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Why Flow Wrapping is the Best Packaging Choice

Mar 3, 2020 2:17:40 PM / by Harpak-ULMA

Flow Wrapping offers a variety of benefits when deciding the best packaging for your product.

Flow wrapping provides numerous benefits for the product being packed and for packagers during the production process. This packaging method handles high volumes, the production process is user friendly, it creates minimal waste, and is cost effective.

Illustration of Flow Packages

The flow wrapping process wraps a product in a clear or printed Polyolefin, polypropylene or laminate film, forming a 3-sided seal package to produce a light and flexible package. Below are various benefits of using flow wrapping,

  • Time efficient – Flow wrapping can package many orders in a short time frame.
  • Sanitary –The process provides sterile packaging for food and medical products. The process also minimizes human handling of the product.
  • Flexible – The finished wrap can fit and form around flat or irregularly shaped objects, used to bundle lose products, and bundle kits and multipacks for secondary packaging purposes.
  • Equipment – Typical flow wrapping equipment can change the size of the wrap to fit the product easily, requiring only minor adjustments to settings and film.
  • Preservation – Flow wrapping accommodates forms of modified atmosphere packaging, or MAP, such as gas flushing, to protect products from contamination and to extend shelf life.
  • Marketing – Flow wrap packaging is aesthetically pleasing, with optimal space for branding, printable instructions, and a clear view of the product.
  • Costs – The process requires less material used, provides extended shelf life for the product, more efficient packaging times, and a reduction of waste in materials and for the product itself.

Typical products that benefit from flow wrap packaging include:

  • Individual products – These individual products can be flat or irregularly shaped.
  • Food products – Many food products are packaged using flow wrapping such as chocolate, cereal bars, biscuits, wafers, crackers, dried foods, bakery items, and fresh produce.
  • Medical devices – Flow wrapping can provide sterile environments for medical equipment and devices such as syringes, surgical equipment, and disposable medical devices.
  • Household/consumer goods - Stationary, paper napkins, cleaning materials, and disposable cutlery commonly use flow wrapping.
  • Secondary packaging – Flow wrapping accommodates bundle kits and multipacks.

To learn more about flow wrapping packaging check out our white paper, here.

 

Topics: Food Packaging Materials, Flexible, Packaging, Flowwrapping, sanitation, cost, flow wrapping

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