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Articles from 2019 In May

Front-loading pouch increases production efficiency

Front-loading pouch increases production efficiency
Shakoflex will display the FLZ pouch and other high-barrier flexible packaging during EastPack New York City June 11-13, 2019.

When packaging is at its value-added best, it may even help make production lines more efficient. Flexible packaging specialty company Shakoflex (Shako Flexipack Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, India) asserts that its Front-Loading Zipper (FLZ) pouches allow higher levels of successful, seamless filling of packaging on “pickn'fil” equipment than other methods. It maintains that the design eliminates the risk of the zipper opening during automatic packaging that can also result in problems during transportation and distribution.

The company, which will be exhibiting in booth #2270 at EastPack New York City June 11-13, 2019, offers a vast array of options in pouches, bags and other high-barrier flexible packaging.

Shakoflex specializes in engineering films and laminating various films and foils to make optimized high-barrier packages using biaxially-oriented nylon, biaxially-oriented polypropylene, cast PP, polyester, polyethylene, aluminum foil, paper and other materials.

It supplies both premade packaging and rollstock manufactured using solvent-less dry laminations.

Among others, pouch and bag varieties include zipper, spout, hole, D-punch and air-vent standup pouches.

Package styles include flow-wrap films, vacuum pouches and high moisture- and oxygen barrier PVDC- or EVOH and PA/nylon substrates.  Color printing in up to eight colors either surface or reverse-printed is available.

Markets range from food (snacks, pet food, coffee/tea, candy) to pharmaceuticals to agricultural and more for dry, frozen, viscous and liquid product types.

To see this and more packaging innovations paired with education and experiential opportunities, visit EastPack New York City June 11-13, 2019

7 steps to harnessing Big Data in your packaging operations

7 steps to harnessing Big Data in your packaging operations
Few manufacturing operations take full advantage of relevant data, which leaves much room for improvement.

Most of us lead a data-driven life via our phones, watches and other devices. However, most of the time, we don’t harness much of the information that’s available to us. It’s either overwhelming or we don’t have the time to review the data. This is not only the case in our personal lives, but it holds true in our professional environments, as well.

I’ll use plastic bottle making as an example, though this can also be applied to any packaging production operation. In our experience as PET bottle blowmolding operators and trainers, we’d venture that a very low percentage of manufacturing environments make full use of the relevant data available from equipment and processes in order to optimize production.

And that leaves a lot of room for improvement.

We also realize that a large amount of data can quickly become overwhelming if you are looking at too many metrics at once. Here are seven steps we recommend to get you started on a solid, systematic approach to reaching data-driven goals.

1. Define clear goals.  What is your organization trying to do?  Are you trying to commercialize a new light weight package design that meets performance specs, disrupts the market or simply improve your bottle blowing efficiencies to generate more ROI?

2. Zero in on key data.  Make sure you focus on information that is the most important/relevant for your organization.  Focusing your attention will remove data distractions and give you a better chance of achieving your goals.

3. Make it a team effort. Companies frequently make the mistake of only involving manufacturing for issues relating to production. Pull in marketing, procurement and any other functions that have a stake in the output. For example, marketing may tell you that the new pinch-grip bottle is not receiving positive consumer reviews due to a performance issue that needs to be modified in production.

4. Analyze data regularly. Also make sure to compare to historical data, which can be used to solve today’s problems.

5. Monitor production windows. Different preform bottle combinations coupled with use of post-consumer recycled resin have different production windows. Some are wide, while others are more restrictive. Make sure your operators know what the operating window is so that critical decisions can be made on the fly so that downtime is reduced.

6. Pay attention to efficiency metrics. Examples include amount of scrap produced and cycle times. Understand what impacts your efficiency (such as ambient conditions) and how to improve production efficiencies.

7. Older equipment can be modified. Don’t think just because you don’t have the latest production equipment, you can’t access the critical data you need. Just like you can swap out the stereo in an old car, most equipment can be retrofit with the software you need to produce meaningful data for your operation.

The goal is to find your production sweet spot—the area where your scrap is at an acceptable level and that your bottle meets desired performance attributes. Harnessing the data correctly in real time can dramatically impact profitability.

