Bag-on-valve (BOV) continues to be the most innovative aerosol spray technology. However, one of the few limitations is that the aluminium can normally used with BOV prevents the consumer from being able to see the product inside.
SprayPET® by APPE is a plastic alternative to standard aluminum bag-on-valve cans. This packaging offers unique benefits for manufacturers seeking a branding opportunity that is practical, cost effective and sustainable. The container is lightweight and offers a reduced carbon footprint of almost one-third when compared to aluminum equivalents of bag-on-valve.* Used with standard valves and actuators, the container is recyclable, has great design flexibility and will not dent or rust.
In February of 2015, APPE launched SprayPET® Reveal, a combination of APPE’s transparent SprayPET® container with Power Container Corp’s Power Pouch dispensing system. Bag-on-valve pouches, usually opaque silver in colour, are flexible multilayer laminated bags, made from layers of nylon, polyethylene and aluminium. Power Pouch is manufactured from single-layer PET, yet retains all of the benefits of bag-on-valve technology — and it is completely transparent.
When combined with the transparent APPE SprayPET® container, the result is a see-through aerosol solution that provides complete product visibility and on-shelf impact and differentiation. Attractive printing and sleeving options are available so that the full pouch or parts of the pouch inside are visible.
Suitable for use with compressed-gas, non-flammable propellant combinations and bag-on-valve propellant systems, SprayPET® has widespread applications in food, personal care and home care products. It will initially be available in a FEA-approved 220ml brimful container, which can be used with a 125/130 ml bag-on-valve. For the UK market a 335ml can volume will also be available.
If you are interested in adding this innovative new bag-on-valve packaging option to your product, please contact us to discuss your project.
Source: *climatop claims is almost one-third lower to aluminium equivalents when used in a bag-on-valve application.
Imagine the convenience and health benefits of adding just the right amount of a food product to your daily snacks and meals. No mess, no waste — just pure, delicious food.
It can be possible with food products in bag-on-valve packaging.
The driving force behind this more recent innovation has been the demand for convenient, safe and environmentally friendly packaging that keeps the product fresh longer without sacrificing taste or presentation. Add to this the growth of busy, urban lifestyles, cooking for one, health consciousness, and minimizing time and waste — it’s no surprise that bag-on-valve packaging has become more interesting for developers and marketers in the food and beverage industries.
With this in mind, we’ve seen more companies take on the development and testing of food and beverage products in BOV. The product options continue to expand into new, and one might even say, unexpected territory. What started with oils has emerged into a pantry full of goods, including:
Our personal favourite is wine. With bag-on-valve you can hopefully soon pour a glass of a nice Australian Shiraz wine without exposing the remaining wine to light or oxygen. This helps to maintain the quality of the wine, even if it’s an “opened” bottle. With the new transparent PET-aerosol cans and also a transparent bag inside you can also see through both the can and the bag so you know how much wine is left. Wine in bag-on-valve isn’t on the market yet, but we are hoping to start producing samples in the near future. Let me know if you want to be among the first to try…
The primary benefit of food and beverages in bag-on-valve is the freshness and purity. The product itself is separated from the propellant and protected from light and air. This ensures integrity of the product and helps keep food fresher and tastier longer. The packaging also offers the following benefits:
The possibilities are almost endless for product development using this packaging technology. Is there a food or beverage you’d like to try innovating in BOV? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, send via email or join us on Twitter.
As we’ve mentioned in past blog posts, bag-on-valve holds the product in a pouch inside the can. While this is already an excellent way to maintain product integrity and apply products, some product developers seek a packaging solution that would allow two products to be separated in the can. This would mean that in just one package, you could use a highly innovative valve technology to dispense two product streams from a multi chamber system.
The answer is dual dispensing aerosol.
Dual dispensing aerosol would allow for filling of two different mediums separated from each other into a dual bag-on-valve system. For dispensing, it could be possible to choose between pre-mixing of the products in the dispensing head or as separate products. This means that mixing is effected while spraying or by the user after application. Another option is to activate the two dispenses independently, so that the formulations can be used one after another. This revolutionary dual-dispense opens up new possible aerosol applications and markets.
