Tetra Pak has introduced specifically formulated hot-melt adhesives and lubricants that can be used with its own filling machines.
Developed in partnership with adhesive producer Henkel, the adhesives claim to offer improved bonding, lower adhesive consumption and reduced maintenance costs for cap, straw and secondary packaging applications.
Lacnor production manager Alfred Fernandes said: "The new adhesives delivered marked improvements in operational performance.
"During the two month trial, we saw a 49 per cent reduction in maintenance costs and our total consumption of hot melt adhesive dropped by 37%. These results would translate into annual saving of more than $100,000 across all our packaging lines, significantly offsetting the additional cost of the new adhesive."
Tetra Pak's new range of synthetic H1 Food Grade lubricants are specifically designed for food manufacturing equipment and are certified by independent food assurance organisation NSF International.
The lubricants were found to last up to three times longer, and wear rates are reduced with 67%, when compared with conventional mineral oils, during an initial testing.
The products were tested by UAE-based Al Buheira Lacnor Dairies.
Tetra Pak parts, consumables and upgrade services director Klas Wimmerstedt said: "Better performing consumables mean much better performance throughout the line.
"As a trend, we're seeing increased interest from customers in improving overall operational performance as the industry looks to become more efficient and control costs. This launch is an indication of our continued focus on helping customers to get the best from their equipment."
Image: Tetra Pak's adhesives offer improved bonding, lower adhesive consumption and reduced maintenance costs for cap, straw and secondary packaging applications. Photo: courtesy of Tetra Pak International.