Likewise, for packaging operations, the goal is to minimize your scrap levels while producing efficiently-made packaged goods that meet quality assurance requirements.

Sumit Mukherjee, chief technology officer of PTI, has 25 years' experience in preform and container design, materials characterization, process simulation and modeling, and finite element analysis (FEA) for package performance prediction. PTI is a globally recognized source for preform and package design, package development, rapid prototyping, pre-production prototyping, and material evaluation engineering for the plastic packaging industry.


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5 appetizing trends in snack packaging

5 appetizing trends in snack packaging

This infographic looks at a lucrative slice of the food market: snacks! Learn three bite-sized market facts before feasting on a handful of trends you need to know. Much more will be shared regarding the snack-craze and its packaging implications at EastPack 2019 (June 13-15; New York City) with related free educational sessions and the experiential Snack Shack. Register now to attend.


6 riveting reads about packaging this spring

6 riveting reads about packaging this spring
Did you see and share these popular features on last month?

Amazon’s refillable packaging for ecommerce cleaners, packaging innovation for Heinz ketchup and new packaging trends we’re seeing are among the top articles read in the month of April 2019, based on high numbers of page views on

We start from the bottom and work our way up to the #1 reveal…

6. Evolution of a package: Heinz ketchup

This graphical timeline shows nine packaging developments throughout the life of Heinz ketchup, starting with 1876 and continuing to present day. Quick and easy to read, the history outlines how a major brand owner has leveraged packaging innovations over the years.

NEXT: What is affecting packaging sustainability?

 5 arrows

5. 5 factors affecting sustainable packaging moving forward

Last fall, Transparency Market Research identified these five areas in sustainability that currently affect packaging:

• Increasing environmental concerns and effective regulatory policies implemented by governments will significantly boost demand for eco-friendly packaging in coming years.

• Technological advancements in the production of green packaging materials that reduce harmful gases will fuel the market.

• On the other hand, higher production costs associated with environmentally friendly packaging materials will affect profit margins. This factor may have a negative impact and hinder innovation in the sustainable packaging market in next few years.

• In addition, limited awareness among people regarding types of sustainable packaging has limited its growth. However, concrete steps taken by governments to increase awareness and educate people about the positive effects of green packaging should make a difference.

• According to the regional analysis, the U.S. is leading in sustainable packaging, with numerous companies operating in industrial and manufacturing sectors. Moreover, countries in the Asia Pacific region are also considered as offering lucrative options for the green packaging market.

NEXT: Refillable packaging for Amazon’s private label

Amazon Replenish

4. Amazon chooses refillable packaging for Clean Revolution

When it comes to the “Rs” of sustainability—reduce, reuse, recycle—reuse has often been the least favored. Not so anymore, as seen with the debut of the Loop reusable packaging shopping platform.

Ecommerce titan Amazon also believes in refillable packaging, having selected the Replenish bottle/pod system for its private label cleaning products. The package reduces the amount of water shipped by 90% and minimizes leaks during shipment, an important feature for the rough-and-tumble small parcel environment where packages could be positioned in any orientation.

NEXT: Another half dozen winning packaging articles

6 gold stars

3. 6 gold-star stories about packaging

Our compilations of the top articles of any given month are often high in the list of best-read articles for the next month, too. That’s the case here. In April 2019, packaging professionals reviewed these top articles from the month before:

1. Nestlé clarifies its sustainable packaging vision

2. Amazon chooses refillable packaging for Clean Revolution (Sound familiar? This was also the fourth best-read article in this list, for the month of April.)

3. Most food cans no longer use BPA in their linings (Spoiler alert! This is also the second best-read article for the month of April. See more on the following page.)

4. Nike’s new green lobster shoe box tests packaging limits

5. How digital healthcare and packaging benefit users

6. 5 packaging trends emerging in 2019

NEXT: Still high interest in BPA

Food cans no BPA

2. Most food cans no longer use BPA in their linings

This February 2018 article continues to enjoy high readership, even though the news is more than a year old that at least 90% of today’s food cans have replaced linings that previously contained the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA). This old news has made our “top” list for three months so far in 2019 (February, March and now April).

