Why use an Aluminium Barrier Foil Drum Liner?

Do you produce or manufacture atmospherically-sensitive products and use Drums or Pails during your processing? They are a popular solution for the packaging of adhesives and sealants, particularly reactive hot melts, specialty chemicals, colorants, pharmaceuticals, plastic resins and compounds.

Some of these applications can create cleanliness issues and contamination during processing meaning that your company has to either dispose of the Drums or Pails securely or for them to be sterilised before they are reused which both have associated costs. As well as this many drums or pails do not protect your products from Moisture or Oxygen Ingress. Because of this, we introduced the manufacture of Aluminium Barrier Foil Drum Liners.

Round-Bottom Drum and Pail Liners act like flexible steel cans and can be manufactured to suit all sizes of Pails and Drums to ensure complete climatic protection due to the Aluminium Barrier Foil material.

What are the benefits of Round-Bottom Drum & Pail Liners?

– Allows Drum reusability and Drum cleanliness
– Provides the possibility to downgrade your drums to fibre or corrugate
– Product waste is reduced as liner strips easily away from the products
– Suitable for hot-fill products up to 160°C
– Food Contact Approved and Static Dissipative Materials Available
– Maintains the product’s moisture content and eliminates the need to
Re-dry prior to further processing

Round Bottom Drum and Pail liners manufactured out of Aluminium Barrier Foil can offer your company cost-effective solutions to the packing and shipping of your moisture sensitive applications.

If you would like any further information on this product range or our service then please contact us through our contact page here.

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Halloween Company Lunch

As discussed in my earlier blog ‘Independence Day at Protective Packaging!’ we have a Social Committee responsible for organising the companies’ social events including our quarterly company lunch!


It’s important for us to have these quarterly company lunches because it gives us a chance for us all get together, reflect on the previous quarter and for employees to be rewarded for their efforts and achievements, as well as give us the excuse to play a game of Bingo and eat a large lunch from Gabbotts Farm!


We have just enjoyed our Halloween party which was yet another huge success! Even though we couldn’t encourage our employees to enjoy fancy dress due to Health and Safety regulations we didn’t let that put us off, cob webs were hung over the windows, pumpkins carved, scary decorations hung and a smoke machine added to the effect!

The party was filled with a game of Halloween Bingo and ring toss over the witch’s hat where all proceeds raised will be donated to our charity of the year, Wood Street Mission. Finally, the party was concluded with our nominated employees receiving their employee of the month reward, super suggestion Rewards and employee of the quarter reward!











This quarter I would also like to say a big thank you on behalf of the Social committee to our HR Manager, Debbie for bringing in lots of scary decorations, including the smoke machine!


We hope that you enjoyed Halloween as much as we did. Keep an eye out for our last company lunch of 2017!


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Knowledge is Power

I’ve been with Protective Packaging Ltd for 14 years now and as they have grown, my knowledge of the business and the industry has grown with it!


My role began making barrier foil bags in the hand fabrication department where we make a range of different barrier foil bags which can be as large as an ISO Container! Today, I train other employees on how to make Barrier Foil Bags and the best techniques to use as well as learn about how other departments are run so that I can further expand my knowledge of the business.


Each quarter each employee receives their own personal key performance indicators which are sometimes accompanied by a training buddy. This is to make sure that gaps in employees knowledge base are addressed and everyone is given the opportunity to learn as much as they can about the business. If we meet our key performance indicators we are rewarded with a bonus at the end of each quarter for our efforts, which is a great benefit!


Even though I have been here for 14 years there is still plenty for me to learn because the business adapts and changes processes each day to keep improving. This is why I also still receive key performance indicators and my personal key performance indicator this quarter is to learn how the BFM unit works, particularly how the BFM1, BFM2 & Joey machines operate so that I am able to set them up to run bags in the future if needed but also gain an understanding of the BFM departments day to day processes.

Protective Packaging Ltd adapts and changes processes each day to keep improving so even though I have been here for 14 years, there is still plenty for me to learn. My personal key performance indicator this quarter is to learn how the BFM unit works, particularly how the BFM1, BFM2 & Joey machine operate so that I am able to set them up to run bags in the future if needed but also gain an understanding of the BFM departments day to day processes.


