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Audion Seal kid with Roll Holder & Work Table  | 235mm 320mm | Industrial Heat Sealer with Cutter from Valdamark

Audion Seal kid with Roll Holder & Work Table  | 235mm 320mm | Industrial Heat Sealer with Cutter from Valdamark | Packaging | Scoop.it
This industrial heat sealer with cutter feature is a premium product suitable for sealing poly bags and other thin films. Secure ordering. Fast delivery.
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This Audion Seal Kid industrial heat sealer is perfect when used for mid to high volume sealing of flexible packaging. 

 

Unlike other table top heat sealer machines this unit maintains optimal seal quality even when sealing at speed. 

 

It cycles at 3 - 4 seals for minute so its suitable for projects where speed and efficiency are essential. 

 

It also comes with a built in cutter knife and can 

 

This machine can seal a variety of packaging materials including thin PE films and thin laminate films. Generally speaking materials between 20 & 150 micron can be sealed but we always recommend test seals are done first if you are unsure. 

 

The sealing wire uses a PTFE tape which is effective at ensuring materials do not stick to the blade.

 

Its easy to operate too.

 

To seal film bags -

 

  • Place your material on the seal jaw making sure the PTFE wire is covered by it. 
  • Compress the top bar onto it and hold.
  • The red light will switch on. Keep compressed for a 1 - 3 seconds. The seal will set here and then cool. 
  • Once cooled decompress the top bar.
  • Take the packaging off the seal bar. 
  • The cycle is now complete for you to move on to your next seal. 
  • The sealing time is adjustable. A standard seal for a thin PE material is '2' but this can be adjusted to 10 for thicker films. 

 

Here at Valdamark we stock all the Audion Seal Kid units including the 235mm, 320mm, 420mm & 620mm.

 

In addition we also supply the machine with the optional roll holder and work table to improve efficiency further. 

 

Ask about Audion Heat Sealer spare parts. 

 

 

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New Innovative Modified Atmosphere Packaging From Air Products | Valdamark 

New Innovative Modified Atmosphere Packaging From Air Products | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Air Products introduces new & innovative Modified Atmosphere Packaging to static market!

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Take a look at this clever new packaging system from Air Products.

 

Its a new kind of Modified Air Packaging designed to improve the flavor and aroma of the food contained within it, 

 

Essentially its a natural process that vaporise the foodstuff's natural aroma & essential oils into the packaging itself. 

 

This happens at the same time as the insertion of gas into the modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). There is also the advantage that no extra production steps are involved. You do not need to use a Polythene heat sealer It all happens in one sequence. 

 

This is good for the customers as it add for a more pleasurable sensory experience when opening the packaging. It is thought by Air Products that this kind of perk could influence customers buying decisions. 

 

Its not often you see these kind of innovations in the MAP packaging market. In fact it is the first in a number of years.

 

Despite companies like Nestle holding patents around aroma and gas insertion processes no other packaging companies in the UK offering any kind of innovative modified atmosphere packaging like this. 

 

 

 

 

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Clever Answer To Our Single Use Culture with Disposable Packaging | Valdamark 

Clever Answer To Our Single Use Culture with Disposable Packaging | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

KeCo Food Stuff Packaging is launching a new ‘StrEAT’ line of 100% recyclable & biodegradable kraft paper disposable packaging.

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We love disposable packaging!

 

Check out this new range of recyclable & biodegradable Kraft paper packaging. 

 

The Kraft material is produced in the United Kingdom and is even FCS accredited. 

 

There are 7 products in total including boxes, scoops, trays, tubes & cylinders. 

 

It is produced by KeCo Foodservice. A marketing representative here has confirmed that 'customers cannot get enough of eating on the go'. In fact it is estimated that the 'food to go' market will be worth a whopping £23.5 bn by 2022.

 

This is a huge increase from yesteryear. It was valued at just £9 billion in 2002. 

 

KeCo have a 'StrEAT' range of food packaging which is significantly cheaper than foil bags wholesale that can cost double or treble the price. 

 

These new products are easy to use, durable, cost effective & can be disposed of easily. As mentioned they are also biodegradable which makes them ideal for catering to the needs of high volume food service markets. 

 

I think the StrEAT range has some impressive attributes including the environmental credentials. It is good to see KeCo addressing the environmental impact of of our 'throw away' culture. 

 

As we know single use packaging is the scourge of our time. The impact on our planet cannot be underestimated. 

 

It's good to see environmentally friendly concepts & new product packaging innovations. 

 

 

 

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This Cannabis Packaging Helps The Oceans | Valdamark Foil Packaging 

This Cannabis Packaging Helps The Oceans | Valdamark Foil Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Cannabis legalization is currently working its way through the United States. More and more cannabis products are being manufactured and sold.

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Cannabis legalization is currently working its way through the United States. More and more cannabis products are being manufactured and sold.

 

Like any other product growing consumption means growing concern for the packaging waste that it generates. How do you make a booming industry more sustainable?

 

The biggest problem it creates is for the planets oceans. A study published in Science estimates that somewhere between 4.8 & 12.7 million tonnes of plastic packaging waste makes it way into the oceans every single year. 

 

The problem is Cannabis packaging already has high costs associated with it in that it must be childproof, labelled correctly and cost effective, as the products themselves are often inexpensive. 

 

Some brands have led the way using plastic packaging alternative including glass, cardboard, metal foil laminate & even hemp based materials. 

 

Many producers have switched to Foil Vacuum seal bags but even these are still expensive and need to be recycled. 

 

One of the packaging companies called Sana Packaging has even creates a new line that utilize plastic from the ocean. This innovative new project is the first of its kind and could help answer the question of how to create sustainable packaging for the cannabis industry. 

 

We Need Change!

 

Cannabis and the environment have long had an intimate connection.

 

Consuming cannabis can often encourage users to connect with nature by doing outdoor activities, going for walks or meditating outside. 

 

We need to become more aware of the impact our actions have on the planet & ecosystem. Cannabis inspires this.

 

Its no secret that Cannabis legalization has come more quickly than many expected. Could this growth be leaving the environment behind?

 

It is food for thought. 

 

Even more so when you consider that 6 out of the 10 legal cannabis states border with the ocean!

