(19)
(11)EP 3 608 471 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
12.02.2020 Bulletin 2020/07

(21)Application number: 17904569.5

(22)Date of filing:  21.07.2017
(51)Int. Cl.: 
D21H 19/84  (2006.01)
D21H 21/14  (2006.01)
D21H 23/56  (2006.01)
D21H 27/28  (2006.01)
D21H 19/04  (2006.01)
D21H 23/50  (2006.01)
D21H 27/10  (2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2017/093778
(87)International publication number:
WO 2018/184320 (11.10.2018 Gazette  2018/41)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD

(30)Priority: 07.04.2017 CN 201710224333

(71)Applicant: Guangzhou Huadu Lianhua Packing Material Co., Ltd.
Guangzhou, Guangdong 510800 (CN)

(72)Inventors:
  • CHEN, Bifeng
    Guangzhou Guangdong 510800 (CN)
  • CHEN, Kanglei
    Guangzhou Guangdong 510800 (CN)

(74)Representative: Serjeants LLP 
Dock 75 Exploration Drive
Leicester, LE4 5NU
Leicester, LE4 5NU (GB)

  


(54)MOISTURE-RETAINING, QUALITY-PRESERVING AND AROMA-KEEPING VACUUM ALUMINUM-PLATED INNER LINER FOR CIGARETTES AND MANUFACTURING PROCESS THEREFOR


(57) A moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes, comprising a raw paper layer (1), an upper surface of the raw paper layer (1) being provided with a hot melt sealing layer (3), a water-based sealing layer (4), a vacuum aluminum-plated layer (5) and a water-based protective layer (6), and a lower surface of the raw paper layer (1) being provided with a moisture returning layer (7); and the inner liner further comprises a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer (2) disposed on the upper surface or the lower surface of the raw paper layer (1). During the manufacturing process, the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer (2) may be firstly disposed on the upper surface of the raw paper layer (1), and then the hot melt sealing layer (3), the water-based sealing layer (4), the vacuum aluminum-plated layer (5) and the water-based protective layer (6) are disposed in sequence; and the moisture returning layer (7) is disposed on the lower surface of the raw paper layer (1). Or the hot melt sealing layer (3), the water-based sealing layer (4), the vacuum aluminum-plated layer (5) and the water-based protective layer (6) are disposed in sequence on the upper surface of the raw paper layer (1); and the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer (2) and the moisture returning layer (7) are disposed in sequence on the lower surface of the raw paper layer (1).




Description

TECHNICAL FIELD:



[0001] The present invention relates to an inner liner paper and a process for manufacturing the same, and, in particular, relating to a moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes packaging and a corresponding process for manufacturing the same, which falls into the technical field of papermaking.

BACKGROUND:



[0002] The cigarette inner liner is used as a supporting material for cigarette packaging; its function is to separate the cigarettes. The cigarette inner liner paper currently used on the market mainly consists of four types: aluminum foil composite inner liner, aluminized transfer inner liner, vacuum-aluminized inner liner and aluminum-free inner liner. Due to the difference in moisture permeability index of the inner liner and its calibrated moisture content (5%±1%), when the cigarettes put into the market after packaging is finished, with the storage time and differences of relative humidity and temperature in the environment, the moisture of the cigarette itself will be mildewed due to a long storage time and a storage environment of high temperature and high humidity, while the storage environment of low temperature and low humidity will affect the quality of cigarettes. Therefore, it has always been an urgent problem to be solved in the cigarette field: how to solve the problem that the quality of cigarette changes caused by change of relative humidity and temperature.

SUMMARY



[0003] The object of the present invention is to overcome the defect in the prior art and to provide a moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes. In addition, another object of the present invention is to provide a process for manufacturing the inner liner.

[0004] To achieve the above objects, the present invention adopts the following technical solutions:
A moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes, comprising a raw paper layer, wherein: an upper surface of the raw paper layer is also sequentially provided with a hot melt sealing layer, a water-based sealing layer, a vacuum aluminum-plated layer and a water-based protective layer from the inside to the outside; a lower surface of the raw paper layer is provided with a moisture returning layer; the inner liner further comprises a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer disposed on the upper surface or the lower surface of the raw paper layer.

[0005] Preferably, the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer is disposed between the raw paper layer and the hot melt sealing layer.

[0006] Preferably, the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer is disposed between the raw paper layer and the moisture returning layer.

[0007] Preferably, the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer is a material layer of inorganic powder or organic powder, moreover, the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer having a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2.

[0008] Preferably, the inorganic powder or the organic powder has a particle diameter of 0.3 - 100 µm and a specific surface area of 30 - 2000g/m2.

