Design Tech Products: Digital Printing and Finishing

Hybrid Printer
www.mutoh.com
The ValueJet 1617H is a 64-in. hybrid printer with white ink capability that can print on rigid substrates and roll media. Applications include printing packaging prototypes, point-of-purchase displays, indoor and outdoor signage, and trade show graphics.

Digital Press
www.hp.com
The HP Indigo WS6600 Digital Press is a web-fed press for labels and packaging production with full color speeds up to 130 ft. per min in Enhanced Productivity Mode.

UV-LED Printers
www.rolanddga.com
Offered in 12- and 20-in. models, VersaUV LEF printers print CMYK, white and clear inks directly on virtually any surface for personalized products and packaging. Eco-UV inks stretch around complex corners and curves. Clear ink can be layered to create embossing and varnishing features for tactile effects.

Digital Cutting and Creasing Machine
www.highcon.net
The Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine uses a patented digital adhesive rule technology for creasing and a laser array for cutting. The digital process enables on-demand corrections and changes.

Digital Production Color Press
www.kodak.com
Kodak NexPress Digital Production Color Presses produce short runs of high-quality, variable-data packaging that can help brand owners create targeted materials that maximize return on investment. More than 800 substrates are qualified to run on the NexPress System, including coated and uncoated paper, film and selected packaging board.

Digital Label Press
www.efi.com
The EFI Jetrion 4950LX LED digital label press uses can print personalized, serialized and short-run packages on thinner and other difficult-to-print stocks such as flexible packaging and shrink sleeve substrates. The press is available with an in-line laser cutter, and the press’s LED technology reduces costs with lower energy usage and significantly longer lamp life.

UV Inkjet Press
www.fujifilmusa.com
Graphium is a high-speed UV inkjet press with a 16-in. print width that enables printing of labels, packaging and specialty print applications. Utilizing grayscale print heads that produce a range of drop sizes from six to 42 picoliters. It images at speeds up to 164 ft. per min.

Desktop Digital Label Printer
www.isys-label.com
The Edge 850 prints labels at speeds up to 30 ft. per min. Designed for in-house production of labels, it can print 2,000 labels in less than 20 minutes and have the finished roll ready for the packaging line. Optional with the label printer is iVDP, variable data software that provides the user the ability to combine static and dynamic content to create varying multi-graphic labels containing variable text, images and barcodes.

Production Level Label Printer
www.epson.com
The Epson SurePress L-4033AW prints color labels on a wide variety of standard label substrates, using seven-color inkjet technology with white ink. The solid, opaque white enables printing on materials such as clear film and metallic substrates.

Personalized Packaging Suite
www.xerox.com
Xerox’s Personalized Packaging Suite is a web-to-print solution with XMPie softwaret that enables variable design in graphics and messages to each packaging article. Together with the Xerox iGen4 Press, the production process enables mass customization to package design.

Inkjet Printing System
www.xante.com
Xanté’s Excelagraphix 4200 P Series wide-format inkjet printing system, featuring Memjet Waterfall Printhead Technology, delivers more than 3 billion drops of ink per second, for print speeds up to 12 in. per second. An adjustable feed path allows users to print on heavy media, including foam and corrugated board up to 0.5 in. thick.

Digital Color Web Press
www.okidata.com
The pro511DW digitally prints labels and tags up to 12.9-in. wide. Each job can be automatically cut and reloaded offering high productivity and lowering production costs. Labels are rewound on a roll, which can be placed onto automatic labeling systems on packaging lines.

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H.B. Fuller invests in Packaging Center of Excellence






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posted by Kari Embree, Senior Digital Content Editor — Packaging Digest, 9/20/2013 9:58:05 AM





 

H.B. Fuller Customer Collaboration Center

 

Adhesives represent less than three percent of the total packaging cost, but can have a big impact on a brand’s reputation when it comes to consumer experience. The effect can be so substantial that executives at H.B. Fuller Company  have decided to invest in a Packaging Center of Excellence in North America to address customers packaging adhesives needs across a broad range of applications, substrates and environmental conditions. Upon its opening in early 2014, the Packaging Center of Excellence will be H.B. Fuller’s fourth center focused specifically on customer collaboration.

 

With its wide variety and industry-leading packaging adhesive offerings, H.B. Fuller provides the full breadth and depth of adhesives and engineering services for end-of-line packaging, container labeling, flexible packaging, retail-ready packaging, handle and packaging reinforcement and specialty packaging. Along with the robust offering, the new Packaging Center of Excellence will further enable collaboration efforts to help brands continue to advance their packaging designs.

