Creative Thermoform Packaging Design Garners Barger, Placon’s Medical Division, a Prestigious IOPP AmeriStar Award in the Medical Device Category

Used in approximately 350 SKUs as part of the overall packaging configuration, Barger, a turnkey designer and manufacturer of medical device packaging systems, collaborated with Wright Medical to develop and manufacture a unique small rigid thermoformed clamshell that provides high product protection and equally strong end-user satisfaction.

With a beauty in the simplicity of its design, the 2.5” long x 1.5” wide clamshell has a consistent footprint for easy validation, and can be used in both sterile and non-sterile presentations. In fact, the forward-looking design was made suitable for EtO, Gamma, Gas Plasma, E-Beam and other sterilization techniques. The distinctive thermoform has no sharp edges that come into contact with primary packaging material, ensuring no punctures or pin-holes to the bags while in transit or during storage and handling.

States Scott Duehmig, director of sales – custom and medical divisions Placon/Barger, “This is a great example of how collaborating with our customers can lead to exceeding expectations with a design that is simplistic, not only filling today’s requirements but with added flexibility for future products.”

Each year the IOPP commemorates the most innovative package designs. AmeriStar winners will be recognized for their ground-breaking contributions to the packaging industry on June 19th during the EastPack conference and exposition held in Philadelphia, PA.

With over 250 combined years of medical device and component packaging design and thermoforming experience, Barger, a division of Placon, provides turnkey solutions for sterile and non-sterile packaging systems. Barger’s philosophy of a “high touch”, customer-focused approach coupled with innovative design solutions has made the company one of the top 3 medical thermoformers in the US. ISO 9001 certified, Barger operates multiple clean rooms at its Elkhart, IN and corporate Madison, WI facilities.

For over 45 years Placon has been a leading custom designer and manufacturer of thermoformed plastic packaging with an extensive line of stock packaging products as well as environmentally-friendly recycled sheet materials for the retail, food and medical markets. Continuously setting the bar in thermoform packaging and sustainable material solutions, Placon provides innovative, high quality and safe packaging products that harness the power of tomorrow’s technology and design to solve customers’ challenges today. According to Plastic News, Placon ranks among the top 20 thermoformers in North America. 

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Sealed Air Brings Fresh Clarity to Lightweight Cryovac PP Chilled Food Packaging with Millad NX 8000

Sealed Air Corporation is offering a range of lightweight polypropylene (PP) trays and pots with high clarity for chilled foods thanks to Milliken’s clarifying innovation Millad NX 8000. Sealed Air’s choice of Millad NX 8000 to up the clarity benchmark of its thermoformed Cryovac lidded trays and pots for meats, salads and other fresh produce, means food processors can benefit from the reduced packaging weight and lower carbon footprint of PP compared to alternative materials without comprising on packaging transparency or performance.

Due to its low density, PP packaging is typically 10 – 30% lighter and has a 24% lower carbon footprint than APET, for example, while offering the same strength and rigidity (Source: Intertek). Less material usage contributes to less post-consumer waste production too. Sealed Air’s Cryovac containers are non-brittle and break without sharp edges. The inherent higher heat resistance of PP trays and containers allows them to be reheated and also laminated in heat-sealing machinery without cracking or warping. PP is readily recyclable and straightforward to separate from other materials in the recycling chain, lending itself to re-use as food packaging or, through energy recovery, as a valuable source of energy.

Sealed Air’s customers have responded favorably to the company’s success in moving the clarity standard of its PP packaging upwards. By using Millad NX 8000, Sealed Air has also benefited from processing advantages in its production chain.

“Conventional clarifying agents don’t dissolve or disperse well in PP and this can cause a build-up on machinery during processing,” comments Michael Thomson, Sealed Air. “New generation Millad NX 8000 on the other hand is easy to process. This further plus point for the clarifier adds to its significant achievement in raising the clarity standard of our polypropylene applications for the food sector.”

Milliken provided technical support and the right solution to help Sealed Air achieve optimum clarity and offer the highly-demanding food industry a competitive packaging alternative to support producers in meeting UK and European guidelines regarding reduction in packaging weight, waste and CO₂ emissions.

