FLEXIBLE PACKAGING MATERIALS
Flexible packaging can be composed of film, plastic, paper, or foil, to name a few materials. Some flexible packaging products manufactured by Action Packaging are resealable zipper pouches, stand-up flexible packaging (stand up pouches), neckbands, and tamper-evident safety seals.
Types of flexible packaging
Cast Polypropylene (CPP)
CPP can be used as a single film or lamination sealant material. It has moderate elasticity, good heat sealability and improved low temperature sealing, and excellent machine suitability. This film also has superb moisture-proof properties, abrasion resistance, and excellent shock resistance. All of these characteristics make it an ideal choice for both nonfood and food items such as vented and unvented packaging for medical device sterilization, freezer to microwave meals, and the packaging of fresh produce.
Vacuum-Metallized Cast Polypropylene (VMCPP)
This film has a reflective, silver surface similar to that of aluminum foil, and is highly flammable. It has a high toughness, heat seal, and also a lower density and cost than aluminum foil. VMCPP is versatile for different food products including rice derived products, snacks, deep fried products, tea, and soup seasoning.
Retort Cast Polypropylene (RCPP)
Constructed from flexible metal-plastic laminate that is able to withstand thermal processing used for sterilization, RCPP has superior bond and seal strength, and overall performance. When food is packaged with this film, it is first prepared before being sealed into the retort pouch. The food inside is then cooked in a pressure cooker-like fashion.
Linear Low-Density Polyethylene (LLDPE)
This film has better tear and impact qualities, and is great for mild and strong buffers, with a good chemical resistance. It stretches under pressure and is extremely flexible to help it easily resist cracks and impact. LLDPE has good water vapor and alcohol barrier properties, making it an excellent packaging option for beverage products.
With essentially the same properties as regular LLDPE, this film, along with its extra antistatic feature, finds itself suitable for carrying electronic products.
The high oil and frost resistance of this film makes it great for frozen products.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)
This film is great packaging for beverages due to its property of being a good barrier to alcohol and being a good gas and fair moisture barrier. PET is strong and impact-resistant while still lightweight, and can be semi-rigid to rigid.
PVDC Coated Polyester (KPET)
PVDC is short for polyvinylidene chloride, which is a colorless coating for flexible packaging that helps create a gas barrier. KPET, in particular, has excellent barriers against moisture, oxygen and aromas, as well as being heat sealable. These properties make it great packaging for bakery treats, biscuits, confectionery, dairy products, dried fruits, fresh produce, and meat.
Metallized Polyethylene (VMPET)
This packaging material is good for products such as different kinds of food, cigarettes, tea, and shampoo because of its wet ability and high barrier to humidity. If your product needs to remain very dry, this is a top option. It also has metal adhesion.
Foil is highly malleable, making it great for packaging. It can be converted into thin sheets and rolled, folded and packed with little difficulty. As a complete barrier to light and oxygen, odors and flavors, moisture and germs, foil is an especially great option for pharmaceuticals and food, especially long-life packs for food and dairy products, take away meals, and long-life pet treats.
If your products have a high demand for packaging with strength and durability, consider this material. Kraft paper is porous with high elasticity and high tear resistance, making it extremely durable.
White Kraft Paper
Much like regular, brown Kraft paper, white Kraft paper is very durable, having high tensile strength. Unlike the latter, however, it’s much easier to print onto this material. White Kraft paper is also more suited for meat packaging and other moist products because of its blood and water hold out properties. It’s also puncture resistant, so bones won’t be able to break through.
Nylon has a high heat, abrasion and moisture resistance. It is also a transparent material. Consider using this film as meat wrappings or sausage sheaths, as it is good for foods where an oxygen barrier is needed. The high temperature resistance of nylon also makes it useful for use as oven bags.
Bi-Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP)
BOPP is a polypropylene film that is stretched in two directions - the length and width of the machine. Stretching it like this increases the material’s strength and clarity. BOPP film is good for snack foods, confectionery and fresh produce.
Mono-Oriented Polypropylene (MOPP)
This film is stretched in only one direction - the length of the machine - and is transparent and softer than PET. It has a high tensility and heat resistance. Consider this product if you’re looking for cereal packaging liner.
Rice paper has a high tensile strength, and is smooth, thin, crackly and strong. But don’t let how thin it is fool you. Although it is thin, it’s still stronger than commercially made wood-pulp paper. Thanks to its strength, it is great for high-end product packaging.
Why Use Flexible Packaging?
Flexible packaging is a solution that businesses turn to for a variety of reasons. For starters, it’s less expensive than rigid packaging. But, it also offers excellent durability and product protection. Polyolefin shrink films are a popular high-quality material. These films are approved by the FDA to increase shelf life.
The quality of flexible packaging isn’t it's only calling card, however. It’s also touted for its ability to be tailored to fit the specifics of any product. It’s possible to package products of many shapes and sizes with flexible packaging. And, you can do this with an array of materials.
That is good news for businesses creating packages that help sell their products. With flexible packaging, companies can think outside of the box to engage consumers.
Speaking of consumers, flexible packaging helps designers create attractive packages. These packages are more convenient for consumers. Additionally, flexible packaging is a form of sustainable packaging. These alternatives include cardboard, glass, and other types of rigid packaging.
Benefits of Flexible Packaging
At QQSTUDIO, we offer a wide range of flexible packaging options with numerous benefits, including:
Improved Production Efficiency
Flexible packaging uses less base material than traditional rigid packaging, and the easy formability of flexible materials improves production time and reduces energy consumption.
Flexible packaging requires less energy than rigid packaging. In addition, flexible packaging materials are frequently designed to be reusable and recyclable.
Innovative Package Design and Customization
Flexible packaging materials allow for more creative and visible packaging shapes. Coupled with our top-of-the-line printing and design services, this ensures conspicuous and striking packaging for superior marketing value.
Enhanced Product Life
Flexible packaging protects products from moisture, UV rays, mold, dust, and other environmental contaminants that can negatively affect the product, thereby maintaining its quality and extending its shelf life.
Flexible packaging is less bulky and lighter than traditional options, so it is easier for customers to buy, transport, and store products.
Simplified Shipping and Handling
Shipping and handling costs are significantly reduced since this method is lighter and takes up less space than rigid packaging.
Where is flexible packaging used?
Flexible packaging’s versatility makes it an excellent option for many products and industries, including:
Food & Beverage: Food pouches and sachets; stock and custom printed bags
Cosmetics: Sample pouches for concealer, foundation, cleansers, and lotions; resealable packages for cotton pads and make-up remover wipes
Personal Care: Single-use medicines; sample pouches for personal products
Household Cleaning Products: Single-use detergent packets; storage for cleaning powders and detergents
Do you have any questions about which flexible packaging materials are right for your products? Let us know! Contact us today.