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Form/fill/seal machine offers operational simplicity

Form/fill/seal machine offers operational simplicity

The Phaser XP vertical form/fill/seal machine is capable of producing pillow, gusseted or flat bottom packages from 2- to 13-inches wide and 3- to 15-inches long at speeds in excess of 60 packages per minute. Features include color touchscreen control, quick-thread film path, and an open architecture construction for ease of changeover and maintenance. The Phaser XP offers a number of machine options, including a package support with eject, ultra-low profile frame design, fiber optic print registration, polyethylene film seal jaws, hole punch, tear notch, flavor injection, pre-zippered reclosable package solutions and many more. See this on display at Pack Expo International 2014.

Parsons-Eagle Packaging Systems, 920-983-7100
Pack Expo Booth #S-2001

Case sealing system delivers consistent and secure seals

Case sealing system delivers consistent and secure seals

The ShurSEAL Solution is a case-sealing system that combines Shurtape HP Series packaging tape with a PrimeLoc tape applicator to deliver consistent and secure seals, even on under-filled cartons. The HP Series packaging tape offers an instant, permanent bond with cases, while the PrimeLoc tape applicator provides unmatched wipe-down force for tamper-evident seals. For added performance, the optional folded-edge technology folds the edges of the tape along the length of the case, reinforcing the strength at the major flaps and creating a ready-to-open seal. See this on display at Pack Expo International 2014.

Shurtape Technologies Inc., 828-322-2700
Pack Expo Booth #S-4243

Breaking the recyclability myth

Breaking the recyclability myth

Consumers have been making it abundantly clear: they want manufacturers to make packaging more recyclable. For us at TerraCycle, a company that recycles materials not typically considered recyclable, this movement towards recyclable packaging formats is, generally speaking, great to see. If one day all packaging were made recyclable on a municipal level, TerraCycle would be happy to close its doors and go out of business. The fact is, however, that a great majority of packaging is still considered unrecyclable by conventional, municipal standards. This brings up a larger question, one that I’ve been focused on for many years since I entered the industry—why do we consider certain materials to simply be “unrecyclable”?

It has been my mission to prove that this idea, that certain materials are impervious to recycling, is flat-out myth. Simply put, everything is recyclable. What typically determines the recyclability of anything can be summed up with one word: economics. Where is the economic incentive to recycle something if it costs more to collect, sort and process it than it does to simply send it to a landfill? It isn’t that a Styrofoam cup is scientifically incompatible with modern recycling technology; it’s that there’s no money to be had processing it into recycled Styrofoam (polystyrene) in the first place.

Faced with this fact, my company has proven that packaging like toothpaste tubes, potato chip bags and drink pouches—all items that would be rejected at a recycling facility—can indeed be successfully recycled. Corporate sponsorship makes our recycling programs free to consumers, so the typical costs of collection are already accounted for. We can experiment with new materials and hybrid packaging, while having the companies that make them offset the collection costs. Clearly, the materials themselves are not the issue.

The issue is that for too long now we have let privately-owned waste management companies dictate what is recyclable. We understand now that everything can be recycled, but there isn’t enough profit to entice most companies into doing it. The real money maker is solid waste, or garbage. In 2012 for instance, Waste Management, the largest waste management company in the United States, made around $8.5 billion collecting and disposing garbage—more than 60% of its total revenue that year. Taking profitability over sustainability, Waste Management essentially relies on fewer materials being recognized as recyclable so more ends up in the landfill.

They own and operate more than 260 of those, by the way. And because most local municipalities are unlikely to start their own waste collection services, Waste Management controls the market. What most people can recycle is actually dependent on these companies. To this end, TerraCycle partnered with Progressive Waste Solutions, Canada’s #1 Waste Management company (and #3 here in the U.S.) to start offering TerraCycle’s solutions to their corporate, municipal and consumer customers. Because of the vision and support of Progressive Waste Solutions, TerraCycle’s recycling systems are now even being offered via curbside pickup in some test markets across Canada. This is the first time around the globe TerraCycle will collect curbside..

