Transparent packaging manufacturer HLP Klearfold has acquired the worldwide patents for the InSight visual packaging system from the AGI Shorewood Group (ASG).
The company will now offer two new tubular packaging systems.
According to the US-based company, the system combines printed plastic sleeves and injection moulded plastic end caps to produce a different visual package.
The sleeves are tubes with the shape of the end caps determining the cross-sectional profile of the package, which attach to the sleeves using a new locking feature.
Undercuts moulded into the end caps engage die-cut tabs on the sleeves to combine the components.
InSight is claimed to be suitable for larger volume applications, as up-front tooling costs for injection moulded components can be expensive, and production runs of 250,000 pieces or more are typical.
The company's Klearfold Keeper, which offers non-traditional shapes for smaller volume applications, uses printed plastic sleeves like InSight, but the sleeves lock to standard or fold-over, vacuum-formed trays.
The vac-trays are fabricated to conform to the product shape and to the required cross-sectional profile.
A thumb-notch perforation in a corner of the Klearfold Keeper sleeve provides an easy-opening feature, and its removal also removes the lock, allowing the tray to be easily disengaged from the sleeve.
Both InSight and Klearfold Keeper packages, which offer similar geometries and a different shelf presence, can be designed in different varieties including oval, round, rectangle, square and trapezoid.
Without the use of wafer seals or sonic, RF, or heat sealing, the systems offer package security.
Image: HLP Klearfold has acquired the worldwide patents for visual packaging system. Photo: Marketwire, Incorporated/HLP Klearfold