[0009] Preferably, the hot melt sealing layer is a layer of polymer material, and the polymer material has a hot-melt temperature of 100°C - 180°C.

[0010] Preferably, the water-based sealing layer is a polymer aqueous emulsion layer or a polymer aqueous resin layer, moreover, the water-based sealing layer having a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2, and a smoothness of 400s - 1000s.

[0011] Preferably, the vacuum aluminum-plated layer has a thickness of 300Å - 500Å.

[0012] Another object of the present invention: a manufacturing process for the inner liner as described in the above; it comprises the following manufacturing steps:
  1. 1) forming a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer on the upper surface of the raw paper layer by the way of roll coating or spray coating, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2 and its curing temperature is 80°C-120°C;
  2. 2) forming a hot melt sealing layer on the upper surface of the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer by the way of slit coating, moreover, the temperature of the slit coating is 100°C-180°C and the coating amount is 8g/m2-18g/m2;
  3. 3) forming a water-based sealing layer on the surface of the hot melt sealing layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based sealing layer has a curing temperature controlled at 80-120°C, a surface smoothness controlled at 400s-1000s, and a paper moisture content <5%;
  4. 4) forming a vacuum aluminum-plated layer on the surface of the water-based sealing layer by vacuum-aluminizing;
  5. 5) forming a water-based protective layer on the surface of the vacuum aluminum-plated layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based protective layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 -5g/m2 and a curing temperature of 80-120°C;
  6. 6) forming a moisture returning layer on the lower surface of the raw paper layer by adding water to the lower surface of the raw paper layer for wet-processing, so as to control moisture content of finished paper to 5% ± 1%.


[0013] Alternatively, a manufacturing process for the cigarette inner liner paper may comprise the following manufacturing steps:
  1. 1) forming a hot melt sealing layer on the upper surface of the raw paper layer by the way of slit coating, moreover, the slit coating having a temperature of 100°C-180°C and a coating amount of 8g/m2-18g/m2;
  2. 2) forming a water-based sealing layer on the surface of the hot melt sealing layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based sealing layer has a curing temperature controlled at 80-120°C, a surface smoothness controlled at 400s-1000s, and a paper moisture content <5%;
  3. 3) forming a vacuum aluminum-plated layer on the surface of the water-based sealing layer by the way of vacuum-aluminizing;
  4. 4) forming a water-based protective layer on the surface of the vacuum aluminum-plated layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based protective layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 -5g/m2 and a curing temperature of 80-120°C;
  5. 5) forming a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer on the lower surface of the raw paper layer by the way of roll coating or spray coating, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2 and a curing temperature of 80°C-120°C;
  6. 6) forming a moisture returning layer on the lower surface of the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer by adding water to the lower surface of the raw paper layer for wet-processing, so as to control moisture content of finished paper to 5% ± 1%.


[0014] The present invention has the following advantageous effects: the vacuum-aluminized inner liner of the present invention can, through arrangement of the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer, realize absorption of moisture when the cigarette product is stored in an environment of high temperature and high humidity, and realize release of moisture when the product is stored in an environment of low temperature and low humidity, so that it will not reduce the quality of cigarettes as a result of length of storage time or difference of relative humidity and temperature. It can effectively balance the moisture of cigarette products and maintain the quality of cigarette products.

DESCRIPTION OF FIGURES



[0015] 

Figure 1 is a schematic view showing a structure of the moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes as described in the present invention;

Figure 2 is a schematic view showing a structure of the moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes according to another embodiment of the present invention.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION



[0016] The specific embodiments of the present invention are further described below in conjunction with the accompanying figures.

[0017] As shown in Figure 1, a moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes described in the present invention, comprises a raw paper layer 1; an upper surface of the raw paper layer 1 is also sequentially provided with a hot melt sealing layer 3, a water-based sealing layer 4, a vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 and a water-based protective layer 6 from the inside to the outside; a lower surface of the raw paper layer 1 is also provided with a moisture returning layer 7. In addition, the inner liner paper of the present invention further comprises a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2; the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 may be disposed on the upper surface of the raw paper layer 1, between the raw paper layer 1 and the hot melt sealing layer 3. Alternatively, as shown by Figure 2, the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 may be disposed between the raw paper layer 1 and the moisture returning layer 7.

[0018] Specifically, in the present invention, the raw paper layer 1 may adopt an aluminum foil composite raw paper; the hot melt sealing layer 3 is a hot-melt polymer material layer having a hot-melt temperature of 100°C-180°C, which is formed by coating the hot-melt polymer material on the upper surface of the corresponding raw paper layer 1 or the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 in the way of slit coating, moreover, the slit coating having a temperature of 100°C-180°C and a coating amount of 8g/m2 - 18g/m2.

