High speed and wide sealing films Film & Foil

the highest possible speeds. As overall production costs are scrutinised, achieving high efficiencies becomes increasingly vital. In response to these trends, Innovia has introduced its latest high speed Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP) film: Propafilm REF. This new coextruded material compliments


the company’s already well-established range of high speed materials and increases the options for its customers. Propafilm REF was designed with speed in

mind. The product presents a wide sealing range when compared to standard coextruded films. In typical laboratory conditions, scientists have been able to confirm over 30°C lower heat seal threshold (the minimum temperature required to achieve acceptable seal strength of 200g/25mm) compared to basic films. In addition to the wide seal range, this film also

provides an enhanced hot tack performance over standard films. This means that the seals, when pulled still hot, resist opening at a larger range of temperatures. Combined, these two properties enable Propafilm REF to be suited to horizontal- form-fill wrapping applications. Innovia has been able to validate its

laboratory findings with actual packaging machinery trials. SPS Italiana Pack systems (PFM Group) was one of the partners chosen to confirm the film’s performance. “We were asked by Innovia Films to confirm the performance of their new film on our machinery,” says Roberto

Spatolisano, project manager from SPS. “We ran Propafilm REF on our Modulo machine and we can confirm that speeds of 80m/min were achieved, a substantial 30 m/min improvement. At these speeds the film was still passing our stringent micro-hole acceptance level (i.e.200 mbar/20 sec. pillow bag configuration).” Amaia Cowan, market development manager,

Innovia Films, adds, “Whilst speed is important to our customers, efficiencies are just as critical. Minimising rejects and maximising outputs remain an important objective for many of our clients. Propafilm REF can contribute to these targets. With

its higher COF in the inner surface of the film, product movement within the pack can be reduced during the feeding stages, protecting seal damage and allowing good pack integrity to be maintained. Strong seals are achieved every time.” This film, besides offering machinability, also

provides clarity for visual impact and is a good moisture barrier for product protection. It is suited to a variety of applications and markets such as biscuits and bakery, confectionery, dried foods, tea and cosmetics. The development of a deep smoothwall container

smoothwall container ever produced. Used by a major retailer for its seasonal four-bird roast product, the convenient tray is designed for top sealing large roasting joints and whole birds. Perfect for Christmas, the sturdy rectangular container is easy to handle, providing a depth of up to 110mm and a capacity of 6,704cm³, which is ideal for joints above 1.5kg. Jon West, i2r, said: “The aim of this particular


design was to create a container that could provide enough capacity to roast large joints of meat or poultry, including turkeys. We were initially unsure whether the depth was possible, but our experienced development team were able to quickly deliver a fantastic solution. The container shows that i2r is focused on providing bespoke packaging solutions for food and can turn innovation into reality in the fastest possible market time.” i2r’s plain or lacquered smoothwall aluminium

foil containers are perfect for packaging high quality, ready to cook convenience products

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eading aluminium foil tray manufacturer, i2r Packaging Solutions, has recently released, what they say, is the deepest drawn

including red meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, BBQ food and desserts. The containers have a smooth rim that can be lidded with film to provide a leak proof pack for food that needs to be preserved during a long shelf life. This can be extended further by gas flushing if required, using M.A.P. The containers can also be lidded with i2r’s own range of plastic clip-on lids. Operating as part of the Italian

Laminazione Sottile Group, one of the leading global suppliers of aluminium products, i2r manufactures a comprehensive range of smoothwall and wrinklewall aluminium foil containers used throughout the food industry. With food-to-go on the increase and the

demand for branded, personalised paper on the rise, the company has also recently diversified by manufacturing a range of the high-quality paper tulip wraps for cakes and muffins.

i2r is now one of the only European manufacturers to offer a single go-to

resource for both aluminium foil containers and FSC certified tulip paper products, thereby providing customers with great market choice.

nnovia Films recognises that today’s competitive market place demands packaging films that perform on a variety of machines, at

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