First child-resistant slider for flex packs launched

Rick Lingle in Pouches on November 02, 2014

A result of “lots of Intellectual Property,” the Child-Guard slider technology from Presto Products that meets PPPA and ASTM standards for child-resistance opens up new opportunities in flexible packaging.

Two years of development led Presto Products Company to launch at Pack Expo in booth S-2837 on November 2 the world’s first child-resistant flexible pouch on the initial opening and subsequent re-openings using the Press-To-Engage (PTE) resealable slider. The Child-Guard slider meets Title 16 CFR 1700 of the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) with ASTM D3475 classification from ASTM International.

While flexible packaging has made inroads across many product categories, this breakthrough opens up new opportunities in markets including any regulated products previously available only to rigid packaging. Potential markets include medical marijuana food products and FIFRA—Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act—that governs the registration, distribution, sale, and use of pesticides in the U.S., according to Presto senior sales manager Todd Muessling.

The CR method is simple, effective and ingenious: As shown in the illustration, the slider opens with an easy “point, press and pull” motion. Users align the slider tongue with the groove, press down lightly on the slider’s top side and pull the slider across the zipper track for a smooth opening experience. Adult consumers, including seniors, will find the zipper simple to open, but it will be extremely challenging for children aged five and under addressed by the PPPA regulation.

Muessling says the Child-Guard was in development for two years and represents a joint development with another company that chooses to remain anonymous.

He expects small-scale production to be in place by mid-2015. The new CR zipper is said to integrate with existing equipment.

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