Single-serve Pouch Spouts New Design, Safety Cap

Consumers who have confidence in the Dole brand of quality products can now put their trust in the new Trust-T-Lok spout designed specifically for flexible, single serve pouches by the leading trusted name in custom packaging solutions, Hoffer Plastics Corp. Trust-T-Lok was engineered and tested for more than a year and resulted in this creative “T”-shaped cap for flexible package spouts that meets all CPSC choke-proof specifications, provides superior tamper evidence and easy-grip shape and texture.

The unique patented Trust-T-Lok spout/cap offers a new alternative to the flexible pouch industry and was created to meet customer demand for a cap similar to those currently on the market but with different features. Hoffer Plastics, with its’ more than 60 years of expertise in plastic product design, design and manufacture of high-tech injection molds and precision molding capabilities, collaborated with the customer to innovate the Trust-T-Lok square spout/cap to exacting specifications. Trust-T-Lok also comes in a rounded cap version, Trust-T-Lok R, which is also an ideal solution for baby food pouches for toddlers.  

The Trust-T-Lok was chosen for use on the Dole Squish’ems apple sauce pouch. Designed and tested for toddler safety, the Trust-T-Lok has won the confidence of parents who are assured of a total quality product: Dole and Trust-T-Lok.

The Trust-T-Lok and the Trust-T-Lok R provide a unique plug seal that maintains seal integrity for one full rotation of the cap. The cap reveals superior tamper evidence at one-quarter of a turn of the cap, and remains sealed even at three-quarters of a turn. In addition to providing safety, it means that shelf-life is not compromised if the cap is accidently turned slightly.

The three ribs on the spout are a critical part of the design, helping the spout to adhere to the LDPE flexible packaging to provide a strong, tight seal. For co-packers, this design provides assurance that there will not be leaks during the filling process. And, the Trust-T-Lok and Trust-T-Lok R design ensures that the spout matches exactly with the form, fill and seal equipment for that added measure of safety and security. The spout and cap are assembled at Hoffer’s facility and shipped to the packer.

With its’ history of expertise in developing innovative packaging products for its Fortune 100 customers, Hoffer Plastics helps National brand owners differentiate their products while providing safe, easy-to-use and sustainable solutions for spouts, caps and closures, and stay at the forefront of the markets they serve.

About Hoffer Plastics:  Hoffer Plastics Inc. has been setting the standard for quality, on-time delivery and engineering excellence in the plastic injection molding and mold manufacturing industry for more than 60 years. As a family-owned business now being managed by the second and third generations, Hoffer Plastics’ values, dedication to customers and commitment to service and quality has made us a leading supplier for the packaging, industrial, and consumer products markets. With 27 talented mold makers on staff in three tool rooms, and 110 injection presses ranging from 35-600-tons clamping force, Hoffer Plastics has the capacity and the capability to provide the best in innovative and sustainable solutions, quality, and service.

Hoffer Plastics: There’s a part of us in every piece

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Group 4 worked with The Scotts Company to develop a breakthrough product for the edible gardening market. Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pod’s make seed gardening fool-proof with the exact combination of nutrients, enriched soil and seed packed into every easy-to-plant pod.

 

Scotts Pods

Gro-ables Seed Pods were specifically developed to create an ideal growing environment through a uniquely designed “pod” that contains:
• Superior quality seed placed at the proper depth
• All natural growing material to protect and release moisture to the seed
• Premium Miracle-Gro plant food to deliver continuous nutrition to the seed

 

Extensive research with gardeners and non-gardeners provided valuable input to design direction. Consumers consistently expressed delight at the developing product form, which to them was indicative of something entirely new and different. The final design was built upon a tapered “acorn” shape for easy handling and intuitive planting in a biodegradable, sanitized and sturdy pod material.

The Seed Pod design also features:
• A custom packaging solution that provides secure pod shipping and storage
• A wide pod “brim” to mark the ideal planting depth

 

“Helping Scotts visualize and bring the breakthrough Gro-ables concept to the market embodies the essence of our core capability and demonstrates the results of our proven process of innovation,” says Frank von Holzhausen, president of Group 4. “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work once again with The Scotts Company on such an exciting project.”

