DuPont Packaging Asks: 'Are You Paying too Much for Your Packaging?'

DuPont Packaging has launched the first in a series of online modeling tools based on its extensive suite of predictive models.

The new online tool enables brand owners and packaging converters to evaluate the total cost of flexible packaging that relies on sealing solutions to help protect the contents.

DuPont™ SaVE (Sealant Value Estimator) calculates the total value in use of sealant alternatives, taking into consideration gains from productivity and losses due to inefficiencies and waste from packaging failures that result from ineffective sealants. The new modeling tool was launched at PACK EXPO, Sept. 26-28, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev., and is available online at .

It also incorporates dynamic modeling capabilities that allow users to calculate break-even points on multiple inputs in order to make wiser, more sustainable choices.

“In today's environment where cost and waste reduction is a top priority, it's critical to understand how to reduce packaging waste and how to achieve efficiencies through informed resin choices,” said Yasmin Siddiqi, global marketing director, packaging and consumer, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “Design of multilayer packaging structures is complex and often involves expensive, iterative trials. DuPont has developed the broadest suite of predictive modeling tools in the industry to help customers optimize their structures and develop new ones in a streamlined fashion.”

The SaVE calculator can help determine whether increased material costs can be offset by higher productivity, and where the break-even point is. For instance, will a vertical form-fill-seal packaging line running 10 percent faster by using a film with an improved sealant that costs 15 percent more be economically attractive? Using the SaVE tool to model this scenario can give insight into this decision.

“DuPont technical experts have long been able to use their models to have these discussions one-on-one with customers. The DuPont models enable customers to calculate the combination of physical properties that will deliver required performance, processibility and other requirements,” said Dr. Barry Morris, senior scientist and developer of the modeling tools. “They make DuPont expertise available online, at any time, making it easier to access insights.”

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers offers an extensive portfolio of sealant resins (including peel seal), adhesive tie resins, and modifiers used in the food and beverage, personal care, healthcare, industrial and consumer goods industries. These technologies are aligned with the needs of the packaging value chain: Performance, Affordability and Sustainability. DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers leverages its science and technology know-how through a global development team working with converters, brand owners, retailers and others on packaging programs in the areas of total cost reduction, product protection, environmental stewardship, shelf appeal and convenience.
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