It’s great that Protective Packaging Ltd encourage invaluable knowledge to be fed through all of their employees, to not only give them the best opportunities for career progression but to also ensure that our customers get the most accurate and informative advice on the best barrier foil packaging format for their products.


If you would like to learn more about Protective Packaging Ltd and their products then please give us a call on 0161 976 2006 or email info@protpack.com


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No More Mould!

After recently buying our first home, it’s safe to say I was less than impressed to find damp earlier this year in our newly fitted built-in wardrobes!

After starting here at Protective Packaging, I decided to invest in a Dampstick.

So far it has been hung in the Wardrobe for 5 weeks, I have been weighing it every couple of weeks and keeping track of how much water it has collected.

The starting weight of a Dampstick is 1.5kg. After the first 2 weeks, it was weighing in at 2kg! After a further 3 weeks, it now weighs over 2.5kg.

My pictures below show just how much water has been collected in just 5 weeks. And no sign of damp or mould whatsoever!


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Zipper pouches are designed to offer the benefits of a barrier foil laminate pouch with the addition of a re-sealable zipper for products which may not be used all at once.  The zipper allows the pack to be re-sealed and the product quality maintained.  Typical uses are medical diagnostic kits, chemical samples, dried food additives such as herbs, disinfectant wipes.  The pouch can be tamper evident, made with a top seal above the zipper and the bottom open, ensuring that the zipper is not damaged or contaminated during filling.

We are usually able to offer as few as 1,000 zipper pouches.  The minimum size for a flat zipper pouch is 50mm x 50mm and maximum size is 600mm x 600mm.

Other features available are:

• Tear Notches

• Rounded Corners

• Euro Slot

• Flap

• Tape

• Printing

We can also supply stand up pouches minimum 75mm wide, maximum 220mm wide x 275mm long (265mm long with zipper).


Please contact our Customer Support team for more information.

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Training at Protective Packaging

Here at Protective Packaging Ltd, we make sure our new staff is fully trained to make sure we can help with whatever our customers need from us.

I’ve been tasked to help our customer support team to fully understand the way we design and manufacture various Barrier Foil Bags.

We manufacture Barrier Foil Bags for lots of different applications, such as Machinery, Powders, and Adhesives to give them climatic protection as our Barrier Foil allows for protection from moisture, corrosion and odour transfer.

3-Dimensional Barrier Foil Bag to protect products from corrosion and moistureHand Held Heat Sealer Demonstration




We have been manufacturing barrier foil packaging since 1988, myself and colleague Paul Walker have a joint 39 years assisting customers at PPL and a total of 80 years in the packing industry, take a look at the below, I spotted when having a clear out! 

Old Image of employee heat sealing a box bag

If you would like further information then call us on 0161 976 2006 or email info@protpack.com

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Surviving the test of time!

When you were younger, did you ever bury a time capsule in the hope that someone will find it in the future? Well most of us did, so when John Mckenzie from the Shetland Amenity Trust called to tell us how they had found a time capsule when restoring their town hall in Lerwick on the Shetland Isles and believed it to be protected in our Barrier Foil PP250, we were delighted!

John went on to describe how amazed and grateful they all were to find that the items packaged in PP250 and contained in the time capsule were in immaculate condition, yet they had been underground for 21 years – Due to the use of PP250 Barrier Foil, it has meant that the artefacts were not able to be affected by oxygen ingress and water vapour transmission throughout its undisturbed years underground.

The Shetland Amenity Trust has decided that they are going to bury the time capsule again in anticipation for the next generation to find it in the same condition they have, so we have gratefully supplied them with a fresh roll of our PP250 with confidence that it will protect their artefacts for the next 100 years!

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Shetland Amenity Trust for allowing us to be a part of such an important piece of their island’s history and wish them every success with the restoration of their town hall.

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Packaging the most unusual & challenging of Applications

Being a part of the Sales & Customer Support team offers such a variety of tasks; literally, no two days are the same. One of the most interesting and rewarding parts of the role is working with our customers to come up with a packaging solution for the most unusual and challenging product/application.

