V-Shapes, a supplier of vertically integrated products and services for single-dose packaging, has partnered with TrojanLabel, an AstroNova Company, to integrate the TrojanLabel T2 high-volume digital inkjet press into its V-Shapes Prime packaging machine.
This integration delivers 1600 dpi printing in-line on sachets using designed-for-recycling materials developed by V-Shapes and partners that can be printed using digital inkjet technology. The TrojanLabel T2 digital inkjet printer prints at a speed of up to 12 inches per second with Memjet printheads.
‘Beginning with a roll of substrate comprised of a V-Shapes proprietary semi-rigid bottom layer and an upper layer of flexible packaging material, the V-Shapes vertically integrated solution produces unit dose packaging with high-quality branded content on the upper or front layer. Prime applies a V-Shapes patented pre-cut on the V-Shapes developed 100 percent recyclable polypropylene semi-rigid lower layer, followed by exact dosing of product, sealing and cutting to form customized filled sachets at up to 2,100 units per hour,’ said Christian Burattini, CEO of V-Shapes.
Burattini continued, ‘The compact footprint of this printing/converting/filling equipment means it can be conveniently operated in relatively small spaces using a single operator and delivers a robust return on investment for packaging converters/fillers and their brand owner clients.’
According to the company, V-Shapes sachets are a new way to safely, affordably and sustainably pack products in unique single dose packaging that can be opened in a single gesture using one hand, ranging from hand sanitizer to honey and more. These recyclable single portion sachets can be printed in multiple languages with customized brand messaging and use instructions.
By putting the TrojanLabel T2 digital inkjet printer in-line with the V-Shapes PRIME packaging line, manufacturing of V-Shapes sachets is more productive.
According to the company, the best option for the flexible top layer is SIHL ARTYSIO flexible packaging material. This includes alignment between the speed of the Memjet printheads, the amount of water contained in the ink, and the ability of SIHL substrates with special coatings to absorb water and fix pigments for high quality printing that dries immediately during the in-line printing process.
‘Not only are our coatings optimized for use with aqueous inkjet inks,’ said Ronny Kunze, director of global sales and business development for packaging at SIHL Group, ‘but they are also fully compliant with direct food contact, scratch and crack resistant, and deliver the widest possible color gamut, especially important when printing brand colors. We have worked closely with V-Shapes on sealing and required barrier properties as well, suppling them with the best possible resin recipes to deliver excellent results as well as industrial recyclability. We look forward to our continued work with V-Shapes as both companies want to invest in packaging with a sustainable future.'