In conjunction with America Recycles Day, Amcor Rigid Packaging (ARP) is announcing a technological advancement that makes it possible for billions* of small bottles to be recycled. ARP, known for its designed-to-be-recycled packaging, is always looking for ways to increase the amount of material that makes it to – and through – the recycling process.
ARP is first applying the technology to 50 mL spirits bottles. These bottles, while made of recyclable polyethylene terephthalate (PET), are often lost in the recycling process due to their small size. Most people recognize these as the little liquor bottles often served on airplanes. Despite its material being infinitely recyclable**, the size of these bottles presents challenges at most U.S. material recycling facilities. The bottles tend to slip out of the sorting process where broken glass is filtered out for disposal.
“We know that many small bottles are falling through screens in our MRFs designed to separate glass, so this is a major development – it allows these bottles to pass this step in the process and have the opportunity to be captured by the appropriate equipment downstream. At a time when the recycling industry is constrained by material supply every additional pound diverted from waste makes a big difference,” said Curt Cozart of the Association of Plastic Recyclers.
With its pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2025, Amcor is always innovating to increase the recyclability of its products. Seeing an opportunity for improvement, ARP’s team of engineers examined the issue and began designing a container that collapses in a controlled way to maximize its width. With a collapsed width greater than 5 cm, this design would no longer slip through the cracks at most U.S. recycling facilities.
“This discovery was made by the Amcor team when testing revealed that the bottles collapse in different ways,” said Terry Patcheak, VP of Research & Development and Advanced Engineering at ARP. “Our simulations demonstrated that when these tiny spirits bottles are designed to collapse in a specific way, fewer bottles actually fall through the cracks. The potential here is higher recyclability rates and more recycled content for multiple segments and materials.”
Amcor’s bottle design includes intentional failure points and is based on the Association of Plastic Recyclers specific guidelines. Finite Element Analysis testing is being undertaken to better understand the dynamics of these small bottles during the recycling process. Additionally, ARP will partner with recycling facilities to capture real-world data about the recyclability of its new bottle.
“We look forward to seeing the data and continuing to use this kind of creative approach to look at all of our packaging. In partnering with the APR, we are looking at size, color and material to increase the amount of recycled material that can be turned into more bottles. We look forward to partnering with our customers as we use a new lens to look at ways to meet our shared sustainability goals,” Patcheak said.
* Based on industry data
** With existing technologies like chemical recycling
Offset plus digital, providing hitherto unthinkable decoration and personalization opportunities. A proposal that combines the unrivalled experience and know-how of partners MOSS and SACMI, multiplying economies and opportunities for customers
In the rigid packaging technologies field, the need for caps that can perform as identity messengers and brand enhancers continues to grow. Responding to that need in unprecedented ways is the Hybrid Decoration Machine, a revolutionary solution that combines the advantages of the main cap decoration techniques (offset and digital) to produce previously unthinkable results and opportunities.
The Hybrid Decoration Machine stems from MOSS’ experience in offset decoration and SACMI’s digital decoration know-how. The result? The ability to combine the advantages of both solutions and boost the ‘uniqueness’ of the produced cap, at a competitive cost, whether in small batches or large volumes.
More specifically, in its hybrid configuration this solution allows simultaneous decoration – in offset and digital – within the same production batch. Against a same offset-produced ‘background’ or decoration, manufacturers can create, in parallel, vastly different digital decorations, dramatically expanding opportunities (and savings) for customers.
“This solution completes our range of rigid packaging decoration systems”, explains Andrea Fantozzi, CEO of MOSS. “Close collaboration with SACMI completes our decades of experience in the construction of offset and screen printing machines by adding digital skills. With this solution, the goal is to be the leading technological innovators in packaging decoration, a field in which we play a key role in the beverage, food, cosmetics and pharmaceutical sectors in over 100 countries”.
The Hybrid Decoration Machine is also designed to allow 4-color CMYK applications. Within each single batch being processed, the operator can load the system with multiple decorations, all with a simple ‘click’.
What’s more, combining the two technologies makes 4-color printing far more economical; firstly, this stems from the ability to use offset for the background and digital for the details and, secondly, from the infinite color combinations that can be created for every single decorated cap (by using, in the hybrid set-up, 4 colors plus a white base in offset and 4+2 colors in digital).
To complete the system, guided size changeover ensures faster format changes and greatly simplifies the worker’s tasks. In the hybrid configuration, productivity ranges from 500 to 1200 decorated caps per minute, while the ‘offset only’ configuration can reach speeds of 2,500-5,000.
“We began with the needs of our customers”, explains Vezio Bernardi, General Manager of the SACMI Rigid Packaging Technologies BU, “especially their need for a fairly versatile, economical solution that can provide the outstanding cap customization that lies at the core of our business. Hence the forward-thinking partnership with MOSS, a pioneer in the industry. We’ve now combined our skillsets to offer customers the best, most comprehensive solution possible so they can meet all their communication and brand enhancement needs”.
The SACMI-MOSS Hybrid Decoration Machine is available for caps up to 38 mm in diameter. Further advantages include limited energy and compressed air consumption, and compactness; note also that this solution is easy to install on existing lines.
Olay North America is introducing the Easy Open Lid, a limited-edition prototype developed with and for people with disabilities.
The Easy Open Lid will be incorporated into the product design of OLAY’s most popular products: the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream, Vitamin C + Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer, Retinol 24 Face Moisturizer and Collagen Peptide 24 Face Moisturizer.
The lid is white, and paired with different color jars, in red, blue, yellow, and white, for the products mentioned.
The Easy Open Lid is designed with:
Easy open winged cap
Extra grip raised lid
High contrast product label
Braille text “face cream"
Chris Heiert, senior vice president of Olay, says, “As a global brand, it’s our responsibility to ensure that all consumers have access to products that serve their needs and fit seamlessly into their daily lives."
