Product News: Materials & Material Processing
Blister Films offer alternative to films containing PVC.
Press Release Summary:
November 20, 2012 - Available in all standard thicknesses and combinations, PX Series non-barrier co-polyester serves as alternative to mono-layer PVC for packaging applications that do not require barrier properties. PXA Series consists of co-polyester and PCTFE film laminate, which is suited for applications that require moisture ingress/egress protection. Offering clarity and transparency, both sealable films are compliant with EU and FDA regulations for direct contact with pharmaceutical products.
Original Press Release
Tekni-Plex Debuts Series of PX and PXA Blister Films at PACK EXPO 2012
Press release date: November 7, 2012
King of Prussia, PA – Tekni-Plex, Inc., a globally-integrated company that develops and manufactures innovative packaging materials and precision-crafted tubing solutions, introduced a new sustainable blister film solution at PACK EXPO Booth# S3071 in Chicago. Offering viable alternatives to films containing PVC, Tekni-Plex’s PX and PXA Series of materials are available in all standard thicknesses and combinations.
Tekni-Plex’s PX and PXA Series of films provide equivalent performance, enhanced processability and increased clarity when compared to PVC multi-structured laminated barrier (duplex and triplex series) and mono-blister films. The cost-effective films are suitable for a wide range of applications, including pharmaceutical, medical, nutraceutical, food, and health and beauty accessories.
PX is non-barrier co-polyester, which serves as an alternative to mono-layer PVC for packaging applications that do not require any particular barrier properties. PXA is a laminate of co-polyester and PCTFE films (Aclar®* or VapoShield™) for blister packaging applications that require protection against moisture ingress or egress. Traditionally, these products have been packaged in PVC/PCTFE or PVC/PE/PCTFE laminations.
Easily Conforms to Existing Equipment and Tooling
The PX and PXA Series offer excellent clarity and transparency, and are compliant with EU and FDA regulations for direct contact to pharmaceutical products. The materials are sealable with all conventional blister lidding (push-through, peelable, CR), exhibit the same barrier performance as conventional barrier solutions, and enjoy excellent performance during perforation and punching.
The Tekni-Plex PX and PXA Series is easier on machines and the environment regarding energy use. Both films run well on all form-fill-seal equipment – including high-speed lines – and easily form into standard tablet and capsule designs as well as more complicated blister cavities. The films are compatible with all Tekni-Films and other commercial lidding structures designed for sealing to PVC, and no changes are necessary to the thermoforming unit and tooling design. In fact, the PX and PXA series actually form at lower temperatures than conventional PVC-based films, an energy-saving and cost-reducing value added feature.
“To be part of a long-term solution, packaging materials should be sustainable not only in terms of the environment, but also in their execution and economics,” said Angela Roggenhofer, Sales and Marketing Manager for Tekni-Plex, Inc. “The PX and PXA Series pass the test of being an attractive option to which our customers can commit because they are practical and promote environmental sustainability.”
Tekni-Plex, Inc. is a globally-integrated company focused on developing and manufacturing innovative packaging materials and precision-crafted tubing solutions for some of the most well-known names in the healthcare, food & beverage, consumer and specialty products markets. Tekni-Plex’ current product portfolio includes closure lining materials (foam & Induction Seal), Barrier Blister film laminates, Medical Tubing, Material compounding, Rubber & Plastic Gaskets, Foam Food Cartons & Trays, and Dispensing Tubing. Tekni-Plex is headquartered in King of Prussia, PA and operates 26 sites strategically located across four continents to ensure it can meet the needs of its global customers.
For more information on the capabilities of Tekni-Plex, visit www.tekni-plex.com or call the company at (484) 690-1520.