Facts & Terms Explained

One way degassing valves for The Packaging People

Roasted Coffee releases CO2 which means that over time the pressure inside the coffee bag increases “blowing the bag up like a balloon”. To solve this situation the “Wipf” company of Switzerland in the 1970’s invented the one way degassing valve (pictured above). The valves are made of PET. These valves let the CO2 escape without allowing fresh air to re-enter the bag, resulting in a fresher bag of coffee. When the pressure reaches 5 mbar the valve opens releasing the CO2 from the bag automatically until the pressure decreases to 2 mbar when the valve closes. The process repeats as the gas builds up again. If you watch closely you will see the constant cycle of bags puffing up, then degassing, then puffing up, then degassing…. until the coffee releases all the CO2. The valve virtually does not age allowing us to guarantee a 3 years’ shelf life. The reject rate is the lowest in the market, below 0.01%.”Swiss watch technology” ensures consistent quality with the narrowest tolerances in the market when it comes to the sizes of the injection moulded parts and 100% in-line controls making sure that all valves leaving the Wipf factory are completely assembled.

Degassing valves are a coffee industry standard and are highly recommended by The Packaging People Team. We only provide the best quality valves from Wipf in Switzerland.

AL

It is an abbreviation for aluminium and is used as a light and oxygen barrier in 3 ply materials, due to its excellent insulation against oxygen and light.

PE

It is an abbreviation for polyethylene. PE is used as a bonding agent in wet lamination.

PP

It is an abbreviation for polypropylene.

GLOSS FINISH

It is an abbreviation for Polyethylene terephthelate and is a form of polyester often used as the outer substrate on laminates, due to its excellent tear strength, elongation properties and competitive price. Images and artwork are usually printed on the reverse side.

MATT FINISH

It is an abbreviation for oriented polypropylene. OPP is used as a substitute for PET due to being highly price competitive. OPP can also have a matt finish. This laminate substrate can wrinkle easier when heat sealed compared with other products.

VMPET

It means metalized PET. This material consists of PET which has been metalized with aluminium. It serves as a light and oxygen barrier, and is often used instead of aluminium. It has a slightly smoother appearance than aluminium, however it is slightly less efficient as a light/oxygen barrier. It is however cheaper and more environmentally friendly.

LLDPE

Linear low-density polyethylene. A strong, clear or white film ideal for packaging of foods. It is heat sealable, has excellent puncture and tear resistance, and has a high degree of stiffness. It’s used as the inner layer in all laminates and meets FDA regulations.

Vinyl (Polyvinyl chloride), or PVC.

This strong clear material is used as the outer substrate on some coffee bags. It presents well, has excellent elongation and tear strength properties, and is used on coffee bags, where appearance is more important than price.

Natural Kraft

It is a durable and strong form of paper that can be used as the outer substrate on bags and pouches. It gives a more natural feeling to the bag. Natural Kraft can be printed in up to 10 colours.

Laminate

It is a composite material made of 2 or more dissimilar substrates such as PET and AL bonded together. Laminate for coffee bags and roll stock can be 2-ply or 3-ply, with the outer layer being Natural Kraft, PET, vinyl or MOPP. The optional central barrier substrate can be AL or VMPET, and the inner substrate is usually LLDPE. The generic term for laminate is web.

Laminate production process

After the artwork has been approved, the production process starts with the manufacture of the print cylinders/drums. Once a proof has been produced (extra charges & time delays may occur, depending on what proof is required eg. digital, paper or top layer), the production begins with the image being reverse printed in up to 8 colours on the outer PET substrate. The next step is the lamination, where the substrates or layers are bonded together. After this the laminate is wound, cut, and packaged.

Lamination

It is a process by which a sandwich of film layers is bound together by adhesives, coatings, or other polymers to form substrates with improved physical and chemical properties. There are two types of lamination processes – dry lamination and wet lamination.

2-ply laminate

It typically consists of an outer layer of PET or vinyl and an inner layer of LLDPE (linear low-density polyethylene). The LLDPE can be white, in which case the laminate will appear opaque. The LLDPE can also be clear, in which case the laminate will be clear. 2-ply laminate will often have a better look than traditional 3-ply laminate, however the shelf life of coffee products packed in 2 layer laminate will be shorter, as the contents are less shielded against light and oxygen.

