New Materials, June 2013
Posted by Lisa McTigue Pierce, Executive Editor -- Packaging Digest, 6/1/2013 2:32:00 PM
Biobased film Based on the bio-based EcoPaxx polyamide 410, new samples of the film are now available in 30, 40,and 50 microns. The films are suitable for flexible food packaging, medical and shipping applications. They are strong and transparent with a high puncture resistance and have a reduced moisture transmission rate vs polyamide 6 film, and a comparable oxygen barrier. Three grades of the film recently were given the Certified Biobased Product label awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture. These labels certify a proven bio-based content of around 70 percent.
Resilient black ink The new Black Ink 3401 joins the existing range of MEK-free, ethanol-based inks. It offers drying time of one to three seconds on both porous and non-porous materials. It has superior light fastness and excellent adhesion and contrast on a range of materials including paper, card, plastic and flow wrap. Resistant across many substances, the ink is resilient to chemical splash from alkalis, acids, water, alcohol, petrol and cutting fluid, and is capable of heat resistance of up to 30 minutes at 300-deg C with no adhesion or color change.
Linx Printing Technologies, Ltd.,
+44 (0) 1480 302100,
Stylish bottle The 200-ml Eternal is manufactured in HDPE and has a gently flared shape with softly rounded shoulders. The 24/410 neck takes a large selection of standard closures, and the appearance can also be changed radically by selecting different bottle colors or specialty finishes such as the co-ex soft touch or a pearlescent finish. This product is suitable for a wide range of markets, but its elegant shape makes it especially suitable for the premium sector.
M&H Plastics, 540-504-0030
Sealing tape The Corru-Grip carton sealing tape line has expanded. The line was originally designed for optimal closure of highly recycled corrugated cases, including 100 percent recycled content. The newest formulation can successfully seal boxes in wider ranges of temperature and humidity than traditional hot-melt carton sealing tape products.
Intertape Polymer Group, 800-474-8273
Dosing closure Responding to the call of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the DoseGuard system was created to prevent unintentional ingestion of liquid medications by children. The innovative design gives parents and caregivers the ability to prevent infants and toddlers from gaining unsupervised access to liquid medications. The system consists of two parts: a proprietary valved bottle adapter and oral dispenser. The oral dispensers are available in 0.5-, 1-, 3-, 5-, 10-, and 20-mL sizes. The system works by inserting the dispenser into the valved bottle adapter to withdraw the product. After the product is dispensed, the system reseals and remains securely sealed.
TE rPET containers New Crystal Seal Tamper-Evident plastic thermoformed food containers in seven sizes from 8 to 64 oz are 100 percent recyclable with a patent-pending feature that helps minimize the potential of food tampering. The containers have no removable pieces, minimizing potential choking hazards, and offer a double-hinged tamper-evident design to eliminate the necessity for shrink bands or TE labels. They are produced with EcoStar rPET-F food-grade sheets manufactured with post-consumer recycled content from bottles and thermoforms.
Bulk container liners The modified intermediate bulk container (IBC) form-fit liner now includes holes in the perforated flaps to help hold the liner in place during filling, keeping the liner squared. Once the form-fit liner is filled, the flaps can be detached and used with a winder for dispensing. The liners are suitable for applications such as top-fills using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills, and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.
CDF Corp., 888-593-2212,
Biodegradable film, pouches The BioFlex Pack is a biodegradable laminate for dry products. Components for the packaging are made from biodegradable materials including the adhesive and compostable according to European regulation EN 13432 and U.S. ASTM D6400. Approximately 70 days after disposal, 90 percent of the material will be composted. Suggested packaging applications include dry cereal or grains, tea and coffee products, powders or tablets, and wholesome or natural products.
Decorated metal cans New Dynamark technology offers flexibility, speed and differentiation and can be integrated in existing printing processes for all sizes of steel and aluminum cans.
The technology enables up to 24 different monochromatic graphic elements to be added to a defined vacant or supplemental area of the basic package graphics design. The technology is adaptable to large volume, as well as limited-edition products.
Ball Packaging Europe, +49 (0) 2102 130-451
Noise-reducing puck The new Quiet Puck was developed by adding energy-absorbing material and bumpers to standard pucks, resulting in a noise reduction of 10 times the desible level emitted when standard pucks collide at the end of filling lines. The lowered noise level can help manufacturers meet OSHA's permissible exposure levels and reduce hearing protection costs.
Advantage Puck Technologies, 814-664-4810