New research – ways to improve food package seals
From April 2012 newsletter
One of the new projects that you have voted for this year is
exploring ways to improve package seals and thereby
reduce product waste. Seal integrity is important for
maintaining a safe and high quality product. However, to
produce a good seal the correct sealing method and
conditions need to be chosen.This needs to take account of
the product, package and process as well as the specifics of
adhesive type, temperature, pressure, dwell time and jaw
design.There is an increasing consumer interest in the
environmental impact of packaging and food waste.
Selecting the wrong sealing methods or parameters can
significantly increase food waste due to failures in the seal
This project will provide food manufacturers with information on optimum seal settings, helping to reduce seal size and material usage. It will cover all forms of packaging including pouches, flexible plastics, paperboard and can ends.
Contact: Lynneric Potter