 

Cannabis producers need to find a sustainable way to do business.  

 

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EU Commits To Glass Packaging Recycling ! Already at 74% | Valdamark Packaging

EU Commits To Glass Packaging Recycling ! Already at 74% | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it

The latest industry data on glass recycling suggests that Europe recycled an impressive 12 million tonnes of glass packaging last year..

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The latest industry data on glass recycling suggests that Europe recycled an impressive 12 million tonnes of glass packaging last year. This included the usual culprits like bottles & glass jars as well as more uncommon glass products like windshields and home window. 

 

Overall the combined efforts of the EU 28 states equate to a 74% recycling rate! 

 

This date is actually from 2016 but 2017 & 2018 are actually expected to be higher. 

 

Glass is still the best performing food grade material on the recycling fly wheel, according to the European Glass Container Federation. 

 

More generally the EU has committed to goals on municipal waste reduction as well as glass packaging recycling. 

 

This means that separate collections will need to resume again as in previous years, this is aimed at engaging consumers as well as the municipalities themselves. 

 

New schemes and initiative are needed as it is thought that the impressive 74% recycling rate figure hides problems that exist from state to state. 

 

Adeline Farrelly, FEVE Secretary general suggests that tailored solutions will be required in order to separate glass packaging recycling from other materials like metal foil laminate packaging. 

 

Performance differs drastically from country to country. At the top of the league in the 90% percentile are countries like Belgium, Finland, Austria & Sweden. 

 

These countries have the separate & secondary collection schemes whereby glass packaging is not just collected to hit a target but to provide valuable raw materials for industrial packaging companies and suppliers. 

 

At the other end of the table are countries like Greece, Hungary, Malta & Romania where there isn't really a collection or recycling culture. There is much potential for growth here though. 

 

FEVE has been quoted as saying that each country is different and will require a bespoke solution to move forward and put glass packaging recycling at the top of the agenda. 

 
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Sonoco Alloyd Teams Up With Rethink Robotics | Valdamark Direct Packaging 

Sonoco Alloyd Teams Up With Rethink Robotics | Valdamark Direct Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it
Now we know for sure. Sonoco Alloyd & Rethink Robotics are teaming up to form a strategic alliance
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Now we know for sure. Sonoco Alloyd & Rethink Robotics are teaming up to form a strategic alliance. 
 
The goal here is to deliver a complete manufacturing solution to its packaging clients. 
 
The company is headquartered in DeKalb, Illinois and is considered a leader in both medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging
 
The plan is to incorporate the innovative robots of Rethink Robotics into their line of heat sealer machines
 

 

Sonoco Alloyd will be offering Rethink's Sawyer and Baxter robot models. These will be sold by the Sonoco sales force giving their customers the ability to automate their bespoke packing lines with what is a adaptable, versatile and affordable solution. 

Sonoco Alloyd Wants to Encourage Innovation!

Sonoco representatives have said that the partnership with one of the worlds leading robotics technology companies will combine with Sonoco's world class heat sealer systems to provide a complete & unique solution, within a small time frame.  

 

They went onto say that the solution was in part created as a result of feedback they had been given in the field. This customer driven innovation is all about improving the nature of the services that they offer. 

 

Sonoco already uses Rethink Robotics technology in their own factory! Now they want to pass on the benefits to their clients production operations. 

 

 

These kind of calculated & intelligent robotic systems are pioneering and are becoming an absolute necessity for global manufacturers in today's competitive market. 

 

Indeed the future for manufacturers will be a robotic one!

 

 

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Indian Beverage Packaging Is Growing Fast | Valdamark Product Packaging

Indian Beverage Packaging Is Growing Fast | Valdamark Product Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it

The need for convenience and high consumption rates of drinks in India is leading to an increased demand for Beverage Packaging. 

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The need for convenience and high consumption rates of drinks in India is leading to an increased demand for Beverage Packaging.

 

Sustainable Packaging has accounted for the biggest demand within the growth. 

 

It is forecast that during 2017 beverages accounted for about 21% of the total retail packaging market in Indian. This was valued at about $125 million then but is predicted to increase an a staggering annual growth rate of 12% until 2022. 

 

The number is drastically higher than other sectors of the retail packaging market. The growth is mostly coming from fruit juice drinks as well as the usual bottled carbonated and still waters. 

 

Materials for Beverage Packaging

The most common materials we see are rigid plastics as well as some paper, glass and metal product packaging

 

Often different materials form the closing and capping mechanisms for the beverage as well.

 

Plastic and Glass take up about 70% of the total beverage packaging market. 

 

Despite this dominance it is predicted that the demand for met pet packaging will increase as often it saves space and is easy to transport. These kinds of solutions nearly always increase a products shelf life. 

 

Despite these types of materials being more expensive brands have known for a while that customers will happily pay a little more for product packaging that is ergonomically and convenient. 

 

In general though most of the liquid packaging market is shifting towards PET Packaging as a way to provide easy consumption. They are also easy to recycle and fit well into the 'on the go' lifestyles of most consumers. 

 

In India this type of PET Packaging accounts for about 55% of the bottled water market whilst the rest is made up of alu foil bulk bags and pouches. 

 

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For Efficient Shipping - We Need To Focus On The Box! | Valdamark Packaging 

For Efficient Shipping - We Need To Focus On The Box! | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Have you ever received one of those large boxes only to find it contains a small product buried under mountains of void fill and air pillows? Or the famous vacuum packaging that is bullet proof and cannot be opened even with the sharpest of tool?

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Have you ever received one of those large boxes only to find it contains a small product buried under mountains of void fill and air pillows?

 

Or the famous vacuum packaging that is bullet proof and cannot be opened even with the sharpest of tool? You know what I mean the kind of packaging that surround razors and batteries. 

 

It is frustrating battling through this just to get to your prize!

 

More alarming is the finding by the University of Southern India that over 33% of landfills are made of this plastic packaging waste. 

 

The environmental impact is huge and raises questions like how can we improve efficiency in the supply chain by reducing or replacing these kinds of plastic packaging. 

 

E-Commerce vs In Store Packaging Habits 

 

You would probably think that companies with both presences would use the same packaging process in store and online right?

