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Atlantic Shrink Wrap Inc, or ASI, was founded by Christopher Grimm and Dustin Hoover in 2001. Over the past decade ASI has grown to become a leader in shrink wrap installation. While the process many not look very complicated to outsiders, only a reputable and experienced company can successfully install shrink wrap time and time again.

Nationwide and International Shrink Wrap Installation Professionals

The professionals who work for ASI are enthusiastic about the work that they perform. They feel that they get the chance to design and create things that otherwise may never have been created. They also enjoy defying the idea that something as simple as a plastic sheath is inherently weak. Instead, they prove to themselves every day that, when it is done correctly, shrink wrap can be extraordinarily strong and protect objects from the elements and the more dangerous forces of nature.  An understanding of the materials involved is necessary in order to understand how it will shape itself. Without this understanding, a protective cover that is both strong and reliable can not be achieved.

ASI has been involved in shrink wrapping some of the most technologically advanced and expensive equipment in existence. This includes helicopter flight simulators, military tanks, nuclear power station equipment, and even boats. Regardless of the scale of the project, however, the company aims to provide the same level of attention to detail.

Atlantic Shrink Wrap also has access to the latest in material science. The company has a great deal of shrink wrap available to them, and only materials provided by reputable companies are used by ASI. No matter what the size of the job, ASI can be expected to arrive on scene within a matter of days, even in international locations.

ASI has many clients throughout the United States and internationally. While the company has had several opportunities to become much larger, the owners have decided to keep the company small so that they can continue to meet the needs of every customer. Co-founders Christopher and Dustin continue to service clients old and new and take great pride in overseeing all projects, regardless of its scale.

To learn more about ASI visit our website to request more information.

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Shrink Wrap to Protect Your Investment

Whether you are shipping expensive goods and equipment or simply covering the family boat for winter, shrink wrapping is becoming the new standard. Covering an item with a polyethylene plastic is a cost-effective way to protect against the weather, and dust and debris when shipping or storing valuable goods. Shrink wrapping is often times preferable to crating items, since it can be heated and formed around larger or unusually shaped items that would otherwise add too much weight for crating.

Untitled5Atlantic Shrink Wrap in Annapolis, Maryland provides top quality shrink wrap services to protect items such as boats, commercial equipment, industrial products and materials, as well as military equipment. Delicate machinery and equipment on board helicopters, boats, and tanks, can become damaged and in need of extensive and expensive repair if they are left exposed to dust, sand, or water. Shrink wrapping allows the items to be more quickly returned to service after transport or storage.

Shrink wrapping can also be utilized to cover historic buildings during restoration work, and to protect homes undergoing construction due to remodeling work or rebuilding after fire or storm damage. In such instances the areas which are vulnerable to damage by the elements are covered, but entry and access points can remain open.

Beyond acting as a mere cover for the item, specialty shrink wraps serve to actively protect the item from particular threats. Atlantic Shrink Wrap offers corrosive inhibiting shrink wrap to provide an extra measure of protection that is especially recommended for delicate machinery. For items which are entering long term storage or will be exposed to the outdoors, the life span of the shrink wrap can be extended through the use of UV inhibitors and preservation tape.

Atlantic Shrink Wrap offers top notch quality work for their clients, and takes on projects for worldwide shipment whether large or small. Atlantic Shrink Wrap takes pride in helping clients protect their investments.

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ASI Wraps USS Constellation for Hull Restoration

The USS Constellation left its landmark slip in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in October to undergo a large renovation of its hull.  With the project now complete in dry-dock at the US Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, it is currently waiting out the wintery conditions on the Chesapeake Bay to return home.  Atlantic Shrink Wrap of Pasadena Maryland was selected for the task of installing the shrink wrapping needed for the historic ship’s 2 million dollar hull restoration.dr shrink_4B4A1470-9AE2-11E4-A56E02F426829E60

The project entailed the repair of extensive rot in the laminated hull planking that was installed during the 1996 – 1999 restoration.  This would also prevent the rot from spreading to the ship’s historic fabric. An enclosure was needed to provide protection and control the temperature of the work area from the middle of the ship to the hull while in dry dock.  Heavy ice and snow loads were anticipated to fall upon the project during the wintry months.  With this in mind, ASI first built scaffolding around the vessel to be used as the infrastructure for the shrink wrap while including ample room for hull repairs inside.  Installed in seven separate pieces, the shrink-wrapped cover was able to encase the unique shape of the vessel from bow to stern, including framed-out entrance areas for workers and materials.

