Shrink Sleeve Labels


What Are Shrink Sleeve Labels in Pharmaceutical Packaging?

Custom full-body shrink labels are a mono-axial oriented plastic film seamed together to make a tube (sleeve). Shrink sleeves are available in:

  • Full-body — full-body sleeves wrap around the full product
  • Full-body with tamper evident
  • Half-body and tamper neck bands

Full-body shrink sleeve labeling solutions are an excellent choice for manufacturers that utilize custom containers with curves that are hard to label. The shrink sleeve will conform to the container’s shape and accentuate the container’s design. Combining a high-quality printed shrink sleeve and custom bottle can produce stellar results for a brand looking to stand out on the shelf.

How Shrink Sleeves Are Applied?

For full body shrink labeling, the sleeve slips over the product through the use of a shrink sleeve labeling machine, and when heat is applied to the sleeve, the sleeve will shrink down and conform to the bottle’s shape. This method is also used to seal jars and containers. A variation of a shrink sleeve is a tamper neck band, which seals the bottle’s cap and provides a tamper-evident solution. 

What Is a Shrink Sleeve Labeling Machine?

Shrink sleeve machines apply shrink sleeve labels onto containers and bottles. These machines automate the labeling process, allowing efficient and precise application of shrink sleeves onto various packaging materials. Here is how these machines work

Label dispensing

The machine dispenses shrink sleeve labels from a roll or reel of label material. The roll may contain pre-printed labels with graphics, text and branding elements. It could also be a blank roll that is printed on-site.

Container handling

Containers get fed into the labeling machine using a conveyor system or other handling mechanisms. The machine is equipped with sensors or guides to ensure proper alignment and positioning of the containers for labeling.

Label application

Labels are applied using roll-fed labeling, cut and stack labeling or combination systems.

Heat shrinkage

After label application, the containers pass through a heat tunnel or shrink chamber. The labels get exposed to heat, causing them to shrink.

Cooling and inspection

Once the labels have been shrunk onto the containers, they pass through a cooling zone to set the shrink film.

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A Sustainable Solution

Brands looking for a sustainable solution can find answers with CCL’s shrink sleeves. CCL Healthcare manufactures shrink sleeves with a thinner gauge using less material, a perforation that allows the shrink sleeve to be removed, an EcoFloat— polyolefin shrink sleeve technology approved by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) — that allows a shrink sleeve to float during the recycling process and single stream options depending on the container material. 

The EcoFloat material improves the sink and float separation process for PET bottles. Benefits of shrink sleeves include:

  • Maximum shelf presence 
  • Brand enhancement 
  • Cost-effective differentiator 
  • 360-degree cover
  • Maximum billboard space for design and regulatory copy
  • Cost reduction
  • Sustainable options
  • Integrated tamper-evident features
  • Inventory reduction
  • Increase brand security

Common Uses for Full Body Shrink Labeling

Various industries use shrink sleeve labels for packaging and brand purposes. Other common uses for shrink sleeves besides pharmaceutical packaging include:

  • Food and beverage
  • Nutraceutical
  • Pet care
  • Home and per

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CCL Healthcare is market leader custom cGMP printed packaging solutions. We offer the industries largest array of printed packaging and  functional secondary packaging products. The products shown on the website are only a small sampling of the formats, constructions, and configurations. To discuss your unique or custom packaging needs, please contact a packaging specialist.

Full Body Shrink Sleeve Labeling Solutions From CCL Healthcare

A shrink label plays an important role in pharmaceutical packaging by providing tamper-evident sealing, brand visibility, product protection and design flexibility.

CCL Healthcare is the market leader in custom cGMP printed packaging solutions. We offer the industry’s largest array of printed packaging and functional secondary packaging products. The products shown on the website are only a small sampling of the formats, constructions and configurations. To discuss your unique or custom packaging needs, please get in touch with a packaging specialist.

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