What important to know about storage conditions and shelf life of the film

Do you think the film can be stored forever? If you do not know the exact answer to this question, read this article.

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No matter how high-quality the packaging material is, Polimex takes proper precautions when storing it. Temperature, moisture, dust, and time are all storage factors that can affect the performance and aesthetic of your film, so we keep an eye on the conditions.

Both extremely hot and cold temperatures can affect the condition of your materials over time. Excessive heat can shrink your films, and when running in your machines, they are more likely to jam. Conversely, extreme cold can cause films to become more brittle and increase the risk of cracking.

Dust and other airborne particles can also become problematic. These contaminants can affect your stretch film’s ability to stretch, and your shrink film's ability to shrink, which could create problems for your machines and your finished goods.

Lastly, the more time your shrink film sits in storage, the more likely it will suffer from these problems. The longer temperatures fluctuate and other environmental factors can impact your films, the more likely that they become baggy and develop slack edges.

Overall, shrink packaging is best stored in temperatures between 30 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Naturally, summer and winter are the seasons that require you to be most attentive to your storage environment. Depending on compliance with storage conditions, the shelf life of the film can be from 3 to 12 months.

At Polimex, we provide the best storage conditions for the film, as we take care of our customers. You can store films for 60 days, so you’ll never end up without the film you need.

Thus, before purchasing and storing shrink film or any other packaging material, make sure you know its storage requirements. You don’t want to try to work with climate-compromised packaging.