FR sheets are used to erect many containments in hospitals, make temporary hallways, temporary walls, tough floor protection, cover walls to protect from workmen damage, make devices for entry into the ceiling tiles for pulling cables, etc.

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