To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
The Virtual Hinge Closure from VH Technologies (New York, NY) can help users comply with recommended dosages of their prescription drugs. It combines a cap with molded numbers that indicate day or dosage amount with a patented hinge that must rotate to the next number to reclose.
Given the Republicans' legislative priorities, it is unlikely that Congress will pass any major environmental legislation this year. Senator John Chafee (R-RI), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said overhauls of Superfund, the Clean Water Act or the Endangered Species Act are unlikely.
The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.
Technical merit and marketing appeal were key elements in this year's winners of the Package and Label Competition, sponsored by the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators. Well-polished packages took home awards.
Marble Manor's (Corbett, OR) VA100 series valve applicator for vacuum-packed coffee uses a heat-sealing process to apply a variety of valves to coffee bags, allowing gases from beans to escape quickly.
The Model STB digital bottlecap torque tester from Mark-10 (Hicksville, NY) can measure torque tool calibration, break-away fastener, motor stall, and valve operating torque, as well as standard torque removal.