Easy-open convenience, superior appearance and tamper evidence
are all provided for food processors by using the LaserTear cross machine
directional (CMD) scoring technology from Alcan Packaging.
CMD laser-scored film works with zipper applications and creates
a unique, “hooded” package that allows for the removal of the entire package
header to expose the resealable feature. By scoring below the zipper, this
innovation delivers easier consumer access and eliminates the potential for
contents to collect between the zipper and the package. What’s more, CMD scoring
results in an attractive shelf appearance, while the package hood provides a
third layer of protection.
Compatible with vertical form/fill/seal equipment, Alcan
Packaging’s flexible film featuring LaserTear CMD scoring exhibits excellent
machinability, running at top speeds and meeting the toughest operational
demands. Alcan Packaging credits its films’ exceptional performance to the
company’s deep knowledge of laser scoring.
“Shooting a laser at a structure doesn’t mean it becomes an
easy-open package,” says Michael Dennis, marketing manager for the company’s
Food & Specialty Flexibles group. “There is a lot of technology involved in
creating a cross-web score that actually works.
New Films Maximize Thermoform/ShrinkSystems And Increase Shelf Appeal
Curwood, a leading supplier of high-performance shrink packaging
materials for meat and cheese applications, announced a new packaging film
engineered for optimum performance on high-speed Multivac FormShrink machines.
Form-Tite films maximize the equipment’s potential to triple productivity and
lower total costs compared to rotary chamber shrink systems. Curwood’s Form-Tite
films provide better gloss and clarity, as well as higher shrink, than
competitive films, creating tight, crystal-clear packages that deliver a
superior branded presentation in the meat or dairy case.
Features of the films include low curl plus high shrink and
excellent formability to conform tightly to the product, creating an attractive
package without dog ears. The films’ high-barrier properties and exceptional
puncture resistance extend shelf life and minimize damage and waste throughout
distribution. In addition, the rollstock offers easier product loading than
shrink bags to minimize labor, and requires less shipping and warehousing space,
reducing distribution costs.
Some lessons can be hard to learn, and COVID-19 has been one tough teacher when it comes to supply chains. We shed some light on what this taskmaster has taught us in the November issue of Flexible Packaging as well as how printers can use less ink without sacrificing quality, how advances in technology are opening up new markets for flexible, and showing you a brand that’s dear to our hearts with its flippancy. There’s more than that, though, but you’ll have to dive in to see it!