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Dr. Notes – News from Mike
“I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all who took the time to congratulate Dr. Shrink, Inc. on our 26th year in business milestone which we celebrated a couple weeks ago. It has been an honor to be your premium shrink wrap supplier for the past 26 years.
Another year in business brings innovative new products, updated product catalogs, and fresh how-to training videos. I am pleased to introduce revolutionary new products for this season detailed in the section below. These products will be must-have items, especially in the marine industry, and will provide shrink wrap installers with professional, high quality shrink wrap jobs and applications.
We are finally feeling the warmth here in Manistee, MI. If you are located in Michigan or Wisconsin, please keep in mind that we are running another year of our Recycling Run to make sure all shrink wrap covers are recycled. If you are located in other states within the continental United States, our REBAG Recycling Kit is the perfect option for you.
Happy May Day to all. Have a wonderful Memorial Day at the end of the month. Thank you for working with Dr. Shrink, Inc.”
President & CEO, Dr. Shrink, Inc.
This month the Dr. is highlighting products and services as it related to the Industrial Industry. This is the fastest growing year-round shrink wrap market; it can yield great business as customers demand packaging solutions along with corrosion inhibiting protection. Top industrial wrapping specialists can also compete with other protection methods to show greater return on investment for their clients.
Manufacturers generate a diverse group of products that come in all different shapes and sizes. For those producing large machinery, they face the challenge of properly storing and transporting the product without inflicting damage. Manufacturers want their products to look 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 thank other methods such as tarps. Protecting your product is protecting your reputation and business.
Dr. Shrink also has Volatile Corrosion Inhibiting shrink wrap products available that protect ferrous and non-ferrous metals and will not harm glass, plastic or other parts of assemblies. Click here to see our Moisture Inhibiting products.
Dr. Shrink has been busy working on some new products for the 2018/2019 year. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come in early July.
– SeatSaver – an all new revolutionary product that is ideal for any pontoon boat with seat backs that are exposed above the upper rail which come in contact with strapping and shrink wrap material. The SeatSaver fits on all 1.25″ square tubing top rails on pontoon boats and provides either a 2″ or 4″ lift of the strapping over the vinyl seat backs, preventing damage to seat backs from strapping abrasion and indentation.
See our SeatSaver Flyer for more details
– Rhino Cap – Dr. Shrink is improving on its proven End Cap with this heavy duty Rhino Cap. Designed for optimum pole poke-through protection, the Rhino Cap features more surface area, greater strength, and strapping grooves to make your strapping structure easier to create and more durable than ever. The edges are strengthened around the entire perimeter to provide maximum strength against snow load.
See our Rhino Cap Flyer for more details
– Lightning Vent – Dr. Shrink’s new DS-LIGHTNING one-handed installation vent allows for easy and quick installation with an all new strap and friction hood which secures the vent to the cover with no taping required. The large hood over the vent opening offers better weather protection ensuring moisture and weather stays out of your wrapped items.
See our Lightning Vent Flyer for more details.
Super Mileage Competition
Dr. Shrink’s shrink wrap has been used in a lot of different ways.
Missouri high school students worked with a local technical college for the Missouri Super Mileage Competition. The team built a small car and competed for maximum mileage in the competition– after the car is built, shrink wrap is used for the skin of the car. In 2017, the team won 1st Place in the competition (clear car shown) with a 219 mpg average. The idea of the clear wrap was to show the construction of the car. This year they competed and took 2nd Place. They built a roadster, with the goal of ‘best in show’. The team used shrink wrap for the body and then painted it black and they did end up winning Best in Show. Congratulations to all who participated and what an interesting use of our product!
Your Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!
Dr. Shrink is proud to offer you world class customer service. Our highly experienced staff are ready to field any question you can throw at them in the many industries of shrink wrap. Below are a few common questions we receive as people are learning about shrink wrap and becoming familiar with the process.
What color shrink wrap should I use? Is there a difference?
Dr. Shrink’s premium shrink wrap comes in blue, white and clear.
Blue absorbs sunlight allowing ice & snow to fall off the cover easier during the winter. Used for winter storage and not recommended to be used as a transportation cover.
White reflects sunlight and harmful UV rays. Best used for transportation covers and general outside storage. White shrink wrap is also the color of choice for work enclosures and scaffolding. It provides shadow-free lighting and good color rendition.
Clear shrink wrap is commonly used for greenhouses and non-storage applications.
Know the color you need, but not the recommended mil thickness? Click here to find out.
Can the heat from the heat tool cause damage?
We must first mention the propane fired heat tools used in shrink wrapping must be used in accordance with the directions in the training DVD. Always remember safety first! The heat from the tool is swept over the cover, almost like spray painting, and is never left on one spot long enough to damage vinyl graphics, paint, gel coat, etc. In fact, the shrink wrap will become thin and holes will form before enough heat is transferred to damage the boat or object. If the shrink wrap should get a burn hole, and it appears the wrap is stuck to the boat, allow the wrap to cool and it will come loose by itself.
How do I repair tear/melt holes in the cover?
It is very easy to repair any holes that are made on a shrink wrap cover. If it a small hole, a piece of our Heat Shrink Tape will fix it quickly. If it is a larger hole, a scrap of shrink wrap approximately 3″ larger than the hole may be tape on the original cover and lightly shrunk.
Are you more of a hands-on learner? Consider our SWU training class.
Learn from the best — learn from the source! Dr. Shrink prides itself on providing world class customer service, professional training and installation advice.
ShrinkWrap University (SWU) is a one-day training course designed to give you all of the information you need to shrink wrap anything. The morning consists of presentations in a classroom setting (product information, safety and techniques, industry applications and profit margins, as well as marketing services). After presentations, we will head back to the warehouse where you will gain an enormous amount of hands-on training and advice. You will leave here very comfortable and with the propane fired heat tool and the shrink wrapping process.
Click here to find out more about SWU.
Recycling Run 2018
Dr. Shrink’s Recycling Run is up and running for 2018. We’ve made some changes to our program and if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us here. The Recycling Run is now available in Michigan and Northern Wisconsin only. If you are in Wisconsin or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there is a 75 bag minimum requirement for pickup.
Don’t forget that you MUST fax/email your Registration Form back to Dr. Shrink in order to sign up for the pickup in July. For scheduling purposes, please email/fax the Registration Form back by June 18th, 2018.
Dr. Shrink’s premium shrink wrap is 100% virgin resin material that is easily recycled into a variety of usable consumer products. Shrink wrap will NOT biodegrade in a landfill – that’s why it is extremely important to recycle. If this program isn’t available in your area, please call around to local recycling facilities and see if they will take this high quality plastic.