The market is evolving to the point where the flexible package containing the product has become the label. Since the package is the label, many label printers are now considering venturing into the world of flexible packaging. One key transition element from label printer to flexible package maker using existing presses is in the selection of print and lamination substrates. This requires an understanding of each component of the package and some knowledge of what is available.
What are you packaging?
What are the oxygen permeability rate (OTR) requirements?
What are the moisture permeability rate (MVTR) requirements?
Will you need an aroma barrier?
Will light transmission damage your product? Do you require UV protection?
No, you can use your flexo or digital press. After you chose your print and sealing web films, there is just a little bit of set up required.
Dry food snacks, such as nuts, granola and energy bars
Pet food and treats
Dry Soup mix
Powdered Sports Drinks
Once you’ve chosen your print and sealing web films all you have is a little bit of set up.
- Replace your normal label stock with acpo Oxygen Barrier film (print web).
- REVERSE print directly onto the Oxygen Barrier films.
- Turn your lamination station into a “sealing station”. Apply the acpo sealing film (sealing web) to the barrier film as if you were laminating any other label substrate.
You’ve printed the pouches and now it’s time to convert your printed roll stock to a bag or pouch. If you don’t have the equipment to convert in-house, acpo can recommend a contract converter to form your pouches or bags.