Scodix has added a new polymer, PolySense 550, which has been engineered to make digital enhancement of food packaging more accessible.

Scodix applications that can use the PolySense 550 polymer include Sense, Foil, VDE, Cast&Cure and Glitter. Types of substrates applicable include offset, HP Indigo ElectroInk and lamination.  

PolySense 550 is based on the company’s existing PolySense polymer technology, which has been developed over a number of years to offer a low migration characteristic and is built off PolySense polymers running on Scodix E106 enhancement presses, including machines used in the packaging industry. PolySense 550’s food packaging compliance refers to indirect contact for low migration, as validated by SQTS Labs in Zurich Switzerland, and tested and approved according to Swiss Ordinance.

Guy Alon, vice president, research and development at Scodix, said, ‘Scodix enhancements create great visual impact for the brands who use them, and food packaging is no exception. The new Scodix PolySense 550 polymer broadens the Scodix portfolio while presenting customers with the ability to further differentiate themselves from the competition, which is crucial on the packed supermarket shelves.

‘The value of adding digital enhancements to food packaging with the assurance that the printing procedure is safe for consumers according to food packaging standards is a big step forward for Scodix Ultra users.’

PolySense 550 is already being used by Italian folding carton producer, Packly, whose CEO Giuseppe Prioriello commented, ‘Scodix PolySense 550 augments existing Scodix applications with the ability to apply it to food-grade packaging.

‘It is a Packly company priority to guarantee 100% safe packaging in the food sector, as well as the other sectors we operate in. We strongly believe that producers must be ahead of the game and provide safe packaging for short runs without waiting for the customer to request the service. This is the reason why we are using this food compliant polymer.’

He continued, ‘We are already experiencing an increase in business as brands are personalising their packaging while taking advantage of the shorter runs and faster lead times. With no set-up, no waste and the fast time-to-market, food packaging digital enhancement has just broadened the possibilities for the industry dramatically.’