The average order in this business is often not more than 50,000 tubes and the extrusion system and the following equipment must have a high grade of flexibility. The Breyer tube extrusion system TOPline and ECO line reportedly allows customers to fulfill all these requirements from the cosmetic industry.
It's a different situation for producers of PBL tubes (plastic barrier laminate tubes). Compared to the extruded tubes, these kinds of tubes are made from a web laminate and have a visible side seam. Most of their production sizes are usually above 100,000 tubes per order. Laminate film itself is supplied by international players of the film industry to the tube manufacturers. High speed film lines, side-seamers and printers allow an economic mass production of such film but not for the individual design for small orders.
To improve this situation for laminate tube producers, Breyer offers now a new solution based on the company's experience of extrusion systems for flat film and extruded tubes. The extrusion line with working width of 1600mm, 800mm, 400mm or less allow the production of slitted flat film with a flexible configuration of different layers (3, 5 or more), for different tube diameters and lengths.
Barrier layers out of EVOH, PA, PET, COC are also possible. In addition, properties such as color and haptic, which is important for the first impression of the tube product, can be easily adapted by using different polymers like PET, PP, PA, PE or other blended polyolefines.
An isolated inner layer even allows the usage of recycled material, which are not in contact with the product in the tube.
The inline process of flat web extrusion allows the production of ABL or the laminating of the film web by additional decorating film or even to apply an embossed structure. Due to the development of inline web printers with digital or analog printing process, small tube orders can be realized in an economical way.
The advantage for laminate tube producers is that they can now produce their own individual flat film with individual designs with a high flexibility for small tube order lots. Antoher value is the in-house production of the film web.