PACKAGING MATERIALS

Packaging performance depends on design and function. For design, our engineers will help you to design the optimal package for your application. Forfunctionality, the right material choice is critical. Each application has an optimal material choice. Our engineers will work with you to choose the right material from traditional plastic polymers to new eco-friendly alternatives such as FDA PCR-APET (post consumer recycled – APET).

The table below is a general overview of plastic material applications. For more detailed information please contact us at 51 LLC.

Typical Use

APETAPET/EVOH/PEPPHDPEPP/EVOH/PEOPSHIPS
Ready mealsxxxx
Fresh meatxxxx
Cold foodsxxxxx
Frozen foodsx
Confectionery traysx

Typical Industrial Process

APETAPET/EVOH/PEPPHDPEPP/EVOH/PEOPSHIPS
Cold fillxxxxxxx
Hot fill (>150 F)xxx
Retort sterilizationxxx
HPPxxxxx
MAPxxxx
Flash freezex

Typical Storage by Consumer

APETAPET/EVOH/PEPPHDPEPP/EVOH/PEOPSHIPS
Frozen foodsxxxxx
Coldxxxxxxx
Medium-lifexxxx
Long-lifexx

Typical Preparation by Consumer

APETAPET/EVOH/PEPPHDPEPP/EVOH/PEOPSHIPS
Coldxxxxxxx
Microwavexxx
Oven

Polymer & Barrier Structures

APETAPET/EVOH/PEPPHDPEPP/EVOH/PEOPSHIPS
Optical ClarityHighOkOkLowOkHighHigh
Resistance to Most SolventsHighHighHighHighHighHighHigh
Barrier to OxygenMediumHighLowLowHighLowMedium
Impact Strength & Shatter ResistanceHighHighMediumHighMediumMediumMedium
Tensile StrengthMediumMediumMediumHighHighMediumMedium
StiffnessMediumMediumMediumHighMediumMediumMedium

Recyclability and Recycled Content

APETAPET/EVOH/PEPPHDPEPP/EVOH/PEOPSHIPS
RecyclabilityYesLimitedYesYesLimitedYesYes
Recycling Material Number1752766
Ability to use Post Consumer Recycled Content that is FDA CompliantYesNoYesYesNoNoNo

Material Guide

APET: amorphous polyethylene terepthlateRetort Sterilization: high temperature sterilization
PP: polypropyleneHPP: high-pressure pasteurization (87000 psi)
HDPE: high-density polyethyleneMAP: modified atmosphere packaging
PP-EVOH-PE: barrier structure PP/barrier/polythethyleneFlash Freeze: freezing to very low temperatures very fast
PE: low-density polyethylene
APET-EVOH-PE: barrier structure APET/barrier/polyethylene
OPS: oriented polystyrene
HIPS: hi-impact polystyrene
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