3-ply laminate

It is a 3-layer laminate, where the middle layer can be AL, or VMPET. 3-ply laminates protect the bags contents against oxygen and light better than 2 ply laminates.

Dry lamination

It is a solvent based adhesive lamination process offering the best bond strength. Dry laminate cuts slightly easier than wet laminate, but is less cost effective.

Wet lamination

It offers a cost effective alternative to dry lamination and is used when the product does not require the strongest bond strength. The bonding liquid used by our manufacturers is a PE resin.

Pre-made bags

These are bags already formed at the factory. This is as opposed to roll stock.

Reverse Gravure Printing

This is the transfer of ink from an etched cylinder (normally steel or copper print drums) to the substrate, eg. paper/film/foil. The colors are printed onto the substrate one color at the time. The image is printed onto the reverse side (inner) of the outer substrate. The equipment is a multi-station (up to nine) printing machine to print and/or coat up to eight colours on to a fast-moving web of material. All types of coffee bags and laminates except for aluminum foil and gold foil are printed. Print drums are re-usable and one print drum is required per colour.

Custom print

The reverse gravure printing of logos, descriptions and pictures on bags, pouches, roll stock, or laminate according to designs submitted by the customer.

Substrate

The generic term for the layers that the laminate is composed of. A wide range of materials can be used, such as AL, LLDPE, PE, PET, VMPET, Natural Kraft, Vinyl and MOPP. The choice of material depends on the use of the bag/ pouch.

Retort

The process of cooking food in the package that it is sold in eg. baby food or soups that have meat or vegetables that need to cook at a temperature to kill off the micro-organisms and to avoid botulism. The temperature is generally around 121º C.

Retort Pouch

The bag / pouch created to store a food product that will be heated before the food product is consumed

Die lines

Die lines measure the form / shape / outline of the item being made, and is an aid in the artwork design phase for roll (or flat) stock items

Pouch lines

These are similar to die lines and measure the form / shape / outline of the pouch instead of a flat bag / pouch

Roll Stock

It is a bag /pouch material supplied in a flat form and on a roll.

CHECKING OF INVOICE

It is the responsibility of the purchaser to check their Invoice matches what they have ordered. It is also vital that they check shipping details.

The Packaging People PTY LTD will not be held responsible for any orders despatched to the wrong shipping address or incorrect stock if the details on an Invoice match what was advised at the time of ordering.

OVERSEAS FREIGHT

We ship to Australia and New Zealand only. We can organise an order for you, (which will be GST free) and send an invoice for payment, but then it would be up to you to arrange with a freight company to collect from us and deliver to you.

Once your order is picked & packed and payment has been received, we would forward you the weight and cubic measurements which will be required by the freight company of your choice).

Authority To Leave

If delivery cannot be effected to an address provided by you, additional freight charges may be incurred. We give our couriers an ATL (Authority to Leave) authorisation, to avoid re-delivery fees and collection issues from freight depots, being incurred by our customers. All our parcels are traceable, but depending on the courier company, may not require a signature for delivery. We do not accept responsibility or cost for parcels once they have been scanned as delivered by the courier company. It is your responsibility to advise, prior to despatch, if you are concerned about goods being left unattended on your doorstep. · Our policy is that we do not ship express – this needs to be on the site somewhere.

Returns Policy

Bags can be returned if you have ordered incorrectly, as long as they are in the same condition as they were sent in (and the same quantities) and the order was within the last 7 days. The postage for the return needs to be arranged by you and is your responsibility and cost. Once received back by us, we will issue a credit (not a refund), less a 5% re-stocking fee plus the cost that has been incurred in freighting the bags to you in the first place and any other costs incurred e.g. PayPal fees, visa fees etc. Credits kept in our system must be used within 1 year. You may well find that keeping the bags and finding another use for them is a better financial decision, but that is a matter for you to decide. We are more than happy to take them back as a matter of good faith, based on the above costs being covered.

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