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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a UN Packaging Supplier

UN-certified packaging is a world apart from other packaging materials. It might look the same in many ways, but the UN-Certified label indicates that there is much more happening under the surface. Certification is not a one-and-done solution. For every hazardous product, there are many factors that are tested for compliance with the most recent UN regulations.

If you are looking for your first UN-certified packaging supplier or want to find a better one, here are five important factors to consider.

#1: Does the Packaging Supplier Have Appropriate Certifications and Experience?

Ultimately, the responsibility for selecting and implementing UN-certified packaging lies with the product manufacturer. It is in your best interest to choose a packaging supplier whose certifications and experience combined give you the highest likelihood of being compliant with regulations and staying that way.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) explains that it is easy to take safety for granted. Certifications matter because they prove fitness of the packaging materials for their purpose. However, experience with UN-certified packaging is as important as any document.

#2: Is the Packaging UN-Specified, Tested and Certified?

UN-certified packaging has several classifications, which mirror the product classifications for materials that the packaging can safely contain. IATA says product classification is “critical to choosing the right packaging system.” That is because there is no standard or one-size-fits-all solution, even within the same product class.

Not only is the packaging required to have little or no interaction with the contents, it must also perform safely and dependably under numerous conditions. Falls, stacking, and atmospheric conditions are a few of the factors about which you should be concerned.

UN certified packaging

Un-certified packaging is only as good as the weakest link in packing, storage, and transportation.

#3: Can the Packaging Stand up to Packing, Storage, and Transportation Conditions?

There is no way to account for every imaginable risk. However, you can account for the most likely risks as well as those with the highest potential for compromising the packaging and product and putting the public at risk of exposure. Testing and pairing the product with the right packaging classification helps ensure the UN-certified system you choose can withstand the unique conditions throughout the whole supply chain.

Maybe the packaging performs as expected during filling, but what if there is a machinery malfunction? Stacking and storage practices might complement the packaging materials, but if a forklift tips over, a pallet breaks or there is a vehicle accident during transportation, what happens then? Performance Oriented Packaging or POP, says IATA, is critical for safely filling, containing, transporting, and storing hazardous materials.

#4: Does the Packaging Supplier Perform Ongoing Production Checks?

Initial testing results are only a baseline. They cannot guarantee future performance because there are so many factors, including the people who handle it, that can affect the effectiveness of UN-certified packaging.

Ongoing performance for UN-certified packaging depends heavily on continual testing and production checks. If there is a weak link in the chain, production checks can find it before it compromises the packaging, your business, and the public.

#5: Does the Supplier Stay Current on All Existing Laws and New Regulations?

UN-certified packaging that is manufactured today might differ a great deal from what is manufactured in the future. Legislation changes frequently, about every two years. As the UN system of certification advances, new regulations may change the types of flexible films, liners, taps, and seals that are built into the product.

New regulations could create a ripple effect that alters the way you pack, transport, and store hazardous materials tomorrow. If your packaging supplier stays in tune with the industry, you are all set. Updated legislation in the future will be factored into materials manufacture as well as baseline testing and production checks, which protect your company and the public.

Products that put the public and the environment at risk are ever present. The UN standards for safe packaging were developed to minimize the risk of exposure as much as possible using the materials and technology available today. Because technology marches on, expect regulations to change and evolve.

Having passed rigorous testing, CDF’s UN-certified bag-in-box allows you to transport a wide array of goods domestically and internationally. Download this data sheet to learn more about CDF’s UN-certified bag-in-box packaging and how it will help you keep your business moving.

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Top Trends in Transparent Barrier Films for Flexible Packaging

Generally speaking, flexible bulk packaging for industrial-use food ingredients has not been known for transparency, for a couple of reasons.

The technical reason is that, until recently, it was hard (if not impossible) to make flexible film with the right barrier qualities. The marketing reason is that there was no marketing reason, at least when it came to bulk ingredient deliveries to food plants.

Treating Food Manufacturers Like Consumers

The appeal of flexible packaging for consumer applications is that it allows consumers to see the product while they make up their minds whether to buy. That obviously is not a factor in bulk ingredients that get purchased sight unseen and shipped to a plant in a flexible intermediate bulk container or bag-in-box.

