As part of its current expansion programme 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.
The new 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 highly 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 same system also scribes packaging films through just one layer of laminated films which is ideal for tear off strips, offers and separate sections whilst protecting the integrity of the contents. Scribing also facilitates easy opening for consumer convenience.
TCL’s managing director Mike Golding comments “this new high-tech equipment enables TCL to provide a much wider range of solutions for our customers 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%.
We chose Rofin-Baasel as they are leaders in their field and had the technical skills and commitment to work with us to develop a system to our specification and one that will be integrated into existing slitting equipment at our Telford factory early in 2014”