15 new packaging solutions vie for your vote

Lisa Pierce in Packaging Research on January 12, 2017

New products drive your packaging innovation machine. Here are more than two dozen solutions exhibitors at the upcoming WestPack 2017 show (Feb. 7-9; Anaheim, CA) submitted for the Packaging Digest Innovation Award competition. You decide which five will become finalists.

The five finalists will make up the stops on our Packaging Innovation Tour at WestPack. Tour attendees will then pick the winner at the end of our innovation expedition.

Read through the following entries (lightly edited for clarity, brevity and magazine style) and then CAST YOUR VOTE HERE. Products are presented here in the order in which they were received. They appear in random order on the ballot.

Photo credit of voting image: Designed by kjpargeter / Freepik


PAGE 1: L301 Small Business Label Printer from Afinia Label

PAGE 2: Intuity Metal Detector from Sesotec Inc.

PAGE 3: TrakSYS 10 MES/MOM software solution from Parsec Automation

PAGE 4: Coated-Metal Electric Label Dispensersfrom Start Intl.

PAGE 5: FormFoil Lite Suture Package from Rollprint Packaging Products

PAGE 6: Redesigned FC filler/capperfrom Serac Inc.

PAGE 7: AD-4961 Series checkweigher from A&D Co.

PAGE 8: New feeder for tabletop printerfrom Color Label Solutions

PAGE 9: CIVCore Software's Dot Print Tool for inspecting ink-jet and other variable codes from Mettler Toledo CI-Vision - [UPDATE 2-9-17: SELECTED AS THE MOST INNOVATIVE PACKAGING PRODUCT AT WESTPACK 2017 BY THE INNOVATION TOUR ATTENDEES!]

PAGE 10: 125mm-diameter squeeze-and-turn CR closure for laundry podsfrom The Plastek Group

PAGE 11: ThermaBar 3 barcode label printer with integrated verification/grading from Verified Printing Systems Inc., part of the ADC Technologies Group

PAGE 12: Unique unit-dose package with wide printable closure from LF of America Corp.

PAGE 13: IoT system for lite-series pharmaceutical filling systems from groninger

PAGE 14: AbleBlock filler/plugger/capper from PallayPack Inc.

PAGE 15: XR75 X-ray inspection system from Anritsu Infivis Inc.


L301 Small Business Label Printer from Afinia Label

Describe your new product.

Labels are an important part of packaging and the Afinia Label L301 Small Business Label Printer contains several innovations.

It is the only printer in its price range (US$1,595) that can print labels that are 8.5-inches wide. It also is the only printer that can simultaneously print with both pigment (B) and dye (CMY) inks. This combines the best of both worlds: the black pigment ink is durable enough for harsh environments while the CMY ink creates colors that are more vibrant than pigment inks.


How does the innovation work?

The L301’s optional unwinder maintains the proper tension across the label substrate, which allows for the even printing of wide labels.

The printhead contains a black pigment cartridge and a dye-based CMY cartridge.


How does your innovation add value?

Product information is typically printed in black text, which needs to be permanent. Shelf appeal is created by excellent label design and vibrant color.

The L301 delivers both in a single printer.


What distinguishes your packaging product or service from those of competitors and what makes it unique in the market?

The L301 in the only sub-$1,600 printer that can produce 8.5-inch wide labels simultaneously using both pigment and dye-based ink.



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Good post, very informative. Thank you for the insight. Request you to have a look at SWOP(Shanghai World of Packaging), an upcoming event organized in Shanghai, China. Link: http://promotions.packaging-labelling.com/shanghai-world-of-packaging-2019