The uses for dual dispensing are just beginning to be explored. Here are a few that we anticipate seeing on the horizon:
There are currently two companies working on the dual dispensing aerosol innovation:
Lindal began to innovate their dual dispensing aerosol, called the “Bi-Power Valve”, in 2011. In 2013, they earned The Fédération Européenne des Aérosols (FEA)’s Most Innovative Aerosol Product award for GlowSpray®, an instant “liquid-light” in a spray can for use on t-shirts, running socks, and for other outdoor uses, such as camping, hiking, hunting, and holidays. Using the Bi-Power valve, they were able to keeps the two chemical light components separate until the moment you press the actuator.
Toyo Aerosol Industry, a Japanese company, is expanding into the European market through a joint venture , named –Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol GmbH–, with Care Connection GmbH that will combine sustainable aerosol solutions with innovation. Together, they introduced their dual dispensing aerosol called The DUAL. It received an award at the Aerosol & Dispensing Forum in 2014 for its use in Hygiene, Beauty and Coloration (hair dye). The DUAL offers automatic mixing of the two product components at the push of the actuator. Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol is currently recommending the DUAL for hair colour, dental, cosmetics, adhesives, and skin care and lifestyle products like ’’Glow Sprays.”
Toyo & Deutsche Aerosol offers The DUAL from its production in Neutraubling/Germany and support their customer with its high tech R&D centers in Germany and Japan.
We think the dual dispensing aerosol is an exciting innovation for bag-on-valve technology. What applications and uses do you think would benefit from dual dispensing? Send us your thoughts in the comments below, email us to get the conversation started or send us a tweet.
CPhI Worldwide, the premier pharmaceutical sourcing event, is taking place in October in Paris. Aurena Laboratories will be at the show, featuring more than a dozen products, including our newest bag-on-valve medical device: an innovative, no-rub burn gel spray suitable for over-the-counter and emergency first-aid use.
We will also be highlighting our other registered and approved bag-on-valve products, available for contract manufacturing:
And many more….
In February, we wrote about our trusted bag-on-valve suppliers and the important role they play in the innovation and success of bag-on-valve. We’ve since updated our list of suppliers and featured them in a slide presentation to showcase the role each supplier plays in bringing bag-on-valve technology to market.
Please visit the slide presentation below, and feel free to reach out to us if you’d like to discuss partnership opportunities.
Picture this: you’ve just arrived to a sunny destination and are digging in your suitcase for sunscreen. You discover that your bottled lotion-based products have leaked all over your beach wear. Now you have a mess to deal with and have lost much of the sun protection that you needed for the week.
Is the packaging of your lotion, cream or gel-based product causing this problem for your customers? We’re here to tell you that modern options exist to make application, effectiveness and even transport easier and worry-free for your customers. The solution is bag-on-valve.
Bag-on-valve has been a huge success in sunscreen sprays, particularly in the US and Canada. Coppertone was the first big brand to launch it, but now it is readily available by many brands including store brands and private label brands. Recognizing the success of bag-on-valve for sunscreen, prompted Vaseline to introduce their Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer. This is a significant innovation in consumer product application, allowing the user to apply lotion from any angle without the need to rub it in.
The key benefits and selling features for sunscreen and moisturizers in bag-on-valve are the same for those buying or using pharma spray products:
Continuous spray at any angle: makes application easy for those with mobility issues or with wounds or skin care issues that are difficult to reach
No need to rub in the product: allows for comfortable application without cross contaminating
No chilling or stinging effect: minimizes pain
Attractive packaging: makes your product stand out on store shelves
The can doesn’t leak: a convenient, worry-free experience
The other important benefit of bag-on-valve technology is the guarantee of product integrity due to how it’s packaged. Imagine offering your customers a sterile continuous eye wash spray for emergency first aid use, or a saline-based nasal spray that makes cleaning the nasal cavity gentle and convenient? It’s possible with bag-on-valve.
Learn from what sunscreen brands have already embraced and consider bag-on-valve technology for your pharma spray product. Contact us to make it happen.
Bag-on-valve remains one of the most innovative and unique ways to package and dispense pharmaceutical andmedical device products. But did you know that it reduces the environmental footprint during the packaging process and life cycle of the product?
In this slide presentation, we explain how.
As a contract manufacturer specialising in bag-on-valve technology, Aurena is committed to delivering exceptional products to its customers. But in this blog post, we would like to put focus on the suppliers of components and machines that help companies like Arena be successful. Together we make this packaging technology suitable for many existing and new products.
The largest supplier of bag-on-valve components today is Aptar Group, which was formed by the merge of a number of leading companies offering different product distribution systems. The bag-on-valve business at Aptar originates from the acquisition of EP Spray System and Seaquist Perfect Dispensing several years ago. EP Spray System of Neuchatel, Switzerland is considered to be the driving force in developing the modern bag-on-valve market.