 

Well no, they do not. Here is why

 

Packaging in the store is serving a different purpose to that used for e-commerce purchases. 

 

Packaging in store focuses largely on the brand itself. Color, Size, Presentation etc. 

 

It markets the brand outside of the store itself. Protective Packaging is often a secondary consideration as only minimal protection will be required. 

 

E-commerce shoppers view product images and specifications online and often long before they see the physical product. 

 

Its also important to consider that E-commerce orders are likely to be returned and so require a smooth process with environmentally friendly packaging. 

 

As well as these considerations retailers must also consider the package being dropped or damaged in transit. In fact Anama package and container testing services estimate this occurs 17 times to a package during its journey through the supply chain. 

 

Retailers can potentially counteract this problem with the use of Shockwatch Stickers and Tip N Tell indicator labels but even then the packages are still vulnerable as packages will often travel through many different sites and locations to get to their final destination. 

 

The big takeaway here is that online packaging should not concentrate on look and appearance, rather protection and it's ability to withstand shock and vibrations. 

 

Improvements in Packaging Efficiency 

 

 

Packaging Companies are always looking for ways to further improve their packaged products. With a view to improve sustainability and improve supply chain efficiency. 

 

Ideal solutions usually are the 'correct size' for the total supply chain meaning they provide adequate protection whilst not over packaging the goods and taking up un-necessary space. 

 

What Improvements Can Be Made?

 

Some retailers have recently signed up to the Multis service. This is a way to tempt buyers with incentive vouchers and store credits. 

 

Here buyers must combine multiple items and purchases into single orders and thus single shipments. It's difficult though as it obviously adds sizable extra costs to inventory management as well exposing retailers to additional ''picking & packing' errors. 

 

Other companies are looking at reusable packaging options that don't finish up in the recycling bin! 

 

So in theory the customer keeps the packaging and reuses it. 

 

The problem here is that retailers with huge product lines and SKU codes are finding it difficult to use a 'one size fits all' packaging solution. 

 

Some of the more creative solutions look to leave empty bulk packaging for couriers to collect in order to create a kind of reusable packaging fly wheel. This though is a logistical challenge with pick ups being expensive and requiring the active participation of the consumer, 

 

What Efficiencies Can Be Made?

 

 

 

It is essential to optimize transport costs. Delivery to a customer is what gets all the attention but the trailers that deliver to distribution centers are essential too. 

 

Here inbound efficiency management is required. Companies do not want to be paying for empty space on pallets or in cases. Correctly designed packaging with products like metal foil laminate and export cases can make all the difference before a product gets anywhere near a customer. 

 

As well as weight considerations its also packaging dimensions that are important. By removing waste packaging and saving space the expense per item reduces. 

 

We are also witnessing a move to rectangular packaging in order to further save space. 

 

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Amazon's Plastic Packaging Is Outrageous. Lets Stop Recycling It! | Valdamark 

Amazon's Plastic Packaging Is Outrageous. Lets Stop Recycling It! | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

As we know recycling can be complicated at the best of times. Now there is another menace to avoid. Amazon Plastic Packaging bags!

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As we know recycling can be complicated at the best of times. 

 

Throwing plastic into the recycling bin is easy but the vast majority of curbside recycling locations do no accept plastic bags. 

 

Now there is another menace to avoid. Amazon Plastic Packaging bags!

 

The Washington Post has reported that Amazons's recently introduce non-recyclable mailing bags are clogging up some of the recycling plants in the United States. 

 

Consumers simply throw them in the bin along with the rest of the recyclable items. 

 

A representative from the King County Solid Waste Division has stated that the Amazon Packaging bags suffer from the same flaw as regular plastic bags in that they cannot be sorted once in the recycling machinery. 

 

Well they could, but it would be a labor intensive process that would add significant costs! Not to mention they would have to stop the machinery itself.

 

Another layer of complexity is added due to the paper labels on the bags not being recyclable neither!

 

Amazon recently introduced these plastic mailer bags and has since begun shipping some of its orders to buyers around the globe. This is an alternative to corrugated cardboard packaging and is also thought to be a space saving method on their trucks and airplanes. 

 

Despite this it seems this new plastic packaging has created yet another recycling headache in that it simply ends up in landfills.

 

The only viable, recyclable alternative are some kind of Foil Vacuum seal bags, but these of course are a more expensive option. 

 

Amazon is looking to launch a 100% recyclable paper alternative in the not too distant future. 

 

 

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Its official....Samsung says bye bye to plastic packaging | Valdamark Direct

Its official....Samsung says bye bye to plastic packaging | Valdamark Direct | Packaging | Scoop.it
Samsung has announced that it will start taking steps this year to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally sustainable…...
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The electronics giant Samsung has announced that as of next year it start implementing its plan to replace plastic packaging materials with paper and other environmentally friendly alternatives. 

 

From early 2019 Samsung's current product packaging line, which ranges from phones to tablets & home appliances will be replaced with eco friendly packaging such as recycled or bio type plastics and paper. 

 

Samsung is also looking to replace the holders for their mobile phone, tablet and wearable items with a recycled pulp mold. Their accessories currently use plastic which will be replaced with foil bags for packaging 

 

 

Also being altered is the phone charger design which will swap the shiny exterior for a sleek matte finish. This also replaces the need for protective barrier laminated film

 

Plastic bags are also used to cover the surface of home appliances like TV's, washing machines and other home fittings. These will be swapped for recycled alternatives and bio plastics. 

 

Bioplastics are an interesting alternative as unlike other plastics they are not manufactured from fossil fuels, rather sugar can and starches. 

 

Samsung has states that it will only implement fiber materials that are approved by the global environmental organisations including the Forest Stewardship council. As opposed to regular paper that is manufacturing intensive. 

 

Samsung Electronics is stepping up its game by restructuring it packaging usage. Plastic packaging waste and resource depletion are two of the biggest challenges facing the planet today. 

 

Its good to see a company taking steps to adopt eco friendly packaging solutions even if it means slightly increased costs. 

 

By the year 2030 Samsung aims to use about 500,000 tonnes of recycled plastic packaging.

