Colorful Tubes

Produced with high-barrier materials, today's tubes can package just about any pharmaceutical ointment.

Around for more than 100 years, tubes haven't changed their basic design, but have changed their materials, closures, and look. Today's tubes are available in an assortment of films, laminates, paper, and aluminum. They can even be decorated with logos, graphics, and solid colors.

Injection-molded plastic tubes with tamper-evident, twist-off lids are easy to use yet keep contents secure. The tubes' one-piece design and squeezable shoulder enable users to empty out product easily. Filling volume ranges from 5 to 8 ml. Norden Inc., North Branch, NJ.

A tube combines a self-sealing valve and a twist-off, tamper-evident feature, allowing operators superfine dispensing control and clean cutoff. The Smart-Seal multiple-layer plastic tube is available in a variety of inner-layer barriers. Outer layers can be branded using colors, finishes, textures, and graphics. Courtaulds Packaging, Plastic Tubes North America, Woodstock, IL.

A child-resistant, senior-friendly aluminum tube features a squeeze-and-turn closure that threads onto a plastic-threaded outsert that locks over the tube's shoulder. The design is also tamper evident because the tube's opening is sealed with an aluminum membrane. Once the cap has been safely removed, the seal can be broken using the cap's recessed piercing spike. Pressta, Europack Ltd., Medfield, MA.

A family of tube products includes single-layer polyethylene and polypropylene tubes, multiple-layer coextruded tubes, and specially engineered laminated tubes made of polyethylene and aluminum to meet the strict barrier requirements of pharmaceuticals. The tubes can be supplied in diameters ranging from ½ to 2 in. Cebal Tubes North America, American National Can Co., Norwalk, CT.

Extruded polyethylene tubes feature a high level of clarity, allowing product visibility. The tube manufacturer can also decorate, offset print, hot stamp, silk-screen, and apply reverse-panel labels during tube production. Tubed Products Inc., Easthampton, MA.

Plastic and paper tubes are available in precision-cut lengths with thermal-formed or sonic-sealed ends and flat or rolled ends. Available printed and in custom sizes and colors, the tubes can be used as packaging containers or laterally sealed polyester sleeving or to hold other tubes. Stone Industrial, College Park, MD.

A manufacturer recently designed and produced a tube for a pharmaceutical firm's ointment. The drug maker requested a multiple-color tube, and rather than use traditional half-tone screening methods, the manufacturer produced the multiple-color effect using a proprietary color-blending process. Peerless Tube Co., Bloomfield, NJ.

Squeezable tubes feature a snap-tip design, allowing operators to use them with one hand. Pressing the tip with one finger breaks it open cleanly. The tubes are supplied as sterile packages that can be resterilized using gas or gamma. The company offers these tubes to both the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Horizon Tubes, Santa Ana, CA.

Laminate tubes have side seams of only 6 mm, allowing space for decorative graphics. The M-Laminate tubes combine the flexibility, durability, and decorability of plastic with the barrier properties of metal. Montebello Packaging, Oak Park, IL.

Aluminum and plastic collapsible tubes can be printed using a four-color process. Labelimage permits users to print nearly any type of graphics on tubes in lot sizes as low as 1000 pieces for test markets, specialty items, and slow-moving retail products. M-Deco Div., Montebello Packaging, Freehold, NJ.

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