As today’s packages get more complex, offering transparency, resealability and more, so do converting processes. Follow these simple tips to cut the converting complexity without impacting end-use packaging performance.
Consider a Two-in-One Product
To achieve package transparency and a secure bond, many converters use two products, an anti-fog coating and a heat seal product.
Consider using one product that can accomplish both needs. In doing so, you’ll reduce the number of processing steps, cut machine time in half, decrease SKU volume and reduce converting complexity.
Think About Blocking First
Additionally, select materials that are low blocking to mitigate converting complexity that stems from this common problem. Materials that are susceptible to blocking can significantly impact shipping and logistics and make these processes more complex. Further, they can also lead to downtime and production issues.
Materials that are low blocking, on the other hand, make it easier and less complex for you to ship, store and use them.
Ensure Material Compatibility
Further, many converters may be using an LDPE sealing layer to seal traditional lidding films to common PET trays. In addition to posing compatibility issues, this process increases converting complexity. Ensure you use materials that don’t require additional layers to be added to achieve needed functionality. For example, certain PET-based heat seal coatings can be applied directly to rigid PET trays without a sealing layer needed.
Talk to Your Suppliers
It also is a good idea to work closely with your suppliers to ensure all packaging components are designed for streamlined, simplified converting processes. Bostik works directly with customers to ensure their production lines run efficiently and effectively and formulates packaging adhesives and coatings ideal for:
- Reducing SKU volume and material usage
- Increasing production line speeds
- Mitigating downtime issues and complexity
Contact a Bostik expert today to learn how we can help your converting processes, and view this relevant helpful content: