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CDF exhibiting range of flexible packaging solutions at the ILMA Management Forum

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, will present Cheertainer® bag in box, Smart Pail™, IBC formfit liners and drum and pail liners at the Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum.

The Independent Lubricants Manufacturers Association’s Management Forum will be held April 18th through the 20th in Carlsbad, CA. The management forum is three days of networking, informative sessions, committee meetings and the opportunity for customers and suppliers to meet; over 300 attendees are anticipated.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical lubricant applications.

Our most popular IBC liner is the form-fit liner. Formfit liners are manufactured to form fit the internal shape of your intermediate bulk container. 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.

The Smart Pail is an environment-friendly alternative to plastic pails. The Smart Pail’s modern design consists of a cube-shaped, 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.

CDF has the industry’s most comprehensive selection of drum and pail liners and accessories. Our 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.

The Cheertainer is an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional packaging.  Its unique form-fit bag-in-box design minimizes packaging requirements and maximizes transportation and storage efficiency, providing an eco-smart solution.

Flexible Packaging Options

The flexible packaging industry has recently encapsulated two of the largest concerns for consumers, to ensure the secure and safe environment and satisfying the need for a greener footprint. In the adhesive and sealant world, transporting product in drums and pail is a necessity although these containers carry many benefits, sustainability efforts remain on the forefront of consumers’ minds. Flexible packaging options add the sustainability wanted while maintaining the value needed in order to keep this high demand industry moving.

One of the challenges faced by adhesive and sealant manufacturers and transporters is the contamination issues that exist when using the steel drum and pail, such contamination makes it difficult to reuse, recondition, or even recycle. The flexible packaging option keeps the drums/pails clean, this eliminates cleaning and refurbishing costs as well as time constraints, the drum/pail is ready for immediate reuse. Flexible packaging option brings ensures product integrity, it preserves the product purity while presenting stronger sustainability advantages.

The flexible packaging materials weigh significantly less than other packaging formats, this reduces costs in resources for transportation, as well as warehouse space being maximized this formulates into less carbon dioxide emissions.

Flexible packaging offers great value and sustainability benefits to consumers, retailers, and manufacturers by reducing waste, energy used, and greenhouse gas emissions. It presents excellent sustainable choice that satisfies the adhesive and sealant industry while providing a greener footprint.

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Keeping your Fluids Cleaner

The EZ-Strainer for 55 gallon drums and 5 gallon pails are the more efficient way to produce, dispense and mix fluids, while reducing the cost by improving the way in which it filters and ensures that products that are meant to be debris free stay that way. The patented lip design allows for a simple hang from the top of the drum or pail, this ensures that the strainer does not get pulled inside even when it comes to the heaviest of products. CDF’s EZ-Strainer is designed from HDPE with four grades of mesh available, from course to ultra-fine.

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CDF exhibiting flexible packaging at Pack Expo 2012

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of liners for drums, pails, intermediate bulk containers and flexible packaging, will display flexible packaging solutions, have live interactive bag in box filling equipment demonstrations and debut CDF’s newest product, the Smart Pail at Pack Expo International 2012.

Pack Expo International 2012 will be held October 28th to the 31st at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Pack Expo International will focus on the latest developments in packaging technology and will showcase exhibitors’ state-of-the-art advances in packaging machinery, converting machinery, materials, packages and containers and components. www.packexpo.com

Representing CDF will be Joe Sullivan, President; Tom McCarthy, General Manager IBC Division; Joe Wanner, Product Manager Drum and Pail Division; Jimmy Pigg, Cheertainer Applications Engineer; Iris Thomas, Cheertainer Product Manager; Amanda Verash-Morris, Marketing Communication Manager and Dave Christian, Jake Sullivan, Leigh Vaughn and Jayne Handscom, Sales Representatives.

CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food, cosmetic and chemical applications. The Cheertainer, CDF’s innovative form-fit bag-in-box, is an ideal solution for small and large volume needs. Ranging in size from 5 to 20 liters, the Cheertainer is UN certified and manufactured with CDF1 Smart Seal Technology™, ensuring the ultimate reliability of the package.

CDF’s most recent product addition is the Smart Pail, 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.

