• Graphic Packaging International Launches New Dual Ovenable Paperseal® Cook Range

    Graphic Packaging International Launches New Dual Ovenable Paperseal® Cook Range


    In response to consumer trends around convenient, homecooked-style foods, customers of the fiber-based packaging leader can now benefit from award-winning PaperSeal tray technology for oven- and microwave-ready chilled and frozen food applications.

    The news immediately follows Graphic Packaging’s launch of PaperSeal Slice® and PaperSeal Wedge, designed for sliced meat and cheese applications. As with all solutions in the existing portfolio, sustainability is top of mind for GPI. As such, PaperSeal Cook reduces the amount of plastic when compared to traditional trays – in this instance by up to 80 percent.

    Ricardo De Genova, Graphic Packaging’s SVP, global innovation and new business development, commented: “Many of our customers are seeking to minimize the amount of plastic packaging they use in a category that has traditionally been dominated by CPET trays. We’ve transferred our PaperSeal technology to a convenient fiber-based ovenable and microwaveable solution that has all the benefits of the PaperSeal tray along with a liner that can withstand the high temperatures required in cooking.”

    The PaperSeal Cook tray features a one-piece continuous sealing flange to prevent leaks and ensure robustness through the supply chain. After use, the consumer can easily separate the liner film from the paperboard, making the paperboard portion of the tray 100 percent recyclable through normal collection channels.

    Graphic Packaging is committed to supporting its customers in their transition to fiber-based alternatives to plastic packaging. In line with its Vision 2025 goals, the Company aims to make 100 percent of its products fully recyclable by 2025.

    De Genova added: “As a business we are inspired by consumer and market trends and aim to make ‘a world of difference’ through our packaging, breaking ground with innovative fiber-based solutions in areas where they traditionally may not have had a place. Through collaboration with likeminded partners, we create viable and scalable fiber-based solutions for brands and retailers who have sustainability goals on their agenda.”

  • Toppan Develops Smart Packages with Built-in NFC Functions

    Toppan Develops Smart Packages with Built-in NFC Functions


    Toppan Printing, a global leader in communication, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics solutions has integrated tamper-evident NFC tag functions into the structure of paper-based packages to develop a new type of smart packaging that enhances security and helps streamline the manufacturing process while also preserving package design. Toppan has initially created four concept types for this packaging and will offer customization matched to client needs going forward.

    RFID, NFC, and other ID technologies have been used for product management for some time. Labels for this purpose are commonly applied to the surfaces of product packages. This, however, can negatively impact printed graphics or appearance because packages are not necessarily designed to accommodate such a label, and the need to apply labels during packaging manufacture also increases the workload. Another disadvantage is that labels can be removed as well as reapplied to other items, giving rise to potential risks of counterfeiting, grey market diversion, and other fraudulent activities in the supply chain.

    To combat these issues, Toppan has developed smart packaging whereby the ID label is embedded in the package itself. Integrating the NFC tag function as a part of the packaging structure ensures a higher level of security and helps to reduce the workload associated with applying conventional NFC labels to packages. With this new concept, Toppan will accelerate the creation of smart packages incorporating ID authentication technologies to cater to businesses looking to advance digital transformation (DX) in their manufacturing and sales processes.

    Part of the NFC communication circuit built into packages employs a brittle structure. If an attempt is made to separate the NFC tag from the package, the circuit is destroyed and the NFC tag no longer functions, therefore reducing risks related to removal of the NFC tag, including counterfeiting and grey market diversion of labels, products, or packaging.

    In addition to the NFC communication circuit, a circuit that detects disconnection can be positioned to detect opening of the package. NFC tag functions are maintained even if this additional circuit is broken, meaning that scanning with a smartphone or other NFC-enabled device is still possible after a product has been opened. As well as bolstering security, this opening detection function also has benefits for consumer engagement because brands can vary the content and information provided to consumers based on whether they have opened the product or not.