So, the next question, naturally, is how can we reclaim what is considered “recyclable” from the waste management companies? Federal funding and subsidies around research and development could seriously galvanize the type of response we need, but federal involvement can be challenging to come by. Who knows, the increased research funding could one day establish a brand new, innovative recycling infrastructure across the nation.

Then there’s extended producer responsibility, or EPR. Some states have enacted EPR legislation, making (by law) manufacturers more responsible for the end-lives of their products. EPR policies are already widely used in Europe, and many European countries are among the world’s top recyclers. Current EPR legislation in the U.S. varies a great deal state-to-state; some require manufacturers to draft entire plans that must be submitted to state agencies, while others are far more hands off. Some actually have waste reduction and recycling benchmarks that must be explicitly reached. It effectively forces the hands of manufacturers into providing a more sustainable end-life for their products and packaging waste.

Another way to possibly offset the challenge greater recycling efforts bring is to raise landfill taxes. Some states impose a per-ton tax that generates a small amount of revenue, but doesn’t make landfilling unattractive enough to manufacturers. Evidence does show that more substantial landfill taxes can be effective. Between 1995 and 2003, a landfill tax in the Netherlands dropped the total amount of household waste sent to landfills from 35% to 6%. By making these mountains of waste look a bit less economically attractive, manufacturers would be forced to find alternative solutions for their waste.

How long can we let the waste management industry decide what is labeled recyclable and not recyclable? We could be moving towards a world where 100% of packaging ends up being recycled, it’s just a matter of actually pushing key players and influential figures into making the necessary first steps. Perhaps it is recycling systems, not packaging formats that need to change (or devolve to only glass, aluminum and single polymer 1 and 2 plastics, as some advocacy groups are suggesting).

Author Tom Szaky, founder/CEO of TerraCycle, has won more than 50 awards for entrepreneurship, also writes blogs for Treehugger and The New York Times, recently published a book called "Revolution in a Bottle" and is the star of a National Geographic Channel special, "Garbage Moguls."

3 benefits of working with a purchasing partner

3 benefits of working with a purchasing partner
Dan Donofrio, vp, HAVI Global Solutions LLC

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a package speaks volumes about the product it contains and the brand it represents. Colors, materials and design reflect the product’s value and consumers associate these elements with qualities of the manufacturer. Leading brands—whether consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufacturers or quick-serve restaurants (QSRs)—are focused on getting the best products into the hands of consumers and delivering a positive brand experience. Effective packaging sourcing and supply chain management are crucial to their objectives, but likely not core strengths.

By partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) that specializes in strategic sourcing, packaging and supply chain management, brands benefit from cost and risk management (avoiding material stock-outs, QA issues and overruns)—but also much more. The right partner will provide:

1. Break-through thinking: The old “forest for the trees” adage applies here since being too close to something breeds routine thinking and can make it difficult to imagine alternatives. A strong MSP partner will understand an organization’s business and pain points, as well as the needs of the brand’s end customers. The MSP’s objectivity can help brands learn to see the opportunities and challenges their proximity to the situation impedes. For instance, a MSP can help a brand looking to develop a new, more sustainable packaging container hone its objectives. Does “more sustainable” mean it will incorporate renewable, bio-based materials, or is the brand concerned with the packaging’s end-of-life? Are there regulatory or emerging environmental issues at play? MSPs help brands dig deeper, question and uncover the “a-ha” moments that drive strategic thinking, innovation and competitive advantage. 

2. Global perspective and network: Just as a MSP’s objectivity can help a brand see itself and its customers through a broader lens, so too can the MSP’s experience working with organizations across categories, industries and continents afford brands a wider, more impartial perspective of best practices. A MSP’s experience and vast network of trusted relationships afford it access to a host of products, technologies and suppliers brands might not typically encounter. Substrate-, equipment-, supplier- and process-neutral, MSPs help brands look outside and beyond their traditional partners and processes to find the optimal solution, as unconventional as it might be, to meet their unique needs.  This is evident in the use of ergonomic, ethnographic and human-centered design strategies across various industries. Consider, for instance, increasingly mobile consumers and the handling and storing features brands add to food packaging that caters to this lifestyle and the likelihood that consumers will eat or drink in the car and on the go.