 

About Group 4
Group 4 is a highly regarded research-based design consultancy that has helped develop hundreds upon hundreds of products, packages, brands and communications over its 40+ years working with clients from all corners of the U.S. economy. Other current and recent clients include: Abbott Labs, Sherwin-Williams, Nestlé, Lenovo, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Electrolux, Wagner Spray Tech, UPS, Eli Lilly, Hershey and the Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

 

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Group 4 worked with The Scotts Company to develop a breakthrough product for the edible gardening market. Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pod’s make seed gardening fool-proof with the exact combination of nutrients, enriched soil and seed packed into every easy-to-plant pod.

 

Scotts Pods

Gro-ables Seed Pods were specifically developed to create an ideal growing environment through a uniquely designed “pod” that contains:
• Superior quality seed placed at the proper depth
• All natural growing material to protect and release moisture to the seed
• Premium Miracle-Gro plant food to deliver continuous nutrition to the seed

 

Extensive research with gardeners and non-gardeners provided valuable input to design direction. Consumers consistently expressed delight at the developing product form, which to them was indicative of something entirely new and different. The final design was built upon a tapered “acorn” shape for easy handling and intuitive planting in a biodegradable, sanitized and sturdy pod material.

The Seed Pod design also features:
• A custom packaging solution that provides secure pod shipping and storage
• A wide pod “brim” to mark the ideal planting depth

 

“Helping Scotts visualize and bring the breakthrough Gro-ables concept to the market embodies the essence of our core capability and demonstrates the results of our proven process of innovation,” says Frank von Holzhausen, president of Group 4. “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work once again with The Scotts Company on such an exciting project.”

 

About Group 4
Group 4 is a highly regarded research-based design consultancy that has helped develop hundreds upon hundreds of products, packages, brands and communications over its 40+ years working with clients from all corners of the U.S. economy. Other current and recent clients include: Abbott Labs, Sherwin-Williams, Nestlé, Lenovo, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Electrolux, Wagner Spray Tech, UPS, Eli Lilly, Hershey and the Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

 

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Group 4 worked with The Scotts Company to develop a breakthrough product for the edible gardening market. Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pod’s make seed gardening fool-proof with the exact combination of nutrients, enriched soil and seed packed into every easy-to-plant pod.

 

Scotts Pods

Gro-ables Seed Pods were specifically developed to create an ideal growing environment through a uniquely designed “pod” that contains:
• Superior quality seed placed at the proper depth
• All natural growing material to protect and release moisture to the seed
• Premium Miracle-Gro plant food to deliver continuous nutrition to the seed

 

Extensive research with gardeners and non-gardeners provided valuable input to design direction. Consumers consistently expressed delight at the developing product form, which to them was indicative of something entirely new and different. The final design was built upon a tapered “acorn” shape for easy handling and intuitive planting in a biodegradable, sanitized and sturdy pod material.

The Seed Pod design also features:
• A custom packaging solution that provides secure pod shipping and storage
• A wide pod “brim” to mark the ideal planting depth

 

“Helping Scotts visualize and bring the breakthrough Gro-ables concept to the market embodies the essence of our core capability and demonstrates the results of our proven process of innovation,” says Frank von Holzhausen, president of Group 4. “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work once again with The Scotts Company on such an exciting project.”

 

About Group 4
Group 4 is a highly regarded research-based design consultancy that has helped develop hundreds upon hundreds of products, packages, brands and communications over its 40+ years working with clients from all corners of the U.S. economy. Other current and recent clients include: Abbott Labs, Sherwin-Williams, Nestlé, Lenovo, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Electrolux, Wagner Spray Tech, UPS, Eli Lilly, Hershey and the Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

 

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Group 4 worked with The Scotts Company to develop a breakthrough product for the edible gardening market. Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pod’s make seed gardening fool-proof with the exact combination of nutrients, enriched soil and seed packed into every easy-to-plant pod.

 

Scotts Pods

Gro-ables Seed Pods were specifically developed to create an ideal growing environment through a uniquely designed “pod” that contains:
• Superior quality seed placed at the proper depth
• All natural growing material to protect and release moisture to the seed
• Premium Miracle-Gro plant food to deliver continuous nutrition to the seed

 

Extensive research with gardeners and non-gardeners provided valuable input to design direction. Consumers consistently expressed delight at the developing product form, which to them was indicative of something entirely new and different. The final design was built upon a tapered “acorn” shape for easy handling and intuitive planting in a biodegradable, sanitized and sturdy pod material.