Our packaging community is still discovering it though. The newest reader comment just posted on May 13:

NPR investigated the BPA alternatives for hardened plastics and the BPA alternatives were shown to leech estrogenic compounds more or less than BPA. ‘BPA free’ is just a marketing scheme because the alternatives are just named differently and expose estrogenic compounds in a similar way to you and your child. Obviously, the plastics industry is not going to do research on the alternative plastics, but use some logic and know that petroleum-based compounds are all bad for living organisms.”

NEXT: What are the new packaging trends?

Rising trends

1. 5 packaging trends emerging in 2019

With a little more time for sharing and reviewing within our packaging community, this article jumped from #6 in March to #1 in April.

Charles Haverfield, CEO of packaging supplier U.S. Packaging & Wrapping LLC, shares insights into what’s driving these five predictable packaging movements:

1. Flexibility (flexible packaging!)

2. Changes in ecommerce

3. Environmental awareness (sustainability) 

4. Less is more (minimalism)

5. The power of nostalgia (retro designs)


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Faster, more precise servo drive enhances motion control

Faster, more precise servo drive enhances motion control
New servo drive is able to replace a physical encoder with software that functions like an encoder.

The packaging industry requires fast, precise motion control—and automation company B&R is rising to the challenge with its newest ACOPOSmulti multi-axis servo drive.

The latest iteration of the servo drive is faster than ever, improving cycle times for current, speed and position control from 100ms, 200ms and 400ms, respectively, to 50µs for all three loops. That opens up new possibilities for virtual sensor technology, according to a company press release.

“…[T]he faster the feedback (the cycle time), the more accurate the response, making it more reliable to depend on virtual as opposed to physical sensors,” John Kowal, director, business development for B&R Automation, explains.

Incorporation of virtual sensor technology can allow users to implement model-based control with autotuning, as well as a repetitive control function for predictive lag error compensation, according to B&R.

Thanks to a virtual motor position encoder, which uses software to emulate the function of an encoder to generate position commands, there’s no need for an encoder, encoder cable and evaluation unit in the servo drive. Availability is also increased.

Asked how the new speed compares with other servo drives on the market, Kowal demurs. “I’m not big on ‘specsmanship’ because the marketplace doesn’t stand still,” he says. “It's just good to know that we keep pushing the performance envelope.”

Jamie Hartford is content director, Advanced Manufacturing Group, for Packaging Digest’s parent company, Informa Markets, a business unit of Informa LLC.


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Filler automates packaging of personalized biologics

Filler automates packaging of personalized biologics
Optima Pharma and Charité–Universitätsmedizin are working to develop a production process that develops personalized medicines to treat a range of ailments. Photo courtesy of Optima Pharma.

As the market for personalized medicines expands, how will packaging systems be designed to handle production lots of one? Here’s a look at one filling machine already in development.

Optima Machinery has joined forces with a German university on a production platform for manufacturing, filling and packaging of cell and gene therapeutics designed for individual patients.

In a pilot project financed by the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH), Optima and Charité–Universitätsmedizin are working to develop a system that develops personalized medicines to treat hereditary and metabolic diseases, neurodegenerative disorders and cancers. Because the treatments depend on the patient’s cells, they must be customized and produced manually for each individual patient, a costly process.

According to Dr. Lars Bullinger, professor and director of Charité’s medical clinic, increasing demand for personalized medicine and the high cost associated with it is driving a need to automate the process. For example, researchers with the IGES Institute report that more than 350 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) research programs were being conducted at the end of 2018. Of those, 76% were in clinical trials. Also, more than 40 additional gene therapeutics were close to market maturity.

The process can place the medicines in vials, syringes or bags. The ultimate goal is to develop technology that saves time and expense while preserving quality by minimizing the need for manual intervention.

“A new era is starting in the treatment of serious cancer diseases and gene defects,” says Bullinger.

The team also aims to bring clinical projects such as this to application faster and more effectively. After the machine is successfully developed, they plan to install the equipment, validate performance and apply for required production permits.

Currently, the development machine’s footprint is 4.3x1.1x2.7 meters. This includes the isolator, prep area and control cabinet. The final measurements may vary depending on features.

