Protecting Your Investment

VCI Technology, Protective Covers

By Mindy Kruggel

One of the biggest challenges in storage and transportation is protecting your equipment from damage by the elements. Whether you’re hauling a load of new vehicles or keeping your generator dry and running, you need an effective cover to protect your property. One of the most popular solutions is shrink wrap. While shrink wrap certainly has its place in the market and is useful for one-time applications, some manufacturers need a different option.

In 1994, a man named Greg Todt invented a Shrinkable Fabric® to protect heavy equipment during transportation, targeting the automotive and RV industry. In the 20+ years since, Transhield has developed and patented seven different varieties of fabric, protecting everything from locomotives to manufacturing equipment. What’s the difference between Shrinkable Fabric® and shrink wrap?


Shrink wrap comes in rolls, making installation labor intensive and complicated. This is an issue because the quality of protection is dependent on the quality of the install. Transhield covers are custom fit, making installation fast and easy. Shrink wrap can damage painted surfaces due to movement which causes etching on the surface of the product. Transhield custom covers fit tight which minimizes movement and has a fabric lining which protects the finish. Plus, the unique 3-layer construction makes the cover much stronger than shrink wrap.

Since 1994, Transhield has been testing and refining both its products and its processes, coming up with new ways to make its patented fabrics even better. Because they own their patents, there are no other products on the market like them. Let’s look at just a few more of the benefits of a Transhield cover:

  • Water resistant: rain, snow, sleet – Transhield fabrics have proven effective in all climates
  • Anti-Condensating – prevents condensation under the cover
  • VCI (vapor corrosion inhibitor) additive to reduce corrosion
  • Protects from environmental damage including UV rays, dust, rocks, etc.
  • Aerodynamic: The custom fit plus the shrinkable fabric is perfect for transportation
  • Access: Utility benefits like zipper doors, windows, tie-downs, and buckles for respective need allows users to access and run the equipment while it remains covered

Headquartered in Elkhart, Indiana, Transhield has sales representatives all over the country ready to help their customers. For a manufacturer who is producing product and shipping it to various locations across the nation, Transhield shrinkable fabric covers excel. They are faster to install than shrink wrap, protect better, and can withstand harsh outdoor elements and road conditions during shipment.

Some may argue shrink wrap is more economical. While it may indeed be less expensive, it’s also less efficient, less effective, and less durable. Transhield saves time during installation and because it protects from the elements, it reduces costly warranty claims. What is more economical than that?

Interested in learning more about what Transhield can do for you?

Visit their website at Transhield-usa.com for free resources and a more detailed description of their technology.

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