Shure Music Phone Adapter wins 2007 Pack Expo Selects.January 11, 2008 -
Submitted by Combined Technologies Inc, package for Shure Inc's Shure Music Phone Adapter has won 2007 PACK EXPO Selects competition, which enables PACK EXPO attendees to choose most innovative packages of year from field of entries developed, produced, or executed by PACK EXPO exhibitors. Using Blisterguard« material, package keeps product tamper-resistant, allows customer to see product, and maintains integrity of graphics and branding.
Shure Music Phone Adapter Wins 2007 Pack Expo Selects
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Press release date: October 30, 2007
Fold-over blister maintains tamper-resistance, reduces packaging parts
Arlington, VA, October 30, 2007 - All votes are tallied, and the package for Shure Inc.'s Shure Music Phone Adapter, submitted by Combined Technologies Inc., has won the 2007 PACK EXPO Selects competition. This year marks the second time PMMI has conducted the competition, in which PACK EXPO attendees choose the most innovative packages of the year from a field of entries developed, produced or executed by PACK EXPO exhibitors.
Packaging professionals cast their votes during PACK EXPO Las Vegas (October 15-17, 2007; Las Vegas Convention Center). With 23,960 attendees and 1,281 exhibiting companies, the show broke all previous records and was the largest packaging trade show of 2007. PMMI sponsors and produces the PACK EXPO events.
A panel of packaging professionals reviewed all PACK EXPO Selects submissions before the show, and chose 12 finalists, which were displayed on site at The Showcase of Packaging Innovations« exhibit sponsored by The Dow Chemical Co. Each finalist was developed, produced or executed by at least one PACK EXPO Las Vegas exhibitor.
"Innovation is the key to the future of the packaging industry, and it's particularly important for consumer products, which face so much competition on the shelf. Packaging must constantly take advantage of the latest materials and manufacturing techniques. PMMI hopes the best-in-class consumer packages of the PACK EXPO Selects competition inspire packaging professionals to reach new levels of excellence," says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI.
"Congratulations to all the PACK EXPO Selects finalists, but especially to the companies that contributed to the Shure Music Phone Adapter entry," he says.
Winning Design Cuts Costs, Resists Tampering, Supports Branding The winning package, Shure Inc.'s Shure Music Phone Adapter (submitted by Combined Technologies Inc.), is a fold-over blister. The Blisterguard« material it uses keeps the product tamper resistant, allows the customer to see the product and maintains the integrity of graphics and branding. The design reduced the number of parts necessary for packaging and proved to be a substantial cost-cutter. Contributors: Colbert Packaging Corp., Combined Technologies Inc., Dordan Manufacturing Inc.
Also in this year's top five PACK EXPO Selects vote-getters, in order of most votes received:
FruitSimple(TM) Smoothies (submitted by CCL Autosleeve) Brand Pak multipacks of single-serve, ready-to-drink FruitSimple(TM) smoothies from Sunny Delight Beverages Co. combine a top-lift ring carrier with a polyethylene stretch sleeve. Model 872 ring carrier applicator applies ring carriers to a quartet of 8-ounce PET bottles prior to applications of stretch sleeve at up to 150 Brand Paks per minute. The patented design cuts costs compared to traditional chipboard carriers. Eight-color, flexographically printed stretch sleeve provides 360-degree billboard for all necessary information. Tearstrip ensures easy removal. Contributors: CCL Auto-Sleeve, ITW Hi-Cone and PDC International Corp.
Octanium Shrink Sleeve (submitted by AMERI-SEAL Inc.) The Sleeve artwork design incorporates knock-outs to accentuates the containers silver mirror metallic look. This was achieved through extensive modifications of raster image layers and effects into the vector art medium in Illustrator, while duplicating the design's original Photoshop effects intent. The crisp lines and vibrant colors, plus the company logo, draw the eye to this product. Contributor: AMERI-SEAL Inc.
Wetbone(TM) Water to Go (submitted Ampac Flexibles) Wetbone(TM) Company LLC launches the first portable, potable water for dogs in a flexible drinking pouch for "dogs on the go". The 16-ounce bone-shaped pouch features two compartments with a reservoir for the purified, vitamin-enriched water at the bottom and a "drinking bowl" at the top. Contributor: Ampac Flexibles, div. of Ampac Packaging
LTS System for California Grapes (submitted by Maxco Supply Inc.). LTS System Grape Containers are the sustainable packaging alternative to expanded polystyrene or rigid plastic containers. LTS is a 100 percent recycled container coated with a special water base Maxguard treatment. The box is water resistant to provide durability in high-humidity conditions. The entire LTS system includes the MB 2600 Bliss Former with special attachments and glues systems that assemble the boxes over 25 per minute for the California Table Grape Growers. Contributor: Maxco Supply Inc.
Attendees Chose from 12 Finalists PACK EXPO Las Vegas attendees had 12 choices for their PACK EXPO Selects votes. The remaining finalists follow, in alphabetical order:
Archer Farm Steam Ready: This microwave steaming bag is used for the Archer Farm frozen vegetable line. A breather panel within the multi layers of film iincorporates microperfs that open and close based on pressure. This allows the product to truly pressure cook and steam in the microwave. (Contributor: QuickWave International Corp.)
BOXIDEA Boxes: Designed to improve the traditional wooden crate, BOXIDEA Boxes offer refrigeration and ventilation properties during transportation as well as a unique finishing quality at the point of sale. They are suitable for products such as nuts and wine. The materials used for BOXIDEA Boxes come from recycled materials, such as medium density fiberboard, gelatin glues and print paperboard. (Contributor: MADERFIBRA SL)
Daily's Ready to Drink: Pushing into the alcoholic beverage space is a ready-to-drink cocktail in a 10-ounce, contoured, stand-up pouch in paperboard basket four-pack carrier. The body of the pouch structure is PET, AL, nylon and LLDPE. The bottom of the pouch is PET, nylon and LLDPE. The pouch is notched for opening. The recycled content of the pouch carrier varies between 10 and 26 percent. (Contributor: PPI Technologies & Packaging Specialties Inc.)
Dolce Gusto: This new single serve capsule from Nestlę is a high-tech package for hot and cold beverages that provides maximum consumer convenience. This unique beverage cup holds dry beverage ingredients between plies of foil and barrier film. High-pressure water injected into the cup forces the membrane against a perforating spike, releasing the beverage. (Contributor: Rychiger AG)
New Media Packaging: Innovative and easy-to-use slide-out packaging with an extraordinary opening mechanism and several surfaces for printing. The packaging is useable for multiple applications, such as pharmaceutical packaging, providing easy opening for elderly people. As a promotional package, the opening mechanism reveals hidden graphics, attracting attention. (Contributor: ERPA Systeme GmbH)
Oxi Clean Detergent: Orange Glo International needed a package that would function as the spherical "form" for the end product as well as display the package. The "form" had to hold slurry with a consistency of pancake batter (without seepage), support a working temperature of 120 degrees for filling, and hold the spherical shape while cooling. The package needed a large promotional billboard to compete with the shelf presence of competitive laundry products as well as hold additional components for the Oxi-Ball. (Contributor: Display Pack Inc.)
Xtra-Lok Mini: Alcoa CSI's Xtra-Lok mini closures reduce the amount of PET required in carbonated soft drink bottles by dramatically reducing the bottle finish area. This innovation improves packaging sustainability efforts. Bottlers are reducing their PET costs, while reducing the impact of packaging on the environment. (Contributor: Alcoa Closure Systems International)