Several Factors Affecting the Heat Sealing Strength of Aluminum Foil Medicine Packaging

The main factors affecting the heat sealing strength of aluminum foil medicine packaging are as follows:

1. Raw and auxiliary materials

The original aluminum foil is the carrier of the adhesive layer, and its quality has a great influence on the heat seal strength of the product. In particular, oil stains on the surface of the original aluminum foil will weaken the adhesion between the adhesive and the original aluminum foil. If the surface of the original aluminum foil is oily and the surface tension is lower than 31×10-3μm, it is difficult to achieve the ideal heat seal strength, so the quality of the original aluminum foil must be strictly controlled.

In addition, during the production process, it was discovered that certain batches of original aluminum foil with all technical indicators meeting the requirements were coated with adhesives under all process conditions, but the heat seal strength of the final product could not reach The reason is that the metal composition and surface brightness of the original aluminum foil are not enough. The research results show that by changing a special link to make full use of the original aluminum foil, the product reaches the ideal heat-seal strength.

2. Adhesives

Adhesive is a special substance containing solvent. It is coated on the dark side (or smooth side) of the original aluminum foil under certain process conditions, and dried in a drying tunnel to form an adhesive layer, which is decisive for the heat seal strength of the product effect. Adhesives can be divided into colorless, transparent, golden and colored series in color, which can be selected according to the needs of users. Adhesives of different components have different heat seal strengths in the final product. Most domestic manufacturers use imported raw materials to prepare adhesives, and the products can achieve high heat seal strength. However, the price of imported raw materials is too expensive. In order to obtain high profits for the products, some manufacturers with strong scientific research capabilities have begun to research and develop similar domestic raw materials. This kind of research direction is very tempting, if it can be successful, it will bring huge benefits to the enterprise. It is understood that due to the limited process of domestic raw material manufacturers, domestic raw materials cannot replace imported raw materials to a large extent. If used improperly, it will seriously affect the heat seal strength of the product.

3. Production process

Under the control of certain process parameters, the adhesive is coated on the surface of the original aluminum foil to form a film. The quality of the film will directly affect the heat seal strength of the product. Among the more important parameters include the coating speed, the segmented temperature of the drying tunnel, the shape, depth, number of lines, and the position and angle of the blade of the coating roller.

The coating speed determines the drying time of the coating in the drying tunnel. If the coating speed is too fast and the drying tunnel temperature is too high, the solvent on the surface of the coating film will evaporate too fast, resulting in solvent residues in the film, and the coating film will not be sufficiently dried, and it will be difficult to form a dry, strong and strong adhesive layer. It will affect the heat sealing strength and degree of the product, and cause adhesion between the product layers.

The anilox shape, depth, number of lines and the position and angle of the doctor blade determine the thickness and uniformity of the coating film. If the selection or adjustment is inappropriate, the adhesive cannot be evenly coated on the surface of the original aluminum foil, resulting in uneven film formation, and the heat sealing effect of the product will not be good, and the strength will also be affected. According to the national standard adhesive layer coating, the difference should be less than ± 12.5%. Therefore, the process of coating the adhesive layer into a film must be completed in strict accordance with the parameters specified by the process to ensure the uniformity and firmness of the film.

4. Heat sealing temperature

The heat-sealing temperature is an important factor that affects the strength of the heat-sealing. If the temperature is too low, the adhesive layer cannot be heat-sealed with the PVC film well, and the bond between the adhesive layer and the PVC film is not strong. If the temperature is too high, the medicine will be affected. Therefore, a reasonable heat sealing temperature is usually between 150°C and 160°C.

5. Heat sealing pressure

To achieve the ideal heat sealing strength, a certain heat sealing pressure must be set. If the pressure is insufficient, not only the adhesive layer of the product and the PVC film cannot be fully bonded and heat-sealed, but also air bubbles will remain between the two, failing to achieve a good heat sealing effect. Therefore, the national standard stipulates that the heat sealing pressure is 0.2×10Pa.

6. Heat sealing time

The heat-sealing time will also affect the heat-sealing strength of the product. Under normal circumstances, under the same heat sealing temperature and pressure, a longer heat sealing time can make the heat-sealed part be sealed more firmly and perfect, and can better achieve the expected heat-sealing strength. However, the technological conditions of modern high-speed medicine packaging machines cannot provide a long time for heat sealing. If the heat sealing time is too short, the heat sealing between the adhesive layer and the PVC film will be insufficient. For this reason, the national standard stipulates that the scientific heat sealing time is 1s.

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