In the world of shrink wrapping, there is a wide selection of machineries available in different speeds and sizes. Prices differ according to operation and features. Manual shrink wrapping systems are obviously cheaper than fully integrated shrink wrapping systems. The variety of the shrink wrapping machine becomes even more complex when it is incorporated with integrated tray erectors and loaders. Here are the major shrink wrap machine types:

 

Transit shrink wrap machine

Transit shrink wrapping machines are typically used for products arranged together in a cardboard tray such as jars and cans. In this case, the shrink wrap holds the products together. The simplest manual transit shrink wrap machine has two reels of film and a straight line sealing jaw. You simply push the product through the film, and then bring down the sealing jaw by hand to cut the film and seal the product. Heat is then applied with either a heat gun or a shrink tunnel, shrinking the polyethylene film around the product. There are also semi-automatic and fully automatic transit wrap machines.

L-seal shrink wrap machine

There are five types of the L-seal style wrapping machine: the chamber, manual L-seal, semi-automatic, fully automatic L-sealer, and the fully automatic side sealer.

The chamber is an all in one L-seal machine, where you can have the product pushed into the film, seal it, and then heat it, shrinking the film. When you remove the wrapped product, another can be loaded to the hood.

The manual L-seal provides greater versatility compared to the chamber type, but it can take up more space. You need to bring down the L bar manually with your hand. Then, while the next product is wrapped, the finished one is manually heated by a heat gun or transferred into the heat shrink tunnel.

With the semi-automatic machine, the sealing head comes down at the press of the button. Then, a conveyor moves the wrapped product automatically into the heat shrink tunnel.

With fully automatic L-sealer, a conveyor belt takes the products automatically from a production line. The blade and sealing unit work automatically as well. The wrapped products are also transferred automatically via a conveyor belt into the heat shrink tunnel.

The fully automatic side sealer has a cutting blade with a continuous motion, which forms the long side of the L-seal, and another blade forms the short side of the L. This enables long products to be wrapped without requiring a bigger machine.

 

Flow wrap machine

This type of shrink wrapping machine is often for high-speed applications, which can be up to 120 packs per minute. This machine is usually used to wrap leaflets and magazines.

 

Shrink tube, sleeve or label shrink wrap machine

Shrink tube, or the sleeving machine are usually for medium to high-speed use, and is typically used for packaging bottles. The film is dropped unto the bottle and then the product passes through the heat shrink tunnel. With this machine, you can use label sleeves.

 

Conclusion

Choosing the right machine for your packaging requires a good understanding of your production process. You should think about the purpose of the packaging, the speed of the production process, the range of sizes required for packaging, among other things. Whatever your wrapping needs are, there is always a shrink wrapping machine available to meet your application.

 

To create beautiful decorations, prepare delicious food and provide the best service to clients is what any home catering business wish to offer. But though starting a home catering in Sydney may sound so exciting, it is not good to just jump on it immediately. The thing is, it is easier said than done.

If you want to start one the right way, here are some steps that you can follow and will serve as your guide so things will be a lot easier for you.

Enroll in a Cooking School

So, how do you start with your home catering business? One of the best advantages that would prove to be very useful is when you have attended a culinary school, more so if it’s a reputable one. Such school would be able to improve your talent in cooking and will allow you to learn various cuisines, develop your managerial skills, and art of food presentation.

 

Cook different Types of Dishes

Practice makes perfect. One practical way to go about your own quest on your home catering services in Sydney business is to practice cooking different kinds of dishes. You can even invite some of your friends and family members to have a taste of your dishes. Then ask them what they think about your food and take note of the things that you can still improve. Also, you can volunteer to offer some food for some events and parties so you would know how people would respond to your food.

 

Set up your Catering Business

Prepare a Recipe Catalog- One of the secrets in a catering business is to always have your own recipes ready all the time. Start with 3-4 dishes, just make sure they are your specialties. Next, build up on appetizers, desserts, soups, and other main dishes.

 

Have your Business Plan

It is never possible to start a business without a business plan. You have to figure out you would want to run your business. Are you going to do it alone or with a partner?

 

Financing

Among the major challenges as you try to figure out how to start with your business is on how you will bankroll your business. One best advantage of a home-based catering business is that you can greatly cut down on your expenses such as rent.

 

Come up with a Good Business Name

Give your business a good name. Make sure that it is one that is easy to remember and will be applicable to your business. Then, have it registered.

 

Get a Business License

While you do your research on having a home catering business, you will discover that there so a lot of health and sanitation regulations that you need to know. Acquire the necessary requirements from your government agencies and do all the paperwork before getting a license.

 

Market your Business

As soon as you have acquired your business license, you can start marketing your business. Begin by offering catering services to corporate parties, charity events, and weddings.

So, there you have it. You now have a guide on how you can start your own catering business at home. Make sure to follow each of them carefully to avoid mistakes that could lead to problems.