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Westborough, Massachusetts 01581
The RKW Group is a global manufacturer of polyethylene and polypropylene Geosynthetic Barriers for use in environmental, hydraulic and civil engineering. With its range of Wepelen® Geosynthetic Barriers, RKW has over 30 years of experience in lining sol ... more
U. S. Director of Sales and Marketing
RKW Danafilms Inc
University of Massachusetts
Management - RKW Danafilms
Media Exposure - RKW Danafilms
MARKET DEMANDS WIDER ROLL WIDTHS
"Several years ago, the widths of coating lines used in producing surface protection films increased to above 90 inches-beyond the capabilities of our extrusion lines at the time," says Crimmin.
"However. once we added our 102-inch line in Franklin, KY, earlier this year, we were once again able to produce the widths that this marketplace needs."
While Crimmin indicates that the production of surface protection films may not appear to be as technically involved as other filmstocks in the company's customized portfolio, stringent quality controls used by RKW-Danafilms still carry over to surface protection films and ensure the machinability that the application demands.
As Crimmin explains, the process of matching a film to suit a specific purpose, like the ability to run on Weaver Popcorn's high-speed vertical form-fill-seal lines, is a lot like a doctor investigating a patient's symptoms to develop a diagnosis.
"What kind of a product is going to be packaged?
Is it going to have sharp edges which could puncture the package?
"With that, you determine whether you need sealing and/or strength properties, then you finally ask yourself, 'Which film would fit this?'"
That film proved to be Danafilms' 6334, an existing film with a solid track record for excellent sealability and machineability.
Once laminated to a polyester/metalized film extruded from a proprietary blend, the 3-ply film emerged as a complete solution, providing Weaver with the desired barrier, structural integrity, and graphics qualities it was seeking in a resealable stand-up popcorn bag.
"Converting to a flexible package really helped our client realize a lot of benefits over the historical tins and plastic pails from which they converted," notes Crimmin.
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