Easy Open Flexible Packaging FAQs
- Which is better for my product, Shrinktape, Peelwrap, or OpenEasy?
The answer to this question depends on your product. For example, if you are wrapping a food product, you might prefer Peelwrap because there is no tab hole created in the packaging film. If your package is small, a 3.4mm wide Shrinktape may be a perfect fit. If you are wrapping a medical device that will be opened by a technician with gloved hands, the wide grip area of the Peelwrap material might be the ideal solution for your package. If your food product is packaged on a continuous motion, rotary shrink wrapping machine, OpenEasy may be your best choice as there is no tab hole in the package and only six inches of tape per package. As you can see, there are many variables to consider. Sealstrip representatives will work with you to determine which easy open feature is right for your application.
- Can I get a sample of my packaging with an easy open feature added?
Yes! At Sealstrip, we understand that sometimes nothing is better than seeing for yourself how consumer friendly your package can be. Send us some of your product, and a stub roll of your film. Our sample department will work with your product and film to incorporate a Sealstrip easy open feature into your package. A Sealstrip representative will gladly arrange that for you today. Simply call 1-888-658-7997, extension 106.
- Does the tape go all the way across the package? Can it go only partway across the package?
- Is the tape applied before or after the package is shrunk?
The tape is applied before the package is shrunk.
- Can I get the material custom printed?
- Do I need to purchase the Peelwrap/Shrinktape/OpenEasy applicator in order to run the material?
Yes. Peelwrap, Shrinktape, and OpenEasy applicators don’t just apply the pressure sensitive material to the packaging film. Each applicator performs a unique function essential to creating the easy open feature of each system. The Shrinktape applicator’s tab forming assembly creates the pull-tab that is used to open the package. The Peelwrap applicator has a perfing device which creates the necessary perforation integral to the performance of the Peelwrap material. The OpenEasy system has a perforating device which creates the necessary perforation integral to the performance of the six inch length of OpenEasy material.
- To what kind of wrappers does Sealstrip retrofit?
Sealstrip manufactures Shrinktape applicators for retrofit to inverting L-sealers and continuous motion wrappers. Peelwrap applicators are available for retrofit to straight and inverting L-sealers and continuous motion wrappers. OpenEasy applicators are available for retrofit to continuous motion wrappers.
- How will the applicator retrofit my wrapper?
Sealstrip custom designs mounting brackets that allow the applicator to retrofit in the film unwind area of your specific wrapper.
- Can the applicator be bypassed?
Yes, all applicators can be easily bypassed. It is a simple matter to disengage the tab forming device (Shrinktape) or the perforating wheel (Peelwrap), and cut the tape. For the OpenEasy system a button is pushed. The packaging film will continue to flow through the applicator, but the easy open material and feature will not be applied to the film.
- Can I run Shrinktape on a Peelwrap applicator (and vice-versa)?
No. Each applicator is custom designed to perform specific functions. A Shrinktape applicator is not designed to create the perforation essential to the Peelwrap easy open feature. Likewise, the Peelwrap applicator does not create the pull-tab that is necessary to the Shrinktape easy open feature. An OpenEasy applicator will apply either an OpenEasy six inch length of material or continuously apply Peelwrap material.
- How does the Shrinktape tab get on the package?
The Shrinktape® Applicator has a tab forming assembly which is air or film driven (depending upon the type of wrapper you have). Positionable rollers allow for precise tab placement on your package. After the Shrinktape is applied to the film, the tab former fires and makes a small, semi-circular cut over theShrinktape and the packaging film. When the package passes through the shrink tunnel, the Shrinktape shrinks with the packaging film, and the pull-tab is formed. For more information and sample animations visit the Shrinktape Applicators page.
- What kind of technical support do you offer?
Sealstrip is here for you 24/7. During business hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) our knowledgeable staff of customer service representatives will help with any questions you may have. For technical support, Sealstrip’s engineering staff, with 40+ years of packaging industry experience, is on-call to assist with your specific application. For after hours operational emergencies, our toll-free number, 1-888-658-7997, provides contact information for immediate assistance.
- What warranty do you have on your applicators?
Sealstrip Corporation guarantees the mechanical performance of its systems to apply the pressure sensitive material to the film, and further guarantees that every package will open easily. All Sealstrip applicators come with a one year warranty on parts and labor, excluding the tab former (Shrinktape) and perforating wheel (Peelwrap).
- How do I become a distributor?
Call Sealstrip’s Distributor Service line at 1-888-658-7997 extension 106 and ask for Sally Giacherio. She will assist you with the distributor qualification process.
- In what regions do you sell?
Sealstrip products are distributed in the U.S.A. and world-wide with the assistance of a distributor network. If you would like to find a Sealstrip distributor in your geographic area, visit our Distributors page. Of course, if you prefer to contact us directly, please call 1-888-658-7997, extension 111, and a Sealstrip customer service representative will be happy to discuss your application.