UK-based packaging solutions provider Parkside has invested in laser equipment to create new business opportunities in reclosable packaging.
Installed at Parkside’s Normanton facility in West Yorkshire, the new laser equipment scores across two sides of a single film or laminate to create easy-open and reclose pack designs.
Said to be the second laser-scribing machine at the facility, the new laser machine can be used across a variety of packaging applications from flexible packaging to easy-peel vented lidding for ready meal packs.
Parkside managing director Nick Smith said: “Convenience is continuing to play an important role in shaping consumption trends, that in turn affect the nature of packaging demanded by brands, retailers and food manufacturers.
“Anything that makes life easier for the consumer, whether that’s easy-open, portability or portioned food packs, means added pack functionality is key to improving the modern on-the-go consumer experience.
“At Parkside, we are always looking to enhance our designs to create forward thinking contemporary pack solutions. Our new laser capability will allow us to meet the needs of the modern consumer, as well as deliver stand out innovation for brands and retailers.”
Designed for use on both mono materials and multi-layer laminates, the new laser technology deliver a controlled score depth at varying web speeds while maintaining the overall integrity of the film or pack, Parkside said.
Additionally, the technology allows users to create reliable easy-open packs with precise and high quality score lines, and in any shape and size.
Parkside key account development manager Jonathan Steele said: “Our original laser investment only allowed us to scribe across one side of a substrate. This latest machine enables us to produce new opening designs that require two-side lasering.
“The laser allows us to create a tight tolerance between the front and back laser incisions, while offering improved efficiencies.
“All of this can be done without compromising the barrier properties required for the packed contents.”
Parkside plans to use the new laser technology to boost its portfolio. The firm has recently launched number of easy-open and reclosable packaging designs.