 

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PC Love Vodka Liquid Packaging | Absolut Change  for Valentines | Valdamark Packaging

PC Love Vodka Liquid Packaging | Absolut Change  for Valentines | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
Absolut Drop Vodka Packaging - The new Absolut Drop vodka packaging has been unveiled by the brand just in time for Valentine’s Day to help spread the word of inclusive lov...
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Check out this new politically sensitive product packaging.

 

One of the worlds biggest brands has unveiled its new Absolute Drop Vodka Packaging . It has been released just in time for Valentines Day and is there to help spread the good word for all inclusive love. 

 

The Vodka bottles are limited edition and are manufactured using recycled glass that feature labeling made with a special ink. 

 

We say special as believe it or not the ink used has been extracted from signage that has been collected from anti-LGBT and racist groups used during protest. We have no clue as to how Absolute came into possession of this, let alone get enough ink to do a whole production run.  

 

Each bottle is embossed with the word 'love' that is written in different languages across the surface area of the bottle.

 

They want the bottle to be a beacon of 'international love'. Hmmmmmm!

 

Is this cynical marketing or worse a patronizing stunt towards the self respecting people of the LBGT and Colored communities?

 

The packaging is certainly powerful and the message behind it a good one, but....

 

This does kind of remind me a little bit of the Meghan Markle writing on Bananas event. Just in that it s virtue signalling gone mad. In any case why would it be necessary to recycle the ink from racist signs. Surely its just the message itself that matters?

 

The Head of Marketing at Absolut explained that the company is proud of the packaging and its powerful message that love has no borders and that this is at the heart of Absolut brand.

 

Absolut is a passionate supporter of the LBGT community and has a long standing partnership with the Stonewall campaign. 

 

They have also placed a 'Take pride in diversity' medal across the bottle. This further appeals to the collector and captures the attention of more people. 

 

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Hmmmmm....Exporting Donkeys From Pakistan to China | Valdamark Packaging

Hmmmmm....Exporting Donkeys From Pakistan to China | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
Pakistan, which has the third largest donkey population in the world, will export the animal to China, opening the avenue to earn millions from the trade, according to a media report.
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Did you know Pakistan has the third largest Donkey population worldwide?

Yes they do and now they will export them to China. This could potentially earn them millions in revenue from the trade. 

 

Donkeys are quite the asset in China used extensively for their hide's in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

In particular Gelatin from the Donkeys skin which in TCM has long been prized to have medicinal benefits. Specifically benefiting the blood and improving immune system function. 

 

Pakistan has over 5 million Donkeys and despite the trade imbalance China is still number 1!

 

A official at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was quoted as saying the Chinese are showing a big interest in Donkey farming in Pakistan and are getting ready to invest up to $3 billion USD. 

 

These Donkey Farms and bulk packaging facilities are a new initiative that have not been seen in Pakistan before. According to sources at least two donkey farms have been constructed in Dera Ismail Khan with another in Mansehra. 

 

This has all been done in cooperation with a 'foreign partnership'. 

 

The first three years hope to see up to 80,000 donkeys export shipped in protective packaging to China. 

 

 

 

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Automotive Packaging Company ICI Reveals New Bumper Solution | Valdamark Packaging 

With the Best Packaging in the Industry, ICI's hybrid pallet box design allows up to two Front Bumpers and three Rear Bumpers to be stacked on top of each ot...
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As far as automotive packaging companies go ICI is really leading the innovation charge with this new solution. 

 

The Hybrid pallet box solution is a design that allows for extreme space utilization. Typically these kind of pallet boxes only allow 1 Or 2 bumper maximum for shipping. The ICI packaging solution allows for two front bumpers and three rear bumpers to each be stacked on top of each other. 

 

Each bumper part is fully enclosed with the pallet box and fits snugly thus to save space and to ensure the parts do not move when being handled in the supply chain. 

 

Consider alternative correlated products that simply box the valuable automotive parts with shrink wrap. This leaves the parts open and exposed to both damage from the elements and poor handling. 

 

This packaging design is simple but effective. It will definitely  prevent shipping damage in my opinion, as well as improving space saving efficiency.

 

Speaking of damage this product has a outstanding record. 

 

Shipping Damage Indicators are also used during transport and storage. However so far they have not recorded a single breakage.  This 0% defect rate is particularly impressive as freight of these weights and dimensions will usually experience at least 5% that are damaged in transit and not in factory condition.  

 

Get in touch to discuss your Shockwatch and Tip N Tell requirements.  

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New Heritage Color Scheme for F15's in 48th Fighter Wing is revealed | Valdamark VCI Corrosion Packaging

New Heritage Color Scheme for F15's in 48th Fighter Wing is revealed | Valdamark VCI Corrosion Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
The special color it’s the first of three heritage F-15s. On Jan. 31, the 48th Fighter Wing revealed the first of three “heritage” F-15s.The aircraft, a Strike Eagle belonging to the 492nd F…...
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The 48th Fighter Wing has unveiled one of its new 'heritage' color scheme F-15's

 

The aircraft pictured was previously used by the 492nd Fighter Squadron and is decorated in the livery of a P-47 Thunderbolt. This was the main plane used by the 48th Fighter Wing during the second world war. 

 

Interestingly during the conflict the 48th Fighter Bomber Group as it was known flew the Thunderbolt during countless operations in Europe, including the Normandy landings of June 6th, 1944. 

 

Here the group were an integral part of the plan flying over 2,000 sorties that resulted in over 500 tonnes of ordnance being dropped and over 160,000 rounds of ammunition fired. 

 

The heritage project is here to pay homage to the legacy of the 48th Fighter Wing and its members. 

 

Specifically their contribution to the D-Day invasion. 

 

The decorated of plane looks like a hybrid of the both the old P-47 and new F-15.

 

The squadron started of with 25 designs to consider with 3 being decided on as main contenders, 

 

The attention to detail on the final design is outstanding. 

 

Tech. Sgt.Casey Cheff of the 48th Equipment Maintenance Squadron pointed out that it was a great training exercise for the men who had limited experience completely overhauling the livery and artwork on their aircraft. 

 

Sgt Cheff who works in the corrosion control section went onto say that VCI corrosion protection film was essential as an underlay in order to maintain the integrity of the craft whilst having the new color scheme applied.

