I live in Malaysia
which very hot and extremely humid weather.
I am interested in the 18" shrink wrap machine with Polyofelin
75gauge. I have tried PVC 75 gauge equivalent and I feel it
won't let the scent through with this. I would like to know if I
can switch the 75gauge to 100gauge because I have tested local
shrink films that were 75gauge and they leave my soaps with wet
spots and it wrinkles. Do you have any suggestions?
The film sticks to the wet spots on the bar. The wetter the
spot, the more it gets stuck, with the attendant wrinkles and
surface faults. Thicker film, 75 gauge, versus 60 gauge, will
LESSEN, but not eliminate this issue. 100 gauge will look
better, and have less sticking then either of the thinner
films....but is virtually impossible to open with your
fingers...you need a sharp implement of sorts. That's why most
M&P soapmakers that want the scent to come through use the 75
do I avoid my melt and pour glycerin soap from melting and
sticking to the films and melting as I use a heat gun?
Are you using a heat gun or a hair dryer? With a heat gun, the
film shrinks quickly...it will still get stuck to the wet spots,
but the trick is to use a high enough heat so that the process
is done quickly. In terms of the appearance of the film, your
packaging options to wrap the soap in a manner that protects the
composition of the bar inexpensively...is shrink wrap. In a
perfect world, you could fold-and-glue the wrappers on the soap
(they are NEVER shrink-wrapped by the big companies)...but this
machine will wrap 50 bars a minute, and cost you $28,000. With
the shrink system you can process 100 bars in about 20 minutes
(once you know what you're doing). This system costs about $400.
The important thing, not to lose sight of, is that wrapped, in
the eyes of your customers, a given bar of soap is free of
contaminants from both the environment as well as other
customers. THIS is the real reason we wrap the bars...to
eliminate the concern of the customer regarding the purity of
the product. A few wrinkles in the packaging will not shake that
faith. The fact that it protects your bar is a bonus.
found PVC film 75gauge and 75gauge Polyofelin, they seem to be
difficult to separate from the centerfold to place the soap bars
to use the machine. I have an L-bar machine currently but the
film I purchased from the machine supplier sticks together and
the whole thing is not working out for me, it's very difficult
There is a way to position the roll of film so that it separates
the two layers as you dispense it. You are feeding the film
directly from the roller(s) without having one layer go above
this spreading device (could be a plate, an arm, etc) and one
layer goes below the device. It's not working properly because
you most likely do not have the film seated properly.
That having been said, with an L sealer, you will only wrap
single bars at a time...and waste film doing so. Even if you do
wrap a sleeve of 4 bars at once, you will have to reposition the
sleeve 4 times to separate the individual bars. The wand system,
when used to wrap soap, eliminates all this motion, you load
16-30 bars, and you don't have to touch them individually again,
until you are ready to shrink the second side of each bar.
you let me know whether I need perforated films and if you have
a distributor any where closer to Malaysia for future purchases
of the film
You do not NEED perforated film if you use 75ga polyolefin, and
in fact, though it is easier to wrap with perforated film,
non-perforated film will protect your soaps from the humidity
more so than the perforated varieties...and still allow the
scent through. We do not have a Distributor in Malaysia but you
can always order it in quantities from us.
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