Laser investment by packaging firm to increase capacity by 200 per cent

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TCL Packaging has been working in collaboration with Rofin-Baasel UK to develop a turnkey system for high speed laser micro perforation and scribing of its printed packaging films. This system will be integrated into existing slitting TCL equipment early in 2014.

The laser scribing and perforating solution incorporates three scanning heads each with Rofin two-axis technology, making it capable of generating perforations down to 0.1mm in size and in any pattern. Lasers operate along and across the web to facilitate fast, complex and flexible designs of micro perforations. This process creates films that maximise shelf-life for an increasing variety of fresh food products, each with unique respiration rates and storage conditions.

The system also scribes packaging films through just one layer of laminated films which is suitable for tear-off strips, offers and separate sections, while protecting the integrity of the contents.

Mike Golding, managing director at TCL, commented: ‘This new high-tech equipment enables TCL to provide a wider range of solutions from one system – all types of micro perforation along with scribing at high speeds, improving flexibility and turn round and increasing our capacity by 200 per cent. This system will be integrated into existing slitting equipment at our Telford factory early in 2014.’