Historically, Scholle IPN film has been sold as a part of our pre-made bag-in-box products. We are happy to announce that Scholle IPN barrier films are now available as a separate packaging component to customers in the North American market who convert form-fill-seal (FFS) rollstock and/or other pouch packaging solutions.
Scholle IPN will sell rolls of film, allowing clients to manufacturer their bags and pouches in-house. David Bellmore (Director, Technology – Americas) and Jessi Hoover (Director, Packaging Applications & Product Line Management) provide insight into this exciting development.
DB: Scholle IPN entered the flexible packaging market in 1955 with the invention of the bag-in-box package. In 1990, we installed our first 5-layer blown film extrusion line, which we used for ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) co-extruded films. Up until that point, Scholle IPN had focused on 1- to 3-layer polyethylene films, and laminates involving biaxially-oriented nylon (BON) and metalized polyethylene terephthalate (MPET) substrates. However, playing the role of industry pioneer, we knew we needed to continue to develop films with unique barrier properties which meet and exceed our customers’ requirements and thus have gone on to create film solutions with up to nine discrete layers.
JH: In 2004, Scholle IPN acquired a company named Flextainer and its form-seal-fill (FSF) technology. Customers could purchase barrier laminates and taps, and then produce the bags and fill them at their locations. As a part of this unique packaging program, we began to sell rollstock of a barrier laminate, DuraShield™. Since then we have also sold films named FlexiTech™, FlexiShield™ Advance, and a laminate film named DuraTech™ into food and chemical markets.
Scholle IPN is now looking to build upon these successes and provide film and laminate solutions to other end-users. Our goal is to:
JH: For over 60 years, we have used films and laminates to package and protect our customers’ oxygen-sensitive liquids and aggressive chemicals. Our films excel in seal-ability, puncture strength, flexcrack resistance, oxygen transmission rate (OTR), and chemical resistance. Our unique expertise is to develop and manufacture higher-barrier films (≤ 0.04 cc/100 in2/day at 100% O2), than what are typically found on the market.
We provide performance packaging solutions for a myriad of different applications, such as:
We have a knack for balancing all of the package requirements to develop unique films which provide not only key barrier requirements, but enhanced strength and performance to deliver the best quality product to the final consumer in a way that is safe, natural, economic, and sustainable.
DB: Scholle IPN is installing a state-of-the-art 9-layer barrier-film extrusion line. In addition to our existing portfolio of films and laminates, we are launching two new films: DuraTuff™ Advance, which is a metallocene polyethylene (mPE) and nylon split-core, co-extruded film with oxygen barrier and excellent flexcrack resistance for chemicals, motor oil, and syrups; and EnduraShield™ Advance, which is a metallocene polyethylene (mPE), EVOH and nylon co-extruded film with superior oxygen barrier and strength for cheese, condiments, and sauces.
JH: In anticipation of our 9-layer production line, Scholle IPN installed a 9-layer pilot line that allows us to conduct research and development projects to solve end-user issues. This line is used to screen different film structures, produce samples, and to manufacture scale-up quantities for potential customers. Once a solution is internally validated, our Package Application Engineers provide a validation protocol and on-site support during scale-up and commercialization efforts.
We also plan to use our pilot film extrusion line to deliver 9-layer film for applications which require small, lay-flat tubes.
JH: If you have any questions about our film and laminate offerings, or to discuss a project, please fill out the form below and a Scholle IPN representative will contact you. Or, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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