The Seed Pod design also features:
• A custom packaging solution that provides secure pod shipping and storage
• A wide pod “brim” to mark the ideal planting depth

 

“Helping Scotts visualize and bring the breakthrough Gro-ables concept to the market embodies the essence of our core capability and demonstrates the results of our proven process of innovation,” says Frank von Holzhausen, president of Group 4. “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work once again with The Scotts Company on such an exciting project.”

 

About Group 4
Group 4 is a highly regarded research-based design consultancy that has helped develop hundreds upon hundreds of products, packages, brands and communications over its 40+ years working with clients from all corners of the U.S. economy. Other current and recent clients include: Abbott Labs, Sherwin-Williams, Nestlé, Lenovo, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Electrolux, Wagner Spray Tech, UPS, Eli Lilly, Hershey and the Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

 

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Group 4 worked with The Scotts Company to develop a breakthrough product for the edible gardening market. Miracle-Gro Gro-ables Seed Pod’s make seed gardening fool-proof with the exact combination of nutrients, enriched soil and seed packed into every easy-to-plant pod.

 

Scotts Pods

Gro-ables Seed Pods were specifically developed to create an ideal growing environment through a uniquely designed “pod” that contains:
• Superior quality seed placed at the proper depth
• All natural growing material to protect and release moisture to the seed
• Premium Miracle-Gro plant food to deliver continuous nutrition to the seed

 

Extensive research with gardeners and non-gardeners provided valuable input to design direction. Consumers consistently expressed delight at the developing product form, which to them was indicative of something entirely new and different. The final design was built upon a tapered “acorn” shape for easy handling and intuitive planting in a biodegradable, sanitized and sturdy pod material.

The Seed Pod design also features:
• A custom packaging solution that provides secure pod shipping and storage
• A wide pod “brim” to mark the ideal planting depth

 

“Helping Scotts visualize and bring the breakthrough Gro-ables concept to the market embodies the essence of our core capability and demonstrates the results of our proven process of innovation,” says Frank von Holzhausen, president of Group 4. “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work once again with The Scotts Company on such an exciting project.”

 

About Group 4
Group 4 is a highly regarded research-based design consultancy that has helped develop hundreds upon hundreds of products, packages, brands and communications over its 40+ years working with clients from all corners of the U.S. economy. Other current and recent clients include: Abbott Labs, Sherwin-Williams, Nestlé, Lenovo, Insight Pharmaceuticals, Electrolux, Wagner Spray Tech, UPS, Eli Lilly, Hershey and the Robert Bosch Tool Corp.

 

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Constantia Flexibles Invests in $12 Million Expansion of South Carolina Facility

Constantia Flexibles – a global corporation that develops, manufactures and supplies flexible packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, food and beverage markets – has announced plans to invest $12 million to expand its main U.S. manufacturing facility in Blythewood, South Carolina.  Slated for completion in autumn of this year, the project will add 15,000 sq.- ft. of factory floor space to house several new pieces of packaging equipment and more than a dozen new employees.

The Blythewood facility manufactures custom packaging for the pharmaceutical and food industries, including packaging foils for blister packages, child-resistant packaging, and lids for portion controlled containers.  The factory also houses equipment used for laminating, coating, rotogravure printing and slitting services.

The construction project marks the third of its kind for Constantia Flexibles’ South Carolina facility, which opened in 1997 and underwent expansions in 2001 and 2005. 

“Like previous expansions, the current project reflects Constantia Flexibles’ solid growth in sales, and its leadership as a packaging innovator,” said Steve Godwin, chief operating officer, USA for Constantia Flexibles.  “More room means additional equipment and new employees to build further upon our successes.  We’re excited as well as proud, and we look forward to the expansion’s completion this coming fall.”