 

The new aircraft all display a checkered pattern on the nose cone as well as black stripes that cover the wings with additional insignia like the Statue of Liberty on the tail. 

 

In total over 640 labour hours spanning 15 days with over $15,000 spent on painting equipment and anti corrosion packaging

 

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Michael Gove May Go Further With Recycling Scheme | Environment | Valdamark Packaging

Michael Gove May Go Further With Recycling Scheme | Environment | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it

Michael Gove may follow the European Example and go further with the glass and plastic packaging scheme! Watch this space. 

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Michael Gove's plan to reimburse people money for recycling plastic bottles and cans is coming under fire.

 

Following a consultation on whether to focus only on small drink cartons the current plan is receiving harsh criticism.

 

On Monday the environment secretary confirmed that he will go ahead with the controversial 'deposit & return' scheme. The scheme covers glass and plastic bottles as well as a plastic packaging tax. 

 

However during the consultation it was revealed that the program may only cover drinks less than 750ml that are to be consumed 'on the go'.

 

This limited coverage would include soft drink cans as well as the many water bottles that people tend to buy when out and about. 

 

It would not included the larger bulk packaging for liquids that we purchase in larger stores. 

 

Follow the Europeans!

 

Environmental Organisations however have suggested an alternative. That is to follow the European example and include all glass and plastic packaging as well as cans, regardless of size. 

 

In some European countries this has led to a surge in this king of recycling!

 

Take Sweden for example. Here citizens put down a deposit of 8p which they get back when an empty drink container is returned to depository. 

 

Some countries operate without the deposit process where by they just return any plastic or glass container to get a cash payout.  

 
Michael Gove also wants to introduce a tax on both the production & import of plastic packaging that contains under 30% of recycled material. 
 
He hasn't stated where any of the potential revenues raised will go! Will it be a good cause? Retailers who raise money from the plastic bag levy already deposit this to designated charities.
 
Gove is pursuing a worthwhile cause. He says he want to get away from the throwaway culture which is plaguing the planet at the moment. 
 
He has also said that with the introduction of the plans we will create in Britain a world leading tax on plastic packaging. One that makes packaging companies in the UK foot the bill for packaging waste and draw a clear line between this & household recycling.  
 
In order to become a world leader Britain and Mr Gove will need to focus on resource efficiency and adoption as priority to make sure this scheme and any like it is effective. 
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Heat Sealer FAQ ? | A Guide to Hand Held & Impulse Heat Sealer Machines | Valdamark Packaging

Heat Sealer FAQ ? | A Guide to Hand Held & Impulse Heat Sealer Machines | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it

Valdamark specialize in hand held heat sealer machines. These are devices used to heat seal various types of flexible packaging materials.

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Valdamark specialize in hand held heat sealer machines. 

 

These are devices used to heat seal various types of packaging and thermoplastic materials. 

 

What materials can I seal with a Hand Held Heat Sealer?

 

This is the most obvious question when choosing a heat sealer. What is it you are trying to seal? 

 

Different models suit different materials. Generally speaking we have a machine to suit most flexible packaging materials. 

 

Materials you can seal include polyethylene, Polypropylene, Nylon, Tyvek, Kraft Paper, FEP, PET, OPP, HDPE, LLDPE, PVC, PT Aclar and a foil laminate packaging film. 

 

You can seal polyethylene, polypropylene, nylon, Tyvek, craft Paper with foil lining, craft Paper with plastic lining, FEP, Aclar and foil laminates.

 

 

How does an Impulse Heat Sealer work?

 

An Impulse Heat Sealer works by using a temperature spike applied for varying lengths of time. This is then followed by a cooling off period where the jaws themselves stay closed. 

 

As the material is cooling down the molten plastic on the seal weld will be allowed to set, thus creating an optimal seal. The jaw then resets and you can repeat the process. 

 

The impulse heat delivery also enables the operator to achieve strong & consistent seals for even high volume sealing. 

 

Most impulse sealers use low voltage heating wires that have virtually no heat up time. Meaning it only takes seconds for the operator to get the desired seal. 

 

This low voltage operation makes them economical too as they only use power when the actually making a seal. 

 

Our heavy duty heat sealer machines are suitable for most projects, being able to easily handle polythene films up to 600 gauge or 150 microns.

 

Another popular unit is our Audion Sealboy Industrial Bag Sealer machine. This is a table top unit and is availble in different widths. We also stock a variety of optional extras including work table and rollo holderfor ease of use. 

 

The Sealboy can easily handle heavier gauge or multi layered laminate films as well as heavy gauge polyethylene. 

 

 

 

What are Moisture Barrier Bags?

 

Specifically Moisture Barrier Bags are packaging bags hermetically sealed to provide moisture barrier protection for your goods. This means the packaging enclosure remains tamper proof, airtight, waterproof & hygienic. 

 

The bag will be constructed from non-permeable materials like Nylon or metal foil. Usually a combination pet/alu/pe or pet/alu/lldpe.

 

In many instances the converted bag or pouch will have identical mono layers. This means you need to select a heat sealer machine that is capable of sealing two layers at once. Or just one that is designed for heavier gauge film like our foil bag heat sealer here.

 

This is often the case for coffee bags and food packaging too. 

 

  

What size Heat Sealer will I need ?

Hand held heat sealers have different blades or jaws. These differ to suit the width best suited to the packaging you want to seal. Or how quickly you want to seal it. 

 

If you chose a sealer with a jaw only half the length of your packaging you would need to conduct two seals per piece. This can add up! Ideally you want as few as possible particularly when sealing at mid to high volumes. 

 

We recommend that you choose a heat sealer that is between 20mm & 50mm wider that the width of the packaging you want to seal. 

 

This also gives the operator more maneuverability as the packaging can be positioned with ease and will not overlap around the edges of the machine itself.

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Repackaging The Packaging | A Guide from Valdamark Direct

Repackaging The Packaging | A Guide from Valdamark Direct | Packaging | Scoop.it
Despite the United States containing only 4.4% of the world's population we are responsible for producing over 20% of the worlds trash.
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Lets face it! 

 

In America we throw out the rubbish without a great deal of thought . Despite the United States containing only 4.4% of the world's population we are responsible for producing over 20% of the worlds trash. This is a lot!

