Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Tubes
Polyethylene plastic tubes are available in a range of diameters and lengths. Matching dispensing caps with snip-tip, flip-top, disc-top, stand-up, and child-resistant features are also available. The tubes can be offset printed, silk-screened, or labeled. O.Berk, Union, NJ; 908/810-2267; www.oberk.com.
A company has designed a shorter version of its 5-ml plastic ampule swab package in response to customer demands. The compact version is designed for applications that require a fill volume between 2 and 5 ml. A variety of tips is available, including a line of large-surface-area tips. Standard applicator tips include a cylindrical tip with a centered hole for enhanced product flow, tapered tips, and a series of brush applicator tips. The ampules are available in any PMS color, and text printing is available in three colors. James Alexander Corp., Blairstown, NJ; 908/362-9266; www.james-alexander.com.
A tamper-evident aluminum tube is designed to provide user security with a captive tamper-evident closure. Aluminum is rolled over a flange on the molded plastic cap. Removing the closure releases the flange from underneath the skirt. The closure cannot be returned to its original position, indicating that it has been opened. The 0.5-in. tube features an eye-tip neck and a fez closure. IntraPac, Swedesboro, NJ; 856/467-0458; www.intrapacgroup.com.
A company offers tubes that can be custom-shaped to any configuration. PrismaPak tubes can also be printed in almost any color with text and graphics. Tube sizes range from 5 to 30 ml. The translucent, unit-of-use tubes are also available with custom-shaped tips and ends. Unette Corp., Wharton, NJ; 973/328-6800, www.unette.com.
A blow-molded soft tube is 3.5 in. long and has a 10-ml capacity. The tube and its cap are made from polyethylene. The tube features a push-in polypropylene slanted reducer designed to enhance the package’s look and functionality. The tube is meant to be filled at the opening, plugged with the reducer applicator, and then capped, without requiring crimp sealing. It can be printed with text and graphics. Qosina, Edgewood, NY; 631/242-3270; www.qosina.com.
A tube manufacturer offers a range of caps designed to enhance brand identity. The Cap-It-All line of caps features oriented, snap-on, or flip tops. The Meridian 2-in. cap has a soft design featuring wide curves. The Regal model, also 2 in. in diam, features sharper angles that make it appear more slender than the Meridian. Alcan Packaging—Cebal, Norwalk, CT; 203/845-6300; www.alcan.com.