Recycling Our Aluminium Cans

Barrier Foil Round Bottom Drum LinerThe recent installation of snack vending machines within the Protective Packaging canteen area has proved a great success.  However, it has created a lot of empty aluminium cans and therefore we have now invested in a can crusher to allow us to become more environmentally friendly by  recycling all our empty aluminium cans.  A Protective Packaging barrier foil liner has also been used to line the dustbin to stop all the stale smells, this liner can be heat sealed and stored until a reasonable amount of cans have been saved for recycling.

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Foil Bags

Everyone knows that products packed within an aluminium tin can are well preserved and have a very long shelf life, but how can you put a large machine in a tin can?

The answer is an aluminium barrier foil bag which once hermetically sealed performs as a flexible tin can. View our video Foil Bags - The flexible tin canto see a very large machine being packed within a foil bag to protect from corrosion damage during export.

We tailor all our foil bags and liners to suit the item however large or small,  just provide us with the item size and we’ll do the rest.

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Back to Basics

I have been employed in the packaging industry for many years (I’d rather not  say how many!) and have been promoting the benefits of barrier foils over other climatic protection measures for most of them. Yet it never ceases to amaze me that there are still people in the same industry who have not yet grasped the importance and cost effectiveness of foil laminate bags for the prevention of corrosion and moisture damage.

I was asked recently by an export packaging company to calculate how much desiccant is required in a tar paper lined timber case to protect the contents from moisture ingress for 6 months in the tropics.  They did not intend to use a barrier bag around the expensive, moisture sensitive product within the case !

So once again I had to deliver the age old message, which is:

 1) Silica gel and activated clay desiccants cannot perform effectively in mopping up moisture unless they are used within an enclosed environment , otherwise they quickly become saturated and cease to function.

 2) As long as the barrier bag’s water vapour transmission rate and surface area are known, the amount of desiccant required per month can be accurately calculated, using the formula in BS1133 section 19. This is detailed on our website :

 3) A polythene bag 125 microns thick will allow the ingress of 4 grams of moisture vapour per square metre of it’s surface area, per day!  Foil Bags

 4) A bag made in a typical foil laminate from Protective Packaging’s range will allow less than 0.05 grams of moisture vapour per square   metre per day to migrate through it. This means you need 80 times less expensive desiccant within the bag, saving a lot of money, plus there is no need for any lining within the case except under the lid.  Our cross woven case lid liner is very strong and effective in preventing rain water ‘puddling’ on top of the foil bag.    

Paul Walker

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Barrier Foils Protect Spare Parts

Here at Protective Packaging we don’t just make Barrier Foil Liners for the protection of goods during export,  we also manufacture barrier foil tubes in roll form to be used in the motor sport industry for spare parts for  Formula 1 cars.

The use of Barrier Foil ensures that the parts arrive at their destination in prestige condition and  perform exactly as they should each and every time. Barrier Foils protect spare parts

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