Shrink Sleeves

Understanding the machinery supply chain

How does it work?

Converters purchase oriented film in master rolls, print and convert into a tube for manual or automatic application & shrinkage. Shrink Sleeves are dynamic labels whose converting process directly affects the finished product. Thus, top converters that process shrink sleeve, work very closely with the end customer and the application machinery supplier to ensure successful implementation. Karlville's unique approach and leading business model to supply converting as well as application machines, allows our technical team to be most prepare to support our ever growing customer base.

Manual Application
Automatic Application
Cap Seal
Heat Shrinking

Oriented Film Supply Chain

The choice of substrate is a key part of the shrink sleeve process. Each film has its own shrink curve which is tied to the printing dimensions of the art. Contact us to learn more about the different types of film (PET, PETG, PO, OPS…) and recommended suppliers.


Roto, Flexo, Digital & Offset.



In order to ship directly off your seamer, all print defects must be doctored prior to seaming. This can be done on a slitter or an inspection machine.

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The printed oriented shrink sleeve film is folded and chemically seamed (welded) with a solvent. Seaming Solvents, a Karlville partner, offers a wide range of chemical solutions for various film substrates. Karlville offers the most complete and advance seamer produce line in the market today.

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For inspecting for open seams, splices and stuck seams, the inspection process is critical for a shrink sleeve converter. If you are inspecting partially or in full your production, a well configured inspection machine may help you to increase throughput.

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Post Print Machine Solutions for Shrink Sleeves

Karlville has the most complete converting product line in the industry with 5 levels of Seamer Automation; K1 through K5, as well as multiple inspection and cutting machines, lab equipment for testing and pre-distortion software. In terms of application, our line is focused on the higher-end market, as our solutions are backed by an experienced technical team and support structure. Our focus includes high speed applications for beverage as well as high-end hot air solutions with our patented Tornado Technology for Nutraceutical, OTC, Pharmaceutical & Moisture Sensitive Applications. Karlville has the most expensive tunnel offering in the industry with niche tunnels such as our Sustainable Dry Steam System as well as our Integrated Boiler System. With support from our French operations, Karlville supplies specialty applicators for Tamper Evident as well as Pharmaceutical applications.

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Slitting accuracy & quality is critical step in shrink sleeves converting as borders may be damaged with heat with improper knifes. Savvy converters integrate smart workflow to slitter.

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LasX Lasers, integrated to our unwinds, produce continuous and traverse perforations for recycling and pre perforated films for advance converting. These laser are integrated to our non stop turret seamers.

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