Currently, processing in cell and gene therapies is handled manually. The goal of the Optima and Charité’s automated system is to create safer, more efficient and cost-effective technology. Photo courtesy of Westend61/Getty Images.

According to Andrea Traube, director of market development for Optima, the market is clamoring for automated production platforms for cell and gene therapeutics. Automated systems also increase safety, hygiene and product loss by minimizing human intervention.

Additionally, automatic decontamination of work areas (based on H2O2 evaporation) is used to decontaminate the working chamber before starting any process and to avoid cross-contamination between different patient batches.

Optima reports the system also has potential applications in medical clinics, research institutions, contract manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. Company representatives currently do not have a timetable for commercial development of the system.

Jenni Spinner

Freelance writer and former Packaging Digest senior editor Jenni Spinner is a trade journalist with more than two decades of experience in the field. While she has covered numerous industries (including construction, engineering, building security, food production and public works), packaging remains her favorite.


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AI in packaging: Defining terms, assessing impact—Part 1

AI in packaging: Defining terms, assessing impact—Part 1
AI-enabled sensors, motors and controllers will mean self-adjusting automation on packaging lines.

How data science intersects with machine engineering for smarter and more valuable packaging operations.

Spend a little time investigating the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on packaging equipment and processing lines and it quickly becomes apparent the improvements AI holds for higher efficiencies, better quality and improved safety are just emerging.

AI covers a number of engineering-related goals: better predictive maintenance, the concept of zero downtime, clear traceability related to standards compliance and increased worker engagement. Indeed, “smart” devices—such as motors, controllers, sensors and more imparting improved algorithms to robots, conveyors, checkweighers and entire packaging lines—promise to engage workers rather than replace them. “Automate tasks, not replace workers” is the mantra.

“We still remain far from general AI that can wholly take over complex tasks, but we have now entered the realm of AI-augmented work and decision science—what we call ‘augmented intelligence,'” Chris Howard, distinguished research vp at research organization Gartner, says. “If you are a CIO and your organization doesn’t use AI, chances are high that your competitors do and this should be a concern.”

So what is AI and what is its impact on packaging? Says Chuck Lewin, president of Performance Motion Devices (Westford, MA): “AI is a set of data-processing techniques that go beyond traditional algorithms connecting cause and effect, observation and action, to a higher level of processing emphasizing pattern recognition, adaptive control and prediction.

“In the context of packaging equipment, AI operates in three steps,” he continues. “It inputs data from sensors, analyzes that data and then alters its own operation based on the results of that analysis. The key is collecting a lot of data, even of variables that may not be directly related to the process being controlled.

“As applied to packaging equipment, AI will improve system performance in several key areas,” he says. “Lines will handle a wider range of incoming materials, they will provide more precise inspection of the materials they handle and they will monitor their own behavior so that required maintenance can be predicted.”


Better-engaged human resources, not robot factories, should be the goal of any packaging operation looking to implement AI.

AI drivers

Like anything, AI doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Today, AI is reaching a historical moment because of six converging factors:

1. Bigger data: Many devices have given us a gold mine’s worth of data to process, both structured (in databases and spreadsheets) and unstructured (such as text, audio, video and images). As trillions of sensors are deployed in manufacturing and manufactured products alike, “big data” will only get bigger. AI-assisted processing of this information allows us to handle this data to uncover historical patterns, predict more efficiently, make real-time adjustments and more.

2. Processing power: Accelerating technologies such as cloud computing and graphics processing units have made it cheaper and faster to handle large volumes of data with complex AI-empowered systems through parallel processing. In the future, “deep learning” chips—a key focus of research today—will push parallel computation further.

3. A connected globe: Global manufacturing supply chains together with social media platforms have fundamentally changed how individuals interact and what information they can expect and when. Increased connectivity via the Internet of Things (IoT) is accelerating the spread of information and encouraging the sharing of knowledge. An emerging “collective intelligence” will include open-source communities developing AI tools and sharing applications.

4. Open-source software and data: Open-source software and protocols are accelerating the democratization and use of AI, as can be seen in the popularity of open-source machine-learning standards and platforms. An open-source approach can mean less time spent on routine coding, industry standardization and wider application of emerging AI tools.

