Industrial & Manufacturing

How Manufacturers Use Shrink Wrap To Protect Their Product


Manufacturers generate a slew of diverse products that come in all types of different shapes and sizes. For those producing large machinery, they face the challenge of properly storing and transporting the product without inflicting damage.

At Dr. Shrink, we stock a complete line of American-made shrink wrap products capable of wrapping almost all objects. With premium shrink wrap available up to 60 feet wide, entire flatbed loads of machinery can be protected, making it impervious to damage from the elements.

Dr. Shrink only supplies premium 100% virgin resin shrink wrap featuring maximum UV inhibitors. This kind of quality ensures long-term usage and maximum protection.

How It Works:
Shrink wrap is applied and shrunk using a propane fired heat tool; shrinking it tightly and fully encasing the piece of machinery.

Training DVDs, instructions, and technical advice is available on how to apply shrink wrap to the machinery.  Dr. Shrink staff can offer assistance on all types of shrink wrap projects.

Before you start applying the shrink wrap, examine the object and look for areas that may need padding, protection from chafing, or need insulation against extreme heat. Then, determine how far down the cover will go and the method for securing the shrink wrap at the object’s base.  Dr. Shrink’s innovative strapping systems allows for easy attachment.  The product can also be fully encapsulated which allows the underside of machinery to be protected.

When laying the wrap over the object, form pleats at the corners and where there is excess wrap. When shrinking, you start from the base since the rising heat warms the wrap as you work upward. It’s recommended to heat the entire object at one time for a tighter, more durable cover. When finished, inspect and tape holes and pleats.

The Dr. Shrink Advantage:

  • Completely weatherproof
  • No chafing
  • Ventilation to eliminate moisture
  • Zipper-access doors available
  • Cost effective


Manufacturers want their products looking pristine and functioning correctly upon delivery. With all the hazards that come with the shipping process, shrink wrap minimizes the possibility of damage more effectively than other methods such as tarps.

Protecting your goods through shrink wrap is an investment. With the myriad ways something is capable of receiving damage during the storage and shipment process, protecting it is a matter of loss prevention. Protecting your product is protecting your reputation and business.

View our complete line of shrink wrap sizes and call us at 800-968-5147 with application sizing questions.