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overwraps of frozen meat
overwraps of frozen meat

An overwrap or wrap is applied over an item or is applied over another form of packaging. It is often made of plastic film (sometimes called polywrapping) or paper.[1] It is typically used to protect products, but can be used decoratively.

Functions

An overwrap can have several purposes or functions:

Types of overwraps

Shrink wrap

Main article: Shrink wrap

Shrink wrap is a material made up of polymer plastic film. When heat is applied it shrinks tightly over whatever it is covering. Heat can be applied with a hand held heat gun (electric or gas) or the product and film can pass through a heat tunnel. Most shrink films are polyethylene.

Film wrap

Plastic films, usually polyethylene or polypropylene, can be wrapped around an item and attached with adhesive, PSA tape, or heat seals. Sometimes the film is in the form of a plastic bag which is sealed around the item.

Decorative wrap

Main article: giftwrap

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Paper wrap

Kraft paper and a variety of other papers can be used to overwrap items in a package or to overwrap a package. Some papers provide abrasion protection for packaged items. Sealing can be by adhesive, tapes, heat seals, etc. Some papers also have grease resistance or are saturated with volatile corrosion inhibitors, etc.

See also

References

  1. ^ Soroka, W. Illustrated Glossary of Packaging Terminology (Second ed.). Institute of Packaging Professionals.
  2. ^ Cooke, Linda (March 1998), "Pest-Proofing Food Packaging" (PDF), Agricultural Research