Laminate tubes are the packaging of choice for consumers because of their ease of use and are quite cost effective for brand owners compared to other forms of packaging.
Laminate tubes are used for packaging purposes across a wide variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, industrial application, food, and personal care. They are often the packaging choice of consumers because of the ease of use, portability and full product evacuation. Laminated tubes are extremely cost-efficient, which allows products to have higher shelf-life.They offer countless quality advantages, including smooth exteriors and protective barriers for effective product preservation which ensures that fragrance, flavor and moisture remain intact. Laminate tubes have the advantage of being tailored to any particular size or shape, while maintaining quality and ease of use, which is ideal for branding and product differentiation. This is allows our clients to easily suit their packaging requirements around their specific product needs.
Types of Laminate Tubes
Plastic Barrier Laminates (PBL)
PBL structures maintain their form and shape, which presents a more cosmetic look and is also environmentally friendly. Special barriers can be provided such as EVOH (Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol Polymer) to offer strong chemical resistance. Standard material is offered in white or natural (clear) but custom colors can also be developed. Beauty and cosmetics products are typically recommended for PBL structures because of the aesthetic look and feel that is similar to an extruded/plastic tube.
Aluminum Barrier Laminates (ABL)
ABL structures have an aluminum foil barrier, which provides a superior light, air and moisture barrier along with reduced flavor absorption. The material density offers a more durable tube and allows for additional dispensing of the products contents. Pastes, ointments, creams and gels, toothpaste and OTC pharmaceutical products fair well in ABL structures.
HOW LAMINATE TUBES ARE MADE
Essel’s laminate tubes are made from five different layers which includes a barrier layer and are manufactured by using our laminate substrate which is made in-house. We can also use another laminate supplier depending on the preference of the customer, however we always recommend using our produced laminate because we can control lead times and quality.
The laminate is first printed on a flat surface and this process allows for excellent print decoration with high clarity and definition. The tubes are then formed by placing the rolls of the printed laminate material onto the mandrills of the machine. The material is then taken in a flat state and fed through the forming rolls, which gently turn the tube and form it into a cylinder of variable size depending on the customer's needs. Heat generated by high frequency seams the sides of the material together to form a solid cylindrical tube. After the tube has been formed, it goes to the cutting station that separates it into various lengths.
After the tube has been formed into the desired cylindrical shape, size and length, the tube is transferred to the heading operation. Essel uses state-of-the art compression molding technology to apply the shoulder to the tube sleeve, which offers a more superior bond. After the complete tube has been formed with sleeve and shoulder, it goes to the capping station. The cap -- flat style, fez style or pedestal style which are chosen based on the customer's selection. Our caps are automatically applied to meet the customer's needs. The tube is then transferred onto a conveyor which is taken to a packing operation where it is ready to ship to the customer.