Creative designs provide multiple dispensing options.
A tube is designed for two-component products, such as topical creams and ointments. The package enables the two components to be completely separated in the same container until the point of use. The Dual Tube uses tube-in-a-tube technology, which consists of an inner plastic tube and an outer laminate or all-plastic barrier tube. The two tubes, which are independent of each other, lock together at the head and form a combined orifice for product dispensing. Cebal Americas, Norwalk, CT; 203/845-6356; www.cebalamericas.com.
A printed, see-through color unit-of-use tube allows the product to become an integral and visible part of the package design. The overall color of the tube and the message or graphics can be printed end-to-end for maximum design flexibility. In addition, both the tip and the butt of the tube can be custom-shaped to provide further design possibilities. PrismaPak tubes are available in sizes ranging from 6 to 33 mm. The see-through color printing of the tube is available in virtually any color. Unette Corp., Wharton, NJ; 973/328-6800; www.unette.com.
Designed to create virtually 100% tube front artwork to closure lift-tab orientation, a snap-on tube offers myriad possibilities in product packaging. Currently available in 1½ and 2 in. tube sizes, the Orientor tube accepts both Seaquist closures and Zeller Plastik push-on closures in a variety of styles, finishes, and orifice sizes. Depending on packaging needs, the company can manufacture the Orientor in monolayer, multilayer, or Soft Touch tubes. The tube accepts most decorating and finishing options, including offset and silk-screen printing as well as hot stamping and pressure-sensitive labeling. CCL Plastic Packaging, Los Angeles, CA; 310/635-4444; firstname.lastname@example.org.
An extruded tube contains a soft closed-cell foam applicator pad available in many colors, densities, and custom shapes. The foam replaces the hand and acts as a spreader. Because the pad is a closed cell, the product is wiped off with each use, providing an antibacterial quality. The custom– injection-molded applicator head is hot-air welded to the tube. Suitable for analgesics, ointments, and creams, the decorated Handsfree tube is ready for filling. Handsfree Applicators, Fountain Valley, CA; 800/398-9856; www.handsfreesunscreen.com.
A line of stand-up tubes or tottles is available in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. These flexible containers are available in HDPE natural and white, with soft-touch as an option. The snap-on and flip-top dispensing closures make these tottles suitable for lotions and creams. The stand-up feature allows the product contents to be easily used to completion. O. Berk Co., Union, NJ; 908/851-9500; email@example.com.