 

“Packaging heavily influences consumer buying decisions and with the rise of social media, all it takes is one negative experience to put brands on the defensive,” says Peter Petrulo, business director of packaging, North America, at H.B. Fuller. “As experts in packaging adhesives, it’s our role to help protect our customer’s product and ensure end-users have a positive experience with our customer’s brand. That means staying on top of industry trends so we can meet our customers’ evolving business needs for safety, sustainability, efficiency and new packaging applications.”

 

Petrulo went on to say that H.B. Fuller is dedicated to advancing adhesive technology for the packaging industry, so the company is continually evolving and reformulating products for customers. H.B. Fuller’s most recent development includes the reformulation of its adhesive coated technologies (formerly known as Adalis) Sesame technology. The reformulated adhesives offer a much wider operating window and improved bond strength, allowing customers to continue to run efficiently, despite potential variation in their own processes.

 

Additionally, H.B. Fuller prides itself on working with all original equipment manufacturers to ensure compatible adhesive technologies even as equipment evolves. For example, the company has been credited for helping to engineer end-of-line packaging adhesives to serve today’s new on-demand, tankless hot melt systems. With an ability to run and perform on any hot melt system, H.B. Fuller’s hot melt adhesives are being used by manufacturers who have adopted equipment such as the Nordson Freedom and Graco Invisipac systems. These hot melt adhesives – designed to run smoothly on all the latest engineered fluid dispensing equipment – offer superior bond strength and fiber tear and excellent non-blocking, free-flowing properties.

 

To show its commitment to flexible packaging and to expand the Flextra line, H.B. Fuller acquired Plexbond Quimica S/A, to help better serve the flexible packaging market in South America. This acquisition will allow convertors to address the market’s evolving needs while providing a greater array of products and services to the region.

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Diamond Packaging Wins “Best of Show” in 27th Annual Excellence Awards Competition

Diamond Packaging won three awards, including Best of Show, in the 27th annual packagePRINTING Excellence Awards Competition, the industry’s only competition recognizing the highest level of printing quality and technical achievement across the full range of packaging segments – tags and labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, and corrugated cartons. Winners were chosen from hundreds of entries submitted in over 40 different categories. Entries were judged on print quality, functionality, and secondary converting and finishing attributes.

Diamond won Best of Show and First Place in the Technical Achievement category for its 2013 Carousel Calendar. The judges were impressed with the creative graphic presentation and the number of elements incorporated in the calendar. “It was impeccable and hit all the marks,” remarked Joe Hamway of Mark Andy Inc. “Everything was well put together—embossing, varnish, diecutting, and a great design,” added Bob Waddington, Nazdar.

Diamond’s three-month corporate calendar is a long-standing company tradition and popular promotional item given to customers and suppliers. The 2013 carousel-themed calendar illustrates many of Diamond’s capabilities, including creative design, Liquid Metal brilliant metallic UV specialty coating, UV gloss spot coating, multi-level embossing, and intricate die cutting.

The header depicts the nationally-renowned carousel at historic Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, NY. The carousel was built in the Philadelphia Toboggan Company tradition, featuring hand-carved horses and chariots that have created lasting memories for generations of families.

Multi-level embossing creates a dramatic sense of texture and depth while a decorative die cut pattern conveys the energy and movement of the carousel.

The graphics were enhanced with four color process inks, UV matte coating, UV gloss spot coating (carousel, horses, poles, paisley accents), and Liquid Metal silver metallic specialty UV coating.

Diamond also won First Place in the Sustainability category for Procter & Gamble’s Gillette Venus Embrace Razor Cartridges carton.

The new Embrace packaging is the latest iteration in Gillette’s Venus family of products. The new packaging also embraced the latest sustainable production methods.

The design beautifully complements the Venus brand with smooth, radiant graphics. Soft, rounded corners and oval shapes dominate the structural design, giving the packaging a unique and elegant look, representative of the fluid nature of the products.

The carton was offset printed with specialty spot colors, process inks, and Top Star silver metallic ink, with UV gloss coating and Cast and Cure holographic effects.

Cast and Cure is a key component of Diamond’s Green Chic packaging model, which delivers “Beauty without Compromise” through the use of more sustainable converting methods. Cast and Cure technology is a cost effective, inline process that produces high-gloss, holographic finishes through the use of UV coatings and specialty film.

