Laser scoring adds value to flexible packaging

Solutions for flexible packaging, folding carton & labeling


SEI Laser, based in Bergamo, Italy, since 1982, specializes in innovative and tailor-made solutions to customers. The solutions they offer to the converting industry ensure high performance, a philosophy of modularity on a flexible platform that can be expandable, retro-fitted and upgraded to suit different production needs, such as flexible packaging, folding carton, paper commercial and graphic arts and labelling. Their know-how and investments in R&D helps them build laser systems that guarantee significant performances in terms of cost, operational efficiency and quality.

Innovative solutions in flexible packaging

In recent years, packaging has played a strategic role as an element of the brand awareness and of product differentiation among the competitors making it a key element of the communication and marketing strategy. Food & beverage and consumer goods producers design effective packaging for the target market taking into consideration the modern consumer’s needs, such as maximum freshness of the product’s shelf life.

SEI Laser has systems that provide innovative solutions like easy opening and closing as well as easy ventilation and window packaging. SEI Flexible Packaging is a new line of laser systems that has been designed for laser cutting, laser scoring, macro and micro perforation of different materials such as PE, PET, PP, nylon, PTFE, laminated film, and paper. Another patented feature is the overlapping of laser scoring, which enables laser scoring without gaps between two repeats.

What SEI Laser systems assures

In terms of quality, the main laser features are precise selective material removal, laser perforating capability and repeatability of the process. In terms of productivity, up to 400 m/min can be achieved in Cross Web (CW) laser cutting, laser scoring and micro-perforation with proprietary beam steering optics galvanometric heads (according to the pattern). Over 500 m/min can be reached in Web Direction (WD) laser cutting, laser scoring and micro-perforation with fixed-optics heads. In terms of flexibility, the all-digital process allows rapid work change and a significant reduction of downtime and costs, as compared to the traditional mechanical method. Finally, in terms of sustainability, SEI Laser system’s easy-open solution reduces food waste and environmental impact, issues that concern sensitive consumers.

Packmaster Cross Web

It offers laser flexibility for flexible packaging with its easy-open, window packaging, easy-ventilation, easy-breath and MAP, which are the innovative solutions used in food and beverage, pet food, personal care and grocery markets. Packmaster OEM CW laser system is designed to satisfy the industry’s needs in laser cutting, laser scoring, macro and micro-perforation, window scoring of different materials such as PE, PET, PP, nylon, PTFE, laminated film, paper. It has a web width of up to 1800 mm, CW process speed of up to 400 m/min, offers unwinder/ re-winder module options, process monitoring and easy integration on existing production lines.

Packaging South Asia — resilient, growing and impactful — daily, monthly — always responsive

The multi-channel B2B in print and digital 17-year-old platform matches the industry’s growth trajectory. The Indian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle East packaging industries are looking beyond the resilience of the past three years. They are resuming capacity expansion and diversification, with high technology and automation in new plants and projects.

As we present our 2024 publishing plan, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2024 will exceed 6%. The packaging industry growth will match the GDP growth in volume terms and surpass it by at least 3% in terms of nominal growth allowing for price inflation in energy, raw materials, consumables, and capital equipment.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are grown similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

For responsible and sustainable packaging, with its attendant regulations and compliances, there is significant headroom to grow in India and the region. Our coverage includes the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and to waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers. This is a large and complex canvas – the only thing that can work is your agile thinking and innovation together with our continuous learning and persistence.

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