Applications and Innovation in Flexible Packaging Pouch Fitments
The versatility of flexible packaging comes not only from the soft-sided material and the commonly-used zip closures. Another highly useful add-on feature is fitments: the critical part of dispensing systems that greatly enhances the usability of flexible packaging for special applications.
Spouted pouch products are well-equipped to safely store and transport both liquid and dry products such as:
- Health and Beauty
- Snack Food
- Nutritional Supplements
- Dry Ingredients
- Household Chemicals
- Automotive Liquids
Spouted pouches provide more user control than most plastic and glass bottles. They are also great for on-the-go consumers who need an innovative pouching solution that suits their fast-paced lifestyle.
The spouted nozzle keeps liquids and powders sealed tightly to avoid premature expiration. Combined with excellent space and energy efficiency, these multipurpose pouches utilize more proficient production methods compared to rigid plastic packaging.
Designing and Selecting Flexible Packaging with Fitments
When planning your flexible packaging with fitments, these are among the important considerations:
- What will the packaging contain?
- Under what conditions will the packaged product be transported and/or stored?
- How long must the packaging be able to contain the product? Will it be primarily single use or multiuse?
- Are the special requirements in how the product is dispensed (such as shape, flow control, etc.)?
Challenges in Flexible Packaging Fitments
Fitments are an amazing innovation in flexible packaging, but there are important challenges to consider. Choosing the right films to weld with the fitment material takes experience but can also require extensive testing to perfect—even similar and related materials do not bond to fitments with the same quality. The fitments themselves can have manufacturing variances from molds that produce multiple parts, and this can also affect the seal and bond. To meet the growing demand for recyclable and sustainable packaging, innovations in film and resins are aiming to overcome the welding compatibility challenges and is yielding promising results. All of the challenges are worth it though, to produce an effective and beneficial packaging product, and we’re committed to ongoing advancement in this field.
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