The current upsizing comes on the heels of a particularly prolific 2012, during which Constantia built upon its established successes by launching several new products.  The company’s new easy-PIESY is an aluminum/PET/aluminum lamination that – due to its absence of paper – requires less heat during the sealing process than traditional paper-back foil structures.  No modifications to existing heat-seal lacquer are necessary, nor is additional tooling.  The blister lidding’s also offers reduced sealing temperatures, leading to higher productivity and less stress on machines.  Its paper-free design also makes it especially suited to cleanroom environments. 

Another recent addition is Dispense Lid, which was developed as a means of dosing tablets, capsules or liquids from plastic bottles in a controlled, more compliant manner. Incorporated into a bottle’s closure, the Dispense Lid features a liner with a small opening that induction seals to high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene bottles. The customized opening feature helps users dispense only the desired number of tablets or capsules, assisting with compliance and minimizing the risk of contamination to remaining product.

About Constantia Flexibles
Constantia Flexibles offers integrated, start-to-finish, foil-based packaging solutions to the North American pharmaceutical and nutritional industries. Constantia Flexibles’ technologies and services include laminating, coating, rotogravure and flexographic printing, metalizing, holography, slitting, in-house graphics preparation, and cylinder engraving.

Constantia Flexibles’ products include push-through and peelable blister foils; cold-formable foils for absolute barrier to moisture and oxygen; heat-seal coatings for PVC, PVdC, Aclar laminations, PET, PP and Barex; two-sided registered printing for compliance-style packaging; text- and barcode-printable white-lacquered foils; and child-resistant, senior-friendly and anti-counterfeiting structures. 

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Design Tech Products: Idea Transformers

Inkjet Spot UV Coater
www.mgiusa.com
Engineered for short-run, custom packaging applications or prototyping on sheets up to 20×42 in., MGI’s JetVarnish 3-D inkjet spot UV coater offers traditional flat spot UV coating (up to 3,000 B2 sheets per hr), while the new 3-D raised effects (up to 100-microns thick) elevate brand appeal with beautiful, tactile features.

Digital Wide-format Printer
www.mimakiusa.com
The Mimaki CJV30 Series is engineered to help package designers, brand owners and agencies go from great idea to great presentation by bringing prototype, label and package printing in house. The CJV30 is a print/cut system that also utilizes white and silver ink for eye-catching metallic effects.

Solvent Inkjet Printer
www.epson.com
The SureColor S70670 utilizes Epson’s dual array MicroPiezo TFP print heads to deliver small droplet sizes and fast print speeds. The 64-in. solvent printer uses Epson’s new UltraChrome GSX ink, which is available in up to 10 colors, including an optional white and silver metallic, which can be used on clear or colored media.

Digital Label System
www.itechlabel.com
The iTech AXXIS SR Digital Label System consists of a 720×720 high-resolution CMYK inkjet engine that can print prototypes and short runs on a variety of substrates in widths from 4 to 8.5 in. The integrated finisher laminates, digitally die-cuts and scores the face-stock.

Wide-format Printer/Cutters
www.rolanddga.com
Featuring low-heat LED lamps, Roland VersaUV LEC wide-format printer/cutters print CMYK, white and clear inks on hundreds of media options, including foils, papers, biaxially oriented PP (BOPP), polyethylene and PET film. Integrated contour cutting die-cuts, perforated-cuts and creases graphics for short-run labels and package prototypes. Clear ink finishes graphics with embossing and varnishing effects.

Digital Large-format Press
www.hp.com/go/gsb
The HP Scitex FB7600 Industrial Press prints up to 95 full boards an hour at production speed as well as completely unique packages and prototypes. This enables designers to optimize the design once for prototyping and production printing, which can help ensure color consistency between prototypes and final packaging.

Box Prototype Service
www.bridgepremedia.com
Box prototypes are directly printed on production substrates—including shrink film, metalized flexible films, solid bleached sulfates, BOPP, PET and corrugated. Cartons can have metallic effects, white ink, spot varnishes in matte or gloss, and multi-level embossing.

Virtual Modeling
www.plastictechnologies.com
Plastic Technologies Inc.’s virtual prototyping capabilities include barrier performance modeling and analysis, plus process simulation.