About Diamond Packaging
Founded in 1911, Diamond Packaging is a WBENC-certified woman-owned business specializing in developing innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. Utilizing state of-the-art technologies, Diamond designs and manufactures paperboard and plastic folding cartons, and provides comprehensive contract packaging services for the personal care (cosmetics, hair care, skin care, fragrance, oral care, and shaving), health care, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and food and confectionery industries. Its client portfolio includes Bausch & Lomb, Beiersdorf, Coty, Elizabeth Arden, Estée Lauder, Godiva Chocolatier, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, and Procter & Gamble. As part of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA), Diamond and its alliance members offer packaging solutions to companies operating on an international scale. Customers receive responsive, localized service, award-winning creative designs, identical product specifications and consistent brand recognition, resulting in unparalleled worldwide packaging support.

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Sustainability in Packaging 2014 event set for March






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Sustainable Packaging 2014 logo

 

Smithers Pira, in association with Packaging Digest and Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, will be returning to Orlando, FL, in March 2014 for the 8th annual Sustainability in Packaging conference and exhibition. This year’s event will take place March 5-7, 2014, at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld. More than 300 leaders in the sustainability and packaging supply chains are expected to come together to discuss the opportunities, challenges and solutions that will lead to packaging innovations that improve sustainability and the bottom line.

 

Planned sessions at Sustainability in Packaging include key sustainability and innovation trends around flexible packaging for better end of life scenarios; success stories and developments in fiber packaging; sustainable packaging sourcing security; and developments in extended producer responsibility. This year’s program will include a number of new topics including marine debris case studies and policy; sustainability in frozen and the cold chain; and an investor’s forum (Shark Tank) to find the next great idea in sustainable packaging.

 

“Sustainability in Packaging 2014 is on track to deliver our most comprehensive discussion ever, with more real life case studies than ever before,” says Barbara Fowler, conference director at Smithers Pira. “Our advisory board – including Alan Blake, Consultant – Packaging & Sustainability, Alan Blake Consulting and Executive Director, PAC Next; Laura Rowell, Director, Sustainable Packaging, Sonoco Packaging; Lisa Pierce, Executive Editor, Packaging Digest; Saskia van Gendt, Captain Planet, Method; Jeff Loth, Senior Manager, Packaging Engineering, Microsoft and Betsy Dorn, Director, USA Consulting, Reclay StewardEdge – have been hard at work recruiting brand owners, converters and packaging innovators to share their latest triumphs and challenges with an eye to creating truly sustainable and profitable packaging.”

 

“Because of the expertise of each board member, we are able to develop an agenda that tackles hot topics from a variety of perspectives,” said Pierce. “Not only is there something for everyone on the program, but it’s the right ‘something.’ This conference looks at a holistic view of how packaging sustainability impacts business and presents specific solutions, year after year.”

 

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. America’s best known consumer brands, materials suppliers and packaging converters and manufacturers will be in attendance to focus on the ongoing sustainability challenge and the latest packaging innovations. Contact Heather Adams at 207-781-9632 about crafting a custom-designed sponsorship or exhibition package.

For more information about Sustainability in Packaging 2014 or to attend, visit www.sustainability-in-packaging.com.

 

About Smithers Pira
Smithers Pira is the worldwide authority on packaging, paper and print industry supply chains. Established in 1930, the company provides strategic and technical consulting, testing, intelligence and events to help clients gain market insights, identify opportunities, evaluate product performance and manage compliance. For more information, visit www.smitherspira.com.

 

 







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Bemis TITAN

 

Bemis Performance Packaging, a leading supplier of flexible packaging and labeling solutions, announces the launch of Bemis TITAN brand beverage shrink films and shrink labels. Bemis TITAN shrink films and labels are designed to enhance beverage packaging quality, efficiency and brand appeal using Bemis’s advanced polyethylene shrink technology. The films create vibrant, sustainable shrink multi-packs that replace corrugate, paperboard or plastic rings, while the colorful, form-fitting labels deliver brand advantage for everything from uniform rounds to contoured shapes.

 

Multi-packs made with Bemis TITAN shrink films reduce material weight by 50 percent and decrease packaging costs up to 30 percent compared to paperboard. Packagers can calculate the bottom-line impact of switching to environmentally responsible, printed multi-pack shrink films using the Bemis “green calculator” found at BemisPerformancePackaging.com/Calc. The calculator provides a quick snapshot of CO2 emission reduction; labor hours saved in material handling; and the number of trucks that could be taken off the road by replacing paperboard with lightweight shrink film. Space-saving Bemis TITAN shrink films and labels are more efficient throughout the supply chain, whether reducing deliveries to consumer goods producers, maximizing warehouse space or eliminating costly disposal of paper-based products for retailers.