    Embedding the NFC tag into the package during manufacture means that, in contrast to NFC labels, the graphic design on the package surface is not affected. The required NFC communication performance can also be ensured by selecting suitable packaging materials and circuits at the stage of package design, which assumes the presence of the NFC tag. Integration of the tag and package also eliminates the need for processes associated with affixing labels to packages, helping to streamline and reduce the workload of manufacturing.

  • AMETEK MOCON launches leak detection instrumentation for MAP packaging

    AMETEK MOCON launches leak detection instrumentation for MAP packaging


    Called Dansensor® LeakPointer® H2O, the new product is used for package leak testing for MAP packaging and other packaging methods a like. With the detection system, customers will be able to quickly locate a leak in food packaging.

    “With the new Dansensor® LeakPointer® H2O, testing for packaging integrity is faster and more convenient,” said Steen Andreasen, Product Manager at MOCON Europe A/S.

    “What is more, with the new LeakPointer® H2O, you can even test regardless of the gas mixture within the package, which increases its applicability. Simply use the optional digital pressure meter to ensure accurate testing, even on difficult packages.”

    Unveiling further details on the system, AMETEK MOCON said the instrument is ergonomically designed for operator safety and convenience. In particular, the LeakPointer® H2O is designed so operators can avoid heavy lifting, reduce messy water dripping during usage, and simplify troublesome cleaning processes.

    Andreasen, added, “The Dansensor® LeakPointer® H2O is the perfect addition to your quality control process. It can be used alone or, to achieve the ultimate leak detection solution, it can be combined with the Dansensor® LeakPointer® 3 or LeakPointer® 3+.”

    “To do so, first determine if there is a leak with a non-destructive leak test on the LeakPointer 3, then use the LeakPointer® H2O to find the leak’s exact location. This will reduce waste and save money by avoiding production line batch mistakes.”



    The growth of the e-commerce industry has made cross-border shopping as easy as the click of a button. While this changing market trend has many pros, it also has some cons and risks associated with it. Viewing images of the product you are going to purchase on a screen only makes it harder to validate the authenticity of the seller and the product itself.

  • Siegwerk unveils next generation of sustainable water-based inks for paper & board applications

    Siegwerk unveils next generation of sustainable water-based inks for paper & board applications

    By launching the new sustainable ink and coating range UniNATURE, Siegwerk builds on its proven track record of innovative inks containing biorenewable carbon, introducing a new generation of inks with renewable content as part of its strategy to develop circular packaging solutions.

  • Cereal liner seeks to improve bran appeal

    Cereal liner seeks to improve bran appeal


    The Cereal+ liner has been created for bag-in-box packaging, typically used for cereal products, and is made from recyclable PE. Coveris adds that the liner has burst-peel functionality for ease of opening and improved puncture resistance.

    The liners are also available with additional gas barrier properties for added protection and can be used for both household cereal and catering pack applications. It is manufactured at the company’s Winsford, UK site, which recently announced more than £6 million ($8.4m) of machine and infrastructure investments.

    The stretch films transformation project, which took almost a year of development, positions Coveris Winsford as a centre of excellence for industrial, agricultural and recycled stretch products.

  • Digimarc & Esko Automate Quality Control Checks for Digimarc Barcode on Press

    Digimarc & Esko Automate Quality Control Checks for Digimarc Barcode on Press


    Global packaging supplier Wipak, as part of their goal to be the first carbon neutral flexible packaging company, is now using Esko AVT solutions on a rotogravure press to perform quality control checks on sustainably produced packaging with Digimarc. “This is more than just a feature, it is an important step to ensure in-line quality control throughout complex print runs and the right approach towards becoming an industry standard,” said Florian Constabel, Head of Digimarc, Wipak.

    Esko AVT Print Inspection Solutions detect the presence of Digimarc Barcode in real-time and verify data accuracy along the print production process. Esko will offer the new integration as an upgrade or add-on feature to new and existing systems.