Flexible packagingHowever, industry suppliers and players are seeing through the conventional thinking on transparency, so to speak. It turns out that technical advances in film construction can give transparent flexible film the barrier qualities and recyclability needed to rival opaque film. When that is the case, why not treat food plant personnel like consumers? Why not give them the reassurance and satisfaction of being able to eyeball bulk ingredients coming into the food plant to confirm visually that they have the right color and internal consistency?

Transparent Food Packaging Films Market Anticipating Growth

Overall, sales of transparent food packaging films will grow by about 6 percent a year, according to market research firm Technavio. Such film protects food as well as rigid packaging while letting consumers see it, without the expense, weight, and fragility of glass.

Film producers are using polymer additives that allow them to maintain transparency while achieving barrier properties as good as those of aluminum foil, Technavio analyst Shakti Jakhar told Packaging Strategies.

“Many manufacturers are adding additive agents in polymers to get more moisture and vapor resistance,” Jakhar says. “By doing so, they can replace the requirement of aluminum foil to some extent, which can bring some percentage of sustainability in their business divisions.”

One of the traditional ways to achieve high barrier properties in transparent films has been to use chlorine-based additives. However, this adds to carbon emissions during manufacturing and compromises the film’s recyclability. Innovations in film composition have led to the development of high-barrier transparent film without chlorine, while other innovations in recycling have allowed for eco-friendly disposal of chlorine-added films.

For instance, Enval, a waste-handling firm based in England, has developed a disposal process that involves burning chlorine-laden film in an oxygen-deprived chamber. The resulting residue of liquid carbon and carbon gas can then be used as fuel.

Advantages for Transparency in Bulk Containers

Why would food suppliers consider using transparent packaging for shipment of bulk ingredients to food plants? The answer is simple. Using transparent film for bulk ingredient packaging can help ingredient suppliers show their food plant customers that they have nothing to hide. This small psychological boost may constitute an edge in a highly competitive environment where every edge counts.

Download our Bag-In-Box brochure to learn more about CDF’s fully recyclable bag-in-box options.

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CDF Corporation exhibiting IBC at the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference

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 display an IBC tote liner at booth# 4 at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.

The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held March 7th through the 8th at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Henderson, NV. The Ice Cream Technology Conference is the premier event for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. This is the only meeting that focuses specifically on innovations in frozen dessert research, technology and new market trends. It provides unique opportunities to learn from experts on food safety, labeling and regulations that affect the industry.

Representing CDF Corporation will be National Account Executive Leigh Vaughn. Over 20 years of sales management experience in the flexible packaging industry, along with Leigh’s deep understanding of packaging, industrial applications and direct customer relationships allows her to offer a consultative approach in these areas.

CDF offers a wide assortment of flexible products to satisfy ice cream manufacturers’ needs, from pail liners and drum liners to a range of liner options for intermediate bulk containers, CDF has you covered.

Air-Assist® liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

 

Six packaging trends for 2016

A new report called “Global Packaging Trends – A Fast-Forward Look at How the Next Generation of Packaging is Engaging Consumers in 2016” identifies six key trends set to transform the global packaging industry this year.

 

These trends include:

  • Digital revolution: The unique capabilities of digital printing have captured the attention of retailers, brand owners and packaging converters globally by creating opportunities to engage consumers on a local, personal and emotional level.
  • Phenomenal flexibles: While brands will still be looking to pouches to capture consumers’ attention, truly innovative brands will be looking to the next generation of rigid/flexible hybrids.
  • Show me the goods: Clear and concise information about ingredients, functional product attributes, or even convenience and safety must be communicated with total transparency.
  • More than “just” green packaging: Two key initiatives are beginning to resonate: a focus on alternative package material sources, and catering to the 63% of U.S. consumers who’ve stated that reusable and repurposable packaging is a key purchasing driver. Going forward, brands cannot afford to ignore this “ecologically friendly” purchasing driver as they develop their brand positioning and marketing strategies.
  • Size matters: If brand owners are to overcome the growing lack of consumer brand loyalty, they must create and deliver packaging that consumers see as right-sized for themselves, their families, and shifting use occasions.
  • Packaging mobile-ution: Moving forward, as brands clamor for innovative ways to engage and connect with shoppers, the mobile environment will become the new front line in the battle to win consumers’ hearts, minds, and wallets.