3. Breadth of services: As a brand’s priorities evolve and needs change, a full-service MSP can help—from managing converting costs to developing products, selecting materials, designing graphics, overseeing QA, planning promotions and navigating regulatory compliance issues. And, even when a brand is not engaging the MSP’s full breadth of services, the organization benefits from the MSP partner’s holistic view of the supply chain and deep understanding of the interconnectedness of these functions.

When a brand determines to engage with a MSP, this big picture mindset is key to ensuring a successful partnership. While a MSP can help with a short-term cost play or discrete sourcing event, it also can help brands take a fresh perspective, uncover pain points and broaden the scope of what they can do.

Also crucial to ensuring success and avoiding potential challenges in this type of partnership is setting the stage internally before the engagement begins. Brands should consider how a MSP is introduced within the organization—the MSP’s role and purpose should be clearly communicated to all stakeholders—to avoid any perception of the MSP as a threat or competition. And, brands should ensure all departments are aligned with regard to objectives and timing to circumvent any potential planning conflicts.

Organizations that partner with a full-service MSP to help them manage their packaging sourcing and supply chain are free to focus on selling products that delight their customers and ensure the story their packaging tells consumers about their brand is a positive one.

Author Dan Donofrio is a vp at HAVI Global Solutions LLC (, a professional services company dedicated to helping customers grow smarter by delivering strategic and operational expertise across the packaging value chain.

Pouched meal enhancers debut for people and pooches

Pouched meal enhancers debut for people and pooches
Two takes on pouched meal-enhancing food products.

Two different packaging plays on meal enhancements that each offer different takes on stand-up pouches bring something unique to the dog bowl with Purina’s pouched “additions" (left side) and to the table with Simek’s mini meatballs (right).

Free-Standing Inserts in weekend newspapers bring a bounty of new products to the forefront as in these two examples of pouched meal-enhancing foods.

Purina's meal enhancement product (left side of above image) is definitely for the dogs as a line extension of the company's Pro Plan Savor products in the form of a pouch of “additions” natural puree. Purina states that the products come in “mess-free, easy-to-use, resealable pouch.”

The pouch is a mandatory format for the products because the purees require that the package be squeezable to dispense them. However, the squeezable pouch isn’t the only thing about the products that's functional: The purees contain functional ingredients like antioxidants or prebiotic fiber along with flavor enhancers to entice dogs to eat their food.

The pouches’ pleasing graphics design are complemented by a color-matched, oversized and easy-to-use resealable screw cap that provides a finishing touch to the products’ fetching shelf presence.

The products are available in four products that, notably, are made with human-grade ingredients. It seems that packaged pet food is more than mere dog food these days as pets can eat better than ever before, delivered in value-added packaging that’s convenient for humans.

The suggested retail price is $2.99. For more on the products, visit

Making meatballs fun, bright and innovative

St. Paul Park, MN-based Simek’s is rolling out Mini Meatballs in downsized pouches (right side of top image) that serve as a companion to the company’s flagship line of ~44 fully cooked 0.5oz meatballs packed per 22oz stand-up bag.  

The new “mini me” version is roughly half the contents of the parent bag, containing ~48-56 fully cooked 0.25oz meatballs per 12oz (sausage) or 14oz bag. The frozen sausage, beef or turkey meatballs in these smaller pouches are intended as an accompaniment to prepared dishes and for snacking.

 Lindsey Bruber, Simek’s president, tells Packaging Digest that the design provides a differentiator. “Other meatballs found at the grocery store traditionally show a plate of meatballs alone or with spaghetti,” she says. “We want to stand out on the shelf and believe the ‘magical meatball’ shown alone on a fork inspires consumers to ‘think outside of spaghetti.’”

The minis were introduced in select markets in the previous design in November 2013 and were relaunched in March. The intent of the rebranding was “to portray who we are as a company: fun, inspirational, bright and innovative,” says Bruber.

Mini Meatballs were launched in smaller package to drive trial and to differentiate the line from the company's classic meatballs since they have different usage occasions, according to Bruber, who adds that "we also want to provide consumers with quality products at a lower price point and felt a smaller pack size was missing from the market.”

