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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