The art of packaging
Laboratories, catering, hardware stores and many other customers are already familiar with our packaging. From small to large packaging is produced in white, transparent or in a desired color. In addition, recycled raw materials are increasingly popular for non-food applications. Besides the possibilities with the material, we can provide a bucket with various handles! Different types of lids are also available for many models.
How does injection molding work?
All these different possibilities depend partly on the moulds we have made. We are happy to give you an explanation about the process of injection molding plastic products. In injection moulding, polypropylene plastic granules are heated in a tube in large machines. In this tube, a screw turns the ever-warming plastic towards the mould. Once at the front of the screw, the plastic has melted and enters the mould through a small injection point. This mould consists of two parts containing a space in which the plastic is injected. This open space is the product that is produced. With considerable force, the exact amount of plastic is quickly injected into the mould and then quickly cooled down again in the machine.
The machine then opens the two parts of the mould, after which the product is removed from the machine by a robotic arm. It is stacked on a conveyor belt and then placed on a pallet.
Adjustments to the process
At Dijkstra Plastics we have our own mould factory and we have the necessary expertise for maintenance and new developments in the field of moulds.
To adjust or even make a complete mould, there are considerable costs involved but we like to think along to see what is possible. In addition to adjustments in a mould, smaller adjustments to the process are also possible that can help to make a packaging fit you. In our wide range we have various packaging available. To give these packaging some extras, you can choose IML and/or your own color. Because there are still remnants of the previous product in the screw, a color change is not just done. When switching from recycled material to ordinary material, even the entire machine is emptied so that we can guarantee food safety! As a result, products in color or recycled material cannot be delivered directly per pallet. Because of our own efficiency and waste of plastic, we therefore plan this as well as possible. Because these steps also help to reduce plastic waste.
The cost of packaging depends on various factors. Because a mould can have several cavities for products, several packaging (or parts) can be made at the same time. In addition to the manufacturing costs, there are costs for the plastic itself. These are tracked in a global index called ICIS (Independant Commodity Intelligence Services). We use this index as the basis for our sales prices.
In-Mould Labelling (IML)
Dijkstra Plastics is one of the largest producers of packaging containers and together with our label partners we can provide the vast majority of our range with In Mould Label printing.
PCR: 100% Recycled Plastic
We are very aware of our great responsibility for production of plastic packaging products. That is why we take measures to keep the impact of our packaging on the living environment as responsible as possible.
Injection moulding explained
With a range of 0.3 to 61 liter packaging, we offer a wide range of packaging in various forms such as round, rectangular and square. In addition to these standard solutions, we also offer tailor-made solutions.
In addition to the fact that traceability in the food industry is mandatory, it is also important in other production chains to follow where raw materials come from. This certainly also applies to our packaging containers.
Sustainable Alfix packaging
Since the year 2000, Alfix, producer of tile adhesives and more, has been proactively minimizing its impact on the environment for both production and their products. But the packaging in which the products are packed must also be sustainable, according to the company in Kolding.
New: More energy efficient injection moulding machine
Last week we welcomed our new BMB injection moulding machine to our machinery. After assembling and preparing in Italy, everything is now being prepared to reinforce and modernise our current machinery in Haaksbergen.
BRC AA status again awarded to Dijkstra Plastics
Subsequent to our recent audit, which was carried out in line with the BRC Packaging Standard, we have once again been awarded the highest attainable AA status for both our locations, at Almelo and Haaksbergen. We’re extremely proud to announce this news, and are very much looking forward to when circumstances in relation to the coronavirus once again permit us to welcome visitors to our wonderful factories.
Day 5: The future of packaging
We all know a dramatic shift must take place in the world due to the climate issue. In 30 years’ time we will no longer be using crude oil as the basis for plastic packaging. Remy is telling us more about the future of packaging industries.
Day 4: Endless possibilities In Mould Labelling Technology
Today Joram is telling us more about In-Mould Labeling Technology (IML). What does IML stand for, how is it made and what are the solutions within IML?
The British Retail Consortium (BRC)introduced this certification programme in 1998. The programme focuses on food safety and quality within an organisation. A company is tested on more than 300 aspects to check to what extent it meets the standard that is set. A rating indicates to what degree a company complies with the GSFI-recognised standard of the BRC.
Aspects such as traceability, cleanliness, operational control, training and management of suppliers are included, which together form the basis of the BRC. Thanks to the name that the BRC has built up, it has been a reputable name in the world of certification programmes for years and we are proud to be able to show our results within this programme.
The FSSC 22000 Standard has been created through Stichting Certificatie Voedselveiligheid (SCV). As a food-oriented version of the ISO 22000 Standard, this certification programme has been set up as a global guideline in food safety and quality within various industries. This standard is aimed at the entire production chain and as such, it is ideally suited for international harmonisation, partly thanks to the recognition by the GFSI. In addition to its connection with ISO 22000, the FSSC 22000 has many comparisons with the HACCP criteria, making it an attractive variant with the best of both worlds from these programmes. Thanks to the internationally accepted nature of the FSSC and the chain-wide approach within this certification programme, we recognise a strong food safety management system in this standard.