Bruber credits Periscope ( in Minneapolis for the design and Coveris (formerly Expopack, for printing the film.

I like the distinctive package design and bold, definitely-not-primary colors backing a front-and-center, fork-pierced meatball along with branding centered along the top, all of which mimics the full-size bags. One look and you know exactly what the product’s all about.

Visit for more information.

X-ray inspection system enhanced for food packaging

X-ray inspection system enhanced for food packaging

Food manufacturers can use the improved NextGuard system to inspect for missing pieces and under/over fills in addition to detecting less-dense contaminants including glass or rocks in complex, textured products such as nuts.

Launched in 2013 as an affordable foreign object detection system for a wide variety of food applications, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s NextGuard system now inspects packaged products for flaws such as missing pieces or components using new, easily customizable vision software.  

Some other highlights:

  • Product verification option allows users to execute a wide range of size, position and count inspections;
  • Users can quickly select a range of image processing and analysis algorithms via pull-down menu;
  • User-customizable software for a wide range of size, shape, angle, count and position-based inspections can be done in minutes rather than weeks required for custom software; 
  • Optional mass estimation software estimates weight and detect under/over filled products;
  • Configurable for dual rejection to separate contaminated products from other quality errors to assist quick corrective actions.

The enhanced NextGuard also features a standard system processor that is 6X faster; also, an optional 0.4mm-pixel detector offers 3.2X better resolution for lightweight, homogeneous products such as powders or cheese.

Partnerships expand DNA technology use in packaging

Partnerships expand DNA technology use in packaging
DNA-marked security tape targets loss prevention.

Hundreds of millions of folding cartons from DISC marked with ADNAS SigNature DNA exemplify industry partnerships in combatting counterfeiting of products in markets where authentication is crucial.

Partnerships are a key piece in implementation of its SigNature DNA anti-counterfeiting technology from Applied DNA Sciences (see DNA technology makes a mark in brand protection), according to  James Hayward, Ph.D., ADNAS CEO/president.  One example is the recent partnership with Pillar Technologies referenced in that article. Another good example is that with DISC, a provider of creative packaging solutions to mark traditional-style cartons.

John Rebecchi, DISC svp for marketing, comments, "We have marked hundreds of millions of folding cartons with SigNature DNA to support our customers’ fight against counterfeiting their products. We serve markets such as cosmetic, fragrance and pharmaceutical manufacturing in which authentication is extremely important. SigNature DNA is one of the only products that can provide irrefutable evidence of authenticity and has led to prosecutions around the world."

In secure labels, ADNAS has worked with The Label Printers, a certified UL label provider. In a three-way partnership, ADNAS worked with both The Label Printers (TLP) and Brinks to roll out an interesting security tape, geared to loss-prevention applications (shown).

 “We believe the collaboration between TLP, Brink’s and ADNAS has enormous potential for the security industry. We’re excited to be part of this important project," says Brinks' Lori Campbell of this implementation.

“We are also pleased to announce for the first time, in Packaging Digest, the launch of our Certified Partner Program, PartnerProtect,” says ADNAS’s Hayward. “Our Certified Partners are long-time and respected experts in their segments of the industry. In turn, we provide training and materials and co-selling and marketing activities to support them as a reseller channel in packaging and labels. We will be publishing more detail on this initiative as the launch proceeds.”

DISC, 631-234-1400

Do you know what you don’t know?

Do you know what you don’t know?

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Pharma Expo makes its debut

Pharma Expo makes its debut

Co-located with Pack Expo International (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago), the new Pharma Expo conference and tradeshow will unite thousands of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical and medical device brand managers, engineers, marketers and designers.

“The U.S. medical device market is currently a $110 billion industry—the largest in the world. There are more than 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S., and Pharma Expo will provide these companies access to leading market suppliers,” says Jim Pittas, vp, trade shows, PMMI.

The event will showcase technologies involved in every step of the pharmaceutical lifecycle. In addition to the exhibits portion of the event—which is designed to meet the needs of the manufacturers and suppliers—it will consist of a world-class conference program by ISPE, the global leader in pharmaceutical quality.

