Applications for the new Aplix tape cover perishable products such as cheese, sliced meats, snacks and pet food, as well as loose hardware items such as nuts and bolts.
French manufacturer Aplix has appointed PFM as its exclusive UK packaging machinery partner for the system, which is based on the hook and loop principle but is self-mating hook-to-hook and carried on polyethylene tape. This can be sealed into place on vertical and horizontal PFM form-fill-seal machines to make reclosable bags.
Packaging film supplier Cellac UK is also working with Aplix and PFM on developing the market for this new form of reclosable packaging.
The Aplix tape reseals onto itself over a typical width of 10mm, which makes alignment particularly easy. “Reclosure is simply a matter of pressing the bag top back together with no need to line up the front and back accurately,” said PFM sales and operations director, Chris Bolton.
“It’s fast and easy, just like adhesive tape systems, and presents no difficulties for consumers with eyesight or handling problems,” he added. “However, compared with adhesive systems, Aplix tape resists contamination such as powder or fat and lasts much longer in use.”
The new reclosure tape also offers technical advantages: “The tape is much lower gauge than some alternative reclosure solutions, making bag edge sealing through the tape much more reliable, and also allows gable-top bags to incorporate a full width reclosure system,” said Bolton.
Source: PFM Packaging Machinery UK
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