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Modified atmosphere packaging using micro-hole film

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Modified atmosphere packaging using micro-hole film
Research in China to improve the design of method for modified atmosphere packaging using micro-hole film.
In Development – This is ongoing academic research and development work. To date there has been no co-operation between the research team and commercial companies who may make use of the technology.

Benefits
Product Waste Reduction, Shelf life extension

Product Categories
Food

Relevant Materials
Plastic – Flexible, Plastic – rigid

Relevant Packaging Formats
Other

Supply Chain Phase
Filling

Details

In this research, the main design factors of modified atmosphere package with micro-hole film for fruit and vegetables were analyzed. Subsequently, an improved design method for modified atmosphere package with micro-hole film in a rigid package was developed.
 
The method is based on Knudsen diffusion theory and gas exchange mode of modified-atmosphere package with micro-holed film.
 
The main features of the design method were determined by:
  • The nature of the original package, and
  • The selection of suitable parameters of micro-hole film.
The subsequent improved packaging performance could enhance the storage of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Potential Benefits

Improved micro-hole design could lead to more effective modified atmosphere packaging for fruit and vegetables, thereby reducing product spoilage in the supply chain and in the home.

Intellectual Property

This is ongoing research work being undertaken by Ningbo Institute of Technology and any breakthroughs will presumably be covered by appropriate intellectual property protection.

Consultant View

There is much packaging research being undertaken in Asia, and in China in particular, which could provide important breakthroughs in modified atmosphere packaging the future.

Contacts and Further Information

Technology contact:
HU Hongyan
Ningbo Institute of Technology
Zhejiang Univerity

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