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.
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Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
Ilapak's (Newtown, PA) Cougar(TM)LS flowrapper now has a lap seal feature for use on shrink, PE and other films. Uses a rotary hot knife to form end seals, eliminating hot wires and producing attractive bead seals.
Don Williams Packaging's (Belmont, CA) Model A-10 pneumatic bagging machine automatically opens and positions bags for both vertical filling applications-including salad, nuts and hardware-as well as horizontal filling of difficult-to-package products such as tortillas or paper goods.
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.
FPA '94 competition winners created specialized packs: a child-resistant, easy-open bag and a recloseable handle bag for insecticides; a flexible wrapper for a rare crystal block; and a special bag containing a tarnish preventer for shipping jewelry.