 

The majority of which is plastic as well as glass & met pet packaging as well.

 

We all have a roll to play though. Trash that can be recycled is valuable. So we have a responsibility to ensure that value is captured and not just something that adds to the world's pollution problems. 

 

I suppose though there are different kinds of responsibility? 

 

Let take a look at financial responsibility. Is it the metallized film company itself that should take responsibility? Or is it the retailers who sell it? Or maybe the cities and municipalities? Last but not least. Should it be the consumers who are making the buying decisions?

 

There have been a tsunami of laws and waste management regulations introduced around the globe in recent years. 

 

Despite acknowledging they have an important role to play with these measures government must go further. Without their intervention industry will not change its behavior willingly or at the necessary speed. 

 

The problem is urgent and will require strict consequences for non-compliance. I am thinking fines & penalties as well as incentives. Their behaviors should then improve quickly & dramatically. 

 

We know business is already having to comply with tonnes of government regulation, but in the interest of protecting consumers and the plant itself we think this can be fair as well. 

 

In today world labeling of consumer and industrial goods is now the norm to clearly describe what it ingredients it contains. 

 

From chemical products like indicating silica gel to certified organic foods and fair trade items. 

 

The packaging world is changing! Can we keep up!

 

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Drugget Floor Covering For Parties & Events | Export Case Lining Rolls | Valdamark 

Drugget Floor Covering For Parties & Events | Export Case Lining Rolls | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Check out this Drugget Floor Covering for parties and events. The protective cover material is 100% waterproof and very durable. Temporary floor covering for events.

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Check out this Drugget Floor Covering for parties and events. 

 

The material is 100% waterproof and very durable considering it is a relatively thin at just over 100 GSM with an 8 x 8 cross weave. 

 

Do you require temporary event flooring or an underlay product to be used by catering services. This could be the solution for you. 

 

These rolls are remarkably versatile and keep proving themselves as a 'go to' product for those who want a flexible, waterproof and cost effecting solution at parties or events. 

 

They can be used in conjunction with other event floor covering solutions or as a standalone product. This material is favored by those who work in kitchen and catering environments as it can be transported to site locations without difficulty. 

 

You can use this product as one layer of protection as it is durable enough to withstand foot traffic as well as the spills and impacts which inevitably occur. 

 

When compared to modern textiles and fabrics drugget floor covering still proves itself strong and hard wearing for a variety of domestic and commercial applications. 

 

Indeed this product is continually discovering new uses for itself. 

 

As a general purpose protective cover these rolls are great!

 

The rolls come pre cut in 1.83 mtr x 200 mtr lengths so you have the material in abundance. This means you can easily cover large floor spaces and areas with just one roll. 

 

Using Drugget Floor Covering Rolls

Most of the time this product is used by professionals and trades people for a variety of commercial applications. 

 

Primarily it is used as Floor covering for parties or floor covering for events in general. 

 

Export Packaging companies can also used these rolls for export case lining. 

 

Its easy to cut with a kraft knife and if often a much more cost effective solution per M2 than rubber and matted alternatives.  

 

For Valdamark this is standard product available from stock. We offer market leading discounts for bulk orders. 

 

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Xeikon Corporation Tightens It's Grip With Asia Pacific Tech Centre | Valdamark Packaging 

Xeikon Corporation Tightens It's Grip With Asia Pacific Tech Centre | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it
Xeikon has announced it is to open yet another Technology Centre in the Asia Pacific Region.
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Xeikon has announced it is to open yet another Technology Centre in the Asia Pacific Region.
 
The global corporation is a leading brand name in the world of digital color printing. Now it will further strengthen its operations in the Asia Pacific with second technology center.
 
This will be opened in Tokyo and is a symbol of the companies impressive growth both locally and globally. 
 
Looking forward to the grand opening their will be 50 VIP guests as well as a selection of trade journalists and dignitaries. It will be hosted in Xeikon Cafe. 
 
The company has acknowledged that is continuing to experience exponential growth particularly in the Asia Pacific and Japan. 
 
The new technology center is a high tech facility that will assist local Japanese clients in selecting the correct product or service and gaining the maximum return on investment. 
 
The personal touch is very important withing Japanese business culture.
 

 

Indeed for quite some time Japanese packaging companies have been requesting Xeikon for a place to conduct and testing and product demonstrations. Now they have it!

 

Xeikon Technology Center

The new facility uses Xeikon technology to produce both labels & packaging. There are also some products for documents and industrial packaging applications.

 

Xeikon has over 3500 digital printing press machines at the new site designed for metalized polyester film

 

The grand opening of the technology centre also coincides with the launch of two new products. The Xeikon CX3 with Cheetah Technology & Xeikon 9800 for documents printing. 

 

Clients have already started reporting the benefits of the center with some very positive feedback. Japanese business and trade press have also widely reported on the opening. 

 

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Export Packaging Materials for DEF STAN 81-147 - Formerly Def Stan 81-75 | Valdamark 

Export Packaging Materials for DEF STAN 81-147 - Formerly Def Stan 81-75 | Valdamark  | Packaging | Scoop.it

This article from the Valdamark website discussed Export Packaging Materials in some detail. The goal of export packaging in general is ensure sensitive products arrive at their end user in factory condition. 

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This article from the Valdamark website discussed Export Packaging Materials in some detail. 

 

The goal of export packaging in general is ensure sensitive products arrive at their end user in factory condition. This means defect free and so extra measures must be taken to ensure the package is not subject to not only physical hazards but atmospherics dangers too.

 

Marine Air, Salt Water, Gas by products, Excessive Humidity all pose a threat enabling moisture and corrosion damage to potentially occur.

 

Shipments also encounter the usual hazard of poor handling in the supply chain. Items both large and small are at risk.

 

These two types of threats mean that export shippers must look for a complete solution often involving multiple products and multiple layers of protection. 

 

Whatever solution is decided on must often meet the strict requirements of international defense standards like DEF STAN 81-147 (formerly DEF STAN 81-75) and MIL-PRF-131 K Class 1

 

 Clients will often use a export packaging service which will normally suggest robust wooden crates for larger items like machinery and spare parts. 

