FOOD – IT’S A GAS!
Hundreds of millions of pounds wasted due to packaging
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Water vapour is extraordinarily
invasive and the food wastage it causes has been estimated to cost hundreds
of millions of pounds in the UK each year. Properly designed packaging
using materials with a suitable permeability can substantially extend
product life, prevent products from drying-out or over-hydrating, and
Versaperm Limited, a world
leader in water vapour permeability measurement, has introduced a quick
and simple way to test this all-important water vapour permeability and
transmission rates for most types of packaging, films, coatings and containers.
The Versaperm WVTR (Water Vapour
Transmission) meter can cope with several samples at a time - often give
a reading in as little as 30 minutes – whereas the conventional
gravimetric measurement technique takes several days and is significantly
The meter is easy to use and
gives a series of digital readouts that can be recorded or simply read
off the LCD screen. It needs no re-calibration and requires, at most,
minimal training to give results that are accurate to better than one
part per million (with some samples a few parts per hundred million).
Sensitivities are in the range 0.05 – 3200g/m2/day.
Water vapour is omnipresent,
degrades products, causes sogginess, boosts biodegradation and reduces
shelf-life. In other cases, its loss dries products out, causing viscosity,
flavour and aesthetic problems. It can even move through a product, for
example pastry gaining moisture from the baked contents. The Versaperm
system can test the permeability of a huge range of products and packages
– from plastic and paper to pastry and from sugar coatings to foil
The company also provides a
sample permeability testing service.
any sales enquiries to Christopher Roberts, Versaperm Limited ,
10 Rawcliffe House, Howarth Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 1AP, UK
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