CDF’s Smart Pail & Cheer Pack pouches selected for Heinz Technology Show

CDF Corporation will be co-exhibiting with Cheer Pack North America Corporation at the Heinz Technology Show/TOPS Exhibitions held at H.J. Heinz on September 12, 2012, in Warrendale, PA. CDF Corporation is one of twenty-two packaging suppliers selected by Heinz to exhibit. The packaging focus of the show is sustainability, new trends and cost-cutting solutions. Heinz is looking to develop next generation products referred to as “disruptive innovation”; products that can be placed in parameters of grocery stores, or alternative channels that can provide convenience, on-the-go, easy to eat food.

Representing CDF will be Joe Wanner, Product Manager of the Drum and Pail Division. Joe is responsible for the development and growth of several product lines including the Smart Pail brand on a global basis. Joe’s current focus is to bring the Smart Pail product line out of product development to the commercial stage and penetrate key market segments in the food, chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Joe has over 20 years of sales management and brand development experience in bulk liquid packaging, global logistics and flexible films. Combining a deep understanding of packaging, transportation, direct customer relationships and global logistics allows Joe to offer a consultative approach in all facets of the supply chain during the critical change and implementation phase of a new packaging and transportation program.

Cheer Pack North America will be represented by Blair Vance, Director of Sales and Marketing. Blair has over 20 years of local and international experience in the food and beverage industries, as well as a wealth of knowledge and expertise in package, product and category development and process and strategic management. Blair’s responsibility is to lead the sales and marketing teams. Cheer Pack North America is an international partnership between CDF Corporation, Gualapack and Hosokawa Yoko.

CDF offers a wide range of flexible products that satisfy customer’s environmental needs. The Smart Pail is a plastic pail replacement system. Its modern design consists of a cube-shaped, 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 end user removes corrugated lid, peels back sealed plastic lid, then pumps or scoops the product The Smart Pail is available in 5 gallon sizes and is ideal for the chemical, construction, cosmetic, and food markets.

The Cheer Pack is a flexible spouted single-serve retail pouch featuring a convenient, easy-flow straw and a reclosable, large tamper-evident, screw-on cap. This unique pouch format is ideal for packaging squeezable liquids, gels, pastes and purees. Cheer Pack is available in a variety of sizes, styles and film choices. Cheer Pack North America supplies a complete packaging solution, including package design and conversion, filling equipment options and technical support.

CDF exhibiting IBC liners and Cheertainer bag in box at Expo Pack Mexico 2012

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of liners for drums, pails, intermediate bulk containers and flexible packaging, will display flexible packaging solutions at Expo Pack Mexico, Booth# 7000.

 Expo Pack Mexico 2012 will be held June 26th to the 29th at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City, Mexico. Expo Pack Mexico 2012 will showcase the latest solutions in packaging and processing machinery, materials, containers and other related goods and services. Expo Pack Mexico offers direct access to the packaging and processing industries in Latin America attracting buyers from throughout the region. 22,000 customers/buyers from over 20 countries will attend Expo Pack Mexico 2012.
Packaging professionals from all major Mexican States attend the event, such as Mexico City, Estado de Mexico, Puebla, Guanajuato, Jalisco, Queretaro, Hidalgo, Morelos, Veracruz and Nuevo Leon. Delegations from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Honduras also attend. Attendees include packaging and processing professionals from a wide range of industries, including food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, graphic arts, medical, chemical and automotive.

 CDF has a wide range of flexible products to satisfy the needs of product manufacturers and producers. CDF’s liners for intermediate bulk containers, bag in box, drums and pails provide outstanding performance in critical food applications.

 The Cheertainer, CDF’s innovative form-fit bag-in-box, is an ideal solution for small and large volume needs. Ranging in size from 5 to 20 liters, the Cheertainer is UN certified and manufactured with CDF1 Smart Seal Technology™, ensuring the ultimate reliability of the package.

 Formfit liners are manufactured to form fit the internal shape of your intermediate bulk container. 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.

 The Air-Assist liner allows the user to realize a more complete evacuation of their product. Less residual product is left inside the liner, resulting in savings to the user. Air-Assist liners are specifically designed for high viscosity products.