 

Where wooden crates are concerned it is advisable to review the current wood packaging regulations in the UK. Wood is one of the most popular materials used in international trade and so risks associated with it (like pests and contamination) must be strictly controlled. 

 

Most countries have their own regulations but those exporting from the UK should conform with the International Standard of Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM15).

 

This is international standard is recognized across the UK, EU, North America & China. It is often called the ‘global passport’ for wood packaging.

 

For those exporting from the UK to the EU there is a general understanding that the wooden packaging being shipped is in line with the European Community Internal Plant Health Regulations.

 

Sometimes they may steer clients towards shrink wrap and metal drums that contains a Octabin Liner or bulk packaging of some design. 

 

For sensitive metals that are vulnerable to corrosion damage use VCI anti corrosion bags. This flexible packaging is cost effective and can protect both ferrous and non-ferrous metals for extended periods of time. Up to one year depending on storage conditions. 

 

In any when preparing goods to be transported or stored for long periods of time it is essential to plan for it. Moisture and humidity levels should be continually monitored as well as packaging integrity checking any welds are intact and hermetically sealed. You should choose a good foil bag sealer for this. One that will produce optimal seals. 

 

 

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WOW! Sustainable Packaging Market Will Hit $400 Million In 2024 | Valdamark Packaging 

WOW! Sustainable Packaging Market Will Hit $400 Million In 2024 | Valdamark Packaging  | Packaging | Scoop.it

Sustainable Packaging will hit $400 million by market capital in 2024. Zion Market Research who have authored the report have identified several key players who will drive the growth. 

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Wow! 

 

Sustainable Packaging will hit $400 million by market capital in 2024.

 

Zion Market Research who have authored the report have identified several key players who will drive the growth. This includes the likes of Amcor Flexibles Packaging, Mondi Packaging Films, BASF SE and Sonoco Packaging.

 

Amcor Flexibles Packaging announced last month that it will pledge to commit to sustainable packaging into the long term as well as being a more environmentally friendly company across the board. 

 

Future packaging developments and innovations will focus around recyclable or usable as a focus point, rather than a secondary consideration. 

 

Amcor have also said they want to solve some of the recycling challenges that revolve around the 'scale and reach' of their current packaging lines. 

 

Amcor is joining up with 10 other major flexible packaging manufacturers in order to make the same 2025 commitment. This is all in cooperation with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF). 

 

During 2018 Mondi Packaging Films assisted global adhesive giant Henkel in helping them find more technological solutions to transform their plastic waste. 

 

Here they have successfully converted huge volumes of scrap into aesthetically attractive and functional laminated packaging foil

 

Over 30% of the PE layer in this material is manufactured from industrial waste that would otherwise be discarded. 

 

This trend from packaging manufacturers to commit to sustainability is most needed. Over 45% of all the plastic demand globally goes into the production of packaging. Manufacturers must play a central role in creating viable alternatives. 

 

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HFM Packaging Is Bought Out by PPC Flexible Packaging | Valdamark Direct 

HFM Packaging Is Bought Out by PPC Flexible Packaging | Valdamark Direct  | Packaging | Scoop.it

"HFM Packaging Ltd. has been purchased by PPC Flexible Packaging LLC for an undisclosed price.

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PPC Flexible Packaging has finally made the decision to purchase HFM Packaging Ltd. 

 

HFM Packaging Ltd has been trading for over 40 years and makes a variety of products including food packaging, cosmetic packaging, pharmaceutical packaging as well as industrial packaging for niche applications. 

 

They have a reputation for high speed manufacture and short lead times. 

 

With extensive die cut labeling services & innovative technology for high barrier pouches they hope to leverage these capabilities into new consumer and health care markets.  

 

PPC already has 5 production sites. Four are in the United States with one in South America. Currently they are owned in full by Morgan Stanley Capital Partners. 

 

 

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Pharmaceutical Packaging Companies have their work cut out | Valdamark Packaging

Pharmaceutical Packaging Companies have their work cut out | Valdamark Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
The market for pharmaceutical packaging is predicted to increase at a CAGR of 8.75% through to 2026, with PET packaging contributing $45.12bn of this.
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The Pharmaceutical Packaging market is forecast to increase at a CAGR of 8.75% all the way until 2026, with PET packaging accounting for about $45.12 billion of this growth. 

 

During 2017 the total Pharmaceutical Packaging market was estimated to be worth $70.16 billion, about €61.6 billion Euro.

 

It is projected that this will double by 2026. Research & Markets expect it will total over $149.25. 

 

Emerging economies are one of the key drivers of this upward trend. 

 

India is still and emerging economy and is the producer of many of the generic, 'household name' medicines we use. 

 

Indeed the India Brand Equity Foundation estimates that the country is responsible for 50% of global vaccine usage, 40% of the generic demand in the United States whilst for the United Kingdom India manufactures a huge 25% of all medicines. 

 

The report also looks into the products motivating the increase in demand. The two biggest areas of growth are for drug delivery services and blister packaging. 

 

PET Packaging 

 

Globally PET Packaging is growing at a faster rate than the overall market. Despite being a sub set of the bigger picture the forecast shows that it will expand from $14.36 billion to $45.12 billion by 2026. The Compound annual growth rate measures this rate of growth at 13.6%.

 

PET is a type of plastic that's use is widespread in packaging. Primarily for oral drug formulations as well as common 'over the counter' Pediatric & Geriatric drugs.

 

Serialzation & Validation 

 

As you can imagine Pharmaceutical Packaging is already a heavily regulated industry. Further complex regulation is expected, which could hinder further growth into the future. 

 

The most prominent is that in Europe and the United States where serial codes must be added to medical packaging. 

 

The global standard for sterile packaging primarily focuses around EN 868. This focuses on standards for testing as well as best practices and processes for packaging materials and their heat sealing. This must be done by a Medical Heat Sealer that is validatable to code and record the packaging, 

 

With costs increasing for the pharmaceutical companies some have whispered rumours that their may be money to be made in the gathering of patient data through these new regulations. 

 

As you can see there are now a whole host of additional burdens on Pharmaceutical Packaging Companies 

 

in order to sell products into the largest areas of growth, whilst conforming to all the rules surrounding serialization. 

