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CDF exhibits at the Adhesive and Sealant Council Spring Convention & Expo

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail, drum, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will be exhibiting at the April ASC Convention, booth# 402.

Representing CDF will be Bag-in-Box Product Manager Iris Thomas and Regional Sales Manager Leigh Vaughn. CDF will display a wide range of flexible packaging solutions at the ASC Expo on April 29. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical chemical applications. CDF’s bag-in-box liners are an ideal solution for small and large volume needs.

CDF’s newest products, the Smart Pail™, a plastic pail replacement system, and the EZ-Flo™ dispensing system will also be on exhibit at the ASC Expo. The Smart Pail was developed to offer a more sustainable and cost effective system for transporting semi-viscous, solids and some liquids traditionally shipped in plastic pails. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with a unique wide-mouth laminated peel-reseal lidding film structure offering tamper evidence, easy open-close, excellent oxygen barrier and efficient disposal. The end-user simply peels open the peel reseal label, cuts the tamper evident film and pumps, scoops or pours the contents. The peel-reseal lidding can be open and closed multiple times.

The EZ-Flo Dispensing System is an environment-friendly dispensing alternative to traditional squeeze, pump and spray bottles. The EZ-Flo’s innovative dispensing system uses patent pending technology to dispense products of various viscosities without the assistance of gravity. The system is cost effective, reducing waste, time and labor, while improving overall productivity.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council Convention and Expo will be held April 28-30 at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Florida. The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 124 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. http://www.ascouncil.org

CDF speaks and exhibits at the Adhesive and Sealant Council Spring Convention & Expo

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will be presenting “Flexible Packaging Solutions for Chemical Manufacturers” at the April ASC Convention, booth# 310.

The CDF speech “Flexible Packaging Solutions for Chemical Manufacturers” will give an overview of flexible packaging solutions used in the chemical industry. Participants will learn about the different types of in-process manufacturing packaging, the benefits of selecting one product over another and the latest packaging innovations.

Representing CDF will be Product Manager Iris Thomas. In her current role as Product Manager of the Cheertainer bag-in-box product line, Iris is responsible for the development and growth of the Cheertainer brand in North America and the subsequent coordination with CDF’s European business affiliate. Her current business goals are to increase awareness of the benefits of flexible packaging and to increase Cheertainer’s market share in North America. Iris is working closely with the beverage, chemical and petroleum markets.

Iris is a frequent speaker at industry trade events on a variety of topics, including flexible packaging for liquids – from packaging concept to filling and delivery. Most recently, Iris has addressed the Petroleum Packaging Council and the Packaging Alliance Network.

CDF will have a wide range of flexible packaging solutions on display at the ASC Expo on April 22. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical chemical applications. The Cheertainer, CDF’s innovative form-fit bag-in-box, is an ideal solution for small and large volume needs. The Cheertainer ranges in size from 5 to 20 liters.

CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail, is a plastic pail replacement system. The Smart Pail is a semi-rigid, flexible vacuum-formed plastic liner with the option of a hermetically sealed lid and/or snap-on plastic cover, corrugated box and corrugated lid. The Smart Pail was developed for viscous and dry products.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council Convention and Expo will be held April 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 124 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. http://www.ascouncil.org

Flexible Options

Flexible packaging offers considerable value and sustainability benefits.

Ensuring a secure, safe environment is paramount to consumers, retailers and manufacturers alike. Recent developments in packaging technology satisfy these safety concerns while providing a greener footprint. Traditionally, many adhesive and sealant manufacturers have used pails and drums for transporting their products. Although these containers provide many benefits, other products can better satisfy a large gap in the market—sustainability. Flexible packaging offers considerable value and sustainability benefits to manufacturers, retailers and consumers while addressing the many packaging challenges faced by the adhesives and sealants industry.

Multiple Benefits

Residue control is a substantial problem for the adhesives and sealants industry. Various components used to manufacture adhesives and sealants can contaminate a steel drum or pail, making it difficult to reuse, recondition or recycle. Flexible packaging keeps drums and pails clean, eliminating container cleaning costs and resulting in immediate reuse of drums and pails.

Product purity is essential to maintaining product quality and performance; flexible packaging preserves and protects products. In addition, full product recovery is vital for valuable raw materials, and flexible packaging increases product recovery.

