In today’s world, patient safety is the primary concern throughout all stages of the medical packaging supply chain. The use of pre-sterilized devices or kits designed for one-time use is an effective way to ensure the cleanliness of the medical device being used. Plastics is an ideal material for single-use packaging because of their versatility, light weight nature, sustainability, and ability to withstand the harsh sterilization techniques required to destroy dangerous bacteria and pathogens.
Impact Plastics is proud to announce its achievement of Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000) for its Impact South facility located in Hamlet, NC. “FSSC 22000 Certification is a clear reflection of Impact Plastics' focus and commitment to the food packaging market and to drive continuous improvement in food packaging material for a safe food supply chain,” said Jimmy Shah, Food Safety Team Lead for Impact Plastics. Keep reading to learn more about FSSC 22000.
This article was originally featured in the Q1 2019 Edition of SPE Thermoforming Quarterly Magazine.
With continued population growth, urbanization, and real-time global connectivity, electronics has become one of the fastest growing industries in our modern society. Constant innovation in the fields of smartphones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, video recorders and television, increases the need for packaging material to provide safe, easy to handle and lightweight material that keeps the product safe from Electro Static Discharge (ESD). North America is the headquarters for some of the leading consumer electronics markets. Products that were previously designed and assembled in North America but manufactured in Asia, are now returning to North America for production as a result of the increasing labor costs in Asia. It is very important for the part shipment and assembly lines for these expensive electronics to be ESD safe.
Our partners at Milliken set out to quantify consumers’ preference for food products in clear, microwavable packaging made with Milliken’s NX™ UltraClear™ Polypropylene. They also interviewed store buyers from several stores to understand the benefits of clarity, microwaveability and freezability in packaging from the food retailer point of view. This research tested packaging of in-store prepared fresh foods, such as salads, sandwiches, entrees and rotisserie chickens. Watch the video below to learn about the results!
So you’ve narrowed down what material you need thanks to our “Learn More About your Plastic Sheet” series - now its time to download a data sheet and take a look at the performance attributes of the materials we carry. But if you’re new to the industry, or don’t work in a technical role, the information stated on material data sheets can leave you more confused than when you started.Our last post discussed heat deflection temperature (HDT) – now we move onto another commonly encountered specification – tensile strength and tensile elongation. Continue reading to learn more!
Topics: ASTM Test
In plastics packaging, particularly food packaging, a sustainability “selling point” is the reusability of the package. Instead of sending the package straight to the recycling bin, the container can used again as a food storage container extending the life of the packaging container, and resulting in less waste to landfill. While this is true, what isn’t mentioned, however, is that not all plastics are safe to reuse.
Meanwhile, consumers are taking this message to heart. In fact, a ShopSmart survey reports that about half of women reuse or repurpose food packaging as food storage containers, which could present a potential risk for bacterial contamination in containers that are designed for single-use applications. To help you make an more informed decision when it comes to the safety of your food packaging, we’ve provided a breakdown of plastics commonly encountered in the market, and whether or not they are safe to reuse again after the intended use:
Topics: Food Packaging
So you’ve narrowed down what material you need thanks to our “Learn More About your Plastic Sheet” series - now its time to download a data sheet and take a look at the performance attributes of the materials we carry. But if you’re new to the industry, or don’t work in a technical role, the information stated on material data sheets can leave you more confused than when you started.
If you’ve ever felt this way after reviewing a material data sheet, then this next Impact Plastics Blog series focused on “Understanding your Data Sheet” is for you. In this next blog series we will explore ASTM tests commonly found on material data sheets for thermoplastic resins. Our last post discussed density and specific gravity – now we move onto another commonly encountered specification – Heat Deflection Temperature (HDT). Continue reading to learn more!
From 1964 to 2014 the use of plastics has increased by 20 times from 15 million metric tons to 311 Mt in 2014. The growth of the plastics industry in consumer products is widely viewed as a negative contributor to the environment because of the emission of greenhouse gasses, air, water and land pollution, and depletion of water. These environmental costs have led to arguments that plastics should be replaced with alternative materials, however recent studies from Trucost and the American Chemistry Council modeled the substitution of plastic with alternative materials like paper, steel, aluminum and glass, and the model suggests that a move from plastics may come at an even higher environmental impact.
In the food packaging industry, using a material composition that extends shelf life is a key component to ensuring the safety of the product and preserving the taste of the food. In addition, using packaging material that prolongs a products shelf life can drastically cut down on waste of perishable products, and creates a longer window for grocery stores to stock product before it reaches the hands of the consumer. A great way to achieve this is by using a packaging material that reduces the amount of oxygen that permeates the plastic, such as EVOH. Continue reading to learn more about this barrier material.