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Title: Evaluation and optimization of seal through solid contamination behavior of heat conductively sealed films: I. Response surface method
Authors: Bamps, Bram 
D'huys, Karlien
Schreib, Ina
Stephan, Benjamin
De Ketelaere, Bart
Peeters, Roos 
Issue Date: 2019
Source: 29th IAPRI Symposium on packaging, Enschede, 11-14/06/2019
Abstract: A method is presented to apply solid powder/granulate contamination (ground coffee, blood powder) in between the heat conductive seals of flexible packaging materials. A response surface method is tested and validated to optimize seal strength of heat conductive sealing with and without solid contamination. In this study, a maximal seal strength is defined as optimal. Using these methods, three typical packaging films with varying seal layer composition (metallocene LLDPE, plastomer and sodium ionomer) are maximized towards contaminated seal strength. Contamination caused a decrease in seal strength and narrowed down the process window (seal temperature and time combinations) in which at least 90% of the maximal strength is obtained. The influence of seal layer composition on the clean and solid (ground coffee, blood powder) contaminated seal performance (seal strength, process window and leak tightness) was evaluated. The film with the plastomer based seal layer outperformed the other films with respect to the width of the process window. It also reached a higher seal strength and a higher amount of leak tight seals (evaluated with the dye penetration test) after optimization. The hot tack test was evaluated as predictive test for the contaminated seal strength. The results of this study do not support an indicative relationship.
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Type: Conference Material
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