I was searching around for a blog topic this morning and came across an article on PackWorld.com
that discusses packaging irritations. We've all had them - whether it be the clam shell that won't open or an overly aggressive induction seal.
The author, Fritz Yambrach from San Jose State University, approaches the topic creatively by identifying a variety of packaging irritations
and follows up with a description defining whether the irritation is a design or execution issue.
Unfortunately, we see execution issues with over-sealed packages more often than we'd like. As a result we've made a big push to educate packagers around the world how to achieve a perfect seal.
Customer experiences with induction sealed packages can be very positive! Here are a couple things I'd challenge you to do to ensure your customers' experience in opening your induction sealed package is the best it can be.
Understand Seal Characteristics - Peelablity
Heat induction seals are manufactured to either bond to the package - a weld bond liner - OR peel away with little to no residue on the land of the container - a peelable liner.
Make sure you know which one you want and which one you are being supplied. Setup your quality control checks accordingly. If you're buying a peelable liner and it takes a monstrous amount of effort to remove the seal chances are you need to look at your system setup.
Ensure Proper System Setup - Operating Window
Have you established your sealing window? That is the minimum setpoint where you begin to get a seal AND the maximum setpoint before the seal begins to show signs of scorching or wrinkling.
It's important that you establish this sealing window, record the data & review it each time you are setting up your induction cap sealing system. This concept was at the heart of our Achieve a Perfect Seal webinar
. The webinar covers a wide array of topics including step by step instructions on how to find your operating window.
Our new Super Seal Touch
& Super Seal Max
induction cap sealing machines take this a step further. They have built in recipe functionality that allows you to store your settings and quickly access them when changing over your line. The systems also feature operator lockout/password protection that allows you to ensure the power level you've set is not changed to make the seal 'a little stronger.'
Having problems getting a good seal? Questions about how to best setup your sealer? Setup a time to visit with an Enercon application expert
Ensuring your sealing success is our number one goal. And it's serious business for us. We do however like to have a bit of fun once in a while too!
The lighter side of Enercon came out in our Will it Burst videos
. Our marketing team came up with some creative ideas for a video that tests the strength of an induction seal. These tests certainly goes to an extreme as we run over a sealed bottle with a piece of construction equipment and toss a gallon of milk at a brick wall - definitely not something you're likely to do coming home from the grocery store.
My favorite test in the video pits the strength of a sealed bottle of shampoo against the entire body weight of one of our VPs. The original video shows the end result. We just released the raw footage
of the test which truly show how strong an induction seal can be. Check out the video today
Got an idea about how we can test an induction seal? Let us know
what package you want us to test & how you think we should test it.. Your idea might be the next to make it into our Will it Burst videos!