95 Ft. Long, 120,000 Lb. Steel Framed Machine, Virginia
Atlantic Shrink Wrap visits Roanoke, Virginia to shrink wrap a 91 foot long 120,000 lb. mechanical apparatus for long distance shipping to Louisiana. The apparatus was built in Roanoke over the last two months and was ready for shrink wrapping in mid-February 2013. Atlantic Shrink Wrap travels to the Virginia company several times a year to protect their shipments with our tried and proven shrink wrap installation techniques.
The challenges we face during the shrink wrapping process of such large steel framed items like these are the sharp edges. Hours of padding are necessary to protect the shrink wrap from tearing during the long road trip. The shrink wrap can look strong and tight when it leaves Virginia but we need to ensure it is in the same condition when it reaches Louisiana. If the shrink wrap fails during its trip, it can cause damage to the unit and cause potential hazards to other travelers on the road.
Each shrink wrap project we do for the Virginia based company comes with different challenges. During this last trip, the unit had to be taken apart due to the size restrictions of the transport company’s trailers. The larger of the two pieces was 74 Ft long and the smaller of the two was 21 Ft long.
Our shrink wrap would be put to the test at a minimum of 50 MPH for well over 900 miles, from Virginia through Tennessee, across Alabama and finally into Louisiana. We are confident that our finished product would be up to the test because; we use only premium materials and professional installation methods.
We look forward to our next visit to Virginia to shrink wrap a unit that will be going to Vancouver British Columbia.
Bell 222 Helicopter, New Jersey
Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc. was in Morristown, New Jersey on Jan 31st 2013 to shrink wrap a Bell 222 helicopter and related parts for over the road transport to Denver, Colorado. The helicopter was bought for parts and was not flight ready. ASI was hired to travel four hours from our home base of Annapolis, MD to insure the helicopter was protected from the harsh winter elements during its transport. Road salt is the biggest problem faced while transporting items in the winter. If the helicopter had been shipped without shrink wrapping it first, it would have arrived in Denver, Colorado covered in salt. The salt would not only cover the outside of the helicopter, but it would also get in every crack, hinge, door panel or any other opening or seam throughout the entire aircraft.
Many might not think that shrink wrap is necessary and that a tarp could do the same job. This is NOT true by any means. A tarp cannot form to an object as shrink wrap can. If the tarps move or flap in the wind during transport, it can easily damage the fragile skin or antennas of an aircraft. Tarps cannot stop the wet salt spray from the roads coming up under the trailer either. The trip would take the shrink wrapped helicopter from New Jersey, through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, and finally arriving in Denver, Colorado. The helicopter would likely see ice, snow and lots of salt during its journey.
As you can see by the photo above, the aircraft was completely sealed and protected for it long trip. When the customer unwraps the helicopter in Denver, Colorado they will see a clean well cared for item that was purchased in shipped from so far away in New Jersey.
ASI looks forward to working with the company who hired us to make that trip to New Jersey and look forward to traveling to any other destinations where our professional shrink wrapping services are needed.