Creative tubes deliver product with precision and stand out on store shelves.
A company offers digital printing for aluminum, foil laminate, and plastic laminate tubes. This patented process is the latest in tube decoration, according to the company. M-Deco provides a variety of visual possibilities with maximum colors, complete graphics, and repeatability. It is suitable for product launches, seasonal packaging, private label, or test marketing new products in limited runs. The printing process allows customers to focus on smaller market segments, right down to a specific region or distribution channel. Montebello Packaging, Oak Park, IL; 800/548-TUBE; www.montebellopkg.com.
Unit-of-use tubes are available with a foil laminate structure in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. The tubes can be printed in full color. According to the company, the tubes offer good barrier protection against moisture transmission and UV light exposure, and are more cost-effective than traditional plastic tubes. The company also offers an indoor tanker truck station to unload bulk liquids in quantities up to 6000 gallons per truck directly to the filling station or to a tote filling station. This automated all-stainless-steel system is complete with clean-in-place features for continuous production. Unette, Wharton, NJ; 973/328-6800; www.unette.com.
A company has added a number of applicator tips to complement its plastic ampule product line. The plastic ampule is a unit-dose package designed to eliminate the inconvenience of having to tear or cut the top of the package to dispense the contents. It allows the user to activate the package with a gentle squeeze of one hand, rupturing the patented internal membrane. In addition to its standard cylindrical polyolefin applicator tip, the company offers a cylindrical tip with a centered hole for enhanced flow of product, a firmer Hytrel-nylon tip with a tapered design for more-precise applications, and a series of brush applicator tips made in a variety of materials and configurations. James Alexander Corp., Blairstown, NJ; 908/362-9266; www.james-alexander.com.
Ready-to-hang tube packages will hold almost any application. Whether the contents are light or heavy, the sturdy hanger tab is built into the sealed end of the package to provide optimum strength. The tab design is available in two styles; round or butterfly holes. With one end permanently sealed, only one closure is required, reducing costs. Clear tubes easily display the product inside, or the tube can be decorated with labels or printing options. VisiPak, Arnold, MO; 800/797-7886; www.visipak.com.
A companyï¿½s laminate tubes allow customers to differentiate their products on the shelf. With cost-effective web structures and distinctive package graphics, the company delivers the right barrier characteristics, durability, and dispensing options required for its customersï¿½ products. Routine FDA/ CPSC interface, reliable quality assurance, and materials traceability practices are combined with 20-plus years of industry experience. Cebal Americas, Norwalk, CT; 203/845-6356; www.cebalamericas.com.