Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Tubes
Clear PET Tubes
A German manufacturer and an American distributor have teamed up to offer clear PET tubes. The clarified polyethylene terephthalate (PET) tubes are designed to provide increased transparency compared with existing PET rigid packages. They are manufactured using a two-step process that produces a high-gloss surface for enhanced decoration. The tubes are also designed to provide high barrier properties. Weener Plastic Packaging Group, East Friesland, Germany; +49 49513060; www.wppg.com. TricorBraun, St. Louis, MO; 314/569-3633; www.tricorbraun.com.
A company offers a range of one- and two-piece oval tubes. The company’s one-piece tube is designed to eliminate on-line filling problems associated with back-off in conventional tubes with caps. The tube is also designed to prevent cap leakage and overflow as well as residue contamination or contamination between the tube and cap. The company’s tubes are injection molded. Flip-tops, angled applicators, and dome caps are available. The company also offers gloss, matte, and soft-touch finishes on its tubes. They can be extruded in monolayer, dual-layer, and coextruded with an EVOH barrier. They can also be printed in up to five colors. Silk-screening and pearlized finishes are also offered. World Wide Packaging Inc., Florham Park, NJ; 973/805-6500; www.wwpinc.com.
In response to customer requests, a company offers applicator tips with large surface areas for 2- and 5-ml ampules. The large tip is designed for applications requiring liquid-based products to be applied to a large surface area. It is a molded plastic component with a foam applicator tip adhered to the plastic. Different foam types are available. James Alexander Corp., Blairstown, NJ; 908/362-9266; www.james-alexander.com.
A manufacturer offers squeezable tubes in low-, medium-, and high-density polyethylene. Clear and frosted finishes as well as PMS color matching are offered. The tubes are available in pearlized and metallic colors. High-gloss, satin, and soft-touch matte finishes are offered for custom UV coatings. The manufacturer also offers additional decorating processes including offset printing, foil hot-stamping, labeling, and silk-screening. JSN Packaging Products Inc., Irvine, CA; 949/458-0050; www.jsn.com.
Uniquely Shaped Tubes
A range of tubes features unique shapes designed to be user-friendly and aesthetically appealing. The tubes are available in flexible PVC, PET, and PETG. The composition is designed to provide a high-quality printing surface as well as clarity to enhance product visibility. Various cap styles are offered. The tubes are available in diameters ranging from 35 to 50 mm. M&H Plastics, Beccles, Suffolk, UK; +44 1502 715518; www.mhplastics.com.