Investing In The Future

In the forthcoming months Protective Packaging Limited will be investing substantially to upgrade our excellent Joey Pouch Making Machine. This machine is already providing good production, but the upgrade will allow greater manufacturing capabilities and excellent quality pouches for the future, keeping Protective Packaging Ltd at the forefront of the barrier foilFoil Pouch laminate packaging industry.

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We Have it Calibrated

Protective Packaging Limited – We have it calibrated.

At Protective Packaging Limited we have many devices that require calibration to ensure measurements and analysis that we make on our  Aluminium Barrier Foil Bags and Liners are accurate each and every time. The Quality Department keep a log of the items that require calibration and arrange for this to take place on time in line with our ISO9001:2008 certification.

The calibration activity can take place either here at Protective Packaging or we can send the items/devices away to accredited calibration houses to have the work carried out there. This work is confirmed by certification detailing the calibration that has taken place and when the item is next due for testing.  This calibration work provides us with total confidence that the measurements we carry out are to specification.Protective Packaging ISO certificate

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Problem solved for The National Trust

Back in October 2013 we were contacted by the National Trust  to help with a project they were working on for the relocation of large canvasses that were being moved from their permanent home at the National Trust’s Sandham Memorial Chapel to an exhibition at Somerset House in London.

The conservation team wanted to use our PP250 laminate for both protection & practicality. The paintings were going to be exposed to differing environments at various locations and they wanted to use the PP250 laminate as a backing which would prevent shrinking or swelling. The front of the paintings has a paint layer which acts as a buffer but the reverse of the canvas does not, so to balance the front and the back, the customer decided to add the PP250 laminate backing. The laminate also acts as physical protection against damage. From a practical point the customer wanted something lightweight, stable and easy to cut. The Protective Packaging Limited PP250 laminate had all these characteristics and was supplied in flat sheets cut to size.

The paintings in question were by the artist Stanley Spencer who painted his poignant memories of war, the paintings are on large scale canvas panels which are being exhibited until the end of this month. Spencer painted scenes of his own wartime experiences, as a hospital orderly in Bristol and as a soldier, also on the Salonika front. His recollections, painted entirely from memory, focus on domestic rather than combative and evoke everyday experience – washing lockers, inspecting kit, sorting laundry, scrubbing floors and taking tea – in which he found spiritual resonance and sustenance.

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Conservationist using Protective Packaging PP250 barrier foil laminate

The paintings, which took six years to create and were completed in 1932, are considered to be the artists finest achievement.

At the end of the exhibition the paintings will return to their home at the Sandham Chapel, the customer has confirmed that they will be leaving the PP250 backings in place. It is nice to know that Protective Packaging have had a small part in such an exciting and worthwhile project.

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Are your valuable export orders vulnerable to being ruined by mould growth?

There are 4 critical requirements for mould growth – available spores, available food, appropriate temperatures and considerable moisture.
So what is the most effective way of stopping mould growth in its tracks ?

Spores
Mould spores are literally everywhere. Trying to control mould through the elimination of mould spores is not feasible.

Food
Almost any substance that contains carbon atoms provides sufficient nutrients to support mould growth. Leather, textiles, wood, cardboard, paper, chemicals,
even soap residue and natural oil based coatings will support the growth of moulds. These materials are commonly found in deep sea exported products and their packaging.

Temperature
Most moulds grow very well at the same temperatures that humans prefer.  Anyone who has cleaned out their fridge knows that temperatures close to freezing will not prevent mould growth and warmer temperatures, like those of the tropics, will grow abundant quantities of mould. It is not easy to control mould growth through the control of temperature.

Moisture
Most moulds require the presence of considerable moisture for growth. The vast majority of mould species require relative humidity of at least 70% in their environment.

Of the four basic requirements for mould growth, moisture availability is by far the easiest mould growth requirement to control. But how ?

Either:
By enclosing your finished products into hermetically sealed barrier foil bags with the correct amount of desiccant. Protective Packaging Ltd can manufacture and supply your foil bags to bespoke sizes within as little as 24 hours, with no MOQ. We will also be happy to advise on and supply the correct amount of desiccant for each of your shipments and the sealing tool required to close your bags.Barrier foil bag

Or:
Where the nature of your export goods do not lend themselves to foil bag protection, we supply Prodripole desiccant poles, to control the humidity level of the entire shipping container in which your goods are travelling. Available from stock, Prodripole is an effective solution to control fungal growth and dampness which can damage your products and their packaging. ProDriPole Desiccant

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