Pouch Innovations: The Hook-To-Hook Closure
In a surprising twist to close the 2011 Forum, Karlville Development and Velcro USA offered a new closure technology that could transform pouches.
Christopher Lerra of Velcro presented the Press-Lok, a hook-to-hook molded technology that replaces zippered closures for ease of opening and alignment. Machinery developer Karlville plans to apply these new fasteners to three-side seal and stand-up pouch formats for variety of dry food, pet food, and agri-chem applications, said Jim Pease, director of Karlville's pouch division.
Lerra laid out many of the benefits to the soon-to-be-commercial, Velcro-brand closure; these included a secure, tactile feel, improved package presentation, exceptional burst strength, and an audible, easy-to-detect opening and closing mechanism. "There are market opportunities to replace the zipper and slider pouch," he said