 The most effective moisture and oxygen barrier for packaging environmentally sensitive products is a High- Barrier Foil liner constructed from an aluminum foil lamination. Moisture barrier liners incorporate an impermeable layer of aluminum foil to ensure the long-term integrity of a wide variety of environmentally sensitive products, including nylon, Surlyn®, EVOH, certain pharmaceuticals and various high value foods.

 Pillow-shaped liners are typically constructed with two or three plies of linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) and a barrier film when used for aseptic and oxygen-barrier applications. When filled, these industrial tote liners form the shape of a pillow.

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.

CDF Corp liners selected over competitive products after going through NASA’s rigorous testing of material and compatible superiority

One of NASA main and more well-known program,, the Space Transportation System (STS), more commonly known as the Space Shuttle program, had its first launch in 1981 and has practiced 122 missions at an average cost of $450 million per launch, according to NASA. The cost and world-wide attention placed on every mission has placed extreme pressure on every facet and every system used for every flight.

Each shuttle that is produced for NASA is projected to have a lifespan of 100 launches or ten years of operating life. From their beginnings they STS program has been innovative in their abilities to accommodate commercial and classified satellites, astronauts, and service parts for the International Space Station. Each shuttle is manufactured with three main components: the Orbiter Vehicle, the rusted color External Tank, and two Reusable Solid Rocket Motors which propel the shuttle to space.

In 1998, through a $2.4 billion contract with ATK Thiokol, NASA extended the Reusable Solid Rocket Motors (RSRM) program for the production and refurbishment of seventy RSRMs. This addition is the sixth in a series of deals, since 1973, for the design, development, production and refurbishment of Solid Rocket Motors for the Space Shuttle Program and signifies a continued relationship between NASA’s Marshall Space Flight center in Huntsville, Ala., and ATK Thiokol. The current RSRM is one of the largest solid motor ever flown and the first developed for reuse.

In 2005, ATK Thiokol chose CDF Corporation’s 5, 12, 30, and 55 gallon drums and pail liners for the use of the first step of preparing the primer and topcoat paint for the outward portion of the RSRM hardware.

A great success for CDF Corp, their liners were chosen over competitive products after going through NASA’s rigorous testing of material and compatible superiority. “Because we work closely with NASA to build a quality product for safe space missions, we have a rigorous qualification process for the products we use within the RSRM program,” stated ATK Thiokol Program Manager Jeff Chapneys, who took a lead role in ATK-CDF Partnership. “CDF was one of few companies whose product satisfied all of the exacting RSRM requirements” he continued.

Laura Beechwood, the Chief Operating Officer of CDF stated, “CDF is proud to have been chosen as NASA’s liner supplier. It is a testament of our product quality, investment in innovative technology, and talented workforce.”

ATK Thiokol commented on CDF’s product quality stating, “Prevents transferable contamination from pail liner to paint of adhesive which may have a significant negative impact on RSRM quality and performance.”

To elevate the 4.5 million pound shuttle into orbit, there are three space shuttle main engines and the two RSRM which provide nearly 80% of the lift and enough thrust the space craft into space. Each RSRM is nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty but weights nearly three times as much. The thrust that is produced during takeoff from the three millions pounds of propellant accelerates the Space Shuttle to a speed of more than 17,000 mph within the first eight minutes of launch. Once the boosters separate from the Shuttle’s Orbiter Vehicle and lands in the ocean, the product is recovered and disassembled while the motors are returned to ATK Thiokol to begin the refurbishing process for the next NASA mission.

There are four segments that create the motor, with the forward segment holding the igniter. In the manufacturing of the motor, ATK Thiokol determined CDF Corporation’s pail liners, “Provided superior performance for a critical application.” The products integrity is ensured the great attention to quality and performance during the production, the inspection, transportation, and storage of motor components.

In addition to CDF Corporations liners being used in the preparation for primers and topcoats, CDF’s pail liners are used in the preparation for adhesive ChemLok prior to application. Champney commented stating, “For specific Reusable Solid Rocket Motor applications, CDF provided the best quality product at the most competitive price.”