ASI is honored to have been a part of the historic preservation of the USS Constellation–a National Historic Landmark. In addition to historic preservation, we also provide our unique services to energy, aerospace and aviation, transportation, and marine sectors. Previously, ASI completed a similar scaffolding project overseas involving the encasement of a 125ft yacht in need of a protected environment to undergo repairs in Bangkok Thailand.  ASI is also proud to work with branches of the US Armed Forces, Department of Defense and contractors or private companies who work with the military.

 

 

 

 

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Shrink wrapping is an art form

As a professional shrink wrapping business, Atlantic Shrink Wrap has had the opportunity to be a part of many unique projects from boats to military helicopters. But a recent project allowed the Pasadena, MD based company to stretch their imaginations and see the artistic application that shrink wrapping can have!

atl shrink 2As featured in this Core77 web article, Atlantic Shrink Wrap partnered with Brooklyn art studio SO-IL to create an installation in an old Brooklyn storefront as part of the exhibition Blueprint, curated by Sebastiaan Bremer and Florian Idenburg & Jing Liu of SO-IL.

Dustin Hoover traveled to NYC and worked with the curators of the exhibition to create a shrink wrap of the Art and Architecture storefront that highlights the structure in a unique way. The “blank canvas” that the white shrink wrap provides lends a stark contrast to the colorful, busy urban street corner that it occupies. It draws attention in both a conspicuous and inconspicuous way at the same time, creating the artistic rendering of being seen and behind the facade simultaneously.

The shrink wrap has slowly become integrated into the organic landscape as neighborhood graffiti artists put their mark on the blank canvas. atl shrink1
It is interesting to explore the many ways that a product or process can be utilized and expressed: taking a product used to seal and cover all types of machinery, vehicles and structures was able to be rendered as part of an artistic exhibition that asks both artists and architects to consider the root of their work and their own artistic expression.

Atlantic Shrink Wrap was honored to be a part of this exhibition which runs through March 21, 2015.

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ASI Featured in “Packaging Scotland”

Annapolis based Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc., was recognized by international magazine, Packaging Scotland, and was featured in their January 2015 publication.  Co-Owner Dustin Hoover is interviewed about ASI’s unsurpassed expeience in the international shrink-wrapping industry.

He also discusses their most recent projects; shrink-wrapping an industrial silo for transport for a private global firm to oil fields in Canada and shrink wrapping a lifeboat from the USS Mercy medical ship for storage and transport.  Both impressive projects lead by co-owners, Dustin Hoover and Christopher Grimm and both completed a day ahead of schedule.

To read the full article click here.

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Recent ASI Project: An industrial silo headed for the oil fields is Canada.

Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc., offers expert international shrink-wrapping services for military, engery, aerospace, commercial and transportation industries and beyond.

 

 

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Shrink Wrap Transport by Road, Rail or Sea

Have you ever seen a colossal white shape secured to a tractor trailer while driving along on the highway and wondered, what is that?  At Atlantic Shrink Wrap in Pasadena Maryland we provide shrink wrapping services for all types of oversized items in need of transport whether by road, rail, or sea.

Transporting oversized loads safely is a major logistical challenge. Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc is an industry leading company that can offer some peace of mind for any business that ships large items over a long distance. Shrink wrapping is an effective method of completely sealing shipments from external elements faced during a journey by rail, boat and tractor trailer trucks. Highway roads are full of salt, grime, mud and dirt that can easily damage unprotected shipments.  Exposed items that are transported by ship can be damaged by salty water and even the moist air that is full of salty evaporation. Rail transport exposes unprotected shipments to dust, grime, pollen, smoke and other elements along the railroad tracks.

Traditional tarps do not offer effective protection for oversized items during transport. Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc can properly shrink wrap any type of large load for long distance transportation. They provide service across the country for different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, companies in the energy, aviation and aerospace sectors as well as commercial and industrial businesses.  Atlantic Shrink wrap services prepare freight shipments for safe and reliable movement through all major freight transportation methods. Buildings, construction equipment, vehicles, trailers and lumber are just some of the items that can be shrink wrapped.

The shrink wrapping process is relatively simple in practice, but it requires the expertise and knowledge of a company such as Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc. The process begins by applying plastic polyethylene covers over an item. After the item is loosely covered with the plastic wrap, heat is applied to tightly seal and wrap the plastic over the item. Some shrink wrapping procedures require special requests to accommodate the needs of specific items. For example, holes may have to be left to transport heavy items by crane. Interior materials inside the shrink wrap may need to be installed to absorb moisture. The thickness of the plastic shrink wrap can also be varied to provide sufficient protection for oversize load shipments. Additionally, plastic shrink wrap blocks out UV radiation from the sun, unlike the traditional tarp.

Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc. (ASI) is a full service “mobile” nationwide and international shrink wrapping company. We are based outside of Annapolis Maryland, a great geographical advantage to access many of the ports along the Eastern United States as well as being close to international airports that can carry us to any location.

 

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Boat Shrink Wrapping Services

At Atlantic Shrink Wrap Inc. of Pasadena, Maryland we know the importance of protecting your boat during the winter months here in the Mid-Atlantic. While the temperatures are dropping in the sail boat capital of the world you want to consider sheltering your boat from the elements. Not only will your boat remain clean and dry, you will have peace of mind in protecting your investment for many years to come.

Shrink wrapping is the best way to protect any vessel from the effects of rain, snow, sun and wind. Unlike tarp covering a boat from the elements, shrink wrapping at ASI will ensure that your investment will be protected for winter storage. We can install a support structure to withstand heavy leaves, snow and ice. Our shrink wrapping extends over the deck and well down on the sides of a vessel, channelling water where it belongs, on to the ground and not into a boat’s cabin.

We use products that contain UV inhibitors to protect the vessel from sun damage that may contribute to fiberglass cracking and expensive repairs. We also use materials that maintain enough ventilation for protecting a boat’s interior during winter storage.

ASI offers a method of shrink wrapping for boats to be towed on the open road. “Bullet Wraps” are aerodynamic for wind resistance and use a thicker and stronger material to withstand high winds. Instead of being propped internally, Bullet Wraps use a strapping method to resist collapsing during transport at highway speeds.

Here at Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc., we have had the honor of working on marine projects for the U.S. Coast Guard and have the experience of providing shrink wrapping service for a wide range of businesses and industries from military tanks to nuclear power plant components.

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Shrink Wrap for the Energy Sector

At Atlantic Shrink Wrap, shrink wrapping has many uses and applications particularly in industries such as energy. Energy sector companies often use shrink wrapping procedures to protect containers and machines while they are being moved or stored. Shrink wrapping is convenient for energy companies because the shrink wrap material contracts to the shape it is around, whether it be a bulky device or an open container. When it contracts, it not only prevents the device or container from damage, but also keeps it clean.

No matter how large or oddly shaped an item is, shrink wrap can be used to protect it. These qualities are essential for the energy company’s choice in protection of their equipment, as energy companies require protection for a very wide assortment of parts, such as pieces of a nuclear power or electrical plant. Other common protective methods do not have the same convenient versatility that shrink wrapping provides.

Convenience and versatility are not the only benefits of shrink wrapping. The process is also environmentally beneficial for energy companies. Covering storage containers with shrink wrap keeps contaminants inside the container, preventing them from being released into the environment where they could be potentially harmful. Shrink wrapping of containers is an effective way to protect the local environment as it keeps the immediate area free of all pollutants and contaminants that might otherwise escape from the container. Atlantic Shrink Wrap provides a safe, convenient solution for protecting and transporting sensitive items for some of the nation’s top power generating companies and their contractors.

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Shrink Wrap Helicopter by ASI for Agusta Westland

This was an aviation project completed by Atlantic Shrink Wrapping Inc. The helicopter was wrapped using 12 mil thick Flame Retardant Shrink Film. Custom doors were installed for access to the aircraft.

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Nuclear Power Station

Many might wonder what Atlantic shrink wrap, and a nuclear power station might have in common. Atlantic Shrink Wrap (ASI) is a company out of Pasadena, Maryland that can use shrink wrap to cover nuclear waste containers and other items like industrial machinery, military tanks, and helicopters. ASI has a team of specialized workers that understand how items have to be covered, wrapped, and contained. They also understand how to keep water from pooling on top of the shrink wrap when there are uneven surfaces. This means that their job is not as easy as it may seem.

One of the biggest projects that ASI has worked on in recent history is a 95 ft. long steel machine that weighed over 120,000 pounds located in Virginia. After the machine was separated into hauling sized pieces for transport, the ASI crew covered both pieces and helped prepare the machine for transport to Louisiana. The shrink wrap performed flawlessly at speeds up to 50 mph. The entire trip was more than 900 miles, and both pieces made it with shrink wrapintact.

The expert staff at ASI have covered a Bell helicopter and nuclear storage containers with the same success as the steel machine in VA. Another mission for ASI was to shrink wrap support items for the Antares rocket fuel system that was being sent to the International Space Station (ISS). ASI used 12 mil shrink wrap that was flame retardant to complete the job on time for liftoff. ASI has even covered a Tiger Shark ship that was contained in a scaffolding for the United States Coast Guard. All of their projects have been successful, and they have shown that nuclear waste and sensitive items can be contained with proper shrink wrapping techniques and a skilled set of workers.

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