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Supply chain collaboration on recyclable PE thermoformed packaging

Source:Adsale Plastics Network Date :2023-12-06 Editor :RC
Copyright: This article was originally written/edited by Adsale Plastics Network (AdsaleCPRJ.com), republishing and excerpting are not allowed without permission. For any copyright infringement, we will pursue legal liability in accordance with the law.

ExxonMobil, EVAL, Reifenhäuser and MULTIVAC collaborated to produce a recyclable, thermoformed packaging with 95% PE content without compromising on functionality and optics.

 

Collaborated solution

 

The packaging consists of a formed PE/EVOH bottom web and PE/EVOH lid film. The collaborating companies are responsible for different parts of the packaging according to their expertise.


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Collaboration on the recyclable thermoformed packaging.

 

The bottom web was produced with ExxonMobil resins such as Exceed XP, Exceed and Enable performance PE and a special EVAL EVOH resin, designed for thermoforming.

 

The top film consists of a PE/EVOH coex film produced on a Reifenhäuser Aqua Cool 9-layer barrier line with Exceed XP 7052ML, Exceed 2012MA and EVAL EVOH high barrier resin L171B.

 

The packaging is then formed and filled on a MULTIVAC R126 machine according to industry standard process conditions. It is also successfully produced on a MULTIVAC R245 machine at high line speed.

 

Outstanding result

 

ExxonMobil resins Exceed XP 7052ML and Enable 4009MC provide exceptional puncture performance and formability, while EVAL EVOH resin LT172B combines low thickness with high barrier properties.

 

The combination of these resins deliver outstanding packaging integrity, with comparable film stiffness and exceptional puncture performance compared to PA containing thermoformed film.

 

Functionality such as oxygen barrier and optics are also comparable to PA containing thermoformed films.

 

The film also has outstanding machinability on the MULTIVAC R245 forming and filling machine at standard and high line speed.

 

Under optimized thermoforming trial conditions of 1 second at 120°C with 3 bar, 2.3 seconds at 100°C forming, with mold size 182mm x 112mm and depths of 50mm, 60mm and 70mm, maximum line speed of more than 12 cycles/minute is achieved on the R245 MULTIVAC line.

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 Hengli Petrochemical Co.,Ltd      
 Guangdong Star Machinery Industrial Co.,Ltd.      
 Taizhou Tebon Mould Co,Ltd      
 Xiamen Haozhao Technology Co., LTD      
 FCS-Group      
 Shantou Hongqiao Machine Co., Ltd      
 Wenzhou Huanting Machinery Technology Co., Ltd      
 HAITIAN INTERNATIONAL HOLDINGS LIMITED      
 Topolefin Technology (Quzhou) Co., LTD      
 Silian Petrochemical CO., LTD      
 Rongsheng Petrochemical Co., Ltd.      
 BATTENFELD-CINCINNATI (FOSHAN) EXTRUSION SYSTEMS LTD.      
 Zhejiang Huangyan Ruiying Machinery Co.,Ltd      
 JINJIANG SHANSHUI RUBBER&PLASTIC MACHINE CO. , LTD      
 GUANGZHOU SAIJU PERFORMANCE POLYMER LTD.      
 Wuxi Jiahong Plastics Technology CO.,Ltd      
 Shenzhen Hongshu Technology Co., LTD      
 Guangdong MEIJOY Products Co., Ltd      
 LINGWE TECHNOLOGY CO.,LTD.      
 Dongguan Juexuan Automation Equipment Co.,Ltd      

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