With a large range of barrier foil laminates at our disposal, we can select the most appropriate material to protect your products from moisture, odour transfer, oxygen ingress, U.V. light and temperature extremes. We can offer various styles of 2D & 3D bags and add other elements such as desiccant, humidity indicators, degassing valves and damage indicators where appropriate.

With years of experience in all areas of the business, we can offer innovative designs to the most challenging problem. Many of the designs that we have worked on with our customers have been recognised by industry awards.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Sales & Customer Support team if you have a packaging product that you would like to discuss with one of our team.

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Customer Support on the Road..

Over the past week or so, I have had the opportunity to go out on the road with one of our sales development managers, Paul Walker, visiting customers.
After a caffeine pit stop and a few more miles on the road, we met with our first customer of the day. This customer, in particular, uses our
PP005 Material which is one of our more resistant materials that are approved for use within the military.

Their chosen format was a 100metre tube roll format which once packed and cut to size, you need to hermetically seal the barrier foil to get the best from it. We demonstrated our HZ30 constant heat sealer on the shop floor to show them how the sealing temperature can be altered to suit the laminate which they are using to create a quick and perfect hermetic seal as well as how the use of a foot operated pedal and table screw clamp can make it more time efficient and effortless for them to seal their tailor made barrier foil.

Needless to say, they were extremely impressed but the day didn’t stop there! We gathered our things, clambered into the car and headed off over the hills to the east where we met our next customer, an export packer who has recently opened a new unit. This particular export packer uses our barrier foil bags, which help them to package and seal large items with ease. It was great to see how our barrier foil was wrapped around such large items, then placed into a larger blue case lined crates and loaded onto a shipping container ready for their trip across the sea!

Speaking of shipping goods, I’ve also learned a lot about freight and shipping here at Protective Packaging Ltd. I have been processing orders for all types of products such as F.I.B.C Liners ready to be put to use in Eastern Europe, hot fill Drum Liners travelling to the East Coast of America and not to mention the thousands of Bespoke Barrier Laminated Bags and Pouches for applications ranging from Export Packaging down to the packaging of Dried Snacks.

Protective Packaging Ltd is very big on ensuring that internal knowledge of the business and our products are expanded throughout all their employees especially to us on Customer Support so that when you have a query, we can give you the best possible advice.

Author: Ian Tarry

If you have a query, please call us on 0161 976 2006 ext 2.

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Should have gone to Specsavers!

At Protective Packaging, we are well stocked with years of experience, readily available to help our customers with their barrier foil requirements.

Quite often, customers approach us with issues about inspecting the internals of a foil bag once it has been hermetically sealed. This could be due to customs clearance, inspection of products during transit, or the ability to monitor humidity levels inside of the bag but the list really does go on as to why our customers may need the contents of their High Barrier Foil packaging inspected!

As most of our foil laminates used to make 2D/3D bags contain a layer of aluminium, there is no way to see into the bag, without breaking the hermetic seal. To avoid having to do this and causing moisture damage to the products that you are trying to protect during transit or storage, we have a clear, high barrier, flexible material available which can be implemented in different formats:

Viewing Window:

A viewing window can be fitted in your preferred location of the High Barrier Foil Bag and to make sure that we get the location correct, we will first send you a drawing of your bag indicating the position of the window for your approval! Inserting a viewing window into your bag means that you can see inside the bag without breaking the seal, meaning that the high levels of moisture protection that barrier foil offers are maintained.

Humidity Indicator:

If you need to check the levels of the humidity within your packaged product during shipment, we can fit your packaging with a viewing window complete with a humidity indicator card which shows you the level of humidity within your bag easily.

Viewing Panel:

If you need more than just a small viewing window, maybe for customs clearance, we are able to manufacture a bag that has a whole panel made from our clear material. This is a tried and tested solution for the passing of the product through customs inspections without having to open the bag and expose your product to moisture damage. Just let us know which panel of the 3D barrier foil bag will need to be viewable to customs, and with an approved drawing from yourself, we will be able to create a unique barrier foil bag to suit your needs.

If you would like to enquire about our PPCC1 material, then contact our customer support team on 0161 976 2006 ext 2.

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