The exterior hardware of the RSRM is painted to protect against corrosion and the internal area of the RSRM hardware is Chemlok coated to form a bonding surface between the steel components and the insulation. Guaranteeing the integrity, purity and maximum performance of the materials was essential to the ATK team, highlighting, “CDF’s attention to detail and focus on quality” as underwriting factor to their partnership.

Quality assurance is the key to a successful mission, from the exterior paint to solid fuel propellant, every fact of the space shuttle process must work in harmony flawlessly. ATK Thiokol and all its partners are committed to creating the most efficient products into the future.

Growing in Plymouth and around the World

CDF makes about twenty different types of flexible packaging, anything from two ounces to 300 gallons for the chemical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food and beverage industries. A growing product for CDF is the flexible pouch that has wide mouth straw, currently this product is popular baby food and children’s snacks as well as yogurt and some smoothies. The product is great for travel and “the family on the move,” because the pouches are reclosable and child safe.

Also very popular is the Cheertainer bag-in-box systems, a plastic liner that fits into a corrugated cardboard box, unlike solid steel the Cheertainer design is environmentally friendly and less expensive than other packaging systems.

Getting its start from making liners for steel drums, CDF has stuck to its roots, creating plastic liners ranging from 12 gallons to 55 gallons and an assortment of caps, lids, covers and strainer inserts. The idea behind the liner is to save the drum for reuse.

As a leader in intermediate bulk containers, CDF has led the way in single cube-shaped, form-fit plastic holding up to 330 gallons inside either a reinforced corrugated box that is placed on a wooden pallet or an easily collapsible plastic tote, which saves space. “We definitely go after products that are relatively difficult to manufacture,” explains CDF President Joe Sullivan, “We go after niche markets that are a little too small for big companies to go after, and too small for offshore companies to gear up for.”

CDF is going after the European market; it has launched CDF Europe based in Lugano, Switzerland which is headed by Sullivan’s sister Laura Beechwood and also acquired the majority share of Quadpak which is based in Varnamo, Sweden.

Laura Beechwood, Managing Director of CDF Europe states, “we had been preparing for this European launch for several months, CDF is the leader in the industry in the U.S., and we intend to carry over the quality and expertise into our European division.”

CDF Europe is ready to manufacture and market this line, which is a huge accomplishment for a company that got its start about forty years ago. Joseph Sullivan Sr. made his start selling additives to paint companies in the New England area. The name CDF came from colors, dispersions and finishes. Marcia Sullivan, his wife, handled the books.

The elder Sullivan saw that many of the companies having a difficult time getting rid of 55 gallon drums with paint residue in them, and he had heard of a company in California that made molded drum liners. The liner is easily removed and the drum is recovered. After selling these liners he eventually bought the company. CDF expanded into different sizes and shapes and now occupies three buildings in the Plymouth Industrial Park.

From the beginning, CDF has filled the void in customer’s needs, a practice that has continued to this day. “It’s definitely a hands on business,” explains Joe Sullivan, the second generation company president. “Because we know the business, we see a lot of opportunities. We see when existing products are not meeting customers’ needs. To fill the voids, we buy new equipment, and a lot of time we have to tailor it to our needs.”

The CDF liner carries a wide array of product, from chemical products adhesives, automobile lubricants, beverages, dairy, edible oils, ice cream, juices as well as syrups and sauces. With such a range of product it is of importance to prevent leaks. CDF1 Smart Seal Technology heats the seam to a specific temperature, time and pressure. If these specifications are not met, the machine will shut down.

“The degree of difficulty in the manufacturing is quite high,” Sullivan adds. “And it’s been a team effort. Besides equipment, you have to have really good people. And we have good people. Without good people, you’ve got nothing.”

Capeplymouthbusiness.com –  January 2012

CDF exhibited flexible packaging at Pack Expo

CDF, manufacturer of liquid packaging products and solutions that meet customers’ environmental goals, exhibited at Pack Expo Oct 31-Nov 3, 2010, Booth# 4169, North Hall. CDF demonstrated Cheertainer bag in box and Cheer Pack consumer pouch filling at the booth. CDF’s showcased products included liners and accessories for pails, drums, intermediate bulk containers, bag in box and pouches.