PepsiCo seeks novel technologies for induction sealing of food & beverage containers.
Induction sealing, a means by which an aluminum foil-containing lidding is attached to a glass or plastic container, has been in commercial use for decades. It has a number of advantages over standard conduction or heat sealing such as being noncontact and requiring less energy.
The traditional multi-layer lid consists of (from bottom to top):
In the most common type of induction sealing, the lid is glued to the container cap. When the container and lid passes under the induction heating coil, the foil layer separates from the paper layer while the polymer layer adhesively bonds the foil layer to the container, creating a hermetic seal. This airtight seal serves to prevent spills, deter tampering and keep out potential contaminants.
For this project, PepsiCo seeks innovations for direct application (capless) induction sealing wherein the lid is directly applied to the container & heated via induction cycle, creating the bond (see below).
While inductive sealing performs well, there are potential drawbacks, primarily in the realm of post-consumer recycling. If the foil layer is not completely removed from the container prior to disposal, the presence of the aluminum prevents the recycling of that glass or plastic.
PepsiCo believes that advances in materials science and polymer technology offer the opportunity to improve upon induction sealing to reduce or eliminate post-consumer recycling contamination.
Areas of Interest
A successful technology will:
Technologies that are cost neutral relative to current technology are preferred.
PepsiCo is open to all approaches capable of meeting the criteria set forth.
Technologies not related to induction sealing.
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