 

 

To read the full article, please visit

http://www.packworld.com/trends-and-issues/global/six-packaging-trends-2016

 

Source: Packaging World

 

Smart Pail & EZ-Flo on display at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting

CDF Corporation, a global company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of high quality pail liners, drum liners, intermediate bulk container liners, bag in box and flexible packaging, will display packaging solutions at the Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting in May.

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The Association of Dressings & Sauces Technical Meeting will be held May 1st to the 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Savannah, Georgia. The technical meeting includes varied technical sessions that provide know-how and solutions for dressings, sauces and other condiment product manufacturers and suppliers.

 

Representing CDF will be Product Manager Joe Wanner. CDF’s newest products, the Smart Pail™ and the EZ-Flo™, will be on exhibit at the ADS Information Open House on Monday, May 2nd. The Smart Pail, a plastic pail replacement system, 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 Smart Pail is inserted into a specifically designed corrugated box and stacked 48 units per 40” x 48” pallet for transportation.

 

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 Association for Dressings and Sauces (ADS) represents manufacturers of salad dressing, mayonnaise and condiment sauces and suppliers of raw materials, packaging and equipment to this segment of the food industry. Its purpose is to serve the best interests of industry members, its customers, and consumers of its products. http://www.dressings-sauces.org/

CDF Bag-in-Box targeting lubricant manufacturers at ILMA Management Forum

CDF Corporation will exhibit bag in box at the Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum.

 

The Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum will be held April 14th to April 16h at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel in Bermuda. The management forum is three days of networking, informative sessions, committee meetings and the opportunity for customers and suppliers to meet.

 

Bag-in-box flexible packaging offers manufacturers many benefits, such as filling without air, resulting in no foaming, splashing or glugging; reduced plastic consumption compared to rigid cube-shaped containers and reduced transportation and storage. CDF’s liners fit with manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic fill lines. CDF’s bag-in-box liners are manufactured in a clean room environment, using cutting-edge CDF1 Smart Seal Technology that monitors and ensures consistent, high-quality seals. The liners come in two styles: Cheertainer® form-fit style or pillow style. CDF’s bag in box liners are available in the industry standard size of 6 gallons, other sizes are also available upon request.

CDF Corporation exhibiting IBC and Bag-in-Box at the IDFA Ice Cream Technology Conference

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 display an IBC tote liner and bag-in-box at booth# 5 at the International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference.

 

The International Dairy Foods Association Ice Cream Technology Conference will be held April 12th through the 13th at the Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida. This event is for ice cream and frozen dessert professionals. The Ice Cream Technology Conference focuses specifically on frozen dessert research, technology, new market trends, food safety, labeling and opportunities.

 

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy ice cream manufacturers’ needs. Form-fit IBC (cube-shaped) liners provide high performance in critical applications, such as top-fill applications using a bridge or automated filler; containers with no access doors for placing a liner at the bottom; high speed fills and viscous products that would get caught in the folds of pillow-shaped liners.

 

Air-Assist® liners are specially designed for convenient dispense and improved evacuation of high viscosity products. The Air-Assist liner features a Form-fit liner with an attached air bladder. As the air bladder is inflated, it pushes against the Form-fit liner, forcing the viscous product out of the bottom dispense fitment, resulting in less residual product left in the liner.

 

Bag-in-box will also be on display. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for food applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs.

 

Representing CDF will be Leigh Vaughn, Regional Manager. Leigh has 25 years of sales management experience in the flexible packaging industry. Combining a deep understanding of packaging, industrial applications and direct customer relationships allows Leigh to offer a consultative approach in these areas.

 

CDF exhibiting flexible packaging for petroleum products at the PPC Spring Meeting

CDF Corporation will exhibit bag-in-box liners and drum and pail products at the Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow.

 

The Petroleum Packaging Council’s Spring Meeting and Tradeshow will be held March 20th to the 22nd at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Florida.