[0019] The water-based sealing layer 4 is preferably a polymer aqueous emulsion layer or a polymer aqueous resin layer, which is formed by coating the polymer aqueous emulsion or polymer aqueous resin on the surface of the hot melt sealing layer 3 in the way of gravure printing, so as to seal the gap which may be generated in the hot melt sealing layer 3; moreover, the water-based sealing layer 4 has a dry coating amount controlled at 1g/m2 - 5g/m2, a curing temperature controlled at 80 - 120°C, a surface smoothness controlled at 400s-2000s, and a paper moisture content <5%.

[0020] Subsequently, aluminum wire is directly plated on the surface of the water-based sealing layer 4 through vacuum evaporation by the way of vacuum aluminizing, so as to form a vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5, wherein the vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 has a thickness of 300Å - 500Å.

[0021] The water-based protective layer 6 is formed on the surface of the vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 by the way of gravure printing to prevent scratching the vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 and to ensure the smoothing effect of the inner liner paper, wherein the water-based protective layer 6 has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2, a curing temperature of 80°C - 120°C, and a groove depth of 30 µm - 50 µm as to the gravure adopted.

[0022] Adding water to have the lower surface of the raw paper layer 1 subject to wet-processing/humidification processing, so as to form a moisture returning layer 7 on the lower surface of the raw paper layer 1, so that the moisture content of the finished paper is controlled at 5% ± 1%.

[0023] In addition, the inner liner may further comprise a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer2 disposed between the upper surface of the raw paper layer 1 and the hot melt sealing layer 3 or between the lower surface of the raw paper layer 1 and the moisture returning layer 7; the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 is a material layer of inorganic powder or organic powder, wherein the inorganic powder is a ceramic material powder, and the organic powder is a polymer material powder, and the inorganic powder or the organic powder has a particle diameter of 0.3 - 100 µm and a specific surface area of 30 - 2000g/m2, which is formed on the upper surface or the lower surface of the raw paper layer 1 by roll coating or spray coating; the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2-5g/m2; the roll coating uses an anilox roller; its groove depth is 30µm-80µm; the quantity for lines of the anilox roller is 10-150; its curing temperature is 80°C-120°C.

Example 1



[0024] A moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes, with a structure as shown in Figure 1, comprises a raw paper layer 1, and a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2, a hot melt sealing layer 3, a water-based sealing layer 4, a vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 and a water-based protective layer 6 sequentially stacked on an upper surface of the raw paper layer 1 from the inside to the outside; a moisture returning layer 7 is further formed on a lower surface of the raw paper layer 1. The manufacturing steps of the inner liner comprise:

1) forming a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 on the upper surface of the raw paper layer 1 by coating a ceramic powder having a particle diameter of 50 µm and a specific surface area of 200g/m2 on the upper surface of the raw paper layer 1 in the way of roll coating, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 has a dry coating amount of 3g/m2, the anilox roll used in the roll coating process has a groove depth of 60µm, the quantity of lines of the anilox roller is 100, and its curing temperature is 100°C;

2) forming a hot melt sealing layer 3 by coating a hot-melt polymer material having a hot-melt temperature of 150°C on the upper surface of the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 in the way of slit coating, and the temperature of the slit coating is 150°C, and the coating amount is 10g/m2;

3) forming a water-based sealing layer 4 by coating a polymer aqueous emulsion on the surface of the hot melt sealing layer 3 in the way of gravure printing, so as to seal the gap which may be generated in the hot melt sealing layer 3; moreover, the water-based sealing layer 4 has a dry coating amount controlled at 3g/m2, a curing temperature controlled at 100°C, a surface smoothness controlled at 800s, and a paper moisture content <5%.

5) plating aluminum wire through vacuum evaporation on the surface of the water-based sealing layer 4, so as to form a vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 having a thickness of 450Å.

6) forming a water-based protective layer 6 on the surface of the vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 by the way of gravure printing, to prevent scratching the vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 and to ensure the smoothing effect of the inner liner, wherein the water-based protective layer 6 has a dry coating amount of 3g/m2, the curing temperature is controlled at 100°C, and the groove depth of the gravure adopted is 40 µm.

7) forming a moisture returning layer 7 on the lower surface of the raw paper layer 1 by adding water to have the lower surface of the raw paper layer 1 subject to wet-processing/humidification processing, so that moisture content of finished paper is controlled at 5% ± 1%.


