What is Mylar and How is it Made?
How often do you see zippered pouches which can store candies, cookies, small bites, other dry food or any perishable and non perishable items for long periods of time?
Yes, we are talking about the silver colored zipper pouches which are used to store the above mentioned food items.
There is a term for that packaging material, Mylar and we address them as Mylar bags. Let us throw out some jargon your way and define Mylar in technical terms.
Mylar Bags – Meaning
Wikipedia describes Mylar, which is theoretically know as BoPET (biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate), a polyester film made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is used for its high tensile strength, chemical and dimensional stability, transparency, reflectivity, gas and aroma barrier properties and electrical insulation.
These jargons are the intricate properties of explaining Mylar to our readers. It covers basically all the important features of BoPET.
BoPET film was developed in the 1950s by three different companies all in different countries; Dupont Films in the USA, Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) in the United Kingdom and Hoechst in Germany.
The term Mylar is a registered trademark owned by Dupont Films for plastic film products made from the Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET).
The idea here is talk about zippered pouches, food packaging, coil zippers, stand up pouches among others. Pouch making is a very interesting but arduous process. We at Arrow have the right team to help you with this process and make sure your pouch making process yields beneficial results.
Packaging industry is very wide and pretty old. Flexible packaging is one such part of this industry which has been growing exponentially over the years.
To reiterate the meaning of flexible packaging from one of our old blogs, which caught a lot of attention from readers throughout the country, let us talk about it furthermore.
Flexible packaging is a style of packaging that uses rather non rigid material to pack perishable items. Materials like foil, plastic and paper are used to create zippers, pouches and a variety of containers. This makes sure the food grade stays the same for the entirety of its shelf life.
The idea of flexible packaging was discovered in the east. Chinese were the first ones to develop a first-of-its-kind package to transport food using mulberry bark. After many centuries, during industrialization in North America, the process of manufacturing cellulose from wood pulp was discovered and hence paper becomes the oldest example of flexible packaging.
Flexible packaging can be customized and is offered at economical prices. With improvements in technology and development of more variations in the packaging industry has led to some great innovations for packaging food items.
Sihl Artysio Packaging Materials
Sihl Digital Printable Media is one such member of the team mylar which provides flexible packaging solutions to businesses out there.
Sihl Artysio packaging presents innovative and one of the best packaging solutions in the digital inkjet printing industry. The materials that Sihl supplies are best paired with digital inkjet printers, narrow web printers, converters and other brand manufacturers.
Sihl boldly explains it’s new Artysio product as, “the revolutionary solution for digitally printed flexible packaging films with water-based inkjet technology, which meets the requirements of the packaging market through targeted functionality.”
Sihl steps up its A-game with providing flexible packaging using aqueous based pigment inks as compared to the traditional dye based inks and dry pigment based inks. The advantage here is if the colors are exposed to ultraviolet light, then water based pigment inks hold its color, quality and vibrancy better than dye based inks.
How digitally printed materials helps our customers
Artysio provides the ideal packaging solution for short run printing or on demand print jobs.
The on demand printing also comes with no additional cost to the customer and individual designs can be printed easily.
With the innovation of digitally label printing, the capital required or the cost of printing is comparatively lower than materials used in the traditional methods of printing.
How to Print Your Own Mylar Bags
Artysio is best suited for Arrow’s state of the art printer, ArrowJet Aqua 330R. The printer includes a variety of features such as laser printing, unwinding and rewinding at great speeds, laser finishing, use of aqueous based pigment inks, it is a complete print and cut system developed by Arrow.
ArrowJet Aqua 330R has the capability to print at speeds of 150ft/min and using its water based pigment inks it provides resolutions of upto 1600 x 1600 dpi. The ink tanks that can go with the machine to print on Artysio can hold upto 10 litres of CMYK inks.
ArrowJet Aqua not only prints on Mylar, BoPET or PET but also prints on a variety of different materials such as coated paper, polypropylene and PVC. The media width can be as big as 13 inches with a maximum print width of 12.75 inches.
Pairing ArrowJet Aqua 330R with Artysio seems like the ultimate solution for every label manufacturer whose problems revolve around flexible packaging.
Give us a call, talk to one of our sales representatives and know more about ArrowJet Aqua 330R and Artysio.
To read more about flexible packaging, please visit our previous reader-favorite blog here.