Sami T.K. Palanisami, marketing and sales manager plastic additives EMEA, Milliken, adds: “High clarity polypropylene helps food producers create an appealing fresh-look for packaged foods. It also brings the valuable environmental advantage of lighter packaging with a low carbon footprint during production and transportation, achieving a combination of benefits that is not possible with other materials.”

About Milliken
Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Working from our laboratories, application and development centers around the world, our scientists and engineers create coatings, specialty chemicals, and advanced additive and colorant technologies that transform the way we experience products from automotive plastics to children’s art supplies. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines that also includes floor covering and performance materials, the people of Milliken work every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable.

About Sealed Air
Sealed Air is a global leader in food safety and security, facility hygiene and product protection. With widely recognized and inventive brands such as Bubble Wrap brand cushioning, Cryovac brand food packaging solutions and Diversey brand cleaning and hygiene solutions, Sealed Air offers efficient and sustainable solutions that create business value for customers, enhance the quality of life for consumers and provide a cleaner and healthier environment for future generations. Sealed Air generated revenue of approximately $7.6 billion in 2012, and has approximately 25,000 employees who serve customers in 175 countries.

Millad is a registered trademark of Milliken & Company.

NX is a trademark of Milliken & Company.

Milliken is a registered trademark of Milliken & Company.

Cryovac is a registered trademark of Cryovac Inc., a subsidiary of Sealed Air Corporation

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The Easy Open Clamshell – Gillette Venus & Olay Razor Packaging

The phrases “easy-open” or “consumer-friendly” utilized in the same sentence as clamshell packaging tends to be a bit of a misnomer. More often, clamshell packaging is more synonymous with the aptly coined phrase “wrap rage” due to consumers’ justifiable frustration in opening a package.

Packaging in many cases, has and continues to be, for many brand owners a way to protect their products from damage during shipping and handling as well as from pilferage by employees and consumers alike. Unfortunately, this hard to remove packaging can come with lasting negative impressions of the brand.

The idea of the easy-open feature on the Venus & Olay package’s outer case came from all things, a cigarette box. Designed prior to development of the inner tray, the deep insert’s truly innovative feature includes the package’s combination perforation/slit/finger tab opening produced in a single operation on high-speed thermoforming equipment, a feat not seen in today’s thermoform packaging applications.

The finger access slot with the formed feature when being used, concentrates the opening force area, allowing the consumer to easily bend the top formed part backwards 180 degrees. This action allows one to easily slide the inner tray out without them ever touching the perforations (no risk of injury from sharp or jagged perforated edges). To further prevent snagging of clothing or injury to the consumer when opening the outer blister, micro-perforations adjacent to the finger slot were developed. The perforation design reduced the land area of the retention features which eliminated much of the sharp edges commonly caused by larger width features. In addition, while the perforations allowed for easy opening by the consumer, the size of the perforations helped ensure the blister did not open during processing, distribution and consumer handling.

Formed undercuts on the outer thermoformed tray allow the inner organizer to snap easily into place ensuring the insert, razor components as well as the instruction card are securely held in place during assembly and distribution. With up to 100% post-consumer recycled content, the inner tray is produced with EcoStar recycled PET sheet from curbside collected, mixed bales of post-consumer plastic bottles and thermoforms. Made entirely from recycled content and completely recyclable, consumers can drop the shallow insert into recycling containers, keeping the plastic out of landfill waste streams to be recycled and reused/repurposed.

As the package design specifications were finalized, testing of materials and printed films began in order to find a perfect combination of materials, printing techniques and sealing parameters that could meet the full art run-off or bleed requirements of the package’s front cover. The heat-welded design required a lid film and ink chemistry, developed by the Control Group, that withstood the direct heat required to seal the package. To prevent any degradation to the packaging’s aesthetics, it was critical that an optimal heat cycle time be identified and consistently adhered to. Meeting the optimal cycle time ensured that when sealing the lid to the base, ink splitting and cracking were prevented.

The complexity of the product design required innovative manufacturing techniques that integrated a curved and sealed blister flange into the finished packaging. In order to meet Gillette’s design requirements, precise 3D machining of the thermoform molds using Placon’s in-house tool build capability was needed.