Flexible packaging also offers several less obvious benefits that are strong sustainability advantages. Flexible packaging materials weigh significantly less than other packaging formats, and they ship and store flat, so transportation and warehouse efficiency is maximized. Flexible packaging is also manufactured with less energy than rigid packaging and containers. Carbon dioxide emissions are further reduced by the space savings advantage created by using flexible packaging over pails and drums. Flexible packaging also provides important source reduction benefits. Source reduction is the Environmental Protection Agency’s preferred waste management strategy.

Liners

Flexible packaging exists in a number of formats: liners for pails, drums, intermediate bulk containers and bag-in-box systems, and inserts for pails and drums. Liners are heat sealed, include seams and have wall thicknesses ranging from 4-12.8 mil. Liners are available for 5-gal pails; 12-, 16-, 30-, 55- and 85-gal drums; 55- to 300-gal intermediate bulk containers; and 1.25-, 2.5- and 5-gal bag-in-box systems.

Liner types include flat seamed, round bottom, cube shaped and pillow shaped. Flat-seamed and round-bottom liners for pails and drums are designed for easy installation and can be simply twisted and tied off to protect contents. Cube-shaped liners are manufactured to form fit the internal shape of an intermediate bulk container or bag-in-box system. No pockets or folds trap residual product while emptying cube-shaped liners. Pillow-shaped liners for intermediate bulk containers and bag-in-box systems take the form of a pillow when filled. Pillow-shaped liners are typically constructed with two or three plies of linear low-density polyethylene and a barrier film when used for aseptic and oxygen-barrier applications.

Liners are manufactured through a heat-sealing process, where a thin, clear thermoplastic sheet is bonded by heat, time and pressure to form a closure. Heat-sealing technology is simple in concept and provides cost-effective products, but the process is not trivial. Tight tolerances, proven materials, precise timing and temperature control all play key roles in providing products that meet demanding requirements. A variety of films can be heat sealed, including metalized polyester and foil laminates for moisture protection, conductive laminates and anti-static films for volatile materials, nylon and co-extruded films for chemical resistance, polypropylene for high-temperature requirements, and low-density polyethylene for general use.

Inserts

Inserts are vacuum formed or blow molded, seamless and have wall thicknesses ranging from 10-24 mils. Inserts are available for 2- to 6-gal pails and 12-, 16-, 30- and 55-gal drums. The four types of drum inserts include: straight sided, accordion, combination and vented. Straight-sided inserts fit smoothly into new drums and are ideal when using follower plates. Accordion inserts have flexible, pleated side walls that accommodate variations in reconditioned drum heights. Combination inserts combine a straight-sided design with a band of accordion pleats to accommodate both drum height variations and follower plate use. Vented inserts include four holes near the top to vent trapped air during a fill, allowing drums to be filled with the lid on.

Blow molding is the process used to manufacture inserts. Blow molding technology provides extra performance in maintaining package integrity and durability. With this technology, components are typically cylindrical, but square or rectangular shapes can be made.

In extrusion blow molding (EBM), plastic is melted and extruded into a hollow tube (a parison). This parison is then captured by closing it into a cooled metal mold. Air is then blown into the parison, inflating it into the shape of the hollow bottle, container or part. After the plastic has cooled sufficiently, the mold is opened and the part is ejected. EBM processes may be either continuous (constant extrusion of the parison) or intermittent.

Compared to injection molding, blow molding is a low-pressure process, with typical blow air pressures of 25-150 psi. This low-pressure process allows the production of economical low-force clamping stations, while parts can still be produced with textured surface finishes. The resulting low stresses in the molded parts also help make the containers resistant to strain and environmental stress cracking.

Although injection molding is probably the most popular form of plastics processing, it is not conducive to liner manufacturing. In order to form a part as tall as a drum, the walls would have to be much thicker than is needed in thermoforming or blow molding, which would increase the part cost. Thicker parts also mean longer cycle times, which also increases costs. Injection molds are also typically more expensive and generally require more taper than thermoforming molds, so the liner will not fit the drum as well. In addition, inherent stress points at the sprue and gate (injection points) may cause a fracture point and consequently a leak point.

Sustainable Solutions

Flexible packaging offers significant value and sustainability benefits to consumers, retailers and manufacturers by reducing waste, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Flexible packaging is an excellent sustainable choice that satisfies the adhesives and sealants industry’s packaging challenges while providing a greener footprint.