Plug-seal 38-mm HDPE closures
Posted by Rick Lingle, Technical Editor -- Packaging Digest, 12/12/2012 6:07:14 PM
Portola Packaging, Inc. is introducing GreenLyteTM, a new line of plug-seal, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) 38-mm closures for single and multiserve, hot-fill and aseptic beverage packaging applications
GreenLyte one-piece closures represent a cost-effective, performance-driven alternative to traditional two-piece (closure plus liner) polypropylene (PP) types typically used for juices, ready-to-drink teas, isotonics, enhanced waters, low-acid nutraceuticals, and high-end, aseptic-filled beverage products.
"Our internal tests show that GreenLyte closures equal or exceed performance attributes offered by traditional two-piece closures. Additionally, the one-piece plug design reduces costs for brand owners due to shell lightweighting, liner elimination and material choice. We believe that this launch will be of significant interest for beverage brand owners looking for ways maintain or improve performance, while reducing costs," says Roy Robinson, vice president of business development, Portola Packaging.
Because the GreenLyte line is made from HDPE, resin is less expensive than pricing volatility-prone polypropylene, which is the material from which most two-piece closures are made.
"Two-piece closures have also been known to be difficult for consumers to open. The thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) liner material tends to drag across the top of the finish requiring a significant amount of torque to access the contents. Because the GreenLyte's plug construction eliminates the need for a liner, opening issues no longer exist," says Robinson.
GreenLyte plug-seal closures also offer multiple production line efficiencies. Unlike two-piece closures which usually require that the TPE liner be steamed in order to achieve proper application, this step is not necessary with Portola's linerless GreenLyte line. Additionally, the seal design and low coefficient of friction facilitates application over a wide range of capper settings.
Portola Packaging is one of the first North American manufacturers to commercially produce linerless closures that can meet the rigorous demands of hot-fill, extended shelf life and aseptic applications.
Portola Packaging, 877-801-9169 x1.