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Three Affordable Options for Packaging Your Own Cds or Dvds

Monday, July 29th, 2013

CD & DVD Shrink Wrap Packaging MachinesHave you ever thought about packaging your own CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays or video game cases, but never really knew where to start? It isn’t really that hard and most packaging processes take just a few seconds. There are many different options out there with some of them being affordable enough to do in your own home. This is primarily done using a process called shrink wrap (found here). Machine options range from entry-level units to high-end machines.

Shrink wrapping is actually a very simple process. A product is placed in some sort of film pocket or sleeve, the open ends are sealed shut and heat is run over the plastic. Shrink wrap film is made from a thermoplastic material, so when heat is run over it the film begins to contract. This process is what creates a clear stretched film over CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays that you buy in the store.

As mentioned earlier, machines for shrink wrapping media material come in a variety of sizes. Some are designed for packaging a few dozen to a few hundred a day, where some of the larger systems are designed to package thousands to tens of thousands a day. I would like to point out some of the most affordable machines in an effort to help you get the most for your money.

Sealer Sales SWK-8-04 Heat Sealer (found here) – These kits consist of thermoplastic shrink bags (500 total), a heat sealer (used for sealing the open ends) and a high-end heat gun that is used for shrinking down the film. These kits are available for less than $100 and can be used for home or small business packaging needs.

AIE I-Bar Sealers (found here) – These machines are very versatile and can be used for packaging CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and other stuff as well. These machines use what’s known in the packaging industry as centerfold film. Basically it is a long sheet of film that has been folded in half and rolled up. Because the film is folded in half, a pocket is formed. The width of the film is determined by the roll, but the length can be set by the operator.

Once the product is inserted into the centerfold film, the open ends are sealed shut using the I-bar. The film can then be quickly shrunk down using the included heat gun. This particular machine includes a 500-foot roll of centerfold film.

Here is a video of an AIE I-bar sealer in use:

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Truline TP-48ST Shrink Wrap System (found here) – If you need to increase your packaging speed, you may want to consider using a shrink wrap system. These machines are designed to package several hundred to thousand products a day. The TP-48ST is an L-bar sealer, which means it seals all open sides on a centerfold roll of film in a single pass. It also includes an integrated heat tunnel that seals and shrinks the film in a single pass. This model can be used with a standard wall outlet, which means no special power requirements are needed.

Here s a video of the TP-48ST in use:

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These are three solid options that I recommend you consider when packaging CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays or video game cases. The seal is extremely durable, provides tamper proof packaging and is very professional. The results from any of these machines will look just as professional as anything you’ll see in your local retail store.

We have been selling shrink wrap machines and supplies since 1980, so we have a lot of experience behind us to help you find the right machine for the job. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. You can find our entire selection of shrink wrap machines here and shrink wrap supplies here.

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