Laser scoring allows complex shapes in packaging design

A specialist supplier of flexible packaging has introduced directional laser scoring as part of its manufacturing processes, allowing complex shapes to be incorporated as part of its packaging design with no loss to the barrier properties.
Tyler Packaging which supplies flexible packaging to a range of industries including human food, fitness supplements, pet food and garden products is embracing new technology in the form of directional laser scoring as it looks to improve on its packaging capabilities.
“Innovation is key,” says sales and technical director Adam Kay. “By introducing a new packaging technology we are able to innovate our processes and offer a greater range of solutions to our clients. The great thing about directional laser scoring is that we can produce traditional, almost old-fashioned looking packaging while providing the same ultra-modern barrier properties afforded by the latest technologies.”
Directional laser scoring enables complex shapes to be cut out of the outer layer of a laminated pouch or bag to allow for see-through windows so consumers can view the contents of the packaging without needing to lose any of the barrier properties.
Tyler Packaging’s laminated packaging solutions can now include a window in the same manner as traditional two-ply paper and polythene bags. Previously, normal paper and polythene multi-ply packaging was unable to afford the same barrier properties if an aperture was included. Directional laser scoring now means that this is no longer an issue.
The technology can be applied to laminate films, pouches and bags, providing packers with the opportunity to create an old-fashioned, traditional appearance but with all the associated benefits that ultra-modern barrier packaging offers.
“The introduction of new materials, machines, designs and capabilities helps to keep us at the forefront of the flexible packaging industry while giving our customers a greater range of choice when it comes to fulfilling their requirements,” concludes Kay. “Directional laser scoring is something fresh that we can bring to the table and we’re keen to begin implementing it.”
With patented technology including SLIDE-RITE sliders, laser scribing, easy open, flat base pouches and further high quality flexible packaging options such as laminated pouches, bags and sacks and BOPP/PP woven sacks Tyler Packaging has continuously used successful innovation techniques to build an industry leading business.
3D imagery at the design stage of the packaging process to assist client marketing departments in visualising designs and print layouts prior to printing is one of many facilities offered by the company which also includes augmented reality as a possible design option.