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New cap, liner, and seal system perks up packaging performance
Leaky and bloated containers get cut from turf management product roster.


 

By Judy Rice, Contributing Editor

Turf management specialist Floratine Products Group, Inc., Collierville, TN, formulates and markets 48 liquid and six dry nutrient products to promote grass growth, heat-stress tolerance, and endurance on high-traffic lawns, golf courses, and other sports fields. The company operates two packaging lines—one for 10-L PET jugs and one for one-gal PET jugs. The 63-mm copolymer threaded screw caps are applied by hand-held pneumatic capping machinery.


 
On-par packaging

While Floratine provides outstanding turf management products to U.S. and international markets with diverse climates, the company wanted to improve its packaging to keep pace with product quality. The products contain organic components that can cause off-gassing. This off-gassing can make the containers bloat in warm temperatures or contract in cooler temperatures. Jugs with leaks and other defects can result.

Floratine’s director of operations, Darryl King, recalls, “Packaging became tedious. We were tightening all the caps, using a hand-held pneumatic capper. If we didn’t get the cap tightened just right, it resulted in a phone call from an unhappy customer with a leaky or bloated jug. We knew it was time to call in the packaging experts to resolve this dilemma.”

 

The triple-threat packaging team they called in consisted of cap supplier TricorBraun, cap liner supplier Performance Systematix, Inc., and sealing equipment supplier Enercon Industries Corp.

TricorBraun and Performance Systematix collaborated to find the optimum cap and liner combination for Floratine’s products. And Enercon offered an induction sealing system suited to the task. The new system became fully operational at Floratine in May 2009.

The new cap incorporates a 0.188-in. hole allowing the container to vent. The vented Circumvent foam liner and a vented Airfoil heat-induction seal provide a tamper-evident and leak-proof seal that allows the product to breathe without leaking. This three-component venting system enables the jugs to vent during transport and after the heat-induction seal is removed by the end user. The jugs avoid leakage, bloating, and collapsing problems.



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