Barrier concept for IBCs and rigid plastics packaging

Mauser skINliner barrier combines barrier performance of multilayer plastic film with logistical and lifecycle benefits of rigid packaging

Industrial packaging company Mauser presented its new skINliner barrier technology during a recent customer event in Heidelberg, Germany.

The Mauser skINliner barrier technology combines the advanced barrier performance of multilayer plastic film technology (e.g. against hydrocarbons and/or oxygen) with the logistical and lifecycle benefits of rigid packaging. The new modular packaging design provides reuse and recyclability.

“To date, the integration of flexible liner solutions into rigid industrial packaging and their separation after use has been quite cumbersome,” explains Detlev Weyrauch, Head of Innovation and Processing at Mauser Group.

“Especially when used in combination with Rigid Composite IBC (RIBC), liner geometries do not always fit well into the rigid inner receptacle.”

“Today's solutions are difficult to install and often get damaged during the phase of use. Based on a newly developed welding technology we created a perfect fit geometry.”

When placed in a Rigid Composite IBC, for example, the Mauser skINliner is applied like an inner skin to the IBC's inner receptacle.

It is semi-permanently fixed to the inside of the rigid bottle and therefore no longer subject to any intensive mechanical stress during filling, handling and emptying of RIBCs. The same applies to other packaging types like plastic drums.

The skINliner barrier technology has gained full UN-approval for dangerous goods.

In comparison to known blow-molded multi-layer EVOH-barrier IBC bottles, the Mauser skINliner barrier IBC provides the same functionality with less material.

It adds barrier functionality to large volume packaging like IBC bottles where it is needed most closest to the filling good on the inside of the container.

Klaus Peter Schmidt, Head of Product Development and Sustainability Management at Mauser Group said:

“As part of our reconditioning activities around washing, remanufacturing and recycling of rigid industrial packaging we have experienced the advantages of modular packaging designs like composite IBCs.”

skINliner allows customising features like barrier functionality or light protection within standard industrial packaging.

Positioned inside of the container and closest to the filling, it prevents the migration of substances to the container wall.

Separated from the IBC bottle, it enables mono-fractional recycling of non-contaminated polyethylene IBC bottle material.

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