Antalis invests in new box testing equipment at Smart Packaging Centre

ANTALIS Packaging has added a burst test machine and two new corrugate-testing machines at its Leicestershire-based Smart Packaging Centre (SPC) to help customers further evaluate current or new solutions.

The SPC provides customers with the chance to discuss their packaging requirements, see automation in action, develop packaging design solutions, and create samples.

The new TLS Samples Crush Tester CDM-5 can perform a number of different tests, including ring crush, edge crush and flat crush testing, while the new TLS VALIDATOR PLUS-50 compression testing machine tests corrugated boxes and other materials up to a pressure of 50kN.

To test bursting strength, the TLS Bursting Strength Tester Mullen BT-10 enables the team to assess how much pressure a cardboard box, or other paper material, can withstand before failing.

Antalis said the new additions to the SPC means the business now has the facility to gain accurate readings and performance parameters for a range of different values required to make a successful shipping carton.

John Garner, head of sustainability, innovation and design – packaging at Antalis, said, “We are able to use the data the new testing equipment provides to develop alternative material proposals for customers that offer the same or better performance values than their existing packaging. For example, we were able to redesign one customer’s corrugated boxes to use 35% less material.

“It’s a great result all round because, as well as offering a potential price benefit, we are significantly reducing the amount of resources required in the manufacture, distribution and storage of these products, as well as making recycling at the end of life phase easier.”