    “A printer’s greatest concern is quality, and the integration of the print inspection solutions with Digimarc improves the quality management process, identifies mid-run issues on time that would otherwise necessitate reprinting, saving time and money,” said Guy Yogev, Marketing Director, Esko. “Additionally, this integration allows Esko to enhance its offering to customers with more control over the entire printing and converting process, adopting quickly to new market needs.”

    “The integration of Digimarc with Esko represents the first offering of Digimarc quality management using in-line devices specific to the print inspection and quality control industry. The inclusion of Digimarc scanning in print inspection is testimony to growing industry adoption of Digimarc Barcode and its relevance to the consumer packaged goods industry,” said Scott Wilcox, Vice President, Client Services, Digimarc.

  • LiquiGlide Announces FDA Device Master File (MAF) for Its Breakthrough Technology to Enable Accelerated Development of Medical Devices

    LiquiGlide Announces FDA Device Master File (MAF) for Its Breakthrough Technology to Enable Accelerated Development of Medical Devices


    LiquiGlide's friction-reducing, adhesion-preventing, safe, and environmentally friendly technology can be used to enhance the performance of a wide range of medical products, including vascular access and implantable devices; surgical products; medical device instrumentation and processing; biomedical packaging; and syringes, containers, and delivery systems for biologics, pharmaceutical therapeutics, and vaccines. In addition, it can help reduce yield loss of high value medicines in the manufacturing and production process.      

    LiquiGlide recently announced partnerships with Colgate, which has launched Elixir in Europe, a new toothpaste brand featuring a LiquiGlide-enabled clear, recyclable package, as well as the Mibelle Group, a leading Swiss consumer, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products company that is using LiquiGlide's technology to reduce waste in its manufacturing process. Building on this success, LiquiGlide is expanding its range of solutions for a multitude of applications in the biomedical domain, where laboratory and preclinical studies have shown that LiquiGlide can dramatically reduce thrombosis and biofilm formation.     

    "This MAF is an exciting accomplishment for LiquiGlide," said Dan Rippy, Executive Vice President and General Manager of LiquiGlide Biomedical. "Our submission provides rigorous testing and analytical quality and makes it easier for our partner companies to integrate our technology into their workflows and obtain approval for new medical products that utilize LiquiGlide's first-of-its-kind patented technology. We expect this MAF to be the first of many submissions that LiquiGlide Biomedical makes to the FDA."       

    By adopting LiquiGlide's technology, biomedical partners may significantly improve product performance, save costs, and improve patient outcomes. The MAF includes proprietary information regarding LiquiGlide's coating formulation and processes that will help facilitate regulatory review of company partners' product submissions, and LiquiGlide is able to provide letters of authorization to partner companies.   

    "We are pleased to have included a number of important performance parameters in our MAF submission, which underscore the utility of our patented technology," said Jonathan Zhang, Ph.D., Vice President of Research & Development for LiquiGlide Biomedical. "These include measurements of lubricity, biocompatibility, and occlusion reduction as well as animal testing demonstrating patency, safety, and antithrombogenicity."

  • IMA Dairy & Food Hires Hayden Turner as VP of Operations

    IMA Dairy & Food Hires Hayden Turner as VP of Operations

    Equipment industry veteran to oversee all customer-facing operations for company’s long-established machine brands.

    Leominster, Massachusetts – IMA DAIRY & FOOD USA, whose equipment solutions comprise the long-established brands Gasti, Hamba, Hassia, Fillshape, Corazza and Erca, has hired industry veteran Hayden Turner as VP of Operations.



    Almost halfway through another year, it is time for some updates on technology in the field of packaging.

    Technological growth, this year, has accommodated the increased concern for hygiene and a significant surge in e-commerce.

    Let’s look at a few of the recent developments:


    X-Ray technology has now been used for inspection of food and its packaging for years now. But now machines deepen the level of precision by strengthening the algorithm used to pinpoint defects.

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