Heiert adds, "But we can’t do it alone, which is why we’ve chosen not to patent this lid, and rather share the design widely with the beauty community. Our hope is that others will join us in our efforts in making products more accessible for everyone.”
A Collaborative Design Process
To create the design, Olay met with consumers with a wide range of conditions, from dexterity issues and limb differences, to chronic issues causing joint pain and vision impairments. The team also met with external experts and incorporated personal experiences from team members into the new product design.
“Accessibility makes things better for everyone,” says journalist and model Madison Lawson who is living with muscular dystrophy. She is one of the key members with whom OLAY worked closely with to bring this jar to life. “Everyone’s been there where you get product on your hands or you’re trying to open something and you can’t, so I think it’s cool that this is designed with us specifically in mind but it also makes everyone’s life better.”
The lids are available now exclusively on Olay's website.
In addition to sharing the design widely with the beauty industry, OLAY is offering the lid to consumers at no additional cost—it comes free with the purchase of one of the four OLAY Regenerist Moisturizers mentioned above.
Making the Beauty Industry More Inclusive
By 2025, P&G, including Olay, has pledged to make its packaging more accessible for people with disabilities.
Olay’s breakthrough Easy Open Lid is just one step toward inclusivity in skin care. Olay is encouraging all companies to participate and make the beauty industry more inclusive and accessible to all.
Flexible packaging company PAC Machinery has designed and developed a new option for its Rollbag automatic baggers, including the Rollbag R785 all-electric automatic bagger.
The easy touch start sensor features a magnetic base that enables machine activation through a touch of the button.
Rollbag automatic bagger machines are used for filling and sealing bags containing a wide variety of products.
The machines are available in different sizes and shapes such as compact tabletop or floor models and deliver speed and quality poly bagging solutions.
Using Rollbag pre-opened bags on a roll, the systems offer cycle speeds of up to 80 bags a minute.
The new option can be conveniently installed anywhere on the machine and can be operated with a finger, hand or elbow to seal the bag.
The sensor detects the operator’s hand on the button and then the machine automatically cycles, therefore there is no need to press a button or a foot paddle to cycle the bagger.
PAC Machinery’s sales & marketing VP Greg Berguig said: “Operator acceptance is critical to packaging automation and this option on our automatic baggers allows an operator to cycle the machine in a manner most comfortable for them.”
Following the previous post on post-pandemic webinars in the packaging industry, this blog will highlight some of the commonly used software for hosting webinars from Packaging Industry. It will mention the most sought-after features, pros and cons, and functionality of different teleconferencing models.
Company’s $4M investment expected to generate 60 percent of the facility’s electricity needs.
Rondo-Pak, a leading provider of quality folding cartons and printed components for the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer industries, has announced its investment of over $4 million in a major solar energy project at its primary manufacturing facility in Camden, New Jersey. Once installed, the project will provide 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year.
Roboze has equipped its flagship 3D printer – the ARGO 500 – with an advanced B&R automation solution. The printer integrates additive manufacturing into the industrial production workflow with repeatable high precision and full process control. It reduces lead times and lowers the cost of creating custom metal-replacement components used under extreme conditions in industries such as aerospace, energy and motorsport.
Reduced, smart, and high-quality – the packaging and design market is changing. Materials solutions that accompany manufacturers on this journey are in demand. KRAIBURG TPE meets this demand with a new materials series: The TPEs were developed in relation to the market demands for valuable solutions. The result is a product series designed especially for applications that want to put emphasis on outstanding touch quality – combined with an attractive price.
Aptar CSP Technologies Awarded $19 Million Government Contract to Expand Production Capacity for its Activ-Film™ Technology Used in COVID-19 Test Kits
Technologies, part of AptarGroup, Inc., and a leader in active material science solutions that ensure product protection, extend shelf life and improve user experience, was awarded a $19 million contract from the U.S. government. This award will support expanded domestic production capacity for the company’s proprietary Activ-Film™ technology, which is used to protect and ensure COVID-19 test kit integrity and accuracy.
US-based food packaging company Harpak-ULMA has launched the Artic Side Seal (SS), a packaging system for food and medical applications.
The solution features a number of side-seal capabilities, such as zippered and strip resealable, three-sided non-resealable formats, modified atmosphere and shrink films.
It is suitable for medical, bakery, meat and dairy applications and offers speeds of up to 100ppm depending on product sizes.
The Artic SS is designed to serve as an alternative to traditional fin-sealed flow wrap packaging.
It features a long dwell sealing head for its cross seal and a simplified longitudinal side-sealing system for its side seal.
In addition, it can produce non-hermetic or hermetically sealed packs.
Harpak-ULMA flow-wrap and vertical form fill applications product manager Hugh Crouch said: “We are part of a dynamic and competitive industry where continuous improvement and innovation are a driving force in the industry.
“Customers rely on us to help them, not only for innovations in package styles but for the lowest possible total cost of ownership. On that basis, it certainly appears that we have caught their attention.
“Both of these introductions reflect a culture of listening to our customers and responding by bringing new options to the table for them.”
In a separate development, Harpak-ULMA is to introduce the Rockwell Automation (RA) controls for its Vertical VTC 800 series hygienic design vertical packaging machines.
Expected to be available by next year, the RA controls support advanced capabilities such as the Vuforia Augmented Reality software suite from US-based software company PTC.
These product launches are part of Harpak-ULMA’s expansion of its North American flow wrap and vertical solution portfolio.
Last August, the company introduced PaperSeal, a sustainable food packaging solution made with pre-cut film.
Each PaperSeal tray features 80%-90% paperboard and 10%-20% film based on its dimensions.