“One of the challenges for pharmaceutical manufacturers is implementing energy-efficient systems that not only support sustainability goals, but improve competitiveness by reducing costs,” says Nancy Berg, president/CEO, ISPE. “As energy costs continue to increase, the challenge of maintaining high product quality while simultaneously reducing production costs can often be met through adopting many of the energy efficient systems and solutions used in the food processing industry.”

To register for Pharma Expo 2014, visit

Super-barrier nanofilm stretches packaging applications

Super-barrier nanofilm stretches packaging applications

Nanotechnology contributes to the ultra-high barrier properties of Tera-Barrier’s novel “micro-pore-plugging” film that also provides transparency and stretchability for applications in food, medical and other packaging markets

The hot button of nanotechnology is advancing in a number of innovations across the manufacturing spectrum in markets including packaging. An interesting example of the latter is that of Tera-Barrier film, which claims to offer moisture barrier performance 10 times better than transparent oxide barrier films that have been used in food and medical packaging applications.

Senthil Ramadas, director and chief technology officer, Tera-Barrier Films Pte, Ltd. (TBF), Singapore, answers our packaging-related questions about the new Tera-Barrier film, which has several patents associated with it.

What kind of a breakthrough does this represent?

Ramadas: The breakthrough in our research is a protective film that creates the highest barrier performance against moisture and oxygen permeation.

Conventional plastic films—even when coated with a metal oxide (such as aluminum oxide, silicon oxide or silicon nitride) to improve their barrier properties—are inadequate due to well-known imperfections such as pinholes, cracks and grain boundaries that mar their performance. We developed an innovative approach to resolving the “pore effect” by literally plugging the defects (at the nano scale) in barrier oxide films using reactive and non-reactive nanoparticles. The nanoparticles used in the barrier film have a dual function: They not only seal the defects, but also actively react with and retain moisture and oxygen.

In the course of the development, we could successfully encapsulate each nanoparticle with a different material including polymers and oligomers. These encapsulated nanoparticle layer or films can be used in a multilayer barrier stack that can provide different functional properties, such as sealing the defects and enhancing barrier, anti-reflection and ultraviolet (UV) filter properties when appropriate nanoparticles and encapsulation materials are selected.

We have successfully scaled up this technology and demonstrated barrier properties of 0.0001 g/meter2/day to 0.000001 g/m2/day at 39 deg C and 90% relative humidity (RH).

Tera-Barrier’s barrier films have met all the requirements with independently validated specifications for barrier performance, flexibility and transparency using a cost effective production technique. Major corporate investors have demonstrated their confidence in the technology with an investment in Series A and B funding rounds.

How did this development come about?

Ramadas: Flexible barrier packaging films are extensively used in packaging of various types of food, medical and electronics applications. These films should be of high quality in terms of barrier properties to ensure preservation of aroma and also extend the shelf life of the food. At the same time, the films should be manufactured at low cost.

Another critical issue in food, medical and electronics packaging is that of migration and permeability of oxygen or water vapor. No packaging material, such as plastic film or barrier coated plastic film, is completely impermeable to atmospheric gasses.

Aluminum foil has been the industries chosen structure for decades, as it has excellent high barrier and provides extended shelf life as compared to transparent oxide films and metallized films. Foil is an energy-intensive manufacturing process. Therefore it is higher in cost than transparent oxide films.

In addition, aluminum foil is losing out to barrier-coated films because it is not transparent, and cannot be used in packaging that has to undergo metal detection or radio-frequency identification (RFID) integration.

Plus, these foils are non-stretchable.

Multilayered barrier laminates is another approach to enhance the moisture barrier properties [measured in the water vapor transmission rate or WVTR] up to 0.05g/m2/day. Examples of multilayer packaging materials are PET/aluminum foil/polyamide/polyethylene and PET/aluminum foil/PE. Non-aluminum foil multilayer laminates have not shown significant performance as compared to transparent oxide-coated barrier plastics.

Metallized aluminum and transparent oxide-coated plastics are widely used as moisture and oxygen barrier films. Inorganic films (such as aluminum, Al2Ox, SiOx and SiN) produced by puttered processes or Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) may be a good alternate to aluminum foil, but they are generally not cost effective and have low production throughput.

