Changes in Film & Packaging Materials

Recently there has been a shift in consumer consciousness towards using more sustainable materials and films.  Consumer perspective is shifting. The market for zero waste and sustainable materials expand. For instance, Green Business Bureau (GBB) member ‘ International Inc’s’ entire business model leverages this market expansion. Business’s are implementing many packaging changes  to become sustainable.

Adoption Of Mono-Material Packaging Films

The first approach adopted by companies is to switch over from laminated multilayer materials to mono materials. This can be done by using a multi-layered material made up of the same characteristics. On some occasions having no less than 3-5% of any potential additive.

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Reduced Film Wastage Through Film Reduction

Another approach  is to look for reduction in  film usage. This can be achieved by reducing the micron or by reducing the width and crimps. When looking at film we need to examine the expected throughput the presentation and characteristics of the product and the required space for marketing. Once we have set these parameters and weighed the importance of each factor for the end consumer, we can then look to recommend the correct film solutions for their application.

Changing Packaging Machines Design to Reduce Material Waste

The final approach is finding out the specifics around machine design to reduce film wastage. For this approach some manufactures such embellish their ability to do this. However, this can be achieved by using a fixed folding box and reduced crimps on your packaging machine. Sealing systems such as ultrasonic sealing or impulse sealing allow reduce the sealing area and therefore use less plastic than traditional approaches. We can consult on any application and advise as required to each customers specification.

Switching Over To Bio-Based Materials

The second approach we have seen is in the form of customers switching from plastic based materials to compostable materials. We have seen customers switch over to PLA based and fibre-based films but more recently there has been an ever greater request to switch over to paper-based films. There are two different types of paper-based material. Paper with a PE laminate on the inside to allow for the sealing of the packs or their is also the availability to use paper with PE spray. This product is often advertised as 100% natural material with an eco-friendly plant-based coating. This is because we can use sugar cane to make poly ethanol which can then be used for the spray layer. Poly ethanol and polyethylene have the same chemical structure making this an ideal substitute.

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What is MAP Packaging?

MAP is a packaging method that involves altering the atmosphere within the package to slow down the spoilage of the product. This is achieved by removing oxygen from the packaging and replacing it with a mixture of gases such as nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or argon. By doing so, the growth of microorganisms that cause spoilage is slowed, and the shelf life of the product is extended.

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Reduces Food Waste

MAP packaging extends the shelf life of products. This results in fewer emissions generated by the production, transportation, and disposal of the wasted food.

Reduces Need for Refrigeration

MAP packaging can reduce the need for refrigeration. Refrigeration  is a significant source of energy consumption. With MAP packaging methods and materials, products can be stored at room temperature, reducing the need for refrigeration.

Less Preservatives

MAP packaging can help reduce the use of preservatives.  Preservatives can have negative impacts on the environment and human health. MAP packaging extends shelf life significantly, reducing reliance on preservatives. This helps protect the environment and promote healthier food options.

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Machines Suitable for MAP Packaging

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FP100 Evo

The  Box Motion Evo, a high-speed flow pack wrapper delivers unmatched efficiency in producing hermetic seals. Capable of handling up to 150 packs per minute, this fully servo-driven box motion machine is available in both top and bottom seal configurations, as well as low and high-speed variants. With a remarkable production speed of up to 150ppm, this machine is engineered...

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Record Zebra Box Motion

The Record Box Motion Machine is ideal for medium to large products. This machine can be sold in top seal or bottom seal versions. This style of flow wrapper been heavily utilised in the packaging of long life pitta and flatbread applications. This machine is designed to allow for precise control of heat, pressure and sealing time. This machine is...

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Thera 500 thermoforming vacuum packaging machine

THERA 500

The thermoforming vacuum packaging machine THERA 500. A medium-high production with full versatility, accommodating various technologies such as vacuum MAP, SKIN, and SHRINK. Key features include a large loading area, additional accessory integration space, and compatibility with a wide range of devices. The machine is built to last, ensuring durability, integrity, and consistent performance. User-friendly and easy to maintain, the...

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