Laser scoring adds value to flexible packaging

Solutions for flexible packaging, folding carton & labeling

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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.

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