5. Improved algorithms: Researchers have made advances in several aspects of AI, particularly in “deep learning,” which involves layers of neural networks, designed in a fashion inspired by the human brain’s approach to processing information. Another emerging area of research is “deep reinforcement” in which the AI agent learns with little or no initial input data, by trial and error optimized by a reward function.

AI and enabling factors like cloud computing and the Internet of Things help comprise Industry 4.0. Image courtesy of Tetra Pak.

All kinds of AI

The spectrum of AI definitions and focus is also expanding and now includes:

• Automated intelligence systems that take repeated, labor-intensive tasks requiring intelligence, and automatically complete them.
• Assisted intelligence systems that review and reveal patterns in historical data, such as unstructured social-media posts, and help people perform tasks more quickly and better.
• Augmented intelligence systems that use AI to help people understand and predict an uncertain future.
• Autonomous intelligence systems that automate decision-making without human intervention. “As applied to packaging equipment AI will improve system performance in several key areas; they will handle a wider range of incoming materials, they will provide more precise inspection of the materials they handle and they will monitor their own behavior so that required maintenance can be predicted,” Lewin says.
• Algorithmic intelligence (a.k.a. Smart Devices) is perhaps closest to our attempt to define and discuss AI in packaging equipment and applications. Dr. Rashmi Misra, general manager for AI business development at Microsoft, added algorithmic intelligence to the list of AI definitions in a conference keynote last November.

Dr. Misra describes AI as integral to the ongoing industrial transformation from physical production assets and systems to digital smart products and connected enterprises. AI-enabled analytics are at the heart of a digital feedback loop taking operational data, product telemetries, and employee and customer feedback—and delivering more efficient operations, better products, more effective employees and deeper customer relationships. “Modern manufacturers are embracing customer centricity, innovating faster and becoming more agile,” she says.

In June 2018, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Bonsai, based in Berkley, CA. The company is building a general-purpose, deep-reinforcement learning platform especially suited for enterprises leveraging industrial control systems. This includes unique machine-teaching innovations, automated model generation and management, as well as pre-built support for leading simulations.

“Using Bonsai’s AI Platform and machine teaching, subject matter experts from Siemens, with no AI expertise, trained an AI model to auto-calibrate a computer numerical control (CNC) machine 30 times faster than the traditional approach. This represented a huge milestone in industrial AI, and the implications when considered across the broader sector are just staggering,” said the company in a press release.

In the recent “Industry 4.0: Opening a door to new opportunities for the food and beverage industry” white paper, authors from Tetra Pak see AI as central to ongoing advances like machine learning: “What makes machine learning useful is that the algorithm can ‘learn’ and adapt its outputs based on new information. The sheer volume of information produced means such tools are needed to produce quick, almost instantaneous analysis beyond the capability of a human alone. Using the information gathered, algorithms can number-crunch both past and current activity, and predict optimum plant operation for the future by learning from what is going on in the present.”

Indeed, at the global industrial technology trade show Hannover Messe earlier this year, Johan Nilsson, who heads Tetra Pak Services, announced that AI and human/machine collaboration is at the heart of the company’s Factory of the Future initiative. “Machines will be able to communicate with each other as well as with the digital systems of the entire operation, automatically taking on tasks such as diagnosing problems, ordering and delivering parts, and looking for an engineer who is most suitable for the service needed,” Nilsson said in a press release. “Supported by these smart solutions, the workforce will be able to focus on managing the plant, making quick, informed decisions and continuously increasing the speed of production, reducing errors and minimizing product waste.”

Improved human/machine collaboration is at the heart of Tetra Pak’s Factory of the Future, according to Johan Nilsson, CEO, Tetra Pak Services. Image courtesy of Tetra Pak.

More examples of the impact of AI on packaging will follow in Part 2 of this article series.

Ray Chalmers is founder and principal at Chalmers Industrial Communications, providing writing services for industrial technology providers since 2007. His career includes 10 years as an editor with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and time as a staff editor on Packaging.


