Title:
Twist-wrap film and use thereof as packaging film
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
The invention relates to a twist-wrap film (1, 2, 3) which is produced by coextrusion of a plurality of plastic layers. The inventive film is characterized in that at least a) one or more plastic layer(s) (4, 4′) consist of one or more semicrystalline polyolefin(s) having a uniform structure and b) at least one additional layer from an amorphous cycloolefin copolymer (5) having a uniform structure, the layers a) and b) being in direct contact. The selection of an amorphous cycloolefin copolymer having a uniform structure in at least one layer of the inventive twist-wrap film combined with a semicrystalline polyolefin having a uniform structure allows to provide a twist-wrap film that can be easily produced and that has the rigidity required for twist-wrap packagings and a satisfactory deadfold behavior, i.e., recovery behavior.



Inventors:
Pleban, William M. (New Tripoli, PA, US)
Constant, David R. (Gloucester, MA, US)
Lee, Thomas S. (Scotch Plains, NJ, US)
Lohr, Waldemar (Wiesbaden, DE)
Application Number:
12/072843
Publication Date:
10/09/2008
Filing Date:
02/28/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
428/516, 428/515
International Classes:
B32B27/32; B65D65/40
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Primary Examiner:
AHMED, SHEEBA
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
FERRELLS, PLLC (CLIFTON, VA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. Twist-wrap film (1, 2, 3), which can be produced by co-extrusion of several plastic layers, characterized in that at least a) one or more plastic layer(s) (4, 4′) of partially crystalline polyolefin(s) that is (are) uniform in its (their) structure, and b) at least one additional plastic layer, uniform in its structure, consists of amorphous cycloolefin copolymer (5), whereby the plastic layers a) and b) are in direct contact with one another.

2. Twist-wrap film according to claim 1, wherein the inner layer (4) consists of polyolefin that is uniform in its structure, which has two outer layers (5), in each case directly adjacent on two sides, of cycloolefin copolymer that is uniform in its structure.

3. Twist-wrap film according to claim 2, wherein at least one additional layer (6) of partially crystalline polyolefin, uniform in its structure, in each case directly adjoins the outer layers (5).

4. Twist-wrap film according to claim 1, wherein an inner layer (8) of partially crystalline polyolefin, bilaterally uniform in its structure in each case, shows another layer (7), directly adjoining, of a polyolefin that is different in its structure, whereby directly adjoining layers (5) of amorphous cycloolefin copolymer that is bilaterally uniform in its structure in each case adjoin this three-layer structure (4′).

5. Twist-wrap film according to claim 1, wherein the layers (4, 4′) consist of polyolefin or polyethylene, preferably in the form of homo-PP, random-PP or LLDPE.

6. Twist-wrap film according to claim 1, wherein the latter in addition has a cover layer, preferably in the form of an imprint and/or a metal coating, on at least one of the outside layers.

7. Method of packaging a material which comprises: providing a multilayer plastic film, produced by co-extrusion, which consists of a) one or more plastic layer(s) (4, 4′) of partially crystalline polyolefin(s), uniform in its (their) structure), and b) at least one plastic layer (5), uniform in its structure, of amorphous cycloolefin copolymer, whereby the plastic layers a) and b) are in direct contact with one another, as packaging film for twist-wrap packagings; and wrapping the multilayer plastic film around the material.

8. Method according to claim 7, provided that the plastic film consists of an inner layer (4) of polyolefin that is bilaterally uniform in its structure in each case, which has two outer layers (5)—directly adjoining on both sides in each case—of cycloolefin copolymer that is uniform in its structure.

9. Method according to claim 8, provided that at least one additional layer (6) of a partially crystalline polyolefin that is uniform in its structure in each case directly adjoins the outer layers (5).

10. Method according to claim 7, provided that the plastic film has an inner layer (8) of partially crystalline polyolefin that is uniform in its structure, which, bilaterally adjoining in its structure, has different polyolefin layers (7) in this respect and provided that amorphous cycloolefin copolymer layers (5), which are bilaterally uniform in their structure in each case, directly adjoin this three-layer structure (4′).

11. Method according to claim 7, provided that as polyolefins, polypropylene, or polyethylene are used, preferably in the form of homo-PP, random-PP or LLDPE.

12. Method according to claim 7, provided that the plastic film in addition has at least one cover layer, preferably in the form of an imprint and/or a metal coating.

Description:

CLAIM FOR PRIORITY

This application is a continuation application of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 11/667,830, of the same title, having a §371 date of May 16, 2007, which was a National Phase Patent Application based on International Patent Application No. PCT/EP2005/012370, filed Nov. 18, 2005 (International Patent Publication No. WO 2006/058621 A1, published Jun. 8, 2006) which, in turn, was based upon priority Austrian Patent Application Serial No. A 2001/2004, filed Nov. 29, 2004. The priorities of the foregoing applications are hereby claimed and their disclosures incorporated herein by reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The invention relates to a twist-wrap film that can be produced by co-extrusion of several plastic layers as well as use thereof as packaging film.