 

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of petroleum manufacturers. Bag-in-box is the ideal packaging solution for chemical applications ranging in size from 1 liter to 25 liters. CDF offers both form-fit and pillow styles to meet all your bag in box needs. CDF Corporation has recently passed the design qualification testing of a combination package; fiberboard box with a plastic bag. CDF’s UN certified bag-in-box will provide the highest levels of protection for transporting hazardous products requiring class II and III packaging.

 

CDF’s drum and pail liners provide outstanding performance in critical lubricant applications. CDF has the industry’s most comprehensive selection of drum and pail liners and accessories. CDF products range from tough, leak-proof, vacuum-formed inserts, to economical, round-bottom liners to the special protection of barrier-film liners. These liners and inserts can be used with many chemical applications, such as adhesives, automotive, coatings, detergent, greases, ink, lubricants, paint, sealants and soap. CDF’s line of drum and pail accessories include EZ-Strainers, dust caps, cover sheets and lids.

 

CDF’s Bag-in-Box receives UN Certification for 20 Liter Bag-In-Box Packaging

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, has successfully passed the design qualification testing of a combination package; fiberboard box with a plastic bag. CDF’s UN certified bag-in-box will provide the highest levels of protection for transporting hazardous products requiring class II and III packaging.

 

The 20 liter bag-in-box packaging endured four rigorous performance tests executed by Ten-E Packaging Services; the tests include drop, stacking, vibration and cobb water absorption. Prior to testing, the packages were prepared exactly as they would be for transportation and in accordance to UN testing guidelines. TEN-E used an alternate solution in place of the hazardous material, as allowed by the UN testing regulations.

 

“Our development team did a tremendous job creating a product that meets the rigorous UN standards while offering unique value to our customers.  We are excited to continue our growth into the UN package market segment,” said Jay Waltz, CDF Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

 

For the box drop tests, each package was dropped from 47.2”. The first drop was flat on the bottom, the second drop was flat on the top, the third drop was flat on the long side, the fourth drop was flat on the short side and the fifth drop was on a corner. Any breakage or leaking during the tests void the package. One prepared package was dropped for each test. CDF’s bag-in-box package passed the drop tests at 1.2m.

 

The stacking test is performed to ensure the packages are strong enough that they will not collapse. For the stacking tests, two filled packages of the same type are placed on the test sample. The stacked packages must maintain their position for one hour. CDF’s bag-in-box package passed the stacking test at 303.9Kg – 24 hours.

 

The vibration tests are done to simulate the package traveling by motorized vehicle. For this test, the packages are placed upright on a vibration platform. The packages are constrained horizontally to prevent falling off the table, but can move vertically to bounce and rotate. Immediately following the period of vibration, each package is removed from the platform, turned on its side and observed for evidence of leakage. CDF’s bag-in-box package passed the vibration test at 4.1Hz – 1 hour.

 

The cobb water absorption test is performed on the fiberboard outer package to test the quantity of water that can be absorbed by the surface of paper or board in a given time. This is to ensure the paper used is of high enough quality and that it will not disintegrate with moisture. CDF’s box passed the cobb water absorption test at 30 minutes.

Flexible Packaging and Source Reduction

Is flexible packaging as sustainable as it claims to be? Yes flexible packaging is manufactured using less plastic than rigid packaging resulting in less plastic to transport and dispose of, but flexible packaging’s sustainability may not be as straightforward as perceived.

 

Flexible packaging advocates boast its sustainable advantages, which are mainly true, however if these claims are exaggerated they could result in serious backlash. Unfortunately the method for quantifying sustainability is subjective. Flexible packaging’s source reduction can be a competitive advantage. Although the more easily quantifiable benefits, such as storage and transport, might reside more with supply chains than with the consumer.

 

To win the consumer, companies should make true product sustainability claims. Companies should avoid overselling product sustainability claims and expect consumers to think of sustainability as a tie breaker when all other factors are equivalent.

 

Growth for flexible packaging could be attributed to the utilization of technologies to provide competitive advantages. Examples of this are innovations that allow for multilayer structures for better barrier protection, the ability to create an interlocking strip system to store product for long periods of time without exposure, and producing see-through packaging for product visibility.

 

To read the entire article please visit:

http://www.greenerpackage.com/source_reduction/flexible_packaging_and_source_reduction

 

Source: Greener Package