 

A leader in helping brands transition to lightweight, high-strength, visually compelling shrink packaging, Bemis works closely with customers to develop solutions that optimize Bemis TITAN shrink technology for their individual applications. The result is cost-effective, protective packaging with stunning shelf appeal that connects with consumers. 


Bemis TITAN Shrink Films & Shrink Labels 2-2-2-2

The Bemis TITAN offering includes line extensions that help brands further differentiate and promote their beverage products. Examples include shrink film multi-packs with optional handles in various configurations; tight-fitting, high-shrink roll-fed labels; Bemis WavePack corrugate-free multi-packs, Bemis PerfPack tear-away multi-packs; and many more. Packagers can learn more by visiting the newly launched BemisPerformancePackaging.com. The new website provides user-friendly resources to address packaging challenges and create brand advantages with the latest in packaging innovations.

Representing quality, strength, integrity and value, Bemis TITAN shrink films and labels will be on display at Pack Expo in Las Vegas, NV, September 23-25, 2013, in Booth #C-558.

 

Source: Bemis Performance Packaging

 

 

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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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Does cosmetic packaging need a makeover?






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Sustainable Cosmetics Summit

 

Cosmetic companies are making slow progress in reducing their packaging footprints. Although the cosmetics industry has become preoccupied with green initiatives, few steps have been made to tackle the environmental impact of packaging.

Organic Monitor (www.organicmonitor.com) research finds most developments are occurring in ecodesign, with many brands reducing packaging materials by changing design structures. The Brazilian company Natura Brasil is a frontrunner in sustainable design. Its recent launch of its mass market SOU brand epitomises the packaging trend. SOU skin care products are housed in flexible packaging that have 70 percent less plastic than rigid plastic containers of the same volume.

As will be shown at upcoming editions of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit (www.sustainablecosmeticssummit.com), most changes in packaging design are only leading to an incremental decrease in packaging materials. In some cases, any ecological benefits from less packaging material are offset by higher unit sales. More radical solutions involving materials are necessary to make significant changes to the packaging impact of cosmetic products.

Relatively few developments are occurring in packaging materials. Although some cosmetic brands are experimenting with sustainable materials like bamboo and wood, plastic packaging still prevails. High raw material costs and inadequate waste disposal methods give plastic packaging a very high environmental footprint. According to the OECD, packaging comprises over half of all household waste in developed countries, with plastics having most effect in landfill.

Plant-based plastics, once hailed because of their biodegradable nature, have yet to make headway in cosmetic applications. Some companies like Procter & Gamble are using hybrid polymers to overcome the limitations of bioplastics. Its Pantene Pro-V Nature Fusion packaging is mainly made from biopolymers sourced from sugar cane.

Unilever is one of the few companies considering a packaging overhaul to address its environmental footprint. The Anglo-Dutch multinational introduced a new ‘compressed’ can for a number of its deodorant brands earlier this year. The deodorant cans are about a third smaller, reducing packaging material costs as well as transportation costs. However, few companies have managed to innovate with green packaging.

 

There are also calls for the cosmetics industry to take some responsibility for waste management. In Brazil, the cosmetics association ABIHPEC is working with municipal agencies to collect and recycle packaging waste. In the US, Tom’s of Maine has partnered with Teracycle to collect its packaging waste and use it in new product applications. A closed loop system whereby waste is used as raw materials is considered the way forward for many cosmetic brands taking the green road.

Sustainable packaging is a focal theme of the upcoming Latin American and European editions of the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit. Discussion topics include environmental impact of packaging, ecodesign innovations, novel packaging materials, bioplastics in cosmetics, and green packaging success stories; papers will be given by Natura Brasil, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Arkema, Selerant, Aptar, ABIHPEC and other organizations involved in sustainability.

 

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Colonial Candle Engages Consumers’ Sense of Taste

Colonial Candle has introduced a new line of  seven Colonial Cocktails candles that engage consumers’ sense of taste thus increasing not only shelf space but also sales. The Colonial Cocktails line not only embraces the scent of each of these different cocktails but also includes a removable label on the back of the candle that features a recipe inspired by each cocktail.

“We wanted to give our consumer the complete sensory experience. We partnered with Innovative Labeling Solutions to find the best way to incorporate ‘taste’ into that experience. The removable label shares a recipe with consumers so that their experience is complete,” says Scott Wehrs, president of MVP Brands, parent company of Colonial Candle.

The candles, which retail for $16, can be found at retailers across the country or online at www.colonialcandle.com. The Colonial Cocktails line includes Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada, Manhattan, Amber Ale, Gin and Tonic, Sweet Tea Vodka and Mint Julep. 

