There are so many different types of systems out there for fitting tamper evident packaging to your products. How can you know which one is right for your company? Two popular types are induction sealers and tamper evident banders. Both machines safely seal your product to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines, but each is suited to certain uses.
Cap induction sealers come in automatic or semi-automatic styles. Each style places a foil or laminate seal over the opening of a bottle, before the cap is placed. Which one you need depends upon your budget and packaging demands. For high-volume work, you should definitely invest in a fully automatic machine.
Automatic induction sealers may be either water-cooled or air-cooled. The air-cooled systems have mostly replaced the older style water-cooled systems because waterless systems are much smaller (about half the size of a water-cooled system) and they eliminate the need for many water recirculating parts, such as filtration, hoses, and pumps, which would need to be maintained and replaced periodically.
Tamper Evident Banders
Tamper evident banders are multi-tasking machines that can be used either for applying a tamper evident band around the top of a bottle or for applying a label around a bottle. They work by applying a plastic band around the container, and then a heat source shrinks the band. Often, a separate heat tunnel is used for this purpose. Once the band shrinks, it securely seals a container from outside the cap.
Which type of automatic tamper evident packaging system you choose depends upon your budget, available space, product type, and business volume. Whichever you choose, a modern system will make packaging easier, help your company to meet FDA regulations, and provide peace of mind to your customers, whether commercial or consumer.