First Glance

Innovative packaging from FLEXcon, KNF Flexpak, and Field Boxmore.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

Lidding applications for peelable seal roll applied coatings, the effect of chlorine dioxide sachets and modified atmosphere packaging on quality of fresh chicken breasts, evaluation of low voltage electron beam processors using thin film dosimetry techniques, and analysis of new flame treatment technology for surface modification and adhesion promotion.

COF in Printed Packaging

Automatic packaging operations require a specific range of lubricity to process packaging products. Printing inks contribute to the package lubricity and affect both the static as well as kinetic coefficient of friction (COF).

Globally Speaking

With just a single plant located in Oaks, PA, Global Packaging may not appear to be a global reckoning at first glance, but the company’s diverse flexible packaging solutions, which include laminated and surface-printed roll stock and side-weld bags, are supplied to consumer product companies in the US and Canada.

Materials

New products from: Brushfoil, Spinnaker Coating, Uvitec Printing Ink, Sun Chemical, Bayer Films Americas, Rayven, Kurz Transfer Products, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, and Toray Plastics (America).

Reclying Plastic Materials

Research and Markets’ report, Recycling of Plastic Materials, combines topics discussing: the analysis of processes successfully implemented in industrial practice; ideas concerning production with recycling in mind; and the new research developments offering practical solutions for recycling industry and product manufacturers.

One Stop Shop

India is booming and nowhere is this more evident than at Flex Industries Ltd., the nation’s largest flex-pack converter.

Food Contact Regs: a Global Look

Packaging products, particularly products in contact with food, are subject to regulation around the world. The differences in those regulations, particularly differences between the US and European Union (EU) systems, reflect fundamental differences in policy, rooted in their respective legal frameworks, that are important for industry members to understand. The subject is highly technical and complex; we provide here only a brief overview.

Odor & Exempt Solvents

Requirements for low odor in flexible packaging change as new materials are introduced in printing and laminating operations. Retained solvent is the primary odor concern of the printer and converter, and tight odor standards are maintained for printed and laminated structures.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

Easy-opening packaging technology, using thermal process imaging for extruder analysis and improvement, a novel seal-peel system, and the effects of resin selection and extrusion variables on peelable seal performance.

Materials

New products from: VonSon Liquid Inks, Ashland, Scapa North America, ADM Tronics, Rock-Tenn, Day Intl., Environmental Inks and Coatings, FLEXcon, Toray Plastics (America), and Rogers.

Biodegradable Films Today

Most of us love our creature comforts, including the many items that use flexible packaging substrates. As a result, increasing amounts of plastic films and foil enter the waste stream, because no easy method is available to recycle, separate, or divert them from disposal in landfills.

A Communication from the PLACE Div. of TAPPI

The role of an uneven temperature distribution at the flat die inlet on the die performance; trends in packaging—a challenge for adhesives development; razor, crush, and shear slitting principles: advantages and disadvantages for film and foil applications; and web spreading.

Materials

New products from: Appleton, ANI Printing Inks, ADM Tronics Unlimited, Smart Papers, MPI Technologies, Klöckner Pentaplast of America, ExxonMobil Chemical Co., National Adhesives, Dow Corning Corp., and DuPont Teijin Films.

Retort Pouch Causes a Stir

Widely hailed as flexible packaging’s "greatest innovation," the retort pouch finally is shedding its exotic image and rapidly becoming a mainline package on the supermarket shelf.
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