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Packaging Predictions for 2016

Posted By ASC, Wednesday, January 06, 2016



Contributed by Hallie Forcinio


As the old year is behind us, it’s time to look forward. Although we can’t be completely certain about what the new year will bring, there’s no doubt adhesive innovations will continue to play an important role in the packaging of the products we bring home or use at work or play.


I think it’s safe to say all areas of adhesive technology will evolve to address demands for more sustainable packaging, lower costs, higher productivity and shelf impact. As a result, we’ll see expanded use of:


  • Melt-on-demand sealing systems
  • Green chemistries
  • Recycling-friendly adhesive formulas
  • Consumer appeal


Melt-on-demand sealing systems

Melt-on-demand (MOD) sealing systems were prominently displayed at PACK EXPO Las Vegas (Sept. 28-30, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Center), and interest in what are sometimes described as “tank-less” or “tank-free” systems is growing. MOD systems offer the potential to consume less adhesive and energy, enhance productivity by minimizing charring and degradation, significantly shorten make ready times and reduce maintenance requirements. Advanced software allows machine status to be viewed from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Pattern controllers optimize application.


Green chemistries

Green chemistries replace solvents with water or 100% solids and non-renewable raw materials with renewable natural rubber, starch derivatives, cellulose, soy, natural gum, plant oils and biopolymers. Green formulas simplify compliance with regulations minimize or eliminate emissions of volatile organic compounds, lower...READ MORE



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