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Advantages of Plastic Granulators ? a Discussion

Advantages of Plastic Granulators ? a Discussion

Plastic granulators are now becoming indispensable part of office supplies. They are, machines designed to break down big sheets of plastic into small and tiny granules that can be carried down easily to a recycling plant for recycling. Plastic items like bottles, cans, sheets, etc. can be fed into plastic granulators for getting reduced into smaller pieces after which they are sold to plastic manufactures to be utilized in recycled products.

The working and parts of plastic granulators
There is a central hub consisting of a powerful rotor attached to a motor running on electric current. The rotor has sturdy blades attached to it with very sharp edges. The entire mechanism is enclosed in a cubical chamber with screens on sides; so that the process of breaking down of plastic into granules can be observed and monitored from outside and necessary intervention can be taken as and when required. There is an inlet tray for feeding the plastic items to the chamber and an outlet box where the granules are deposited for further collection and removal.

On attaching the device to electricity, the entire assembly comes alive. The rotor starts turning and the momentum thus generated enables the cutting of stuff into finer particles. At times, the process has to be carried out several times to achieve the desired results.

Where to find plastic granulators?
Any good supplier of official goods will, definitely have few Plastic granulators in inventory. After carefully considering your need and requirements you can take your pick amongst them.

Another, better way, will be checking out the inventory maintained by online stores. The online stores will be able to offer you better variety and offers as compared to their brick and mortar counterparts. Most of these stores also provide the facility and convenience of direct shipping and payments can be done after the delivery of the product. You can also seek the help of the experts, in online stores, to figure out the best product for your use.

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Recycling for Residents

Recycling for Residents

Are you doing your part in the recycling effort? Home recycling requires a small amount of time, yet offers significant benefit to you as a homeowner as well as helping the environment. Recycling is a great way individuals can make a difference, both locally and globally.

Did you know paper takes up the majority of landfill space, and every ton of recycled paper can go towards saving around 20 large Fir trees? Newspapers and cardboard can soon mount up, just from buying your favourite newspaper every day, shopping, and receiving mail. It’s very easy to recycle; sort them into separate piles, newspapers, cardboard, magazines and envelopes, etc. and stack them neatly.

Don’t put anything that is dirty or smelly into your recycled products as these won’t be taken, or appreciated! When you put it outside for collection make sure it is covered and can’t get wet as this is also no good when it goes to the recycling plant.

Plastic is another product that you should be recycling as it doesn’t break down in landfills, however it can be put to further use in the production of all kinds of goods. Not all plastics are recyclable, so next time you go shopping take a close look at the packaging to see if it has the symbol for recycling. Buy yourself a cloth shopping bag and stop using the plastic grocery bags provided by most stores. Also, think about where you buy your take-away food, and what it comes in; most take-away containers are made from polystyrene which doesn’t biodegrade.

Save your glass jars, bottles and containers as nearly all of them can be recycled and reused to make new items. You’ll notice at the recycling bins that glass is sorted into colours – green, brown and clear. Take off the tops, wash them out and leave the labels on, they will be removed once they arrive at the centre.

Aluminium cans are in demand for recycling, wash them out and ensure the lids are off as you don’t want any sharp edges jutting out. Flatten them and you will be able to fit in lots more. Recycling for the home doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult, once the systems are in place it is simply a matter of putting the items in the right containers.

Just take a look around your home and it’s guaranteed you’ll be able to count at least 10 electronic appliances. As technology advances so does the number of electrical products we buy to make our life easier and get things done quicker. They may be making our lives easier now, however if not disposed of correctly they will cause harm to the environment, and affect the health of our children.

If you have a new laptop or computer and don’t use the old one anymore then consider giving it away. Selling it probably isn’t worth the effort but there is going to be someone out there who can’t afford their own and would appreciate a freebie. Give it to the local school, children’s home, or a charity.

Some companies will actually take away your old computers, printers and cartridges and other unwanted hardware, they may give you money or coupons that can be used for future purchases.

With people buying a new mobile phone every time an updated model comes on the market there is a big demand for recycled products; look online and you’ll find plenty of companies that will take them off your hands. They’ll either take them away for free or give you a set amount based on the model and how much the phone is still worth.

Disposing of e waste has to be taken seriously, there are companies to be found in most areas that can help you recycle your electrical products. As well as coming to your home to collect it, they’ll take it to a suitable recycling unit where it will be re-used or recycled for future use. Check out your nearest waste menagement facility for information and further advice on e-waste and skip bins Australia.

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