Machine and material: a match made in IlaLab

IlaLab is all about relationships. One in particular. That all important interaction between packaging machine and film. The aim of IlaLab is to identify the perfect match. That is, the machine and flexible film combination that will deliver the best possible performance.

Our specialist department tests and analyses over 1000 film samples every year. By creating a unique fingerprint of each substrate, we can predict in advance how they will behave on our machines. We then put that theory into practice by piloting materials on commercial vertical and horizontal packaging lines.

Thanks to IlaLab, our customers have complete confidence that their film choices will maximise equipment efficiency and reduce waste whilst maintaining pack presentation and seal integrity.

Make informed material decisions

We have carried out in-depth analysis of the composition and performance of most flexible films available on the market. Drawing on this extensive library and our own practical experience, we can help you to enhance efficiency by selecting the best film for your application.

Technical troubles? We’ll get shot of them.

Our experts will work through any technical glitches that are preventing your film and your packaging machine from interfacing seamlessly. Whether it’s a different film composition or a mechanical machine fault that is causing an issue, we will analyse both material and machine to diagnose the problem and restore reliable performance.

Test tomorrow’s films. Today.

We evaluate most emerging sustainable and breakthrough materials before they are even commercially available, so we know how to run them on our machines. If you are thinking about introducing a new biodegradable, performance-enhanced or ultra-thin film, be sure to take advantage of our testing capabilities. We can design a turn-key machine to accommodate the sealing and running characteristics of your chosen film. We can also offer thorough testing of new materials, from laboratory analysis right through to trials on production lines that simulate real-life conditions – avoiding actual downtime and costly mistakes.