BACKGROUND

For packaging sweets, such as candy, but also confectionery, it is known to use so-called twist-wrap films, whereby these films are to have a good dead fold, i.e., low shape recovery, good rigidity as well as transparency. These twist-wrap films are used for twist-wrap packagings (twist packagings), whereby the packing process is carried out so that the twist-wrap film is wrapped around the material to be packaged, the latter is laterally cut to length in sleeve form, and then the side ends are rotated so that the contents are protected from contaminants.

A packaging film that is suitable for the twist-wrapping consists of, for example, cellophane. The latter is characterized by transparency as well as high rigidity. Its production, however, is often labor-intensive and complicated.

Alternatives in this respect were found in the provision of polypropylene films; however, the latter have an unsatisfactory dead fold. This means that the packaging ends, i.e., the twisted ends, tend to fold back into their original form.

A switch was subsequently made to find suitable additives that improve the shape recovery of the twist-wrap packaging. In this case, the properties of so-called cycloolefin copolymers (COC) were used that are produced, for example, by polymerization of ethylene with norborane with the aid of metallic catalysts. Owing to the molecular structure thereof, cycloolefin copolymers are more rigid than low density polyethylene (LDPE) that is known in the art. By use of these cycloolefin copolymers in the form of polymer blends, the rigidity of the originally proposed twist packaging materials based on polyethylene or polypropylene could therefore be increased. In this connection, sets of solutions are disclosed in EP-A-920 989, DE-A1-195 36 043 as well as in JP-A-11077924. Another possibility of increasing the rigidity of the materials for twist packagings was used according to JP-A-10166529 to the effect that an adhesive layer is provided between a polypropylene film and a film that consists of cycloolefin copolymers. Although the rigidity desired for twist-packaging materials could obviously be increased by provision of COC blends or by adhesives, these measures, on the one hand, are relatively complex by the precise indication of the mixing ratios in the polymer blends and, on the other hand, by use of an additional intermediate layer in the form of an adhesive in the production of twist-wrap films (twist-packaging materials).

Here, the invention is intended to correct this.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

According to the invention, a twist-wrap film of the initially-mentioned type is proposed, which is characterized in that a) one or more plastic layer(s) of partially crystalline polyolefin(s) that is/are uniform in its (their) structure, and b) at least one additional plastic layer, uniform in its structure, consists of amorphous cycloolefin copolymer, whereby the plastic layers a) and b) are in direct contact with one another.

Additional advantageous configurations of the twist-wrap film according to the invention are disclosed according to subclaims.

In addition, the invention relates to the use of a multilayer plastic film, produced by co-extrusion, that consists of a) one or more plastic layer(s) of partially crystalline polyolefin(s) that is (are) uniform in its (their) structure, and b) at least one plastic layer, uniform in its structure, of amorphous cycloolefin copolymer, whereby the plastic layers a) and b) are in direct contact with one another, as packaging film for twist packagings.

Other configurations of the use according to the invention are disclosed according to subclaims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The invention is explained in more detail below based on FIGS. 1 to 3 as well as based on embodiments. In this case, FIG. 1 shows a possible embodiment of the twist-wrap film according to the invention based on a three-layer structure 1, while FIG. 2 shows a twist-wrap film according to the invention that is based on a five-layer structure 2. Another possible embodiment of the twist-wrap film according to the invention is shown in FIG. 3, and here also a five-layer structure 3 is present, but with an arrangement of the layers to one another that is different to FIG. 2.

The twist-wrap film according to the invention, as it is shown, for example, according to FIGS. 1 to 3, can now be produced as follows:

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

EXAMPLE 1

In a blown-film or cast-film system, the twist-wrap film 1, as shown in FIG. 1, is produced so that by co-extrusion on an inside layer 4 that consists of polyolefin, amorphous layers 5 that consist of cycloolefin copolymers are applied on both sides. In this case, the process parameters are set such that in the three-layer structure that is formed, the cycloolefin copolymer remains in an amorphous state, and the used polyolefin remains in a partially crystalline state.

By setting the machine parameters in the co-extrusion system, additional polyolefin layers 6 can be applied on both sides to the three-layer structure according to FIG. 1, so that the twist-wrap film 2, as shown in FIG. 2, is produced in the form of a five-layer structure.

As polyolefin, polypropylene (PP) as well as polyethylene (PE) are used. By further selection of monomers in the molecule chain, for example in the form of homo-PP, random-PP as well as LLDPE, additional properties, such as rigidity and dead-fold properties, can be set.

EXAMPLE 2

According to the technology described in Example 1, additional polyolefin layers 7 are applied to a core layer 8 that consists of polyolefin. In this case, the core layer 8 that is in the center consists of homo-PP and the bilaterally adjoining LLDPE layers 7. On this three-layer structure 4′ that consists of different polyolefins, the layers 5 that consist of amorphous cycloolefin copolymers are then applied on both sides.

In summary, it can be said that by selection of an amorphous cycloolefin copolymer that is uniform in its structure in at least one layer of the twist-wrap film according to the invention in combination with a partially crystalline polyolefin that is uniform in its structure, on the one hand, the rigidity that is necessary for the twist-wrap packagings and, on the other hand, a satisfactory dead fold, i.e., shape recovery, can be produced, whereby the twist-wrap film can be obtained at the same time in an easily producible way.