 

 

 

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4 Types Of Protective Finishes To Make Steel Last Longer | Valdamark VCI Packaging

4 Types Of Protective Finishes To Make Steel Last Longer | Valdamark VCI Packaging | Packaging | Scoop.it
Although steel is a durable metal, you still need to apply protective finishes to make it stand the test of time. Read on to learn about the different types of protective steel finishes.
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In construction it is still the case that steel is the most popular material used in projects. 

 

It's no coincidence that apart from the exotic & expensive alloys it is also the strongest. Easy to manipulate, cost effective and hard wearing. Despite all these benefits most steel used in construction will have an additional surface layer finished onto it. 

 

This surface finish can be used as a design element to make it more easy on they eye, but its primary use is protection. Helping to extend the steels lifespan into the long term. 

 

Some times this surface layer can even used to compound and improve existing properties within the steel. 

 

The job of these surface layers and finishes is to protect the material from harsh atmosphere and conditions. Particularly when used outside. 

 

In any case though its important to consider the different coatings and finishes when purchasing steel. 

 

 

1. Epoxy Coating

Used primarily for industrial applications. Epoxy can be considered a 'two part' finish whereby it used both coating and primer. It is designed to protect the steel material from corrosion and oxidation.The 'catch and release' system works similar to the process seen in VCI Poly Bags

 

The epoxy is hard wearing and will protect against friction, acids & alkalies as well as moisture damage and gasoline products. 

2. Hot Dip Galvanizing

When steel is exposed to UV rays or is placed near salt water, Hot Dip is the best protective finish you can get. 

 

During the process the steel is dipped in hot zinc. This forms a durable & thick layer that provides VCI corrosion protection into the long term. The zinc here acts as a sacrificial anode which corrodes itself rather than the steel it is protecting. 

 

3. Powder Coating

This protective finish utilized a powder formula paint manufactured form bespoke resins and pigments. The dry powder are charged electrostatically in order to attract paint particles towards the surface area of the steel. This kind of coating is cost effective and affordable for most projects. It can be applied using different colors and is often used in projects where design and aesthetic value are key drivers. 

4. Metal Plating

This uses a chemical bath in order to impart a thin layer of metal or PTFE/Nickel on to the steel. This is an effective process for export packaging improving the metals durability and corrosion resistance. Metal Plating as a surface coating for aesthetics however is not ideal. Often there will be surface defects on the steel itself which cannot be smoothed out.  

 

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We share our top tips when choosing Valdamark Heat Sealer Machines | Valdamark

We share our top tips when choosing Valdamark Heat Sealer Machines | Valdamark | Packaging | Scoop.it
Read PackagingSuppliesByMail.com's blog articles that provide inside information about the industrial, medical and safety supplies packaging industries.
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Heat Sealer Machines are used for closing two sides of of flexible packaging film together. This forms a air tight, 'hermetic' seal around the enclosure.

 

Heat Sealers weld the the two materials together by essentially melting them at a appropriate temperature. This forms the seal. 

 

You need to be careful when selecting the best heat sealer as you need to be aware of both what packaging materials can be used with it as well as the thickness of the packaging film itself. 

 

Most materials that can be sealed with a heat sealer are of the kind that can be measured in millimeters (or microns). 

 

Most that are 1 - 3mm thick can be considered standard whilst those 4-8 mils thick can be considered medium or heavy gauge. 

 

The thicker materials require more heat to seal properly as well as larger sealing welds. 

 

Usually clients will need to choose between two types of heat sealer. Either portable or table top. 

 

Portable sealers allow you to maneuver around large or awkwardly sized items. Perfect for the sealing of transport and storage packing. This is an example of heavy duty heat sealer that is portable as well. 

 

These sealers can often operate at higher temperatures making them ideal for mid to high volume sealing of thicker materials. 

 

Table top heat sealers are great for production lines and packing stations as they remain stationary allowing you to replicate the seal easily at volume. They also often feature cutters allowing to cut the packaging to size and seal it in one action. 

 

The table top variety tend not to operate at very high temperatures (although there are exceptions) and so are ideal for thinner gauge materials like PE and PET. 

 

Whatever your project needs get in touch to review your requirements. 

 

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New Corrosion Coating Solution Is Great For Healing Scratches & Cracks | Valdamark VCI 

New Corrosion Coating Solution Is Great For Healing Scratches & Cracks | Valdamark VCI  | Packaging | Scoop.it
Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new novel coating material which can self-heal within seconds after being scratched, scraped, or cracked. Here's how it works -- and how it could be one day be used to protect valuable infrastructure from corrosion.
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Its interesting to think that when we refer to materials and their ability to withstands scratches and scrapes, we usually use words like toughness and durability. Referring to a materials ability to hold out against abrasion. 

 

The reason for this is because most materials are unable to heal their damages once it occurred. Obvious right?

 

Well not now, Researchers at the Northwestern University have truly broken the mold when it comes to a material being able to 'fix' itself.

 

Indeed they have broken the mold by err, not breaking it,.!

 

Rather that exhibiting permanent damage when scraping or scratching occurs etc they have developed a novel material than can heal itself in seconds. 

 

The end goal for this breakthrough is to hopefully one day be corrosion prevention method that can help eliminate the kind of damage that occurs to big structures. 

 

The unique thing about is that unlike other preventative products the oil does not drip, bonds very well and can rapidly heal when damage occurs. 

 

This self healing coating can be used to prevent the corrosion of metals with an easy surface application. 

 

The breakthrough was achieved by modifying an oil solution with light & hollow Graphene particles. Measuring just microns in size the particles build a network in the oil which prevents the oil solution from shrinking or dripping. 

 

However when a scratch occurs they still allow oils to flow when the network and bonds are broken. This then heals the area that is damaged. 

 

In fact researchers found that this corrosion prevention solution was able to keep to performing long after it was applied. The exact same spot was re scratched over 200 times repeatedly. Still it returned to original state, visible undamaged. 

 

The lab at Northwestern University has warned against too much hype for the material. It is early days still. 

 

The material has only been demonstrated on small surface area samples. Though they not foresee problems when scaling up extensive testing still needs to be done. 

 

One future application could be for emergency underwater repairs where metal coatings have been damaged. 

 

Watch this space!

 

 

 

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