Advantages of Tinplate-A packaging
artist: hygienic, safe, and infinitely creative
The benefits of tinplate as a
packaging material are manifold:
Low weight and high strength - making tinplate
packaging easy to ship and store.
Optimum protection of food products - from
impurities, bacteria, moisture, light, and odours.
Unsurpassed safety of tinplate containers for
Tinplate is an eco-friendly packaging material
offering 100 percent recyclability - any number of times, and without quality loss.
Compared with other materials such as aluminum,
tinplate offers significant cost benefits.
Material savings through down-gauging. Tinplate
is ideally suited for the drawing and wall ironing (DWI) process used in the production of
beverage cans. Reductions to just one-third of the original sheet thickness are feasible
(special deep-drawing grades).
Direct printing, embossing and new shaping
techniques increase the material's marketing potential: tinplate packaging attracts
consumer attention and favorably influences purchasing decisions. As a result, it is
increasingly used for packaging up-market or trendy items such as watches, perfumes, and
mobile telephone cards.
The "shaped can" technology permits
the production of cans in a diversity of shapes.
Canned Food Safest
Food canning is a long established and
well-understood technique, which has served consumers well for nearly 200 years. It
produces shelf stable products that can be stored at ambient temperatures.
Essentially, food, which has been processed, is
sealed in a tin-coated steel can. The can is then subjected to heat to raise the
temperature to a predetermined level for a definite period to kill the food spoilage
organisms, which if present in the food, cause food poisoning. Since steel exhibits best
sealing properties, the food stays sealed inside the can, foreign contamination is
prevented and the food remains healthier and tastier for a long time. A study made by the
University of Illinois, USA confirms that the canned foods are excellent alternatives to
fresh & frozen food as they retain all the nutrition values found in the fresh food.
Corrosion of steel based cans is an
oxidation-reduction reaction and can occur as a result of cans being in contact with
dissimilar metals or being stored in a humid environment. Hence cans are
coated/enamelled/lacquered both internally or externally to prevent corrosion and,
Can coatings/enamels/lacquers should have the
Impart no odour or flavour to the food
Must be acceptable for contact with foods -
Must protect the can and contents during the
Must not flake of the plate during can
manufacture or storage
Must be of nominal cost, easy to apply and
Must withstand all temperatures encountered
during processing and storage.
Quality Control tests on cans
Can seal integrity is the most commonly carried
out quality control test on cans.
Tin cans provide longest shelf life - a minimum
of 2 years!! No other packaging medium offers such a long shelf life for packed food -
making it the most dependable packaging medium to keep the food in prime condition. Steel
base of tinplate makes it the most tolerant and robust packaging medium with power to
resist insects, germs, bacteria and above all - the ultra-violet light, which helps the
food to retain its aroma and flavour and also to withstand the poorest handling and
transportation conditions. The excellent surface quality and finish of tinplate offers
best print-ability options compared to all other packaging medium - giving it a premium
look on the shelf.The range of coatings and surface finish available in tinplate makes it
ideal for a wide range of applications right from food packaging to dry cell jackets,
crowns closures and even toys.
Tin cans are 100% degradable, Eco-friendly packs,
which do not cause any environmental imbalance. Steel packaging is totally recyclable - it
can be recycled for infinite number of times without ever changing the properties of
steel. Thanks to its magnetic properties - which makes it the easiest type of material to
be collected and sorted for recycling.Tinplate packaging is the best recyclable packaging
material - perfectly suited for an age in which commercial success can depend on sound
More than 50% of worldwide steel production is
made up of steel scrap. The rates of recycling for steel packaging are high and growing
steadily. There is a huge saving in recycling the steel scrap.Every ton of scrapped tin
cans saves approximately
1.5 ton of Iron ore
665 kgs of Coal
191 kgs of Limestone
And above all, saves 70% of power consumed in
Advantages of tinplate cans in food packaging
Provide excellent barrier properties (gases,
water vapour, light, odours)
Can be used in on-line filling processes
Cheap to produce in large quantities
Good mechanical strength
Can be heat-treated, suitable for sterile
products, can be hermetically sealed
Tinplate can be easily recycled
Not suitable for use in the microwave oven