A Series of Packaging Novelties – 02

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Here is the second series of packaging novelties as continuation of my previous article about this subject. Some more novelties, which didn’t get attention in a theme attributed article. With this series I close the year 2014.

HebeBühne Packaging
The corrugated packaging created by Panther-Packaging of Germany, is includes a lift for the product. A special mechanism keeps the contents securely in place. Upon opening of the two side flaps the platform lifts the product upward. Once the sides are folded down and the product is lifted up, the product can be removed easily.

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The design was inspired by the typical jewellery boxes. This type of presentation is perfect for presenting smaller plants, as in this example. But also a variety of other products makes the lift a very special star. This presentation is interesting for small plants and non-food products such as electronics or gift items.

Safety, functionality (for example, through the practical carrying handle) and the element of surprise come together in this innovative packaging solution. At the same time, the outer areas provide plenty of room for a decorative and brand-oriented design.

Self-heating technology
RBC Technologies’ self-heating pack is based on a derivative of hearing aid battery chemistry, which scavenges oxygen from the air to power the heating reaction. The reaction is air activated, making it inherently safe yet very powerful, says the company.

141212-rbc_products_splint W320 100dpiIt enables a lot of heat to come out of a thin profile package. The company comes up with an example for the medical industry. In the thermo-formable Rapid Splint product, the heater is able to heat the splint inside the packaging up to 200°F (93°C) in a matter of minutes, from a heater just 0.030” thick. And while the inside is very hot, the outside of the packaging maintains a temperature that is still safe to touch.

A key enabler for long-lifetime performance and user friendliness is an adaption of the Sonoco SmartSeal technology, which is used to provide on-demand air access that powers the heating reaction.

The RBC self-heating technology is adaptable in size, is flexible and easy to integrate with existing packaging. It uses only FDA GRAS (for direct and indirect food contact) materials and is currently made entirely in the USA at FDA registered manufacturing facilities.

I add some extra information from another. A development that might be interesting to the further evolution of self-heating packaging.

It’s only still a prototype. But this cardboard battery will probably be on the market in two years. They are particularly targeting the smartphone users, as the consumer buys a package in which 8 batteries are sitting together. You can break them off one by one and put them into your phone, which in turn has another 6 hours of power.

141144-Schermafbeelding-2014-11-30-om-09.26.471-584x340-W540 100dpiBut of course there are many other applications feasible, particularly in the packaging field.

Squeasy Pouch
Transferring a liquid from a pouch into a narrow neck bottle can be a messy proposition. That’s exactly one of the reasons why refill packaging isn’t very popular with consumers.

Squeasy Pouch debuted this summer as an EcoSierra 3oz concentrate attached to a ready-to-use 24oz bottle for a 5-product line of cleaners. The “pouch-within-a-pouch” makes the refill process mess-free and convenient.

141203-EcoSierra W540 100dpiThe flexible packaging was fundamental to the launch of EcoSierra’s line of ready-to-spray cleaners in 24-oz PET bottles. Attached to the bottle neck, the Squeasy Pouch contains 3-oz of concentrated cleaner, providing consumers an additional 24-oz of product when they add the contents to water and dilute to volume.

The Squeasy Pouch has a unique structure. When the consumer snips off the pouch tip, inserts it into a spray bottle and then squeezes the frangible inner portion of what is essentially a pouch-in-a-pouch will rupture and the liquid will follow into the bottle.

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This all sound good, but the consumer doesn’t easily trust the convenience claim in cases of refill, which leaves the company with the challenge of consumer education. Detailed on-pouch graphics explain what the Squeasy Pouch is all about, which is why the refill instructions are printed with clear directions in text and visuals in six steps on the pouch front.

Extreme Sinco PET technology
Sipa introduced a new PET technology to produce “extremely” light preforms that are up to 10% lighter than even the lightest preform produced by conventional injection moulding, without losing any key properties.
The Xtreme Sincro system brings together in a single machine Sipa’s preform compression moulding system with a stretch-blow moulding unit.

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With the XTREME, injection-compression moulding for filling moulds with very thin walls the moulds have only to be slightly opened when injection starts, and then closed as dosing finishes. This means a lower injection pressure can be used, a lower clamp force is needed, which extends mould life, and there is less stress on the melt, which means acetaldehyde (AA) levels are reduced, and resin intrinsic viscosity (IV) falls less. It is now possible to produce preforms with bases thinner than before.

The system, which Sipa claims to be the “world’s first injection compression stretch-blow moulding system”, combines the flexibility of two-stage systems with the convenience of single-stage system

Pickles are popular because they’re a way to add texture and a different flavour to a dish whatever the season. The pickling process has been around for over 4,000 years, but the preserving practice is enjoying a renaissance in both homes and on restaurant menus throughout the country.

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To meet consumer requirements UK onion specialist, Gʼs Fresh, has brought a “Pickle your own” kit. The packaging consists of all the essentials to create pickles at home including an airtight container, malt vinegar and pickling onions together with a recipe and directions on how to create the perfect blend.

A report by food trends agency, The Food People, put the rise in popularity down to heavily influences from the Nordic food scene that has seen restaurants moving on from molecular gastronomy to a simple pared back way of cooking. The trend is pushing the popularity of raw foods, vegetables and foraged foods and pickling them as a way of preserving for year round enjoyment.

Dune 250 Glass Bottle
Bruni Glass is an Italian company focussing on speciality glass for exclusive markets including spirits, wine and olive oil. To give you an idea of their typical Italian design, take a look at the slide show.

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Recently it revealed that it plans to produce its stackable bottle in ‘antique green’.
The Dune 250 is a stackable bottle, currently available in ‘flint’, which can be stacked in two different ways and allows space for the customer label. The bottle has the form of a dune, which is stackable in a horizontal way. The bottle can be stacked in two or three and Bruni also developed the vertical stackability.

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The stackable bottle could be presented in four different ways, which could be used for appearance or space saving benefits.

The 250ml bottle, which can be also produced in 200ml, can be horizontally or vertically stacked to combine two different products or the same product in a really different way. The top part of the bottom bottle has to enter the bottom part of the top bottle and they have to keep together but not be too orientated on the technical way they are stacked.

141224-Bruni Glass Dune 250 bottle W320 100dpiBruni developed the Dune in 250ml, as a typical gourmet food size for the high end olive oil, vinegar and gourmet products.
The concept of the Dune bottle is not new it is a bottle as a result of “Progetto Millennio”, Bruni’s design contest.

Progetto Millennio, which is known as the Bruni Glass design award, is a contest between different schools of design in Europe every two years at SIMEI show in Milan.
Progetto Millennio is giving to Bruni, the opportunity to work with young designers and lots of new ideas. On the other hand when they do have a project, which takes the interest of the public, and goes in production, the company recognises royalties to the young designer up to the life of the product.

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