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The Flip Bottle: A tale of a patented packaging concept

The Flip Bottle: A tale of a patented packaging concept
Flip Bottle wine

FlipBottle drawingImagine a "side" job that could easily become full time for something you're passionate about-and have been kicking around for a decade? And imagine that it involves a very cool packaging concept. That's the case with Scott Clark, a "regular guy" with a typical full-time job in sales, marketing, and customer service in a completely unrelated field, whose business partner Vincent Allora invented and patented the Flip Bottle about 10 years ago.
"We really didn't put much time or effort into trying to market this product most of the past years, but within the last two years we decided that now is the time to make the effort," Clark says. "We still have a little over 9 years left on the patent so it's just a matter of us getting around to working on it."

Packaging Digest: What has been your biggest challenge to date and especially recently?
Clark: To be honest, we believe the biggest challenge is that we don't have any packaging experience. We simply created a new bottle concept using standard components in an unorthodox design resulting in our versatile new technology. Over the past 18 months we've been in contact with most major bottle manufacturers, as well as end users and distributors in the wine & spirits industry, encouraging them to try our patented new bottle. We just don't have the experience in the field to make that happen as quickly as we hoped.

PD: What kind of interest have you seen and what kind of reaction are you getting?
Clark: We get a great initial reaction, but it seems that this is such a unique idea that people don't know what to make of it or how to incorporate it into their existing packaging line. We feel that if we use a standardized top cap on the narrow end of the bottle it would be adaptable to most filling lines. Our Flip Bottle could be filled using the existing machinery, equipment and process as their traditional wine bottles do today. Then we would address the larger opening using a closure or closures on this end ensuring a proper seal and providing the support base of the bottle in its inverted position. There are many existing products on the market today integrating a variety of solutions for positively sealing large openings for us to refer to that may be incorporated into our Flip Bottle design.

PD: This would be a standard 28-mm closure or similar on the narrow end?

Clark: Since we have a utility patent that covers the functionality of the bottle we could tailor that to just about any application. There are many different variations of what size closures could be used within the parameters of our patent to produce a bottle that also is a glass. It's up to the end user to decide exactly how they want the bottle to be manufactured.

PD: Is the hurdle you're running into a marketing one or a technical one?

Clark: We've been assured by almost all of the bottle manufacturers we remain in regular ongoing contact and discussions with that a consumer ready production version, including multiple variations of the Flip Bottle from our graphic presentations, can be made using their existing manufacturing equipment and machinery. We are still working with them on engineering or selecting the specific technology incorporated in our concept so we can offer a turn-key solution to the end users who would ultimately put their products in our bottle.

PD: Do you have prototypes?
Clark: Yes. We employed the services of three different companies specializing in industrial engineering and computer generated three-dimensional modeling, all of which utilized stereo lithography (SLA) to make prototypes illustrating various versions of the Flip Bottle. We also have two different style glass prototypes of the Flip Bottle made by a professional glass artisan from the Atlanta area.
However, we believe plastic is really the best way to go with this. We spoke with some glass manufacturing companies and the traditional blow molding process as well as the alternative injection molding process presents a challenge having the second open end. However, as stated, glass remains a viable option. 

PD: How did your involvement with designer Ronald de Vlam come about?
Clark: We met Ronald de Vlam CEO & global managing partner, Webb deVlam Chicago, LLP ( at the Pack Expo Las Vegas in September 2011 and he immediately bought into our idea. We attended the trade show to determine if any packaging products, concepts or companies were relevant to or potential partners or prospective customers for the Flip Bottle, and also sought to gain as much knowledge and information about the packaging industry as possible. At the direction of Ronald de Vlam, Webb deVlam has created all of the new graphic images, renderings, and presentations of our Flip Bottle concept.

Flip Bottle wine
PD: The examples deVlam developed show variations of the theme for Flip Bottles of wine (shown)-why was wine selected?
Clark: Typically people drink wine out of a glass as opposed to the bottle, so we figured we would offer consumers an innovative new solution in the form of a single-serving wine glass that doesn't require any tools or technical expertise to transform the Flip Bottle into a glass. We believe single-serving wine, along with the vast array of spirits used in mixed alcohol beverages, and even beer is our target market. Specifically, single-serving wine has well-documented, consistent annual growth and has become an international emerging trend. Because our Flip Bottle incorporates two closures we expect our packages to be produced at a justifiable premium; so it's safe to suggest high-end packages deserve high-end products.

