Can we predict differences in wrinkle sensitivity of different products? Here are 3 simple tests. PFFC Wrinkle models can help. They can look at your product geometry, mechanical and frictional properties (of your rollers), roller factors, web path geometry and process conditions (speed/tension), then predict wrinkles from roller misalignment, roller diameter variations and roller deflection. But, models have their limits, especially when you use them outside the window of conditions where they were verified. This is called extrapolation and will often get you in trouble. In finance, they call this "Past results do not predict future performance."
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DuPont Performance Polymers updates online selection guide Flexible Packaging One of the most frequently visited online elastomer selection guides — the DuPont Chemical Resistance Guide — has been upgraded to be available online and offline for desktops, tablets and smart phones. Based on the extensive knowledge of elastomer performance and the knowledge of industry experts, the CRG is a convenient user-friendly tool to help seal specifiers choose the best elastomer for their application.
GCS present new child resistant closure Packaging Europe GCS introduces Hector, a user-friendly and lightweight Angle Neck Bleach Child Resistant Closure. This new two-part ANB CRC assembly has a snap-on neck finish to safely retain it to the container neck featuring a new CRC operating system developed by GCS. The total packs are accredited to latest IS0 8317:2003 standard offering a good balance of safety for young children whilst allowing adults to easily and safely handle the product.
Fully Automated Permeation Testing MOCON’s newest instrument released March 24th, the OX-TRAN® Model 2/22 H offers fully automated permeation measuring, dramatically faster testing, improved results with a lower cost of ownership.
30 new features, including a touch screen interface make it the world's most advanced and easiest to use oxygen permeation measurement system.
Fast forward at MSU: A passion for packaging Packaging Digest What will the next generation of packaging professionals contribute? In this article we take a look at packaging through the fresh eyes of a packaging student, Marcella Kupraszewicz of Michigan State University.
RPC teams up with Millers Oils for innovative closure Packaging News The closure has been jointly designed by RPC and Millers Oils from an original concept devised by Millers to solve a long-standing problem in the market. Lubricating oils have traditionally been very difficult to control during pouring and this often leads to glugging, spills and splashes. The situation has been exacerbated in recent years with the many different oil specifications that are now available.
The importance of packaging's front panel with kids Brand Packaging Recent marketing research has revealed that millennials aren't especially brand conscious or brand loyal. But that might be a bit misleading, since kids have always been skeptical about consumer product marketing, especially hard-sell tactics. If anything has changed, it's the explosion of consumer brand marketing online, where kids live. Millennials simply tune it out. They choose which brands they wish to interact with, and they do it on their own terms.
Static dissipator neutralization efficiency PFFC Static charges can cause a number of problems including sparks that ignite fires, shock people and cause logic errors. Static charges cause sheets to stick and attract airborne contaminates. Many static dissipators are commercially available for controlling static on webs and sheets. Static dissipators are either "passive" or "active." Passive dissipators, like static brushes, tinsel, or ionizing cords, are less expensive, while active dissipators, such as static bars or radioactive alpha emitters, have higher static dissipation performance.
Putting Innovations on Paper From the discovery of hollow sphere pigments to the development of high-strength binders, Dow has been putting innovations on paper and paperboard for more than 50 years. MORE
Hot-fill 3-D vacuum closure provides leak-free sealing Packaging Digest A new Smart-Seal 3-D Hot-Fill Vacuum closure technology can be molded in polypropylene or high-density polyethylene plastic to fit any size glass or thick-wall PET jar with a unique, peelable aluminum laminate induction seal. The easy-open, screw-thread design can replace the current metal one-piece vacuum closure that has dominated the hot-fill packaging industry for decades, according to the inventor, Aron James of the StarOne Group in the U.K.
