The Latest in Tubes
Published: March 29th, 2007
Ecofriendly one-piece tubes are on the market. WWPledge is a sustainable tube. Its body, head, and cap are made of a layer of postconsumer, recycled plastic resins (PCR.) The patented one-piece oval tube design eliminates online filling difficulties associated with back-off in conventional tubes with caps. It’s designed to facilitate correct in-hand orientation of package graphics for message and branding reinforcement. The tube prevents cap leakage and overflow, as well as residue contamination and contamination between the tube and cap, according to the manufacturer. The tubes are custom-made with injection-molded flip-tops, angled applicators, and dome caps, and have gloss, matte, or soft-touch finishes with a color, transparent, or pearlized luster. They are available in sizes of 16, 25, 35, 40, 45, and 50 mm. World Wide Packaging; 800/950-0390; www.wwpinc.com.
Robotic Infeed Solution
A company has created a new robotic infeed solution. The TaskMate Robotic Loading System incorporates manufacturer-designed end-of-arm tooling (EOAT) and a FANUC robot to load the infeed of a Bergami Model TF 100, which automatically fills and closes up to 100 metal, plastic, or polyfoil tubes per minute. It integrates with the Model TF 100 Automatic tube filler/closer, or similar tube fillers, to create a complete high-performance system. Robotic infeed systems can keep pace with the infeed requirements of high-speed tube fillers, allowing the TF 100 to run at maximum production levels. Multi-axis robots fitted with custom-designed EOAT provide the dexterity required to prevent damage to the tubes or jams from occurring at the infeed, reducing scrap and increasing machine uptime. Incorporated with an empty tube case accumulation system, the robotic loader allows the tube filling system to operate unattended for long production runs, which can allow for reduced overhead by reassigning human resources. ESS Technologies Inc., Blacksburg, VA; 540/961-5716; www.esstechnologies.com.
A company has created an environmentally friendly tube. The PCR (postconsumer recycled) plastic tube has a sleeve made up of 60% post-consumer recycled material. As only the outer layer is PCR, the virgin inner layer can come into contact with sensitive contents. The PCR plastic tube has the same visual and technical qualities as other items in the manufacturer’s tube line. The PCR plastic tube is suited to a large choice of diameters, heads, and caps, as well as several printing techniques. Recycling material for a new purpose lets the PCR plastic tube help to reduce an environmental impact and support customers in their efforts toward sustainable development. Alcan Packaging Beauty, New York City; 212/371-5100; www.alcanpackagingbeauty.com.
A blow-molded soft tube has debuted. The squeezable polyethylene 10 ml tube (Part #74200) and cap (Part #74201) with push-in polypropylene slanted reducer (Part #74202) combine to produce a portable package for cream and gel products. The 3.5-in.-tube is filled at the opening, plugged with the reducer applicator, and then capped, eliminating the need for crimp sealing. The tube and cap can be imprinted with logos or messages. Qosina, Edgewood, NY; 631/242-3000; www.qosina.com.