Airnov develops sustainable upgrade to ‘DRICARD’ moisture absorbers

Offers double the absorption capacity in the same sized product

Airnov develops sustainable upgrade to DRICARD moisture absorbers. Photo Airnov

Airnov Healthcare Packaging is in controlled atmosphere packaging, now offering customers a new and more sustainable version of its ‘Dricard’ products.

‘Dricard’ is a flat moisture absorber comprised of calcium chloride desiccant laminated between film layers. As with desiccant packets, ‘Dricard’ is designed to maintain a dry package environment to keep nutraceuticals, foods and diagnostics safe from the damaging effects of moisture.

The new, more sustainable version provides twice the capacity in the same size card, uses less plastic and is printed with high-contrast blue ink on a white background, meaning it requires 80% less ink to produce than the current orange ‘Dricard’.

Airnov continues to improve its products more sustainably, decreasing the consumption of ink and plastics used in our Dricards being just the latest example of our sustainability commitments,” commented Nicolas Martinez, Global Product manager at Airnov.

As well as numerous enhanced sustainability credentials, the new ‘Dricard’ also offers performance benefits – its double thickness provides twice the moisture absorption capacity as its predecessor, all the while maintaining the same overall size and surface.
Martinez continued, “This new ability to double absorption capacity in the same size ‘Dricard’ improves Airnov’s product performance which, crucially, allows our customers to optimize their packaging better.”

Other key features of ‘Dricard’ include dust prevention, made possible by binding the calcium chloride desiccant within the laminate structure.

Furthermore, the rigid structure of the card allows high-speed automatic insertion by card dispensers or pick-and-place systems. At the same time, its flat profile is designed for use in applications that require desiccation in small and narrow packaging spaces. The blue-on-white printing is high-contrast and high-visibility, where it is essential to minimize confusion with the end-product.

The new product is available in a variety of standard sizes and can be tailored to custom sizes if required. It is also US FDA compliant for use in nutraceutical and food applications.

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