“Tipping” is an old packaging process with new technology twists that is enabling converters to not only differentiate themselves and win new orders, but also helping them to improve throughput and lower labor costs.
Open most consumer magazines today and you will find postcard-sized advertisements scattered throughout its pages. These small cards were “tipped” into the magazine at the printer. New credit cards are routinely tipped onto a printed sheet with a spot of glue and inserted into a mailing envelope.
When it comes to packaging, any value-added component, such as a paper or plastic handle or substrate that is married to a paper carton prior to folding and gluing, is said to be “tipped” on. Tipping on handles, spouts, or fitments to a carton isn’t new. What is new, however, is the growing demand by consumers for these convenience features and the high production rates required to satisfy this demand. High speed production requires precise alignment and control and that involves leading edge technology.
Equally new is the push by retailers and club stores to make packaging more sustainable. For example, the use of metal spouts is declining, while spouts made from recycled and recyclable plastic are increasingly used.