“Innovative Labeling Solutions has consistently brought new, different and exciting innovations to our brand and we look forward to working with them in the future to expand our product offerings,” Wehr commented. 

Innovative Labeling Solutions, ILS is a digital labels and packaging specialist located outside of Cincinnati, OH. They print labels and packaging for consumer based companies across the US. With three HP Indigo presses installed at the plant, as well as finishing equipment for hot stamping, embossing, speciality varnishes, flexible packaging laminations and shrink sleeve seamers, ILS’ state-of-the-art facility offers turn-key solutions to the marketplace. They are an international leader in the label and packaging industry.

Colonial Candle, a national brand leader in premium candles and accessories, is known for its exceptional quality, exclusive fragrances, and trendsetting style. As master candle makers with more than 100 years of experience in candle craftsmanship, Colonial Candle products feature the finest ingredients and exceptional design, proudly made in the U.S.A. Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Colonial Candle parent company MVP Brands designs, manufactures and markets an extensive line of candles and home fragrance products.

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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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Chilling Rocks pouched water springs into Florida markets






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Rick Lingle, Technical Editor — Packaging Digest, 4/3/2013 3:31:50 PM





Chilling RocksChilling Rocks natural spring water in a stand-up pouch has a foundation built on a packaging-savvy lineage of flexible packaging innovation. Product manager Sandy Christensen is the daughter of Charles R. Murray, founder and CEO of PPI (PouchPac Innovations) Technologies Group. Chilling Rocks is a brand of the Redi-2-DrinQ BevPaQ LLC, Sarasota, FL, which offers patented pouches for hydration water, fruit juice and fortified water as well as nutraceutical products. It is one of the four groups of the Redi-2-DrinQ Group, which also owned by the Murray family.

“The easy-to-grasp flexible pouch with the choke-proof cap fits handily into cup holders, brief cases, school backpacks,” states Christensen. “Children love the water pouch, and the drip-proof fitment with membrane is perfect for back packs-and no more wet homework! The pouch is also eco-friendly with a lower carbon dioxide footprint when compared to traditional rigid containers.” 

Christensen says the pouched water is a kid- and adult friendly format for all ages as a healthy alternative to soda and for occasions or venues where bottled water is not practical. She was inspired to develop the ultra-convenient, easy-to-use packaging format by her mother’s battle with ALS and subsequent challenges with common tasks such as opening a water bottle. The pouches also represent an alternative to concerns for bisphenol-A (BPA) in rigid plastic containers.

 

Packaging particulars

 

Supplied by FlexSource, the premade 16.9oz/500-mL pouch has a structure of reverse-printed polyester/nylon/linear-low-density polyethylene. It is packed by R-2-D BevShot at the WaterBoy facility using a PPI Model PSG Ace pouch machine that operates at rates to 60 pouches per minute.

Copy on the pouch back panel notes that the pouch uses less material than “plastic PET bottles” and claims the packaging offers “Longer shelf life with no toxic leaching and no BPA.” In fact, the freezable stand-up pouch uses 95 percent less polymer than a PET bottle.

Notable is the reclosable, twist-off, easy-grip triangular closure and patented fitment from PPiTG that is injection-molded with breathing holes to prevent the blockage of air in the event to it is ever ingested by a child. The self-sealing, no-drip spout works after the cap is removed; the pouch must be squeezed to dispense the water.

The product’s name came from Murray who felt it was ideally descriptive of the product: Cool, refreshing and eco-friendly, and with the word Rocks that evokes nature. That is strongly enforced through the pouch graphics design printed on the interior back panel of a rocky north Georgia waterfall that’s visible through the pouch front. Christensen credits a local Sarasota amateur photographer, Debbie Reed, who took the photo on a recent visit to Dahlonega, GA, that was deemed perfect for the brand.

The pouch also carries the logo of Earth Charter US and SECAMP (Sustainable & Environmental Conscious Approach to Machine/Pouch making) designation and sports a Quick Response code on the back panel. There’s also a printed declaration that the pouch offers a zero carbon dioxide footprint when the pouch is incinerated.

 

Starting this month, five Walgreens in Florida will be carrying the product after a successful market test, Christensen reports. Other users include the Florida Beach Volleyball Conference.

Chilled Rocks is also offered online through The Arris Waters-Division of Agua del Matador LLC  in quantities from a 6-count “Adventure Pack” (for $7.95+ shipping) to a 30-count case to a 1,200-count pallet for $995 plus delivery. The website notes that Chilled Rocks is perfect for outdoor activities and public locations where PET water bottles are banned.

 

Source: Chilling Rocks Water

 

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