Plastics Technology

AUG 2018

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While McDonough will not reveal the exact PE grades used for this application, he notes that printed shrink film requires low haze, cutability, shrinkability, and sealability. As a result, the layers are all composed of various PE blends, including HDPE and LDPE, L/LLDPE and mLDPE, which is standard industrywide for printed shrink film used for water-bottle packaging. Berry runs three-layer coextruded blown collation shrink film made of various PE blends to achieve low haze, cuttability, shrinkability, and sealability. Spritzgiessautomaten BOY Machines Inc. • Exton, PA • • Specialist for LSR since 40 years Worldwide customer base due to speci c advantages for LSR processing offered by BOY injection molding machines: Very rigid clamping system – important for processing LSR Precise, sensitive hydraulic control – important for sensitive LSR parts Very low energy consumption due to servo drive technology Industry leading knowledge and experience in LSR processing Two platen clamp design offers ultimate flexibility for automatic parts removal Ideal for use in clean room applications • • • • • • Reverse printing on the multilayer film packaging is accom- plished with a state-of-the-art 10-station flexographic printer with ECG (Extended Color Gamut) technology, which enables multiple colors from a base of only three colors, for sophisticated artwork that matches the quality of a photograph, according to Markay Doane, Berry Global's product-line director. He says, "The ability to print on collation shrink film is essential for applications where branding is so important. More and more companies see its potential, given the opportunity to achieve cost and sustainability goals while still capturing consumer attention with strong branding and shelf appeal." According to Dow's Kalia, Oskar Blues' printed shrink-wrapped mixed case is indeed a first for the U.S. craft-beer industry. "Other arrangements, including four-packs in similar packaging, are becoming common in North America, and printed shrink-wrapped cases are already common in other regions, including Europe and Latin America." Kalia notes that now that printed shrink packaging is possible, the Dow team believes that more brand owners will move their products to this type of packaging to take advantage of the cost, manufacturing and sustainability benefits. Printed collation shrink film offers a cost-effective, sustainable secondary pack- aging option to the rapidly growing craft-beer industry. 12 AUGUST 2018 Plastics Technology F I L M P A C K A G I N G Close -Up On Technolog y

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