However, low-cost inorganic thin films (aluminum, Al2Ox and SiOx) used in food packaging and medical packaging produced by high throughput vapor deposition processes have only achieved WVTR properties of 1g to 0.5g /m2/day at 38 deg C and 90% RH conditions. It is one order in magnitude lower than aluminum foil barrier properties.

The global consumption of transparent barrier films using inorganic barrier coatings are forecast to grow during the period of next four years at an annual rate of 8.2%, which is almost double the rate of the transparent barrier films market as a whole. Inorganic barrier coatings are applied almost exclusively to food packaging, such as retort and microwavable packaging, lidding for meat packs, dry foods and stand-up pouches. However, the limitations of transparent barrier films are its lower oxygen and moisture barrier properties (WVTR and OTR) and its non-stretchability.

How does your technology work?

Ramadas: The encapsulated nanoparticles layer consists of nanoparticles, 700nm in size, which are encapsulated by organic species by a self-assembly method in which the nanoparticle concentration is high, up to 70% to 80% by weight. Therefore, the encapsulated nanoparticle layer has high packing density and has strong bonding between the particles and the substrate due to the encapsulated organic material. The ratio of nanoparticles to organic species is critical for the desired transmittance properties. In this concept, the focus is to reduce the amount or thickness of organic species to the minimum thickness as low as a few nanometers and the encapsulation may be partial or complete.

The encapsulated nanoparticle layer coating onto the polymer substrate enhances the barrier properties by two means. Firstly, the high packing density of nanoparticles is creating a long tortuous path for moisture and oxygen diffusion. The result is a longer mean path for gas diffusion through the encapsulation material. Secondly, nanoparticles could actively react with oxygen and moisture since nanoparticles increase the surface area. Therefore, the overall permeation through the encapsulated nanoparticle layer is minimized.

The present concept provides a barrier layer (encapsulated nanoparticle layer), which is completely, or at least substantially, devoid of a polymer matrix. The polymer may become porous, thereby leading to a pathway for oxygen and moisture and reducing the lifetime of the devices or food substances. Thus, by reducing or eliminating the polymers in encapsulated nanoparticle layers, a higher barrier performance is achieved.

What market needs does it address?

Ramadas: Our films could provide lower WVTR properties comparable to aluminum, and good light transmittance and stretchability up to 5% to 10%. If required, we can tune the nanoparticle to act as a UV filter.

What are the alternatives and why is this better?

Ramadas: Aluminum has very low moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) and oxygen transmission rate (OTR) properties, but it is higher cost, opaque, non-stretchable, interferes with metal detection inside a package and it is difficult to integrate into RFID devices.

Inorganic oxide barrier coatings are cost effective and transparent, but have inferior MVTR and OTR properties as compared to aluminum foil. It is also non-stretchable.

TBF’s encapsulated nanoparticle layer provides higher gas barrier properties as compared to inorganic oxide barrier films and is an excellent alternate to aluminum foil. TBF strategy is to bridge the gap between aluminum foil and transparent oxide films to create new packaging structures for niche applications in food, medical, pharmaceuticals and electronics market.

Are there any special methods needed to convert nanomaterials?

Ramadas: No special precautions or equipment/modifications are required. Commercially available equipment used for food packaging/medical packaging can be used.

Also, there is no problem in storage or handling or machinability from any conventional films.

How would you respond to concerns over nanomaterials?

Ramadas: We are using nanomaterials that have already been used in consumer applications. Therefore, we do not have concerns.

What is the commercial status and interest?

Ramadas: We received more than 400 inquiries after a January 2014 press release for food, medical and electronics applications and for a number of unique applications as well.

We are in pilot scale production. We can provide roll sample with 300-mm wide for validation purposes only. We are expecting to set up manufacturing plant in mid-2015; commercial products will be available only in end 2015.

Also, TBF has an agreement with KISCO (Asia), a subsidiary of Japanese parent company KISCO Ltd. (, to commercialize and distribute the barrier films in the Asia Pacific region.

Tera-Barrier Films Pte Ltd.  +65 6592 0574

Senthil Ramadas can be reached by email at

Note: The company website,, is under construction.