An important creative mind behind the success of bag-on-valve has been Mr. Georges Buille who was the Marketing Manager at EP Spray and then became the VP of Business Development OTC at Aptar Group. Mr. Buille’s commitment to spreading the word about bag-on-valve has had a significant impact in establishing bag-on-valve at the front of innovative dispensing solutions. He recently left the packaging industry to pursue other challenges and Aurena is grateful and appreciative of his outstanding achievements.
Lindal Group: Known for trusted BOV components and a strong commitment to innovation. Lindal is leading the development of BOV technology for food applications, such as the edible oils.
Coster: The Italian company Coster is another great supplier of bag-on-valve with a complete range of components. Costar is the only company in the bag-on-valve industry that supplies both the dispensing system as well as the necessary filling machines.
Power Container: Offers unique bag-on-valve system based on PET pouches.
Precision Valve: A global aerosol component supplier that also offers bag-on-valve.
Summit: The Summit bag-on-valve system consists of a lower cost BOV based on a three-layer pouch.
In addition to these suppliers, there are also suppliers based in China and the Czech Republic that are offering bag-on-valve components. Three worth noting are Majesty Valves, EC Packing and KOH-I-NOOR.
It’s not only the components that are essential to effective and efficient bag-on-valve packaging — the aerosol filling machines are also very critical. These machines are designed specifically for bag-on-valve filling. Trusted suppliers include Pamasol, MBC Aerosol, Coster, Terco, RA Jones, COS-MA.R. and Aerosol Systems Company (ASC).
If you are looking to work with a bag-on-valve contract manufacturer or need private label medical devices, make sure they are partnered with solid suppliers offering the latest in component innovation and technology.
As more companies begin to recognize the benefits of bag-on-valve aerosol technology, we are often asked if bag-on-valve is suitable for their product, and if so, how does the manufacturing process work?
I sat down with Daniel Lagerkvist, Aurena Laboratories’ production manager, to talk about the manufacturing process and how various wound care, skin care, nasal spray, cosmetic and even some food products can be evolved into the modern spray dispensing technology of bag-on-valve (BOV). Below are highlights from our discussion:
Magnus Hedman (MH): As production manager, you’ve been involved in many variations of manufacturing for BOV. Can you start off by telling me what types of products are suitable for this type of aerosol?
Daniel Lagerkvist (DL): Bag-on-valve is incredibly versatile with few limitations. Almost all fluids, including liquids, creams and gels, can be filled into a BOV system. The only requirement is that the product’s viscosity is low enough to get it through the valve stem. Also, BOV does not work well with products that need to be shaken before use.
MH: How does the product get into the can?
DL: The secret is inside the can! There is a rolled-up multi-layered flexible pouch attached to an aerosol valve. During production, compressed air or nitrogen is charged into the can, and an aerosol valve with the bag attached is crimped onto the container. The formulation is forced through the aerosol valve stem to fill the bag. Finally, the actuator and cap are put in place.
MH: What about the packaging? Are different sizes available?
DL: Standard BOV packaging covers a broad range of sizes, from 30mL to 500ml containers. Typically, the cans are standard aerosol aluminium cans with 1 inch openings, with an interior foil-based packaging bag. It’s the bag inside the can that makes it superior to other standard aerosol.
MH: How do you maintain product integrity during the production process?
DL: One of the benefits of BOV is the ability to keep the product separate from the propellant. The product in the bag encompasses 60 per cent of the can’s brim capacity, while the remaining 40 per cent is occupied by the propellant. However, the propellant never comes in contact with the product. This ensures the product formulation stays true to its ingredients, without interference from propellants, flammability or too many preservatives.
MH: You’ve done a great job of explaining the manufacturing and filling process of BOV. Once the product is filled, how is it used?
DL: The end-user simply needs to press on the actuator (the spray button). The product is then squeezed out of the bag by the compressed air or nitrogen, and then out comes the spray, cream or gel. No shaking and no fussing with angles.
MH: Thanks for your time and for helping many of our partners put their products into BOV technology.
DL: We are always up for new challenges and continue to be amazed by the endless possibilities with BOV. I look forward to working with many partners in the future.
Interested in finding out how your product could evolve into bag-on-valve spray technology? Contact the Bag on Valve experts for more information.