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DuPont Packaging announced the launch of the first in a series of online modeling tools to help brand owners and packaging converters 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.

Clare Goldsberry

October 10, 2011

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DuPont Packaging wants you to know your true costs

The new modeling tool, launched at the recent Pack Expo, is based on DuPont's extensive suite of predictive models. According to Dr. Barry A Morris, Sr. Technology Associate, DuPont's 90 years of experience in packaging have captured the knowledge necessary to provide the company's customers with computer-based tools to help designers optimize the packaging structure.  "Another category is around the converting process," explained Morris, developer of the of the modeling tools, in an interview at Pack Expo. "This has become increasingly important as product life cycles are shortened. Computer models cut down on iterations and eliminate breaking into the production line, to result in both time and cost savings."

SaVE also incorporates dynamic modeling capabilities that allow users to calculate break-even points on multiple inputs to make wiser, more sustainable choices. The cost model helps evaluate the total packaging cost including comparing different films with different sealants and shows the value of using premium sealants.

"DuPont technical experts have long been able to use their models to have these discussions one-on-one with customers, but the models enable customers to calculate the combination of physical properties that will deliver required performance, processability and other requirements," Dr. Morris noted.  "They make DuPont expertise available online, at any time, making it easier to access insights."

Morris also added that DuPont does not "capture" any of the information that customers put into the online evaluation tool, so customers do not have to be concerned. "Our internal focus is on looking at the variables, sharing our expertise, reducing the cost in the supply chain, improving performance and using less materials."

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.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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