Closure targets automated capping operations.

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Preserving concentric shape of caps via nested stack, 120 Deep Skirt TaperStack(TM) Closure features stacking shelf that enables caps to nest together. Forming stacked logs protects the closures' shape during shipping and warehousing to maintain structural integrity. Tapered edge of caps reduces incidence of cross threading during capping operations, and closures are available with gloss or mat top, smooth sides or ribbed sides, or printed.

Original Press Release:

Innovative Molding Introduces 120 Deep Skirt TaperStack(TM) Closure

July 12, 2007 - Innovative Molding introduces its new 120 Deep Skirt TaperStack(TM) Closure at Pack Expo Vegas booth #S-5503. To speed delivery and minimize costs, Innovative Molding offers standard 120 Deep Skirt TaperStack Closures with the widest variety of finishes, rib styles and custom decoration. Like all Innovative closures within the TaperStack family, the new 120 Deep Skirt TaperStack Closure features a stacking shelf, which enables the caps to nest together. Forming stacked logs protects the closures' shape during shipping and warehousing to maintain the highest structural integrity while reducing gram weight by more than 20 percent.

The 120 Deep Skirt TaperStack Closures are available with gloss top or mat top, with smooth sides or ribbed sides, or printed, without the need for customers to purchase custom molds. Embossed or debossed logos can be added for a minimal cost to the customer. Using a new proprietary convertible mold concept, a universal mold is combined with a variety of standard or custom inserts to produce the widest range of closure styles quickly and cost effectively.

TaperStack closures significantly increase the production efficiencies of automated capping operations by improving the consistency of proper seating on jars. This is achieved by preserving the concentric shape of the caps via the nested stack. Additionally, the unique tapered edge of the caps reduces the incidence of cross threading during capping operations.

TaperStack closures improve packaging sustainability through source reduction and by improving case utilization. In comparison to traditional tumble packed closures, TaperStack caps allow 40 to 60 percent more closures per case and per pallet. This results in 40 to 60 percent less packing materials, significantly less freight costs and fewer trips to the warehouse during capping operations.

As the lightest weight large caps on the market, TaperStack caps reduce environmental impact while offering all the benefits of heavier closures. In a nested stack, the weakest part of the lid (the bottom edge of the skirt) is firmly supported by the strongest part (the top of the adjacent lid). Thus, the nested stack maintains closure appearance and provides rigidity, which preserves the concentric shape of the closure to eliminate warping.

TaperStack closures are available with various finishes, rib styles and liner innerseals. To maximize the closure's branding potential, Innovative Molding can decorate the closures with custom embossing, debossing or printing. TaperStack closures are ideal for liquid and dry products, including products that are hot filled and ambient filled, packed in glass and plastic containers. TaperStack helps achieve a long shelf life for shelf stable and refrigerated products.

About Innovative Molding
With over 25 years of experience in the packaging industry, Innovative Molding is a technology leader in the design, lining and manufacturing of plastic closures from 28mm to 120mm. From its operations in Sebastopol, California and Russellville, Arkansas, Innovative Molding serves its growing customer base throughout North America and Latin America. Innovative Molding holds numerous patents on closures, container finishes, molds and tooling. The company maintains an engineering department that designs and manufactures its own tooling, support equipment and custom manufacturing processes to maximize product quality and operating efficiencies.

Reader Inquiries:
Rodger Moody, Vice President of Sales
Innovative Molding
6775 McKinley Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472 USA
Tel: 707 829 2666
Fax: 707 829 5212

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