KM Packaging celebrates 30 years in flexible packaging Packaging Europe Since its formation in 1984, KM Packaging has dedicated its resources to developing flexible packaging solutions for food manufacturers and processing companies. During that time, as well as targeting the U.K. market, the company has also created an international profile with long-standing customers, distributors and partners in countries and regions as far afield as the Americas, South Africa, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
Quality doctor blades and end-seals
In addition to being a manufacturer of quality metal, composite, and plastic doctor blades, Allison Systems now offers OEM and custom design chamber end seals. MORE
Senior-friendly lunch meat pack Packaging World Offering an unusually round shape and eye-catching graphics that emphasize the brand, this package is probably more notable for its functional properties. The large grip tabs on the top and bottom parts of the package are placed next to rather than on top of each other as is customarily the case. This makes it easy for everyone to open the package, especially seniors whose hand strength and dexterity are diminished.
Future looks bright for stand-up pouches PRW Films consultancy PCI has released a report showing the growth of the stand-up pouch in flexible packaging to be running at between 5 percent and 8 percent per year. The research company said the packaging, which is being adopted worldwide for a variety of uses, had a current global demand of 80 billion units. Of these, PCI estimated more than 50 percent are in Europe and North America, where unit volumes are growing by between 5 percent and 8 percent per year.
Easysafe concealed blade safety cutter The Easysafe features a patented cutting head design & piercing point allowing for easy initiation of the cut while maintaining blade contact with the material.
Permeable coatings that make paper useful Packaging Europe Almost all of these are strongly affected or controlled by the coating's permeability and this, through Versaperm's latest range of paper permeability measurement instrumentation, is a key part in developing and working with coatings and applications. Small changes to a coating's composition often lead to substantial changes in the finished product.
Innovative packaging for Cornerstone's launch into the men's online grooming market Digital Journal The Alexir Partnership and Path Designs have worked closely with start-up brand Cornerstone to introduce a new disruptive concept to the male grooming market in the U.K. Cornerstone has developed its own razor and collection of men's shaving products and sells the range over the internet on an innovative subscription model.
Reduce TiO2 Costs with Vinyl Binders Use PVAc or VAE binders to achieve brightness and opacity while reducing expensive TiO2.
Learn how BrightCoat can help you meet your optical and strength goals.
Thermochromic tabs make chilled cans colorful and easy to spot Packaging Digest Thermochromic inks have found a range of applications in beverage packaging, but a new use on tab ends may be said to literally top them all. The color-changing tabs are claimed to be is particularly useful for serving beverages in ice chests and crowded refrigerators and give brands an additional option for cold guarantee beyond the sidewall.
How X-ray technology ensures baby food product safety Packaging Europe In the past, baby and infant food was prepared at home by their mothers and caregiver, and it was not until the middle of the 19th century that the first baby foods were manufactured. At first, these were "infant formulas" intended to replace the mother's milk. The products developed over the years, offering a whole range of new flavors, gradually incorporating cereals, fruits and pureed vegetables.
Business reviews now available on the TAPPI Buyer's Guide MultiView Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our TAPPI Buyer's Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. Visit the TAPPI Buyer's Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.
Coffee pod recycling in the US: How likely? Packaging World An article from Packaging World posted on the IoPP LinkedIn group regarding Nespresso Austria's use of a recyclable, compostable bag for collection of its recyclable coffee capsules stirred up some strong responses, when readers were asked, "How willing would U.S. consumers be to bringing coffee capsules to a collection center for recycling?" One often-cited excuse for low recycling rates in the U.S. is consumer apathy and lack of education and guidance.
New Huhtamaki containers show good 'Taste' Packaging News The range is designed to give caterers versatile products to suit a variety of popular menu choices — from sandwiches and wraps, to salads, sushi and even pizza. Suitable for both hot and chilled foods, the Taste range of lightweight takeaway packaging includes hot sandwich packs, food to go boxes and pizza boxes — ideal for outlets which offer customers a comprehensive menu or for those with a more simplistic food offering.
