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Adalis launches reinforcement tape for corrugated produce packaging

Adalis Corp., a subsidiary of H.B. Fuller Company, has introduced patent-pending High Modulus Sesame® tape, which the company says was inspired by its vision to help its customers reduce losses from damaged fruit and product claims while easing the transition to more eco-friendly corrugated packaging.

With High Modulus Sesame Tape, produce trays maintain strength longer through the distribution chain due to reduced bottom sag, improved stacking longevity, and up to 50% enhanced bulge-resistance, says the company. When applied to the bottom of horizontally corrugated trays, the tape is said to provide an 85% reduction in the rate of bottom sag in a humid room temperature environment between 26 and 126 hr, and a 45% reduction in sag at 360 hr in cold, humid conditions versus trays with no reinforcement. This translates to increased time to sag failure of four times.

High Modulus Sesame Tape is also designed for greater compression strength, which increases stacking strength, keeps stacks straighter longer and reduces stack failure when compared to the same trays without reinforcement. This tape, applied to hand holes of corrugated euro-style trays, is said to provide a 15% to 23% increase in average compression strength compared to trays without reinforcement and a 4% to 10% increase in average compression strength in regular slotted cartons (RSC), trays and bins.

According to Adalis, the new reinforcement tape technology provides clear advantages in supply chain integrity, cost savings, and sustainability. Stacks of produce and RSC stacks maintain strength and shape longer during transport, endure transit vibration, and reduce damage from fluctuating temperature and humidity conditions. Cost savings can also be achieved through the potential to optimize corrugated linerboard weights and reduce the corrugated footprint while still maintaining necessary box strength. Sustainability goals can be enhanced by reduced dependence on petroleum-derived plastics and polystyrene packaging.

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