3-D Prototyping Service
www.transparentcontainer.com
Transparent Container offers Fused Deposition Modeling and PolyJet 3-D prototyping services. Fused Deposition Modeling (trademarked by Stratasys) and PolyJet 3-D Printing (trademarked by Objet) are additive manufacturing processes. The machine builds up layer upon layer of the 3-D model, starting with the bottom layer. The material used is a liquid photopolymer, which feels similar to plastic when hardened.

Finishing Table
www.esko.com
The Kongsberg i-XE10 digital finishing system finishes prototypes or short-run packaging and labels. It can cut papers, labels, folding carton, thin styrene or PP, up to 35.4×47.2 in. An automated conveyer system is optional. 

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Prototyping Service
www.frankenstitch.net
Frankenstitch Promotions is a provider of digital wide-format graphics, prototypes and manufactures custom boxes and specialty items. A print-ready file can be imaged on e-flute or c-flute corrugated for $5 to $6 per sq. ft. using one of its wide-format devices. Frankenstitch can also print on film.

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4 Advantages to Paper Packaging

4 Advantages to Paper Packaging

Paper packaging is the answer to suit a wide range of business needs. Whether you are looking for basic shipping, elegant and detailed point of purchase displays, or something in between, paper packaging is quick, cheap, and flexible. 1.Custom-made. : Paper packaging suppliers are equipped to automate almost any packaging request. The machinery involved in paper packaging customizes to fit any size, shape, or label that is necessary–easily. 2.Cost-effective. : We all know that cost cutting is the major theme with today’s downturn in the economy. Paper packaging is the cost-effective solution to providing you with challenging packaging needs. Making the switch to paper products will be a major gain for your company this year. If you already use paper products, going straight to the source will further decrease your costs and present a sleek, personal, and professional look. 3.Environmentally friendly. : Paper products can be easily recycled. The fibrous base of corrugated cardboard is ideal for recycling. In addition, the end product is easily recycled into creative or useful supplies for children, presentations, and moving. 4.Creative design. : Paper packaging gives you the flexibility to create a “branded” look for your company at a discount price. Paper and cardboard packages display free advertisement noticed by everyone that passes by. Try looking into a paper packaging company to meet all your needs. Whether it’s a bundle, case, or pallet, an experienced paper and cardboard manufacturer accepts any order big or small. Did you know that you could even outsource your packaging needs to a manufacturer that has the machinery available to handle any sort of packaging ranging from delicate, heavy, large, and small (or anything in between)? Outsourcing your packaging is one of the best cost-cutting solutions you can choose. Look into a paper packaging supplier that will both package and ship your products, cutting your expenses in half.

To find out more about paper packaging, take a moment and visit us at  http://www.discountboxsupply.com

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Complete Packaging Solutions for your needs

Complete Packaging Solutions for your needs

The Packaging industry has moved into the style of wrapping involving collapsible packaging techniques and hard plastic clamshell container to keep products safe and intact. They provide very fast, reliable and professional packing and moving services throughout the world.

All manufacturing companies need packaging for transportation, storage and protection of their products. The goods are perfectly packed to ensure its safety during transportation. A collapsible packaging system allows for several savings through storing, transport and handling. Most of the collapsible containers allows for a collapsibility ratio of about 1/5 that of a typical wooden packaging solution

The on-site packing service provided by most of the firms ensures a hassle free shifting without any inconvenience. These firms have experienced staff to take care of the packing and shipping needs of the customers. They offer in-houses packaging engineers who develop custom packaging solutions depending on the products characteristics, handling requirements and the mode of transport to be used. They release their customers from packaging related routine works so that customers can focus more on their work and core business.

Packaging companies specialize in packaging fragile and high-value items, including antiques, art, electronics, and crystal. They also offer custom handling and packaging, from custom cartons to blanket wraps, shrink-wrapping, crafting and palletizing. Packing is done under the supervision of experts who ensure that all the goods are perfectly packed to prevent them from getting damaged while moving from one place to another.

Nefab China is among the best packaging company providing complete packaging solutions since the late 1940s. Nefab China offers custom packaging products specific to the product requirements and offer everything from collapsible packaging to on-site packaging services, outer packaging, pallets, inner fittings and even labels. Nefab China brings expertise in several market segments through global networking with other Nefab China facilities.

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