2006-04-20 News Headlines
helps packaging companies
Ampacet Corporation introduces LaserMark Solutions, a service to help
packaging companies with consistent laser marks on film, blow molded,
and injection molded packaging.
Ampacet announces its new LaserMark Solutions™ service to help
packagers create more secure packaging for food, beverages, cosmetics,
pharmaceuticals and other products.
Ampacet Corporation, Tarrytown, NY, USA, has introduced LaserMark Solutions™,
a service to help packaging companies create clear, consistent laser marks
on film, blow molded, and injection molded packaging. The service responds
to the increasing call for more secure food and beverage, personal care,
cosmetic, medical and pharmaceutical packaging. Laser etching can be used
to create indelible expiration dates, serial numbers, bar codes and other
marks that can help avert product liability and counterfeiting issues.
LaserMark Solutions encompasses the entire marking process from formulation
to testing to production. To begin, Ampacet selects the best laser mark
masterbatch for an application and often creates the masterbatch containing
the other additives and pigments needed. This step factors in all variables
ranging from the properties of the laser, such as its type, speed and
power, to the nature of the mark, the base resin and regulatory issues.
The service then tests various formulations to find the best one by laser
etching samples. As production starts, Ampacet works with the manufacturer
to ensure mark quality and consistency.
“Converters and packagers who want to use laser etching to make
their packaging more secure often need guidance in how to make it work,”
says Tom Mickey, who heads the new service. “We created LaserMark
Solutions to help them in this process. Our overall goal is to enable
end users to add laser marking additives to the plastics they use without
compromising the physical or aesthetic integrity of their packaging.
“In doing this, we define what our customer wants to achieve and
formulate to get the optimum bar code, alpha-numeric code or graphic.
We often tailor a masterbatch that brings a mica-based laser-marking additive
together with the other components called for in a resin system. This
new service rests on our longstanding experience in laser etching, strong
knowledge of how pigments and additives should be combined, and our understanding
of the packaging industry."
In addition to more secure and tamperproof marks, manufacturers, packagers
and converters turn to laser marking because of the many benefits it offers
compared to traditional ink jet and pad printing. For instance, laser
marking greatly reduces environmental concerns and energy use by eliminating
solvents and drying. It also forms consistent and repeatable marks having
greater resolution, which means it can provide more data in less space
than other forms of printing. In addition, it allows marks to be changed
easily because it is computer controlled.
information about Ampacet Corporation.
Ampacet Corporation is a global masterbatch leader and offers the broadest
range of custom color, special effect, black, white and specialty additive
masterbatches for extrusion, molding and a multitude of other processes
and applications. Founded in 1937, it now employs more than 1,400 people
and has revenues exceeding $650 million. Headquartered in Tarrytown, N.Y.,
Ampacet Corporation operates technical and color development centers and
manufacturing sites throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.
Read a recent press release from Ampacet about; 'Ampacet
announces the completion of a new color masterbatch line at its Heath,
Ohio, plant dedicated to serve those who make blow molded packaging.'
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