Example 2



[0025] A moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes, with a structure as shown in Figure 2, comprises a raw paper layer 1, and a hot melt sealing layer 3, a water-based sealing layer 4, a vacuum aluminum-plated layer 5 and a water-based protective layer 6 sequentially stacked on an upper surface of the raw paper layer 1 from the inside to the outside; a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer 2 and a moisture returning layer 7 are sequentially formed on a lower surface of the raw paper layer 1 from the inside to the outside. The manufacturing steps of the inner liner comprise:
  1. 1) forming a hot melt sealing layer 3 through coating a hot-melt polymer material having a hot-melt temperature of 120°C on the upper surface of the raw paper layer 1 in the way of slit coating; moreover, the temperature of the slit coating is 120°C, and the coating amount is 15g/m2;
  2. 2) forming a
    water-based sealing layer 4 by coating a polymer aqueous resin on the surface of the hot melt sealing layer 3 in the way of gravure printing, so as to seal the gap which may be generated in the hot melt sealing layer 3, and



Claims

1. A moisture-retaining, quality-preserving and aroma-keeping vacuum aluminum-plated inner liner for cigarettes, comprising a raw paper layer, wherein: an upper surface of the raw paper layer is also sequentially provided with a hot melt sealing layer, a water-based sealing layer, a vacuum aluminum-plated layer and a water-based protective layer from the inside to the outside, a lower surface of the raw paper layer being provided with a moisture returning layer, the inner liner further comprising a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer disposed on the upper surface or the lower surface of the raw paper layer.
 
2. The inner liner of Claim 1, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer is disposed between the raw paper layer and the hot melt sealing layer.
 
3. The inner liner of Claim 1, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer is disposed between the raw paper layer and the moisture returning layer.
 
4. The inner liner of any of Claims 1-3, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer is a material layer of inorganic powder or organic powder, and the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2.
 
5. The inner liner of Claim 4, wherein the inorganic powder or the organic powder has a particle diameter of 0.3 - 100 µm and a specific surface area of 30 g/m2 - 2000g/m2.
 
6. The inner liner of any of Claims 1-3, wherein the hot melt sealing layer is a layer of polymer material, the polymer material having a hot-melt temperature of 100°C to 180°C.
 
7. The inner liner of any of Claims 1-3, wherein the water-based sealing layer is a polymer aqueous emulsion layer or a polymer aqueous resin layer, moreover, the water-based sealing layer having a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 to 5g/m2, and a smoothness of 400s - 1000s.
 
8. The inner liner of any of Claims 1-3, wherein the vacuum aluminum-plated layer has a thickness of 300Å - 500Å.
 
9. A process for manufacturing the inner liner of Claim 1, wherein it comprises the following manufacturing steps:

1) forming a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer on the upper surface of the raw paper layer by the way of roll coating or spray coating, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2 and a curing temperature of 80°C-120°C;

2) forming a hot melt sealing layer on the upper surface of the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer by the way of slit coating, the slit coating having a temperature of 100°C-180°C, and a coating amount of 8g/m2-18g/m2;

3) forming a water-based sealing layer on the surface of the hot melt sealing layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based sealing layer has a curing temperature controlled at 80-120°C, a surface smoothness controlled at 400s-1000s, and a paper moisture content <5%;

4) forming a vacuum aluminum-plated layer on the surface of the water-based sealing layer by the way of vacuum-aluminizing;

5) forming a water-based protective layer on the surface of the vacuum aluminum-plated layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based protective layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 -5g/m2 and a curing temperature of 80°C-120°C;

6) forming a moisture returning layer on the lower surface of the raw paper layer by adding water to the lower surface of the raw paper layer for wet-processing, so as to control moisture content of finished paper to 5% ± 1%.


 
10. A process for manufacturing the inner liner of Claim 1, wherein it comprises the following manufacturing steps:

1) forming a hot melt sealing layer on the upper surface of the raw paper layer by the way of slit coating, moreover, the slit coating having a temperature of 100°C-180°C and a coating amount of 8g/m2-18g/m2;

2) forming a water-based sealing layer on the surface of the hot melt sealing layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based sealing layer has a curing temperature controlled at 80°C-120°C, a surface smoothness controlled at 400s-1000s, and a paper moisture content <5%;

3) forming a vacuum aluminum-plated layer on the surface of the water-based sealing layer by the way of vacuum-aluminizing;

4) forming a water-based protective layer on the surface of the vacuum aluminum-plated layer by the way of gravure printing, wherein the water-based protective layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 -5g/m2 and a curing temperature of 80°C-120°C;

5) forming a moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer on the lower surface of the raw paper layer by the way of roll coating or spray coating, wherein the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer has a dry coating amount of 1g/m2 - 5g/m2 and a curing temperature of 80°C-120°C;

6) forming a moisture returning layer on the lower surface of the moisture-retaining and aroma-keeping layer by adding water to the lower surface of the raw paper layer for wet-processing, so as to control moisture content of finished paper to 5% ± 1%.


 




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