Victory buys network packaging Plastics News Victory Packaging is expanding its operations in Colorado with the acquisition of Network Packaging LLC of Denver. Victory, a Houston-based packaging distributor, said in a news release that it had acquired the company and that its accounts will be consolidated into Victory Packaging's accounts as of June 2.
New Family Favorites line rolls out across North America Fresh Plaza Mann Packing redesigned its full line of fresh vegetable packaging to be more consumer focused and better represent the company's third generation of family farmers. The redesigned packages, nine months in development, feature a new Mann's Family Favorites logo — complete with a nostalgic design, rich and natural color palette and recipe photos on select packages, said Director of Marketing and Innovation Kim St. George.
Making the case for packaging investment Brand Packaging As marketers, designers and engineers, we all face a common challenge:
How do we persuade senior management to invest in packaging? Many of us
know from experience that this is often an uphill battle as
organizations weigh tangible costs and perceived risks against uncertain
returns. In addition, pack innovation often runs against the deeply
ingrained caution of individual executives who may feel that they have
been burned in the past.
Stop defects before they start PFFC One of the best ways to not have defects in fluid coating isn’t a trick with a pump or a tip with a coating head. Reducing defects works best by practicing preventative medicine. Defect prevention comes from a handful of considerations at the beginning of a product develop cycle.
The 8 drivers of today's packaging trends Packaging World When looking at opportunities for new products and packaging, brand
owners tend to speak of "trends." But what's behind those trends? What
causes them to become part of the consumer's lifestyle? What motivates
those trends? According to Jocelyne Ehret, Director of Packaging
Consulting Services for PTIS in Europe, part of HAVI Global Solutions,
propelling those trends are "packaging drivers."
Antimicrobial nanocoatings with a long-term effect for surfaces Nanowerk Researchers at the INM — Leibniz Institute for New Materials have now produced antimicrobial abrasion-resistant coatings with both silver and copper colloids with a long-term effect that kill germs reliably and at the same time prevent germs becoming established. Hygienic conditions and sterile procedures are particularly important in hospitals, kitchens and sanitary facilities, air conditioning and ventilation systems, in food preparation and in the manufacture of packaging material.
Making the case for packaging investment Brand Packaging As marketers, designers and engineers, we all face a common challenge: How do we persuade senior management to invest in packaging? Many of us know from experience that this is often an uphill battle as organizations weigh tangible costs and perceived risks against uncertain returns. In addition, pack innovation often runs against the deeply ingrained caution of individual executives who may feel that they have been burned in the past.
This incredible idea might eliminate packaging waste forever Greener Ideal According to statistics, Americans alone throw away 70 million tons of packaging every year. Label designer and Pratt Institute student Aaron Mickelson thinks he's found the solution – packaging that disappears! The concept is part of his masters thesis project, The Disappearing Package. Mixing his two passions, label design and environmentalism, Mickelson's intention is to provide companies with options that will help reduce the extreme amount of waste that modern packaging designs produces every year.
Will new nutrition labels on food packaging help consumers? Packaging Digest With more than one-third of U.S. adults qualifying as obese and the estimated medical costs related to obesity in the U.S. in the multi-billion dollar range, many federal organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have made efforts to reduce the rates of obesity.
Food safety and packaging considerations in a post-FSMA world Packaging Digest Based on frequency and degree of harm, many of us in the packaging business have felt immune to the risks of negatively affecting food safety. Somewhere along the line, we have come to the erroneous conclusion that food contamination is caused by something, anything, other than the packaging. We bemoan, "Why we are being held to the same standards as food producers?"
New shrink film from Sealed Air makes produce packaging less foggy Plastics Today The latest addition to Sealed Air's line of Cryovac Technology shrink films, CT-311 is reportedly the market's first micro-layered anti-fog shrink film, as well as its thinnest. Primarily used to package cold chain produce goods including mushrooms, corn and peppers, CT-311 film prevents water droplets (or fog) from accumulating inside of the film and clouding package contents.
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