PD: What size and format are you considering?
Clark: Our philosophy is to basically take a standard 750ml wine bottle, with either a typical natural or synthetic cork or the more recently introduced and generally widely accepted threaded screw cap, and cut the body of the bottle down to contain any standard volume of wine. The smallest at 187.5ml known as the "Piccolo" version, the largest at 375ml/half of a 750ml "standard" bottle of wine known as the "Demi" version, somewhere in the middle at 250ml known as the "Chopine" version, or whatever quantity is desired by our customers. 

PD: Can you tell us more about the current level of interest?
Clark: We have a number of Mutual Confidentiality and/or Non-disclosure Agreements in place with many of the major bottle manufacturers in the USA, most of the household name brand beer, wine, and spirits conglomerates/holding companies in the USA, Canada, and Australia, several if not all of the handful of giant alcohol distribution companies across the USA, but we have not executed any formal agreements with any of these companies yet.

PD: What's the next step? It would seem advantageous to hand this off to another party involved in packaging, yes?
Clark: Yes! We have no experience in the alcohol beverage industry so we are learning as we go. Our next step is very clear, honest, and simple; we wish to partner with a company that has the capacity to take what we have for a reasonable and negotiable ownership interest in our company and/or intellectual property, produce Flip Bottles filled with wine, beer, and/or alcohol mixed drinks & sell them to the public!

For more information, please contact:
Vincent Allora

Phone: 954-214-2567
Email: [email protected]


Which of these drug-delivery devices are award winning?

Which of these drug-delivery devices are award winning?
Packaging innovation stars in the MDEA's Drug-Delivery & Combination Products category.

Each year, the Medical Design Excellence Awards competition receives entries on the latest innovations in the medical industry. One category—Drug-Delivery and Combination Products—focuses on the packaging side of the development. For 2019, five drug-delivery devices are in the running for an award. Here's a look at this year's finalists, courtesy of Omar Ford, managing editor of MD+DI, a sister publication of Packaging Digest.

Winners of the Medical Design Excellence Awards will be announced June 11, in a special ceremony at MD&M East, colocated with EastPack 2019. You can vote for your selection for the 2019 Readers' Choice winner by clicking here.

1. The Arisure Closed System Transfer Device

The Arisure Closed System Transfer Device is designed for the safe compounding, transport, and delivery of hazardous drugs to protect healthcare professionals and their patients. The system is microbiologically closed, mechanically trapping any contaminants from entering the vial or environment. Additionally, the system prevents accidental spills during the transfer of drugs.

Manufacturer: Yukon Medical

Supply and Design Credits: Industrie BORLA S.p.A


Bydureon BCise is a fixed-dose autoinjector for convenient dose preparation (re-suspension) and self-injection by patients with Type 2 diabetes. It is the first cartridge-based autoinjector. Needle and cartridge form a fluid path only immediately before administration. The users were fundamental in determining the appropriate device activation mechanism, the form factors and device feedback.

Manufacturer: AstraZeneca

Supply and Design Credits: SHL Medical AG

3. clEARdropper ear drug delivery device

clEARdropper is the first OTC ear drug delivery device, solving the problems of accurate ear drug dosing, waste and self-administration. The value added clEARdropper solves these challenges with an simple, waste-eliminating, cost-reducing design that addresses the delivery challenges and unique anatomy of the ear.

Manufacturer: AJB LLC

Supply and Design Credits: Rubber Industries Inc.

4. Eluvia Drug-Eluting Vascular Stent System

The Eluvia Drug-Eluting Vascular Stent System is the first and only drug-eluting technology designed to sustain drug release beyond a year to deliver drug therapy when restenosis is most likely to occur in the Superficial Femoral Artery (SFA).

Manufacturer: Boston Scientific Corp.

5. QVAR RediHaler metered-dose aerosol inhaler

QVAR RediHaler (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol is a breath­-actuated, metered-dose aerosol inhaler. It is indicated for the maintenance treatment of asthma in people 4 years of age and older and is available in 80 mcg and 40 mcg dosage strengths.

Manufacturer: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries

Supply and Design Credits: Nypro Waterford