Last updated: 10 Dec 2021 | 1126 Views |
Extruded plastic tube packaging has become an integral part of everyone’s life. Anyone who uses shampoo, conditioner, face cream, or body lotion has used cosmetic extruded plastic and PBL tube packaging. These tubes are one of the major types of packaging used by the cosmetic, household, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
But most people don't have any idea about the production processes involved in creating this common type of packaging. Let's take a peek behind the walls of an extruded plastic tube packaging manufacturer in Thailand and learn about the production and the recent innovations in the industry.
Extrusion is a manufacturing process that has been around since the late 1700s when it was invented as a method of manufacturing pipes for plumbing.
In 1935, plastic was the new material, and manufacturers were busy finding new uses for this lightweight material. Researchers working with plastic extruders realised that the plastic material benefitted from being extruded. The extrusion process compresses and then elongates the plastic molecules as they pass through the extruder. This forces them into alignment and causes a type of interlocking of the molecules, which strengthens the final product.
Extrusion is also an efficient method of creating plastic tubes in mass quantities. By loading a hopper with a large amount of plastic resin, heating it, forcing it through an extruder, cutting it into sections and capping the sections, manufacturers can create a large number of tubes in a fraction of the time it would take to create the tubes individually.
The chemical composition of plastic is continuously being experimented with and improved. The first major breakthrough came by altering the composition to provide a rougher finished texture. This innovation made the paper labels on products obsolete and helped speed up the production process while lowering the cost by making it possible to print directly onto the plastic.
The chemical composition is also often being adjusted to make the products more environmentally friendly. Extruded tube products have been recyclable for over thirty years, but manufacturers are still concentrating their efforts to reduce and reuse the plastic used as their base material.
They are currently experimenting with incorporating post-consumer resins (PCR) into their products, further reducing the need for additional plastic in the supply chain.
These days, a lot of the innovations are focused on increasing the recyclable qualities of the plastic, as well as improving the production processes to lower the manufacturing plant's carbon footprint. They are focusing more on using hybrid technologies that are up to 70% more power efficient compared to traditional technologies.
Victor Packaging, one of the largest and most advanced extruded plastic tube packaging manufacturers in Thailand, has replaced more than 30% of its outdated equipment. And they plan on completing the conversion to this environmentally friendly new technology by 2023.
If you're interested in learning more about the benefits that this proven and constantly improving packaging technology can provide your liquid and gel products, contact Victor Packaging today.