Ampac and KHS partner on E-Z ZIP® Reclosable Zipper for HFFS Applications

October 13, 2010

Cincinnati, OH (October 13, 2010)—Ampac, a global leader in the retail, food, security and medical flexible packaging markets, and KHS, a worldwide systems provider of innovative, top-quality filling and packaging machines and equipment for the beverage and food industries, announces the availability of Ampac’s innovative E-Z ZIP® reclosable zipper technology on rollstock engineered for Horizontal Form Fill Seal (HFFS) pouch applications on KHS packaging machines. E-Z ZIP HFFS film is available in both 8-color rotogravure and 10-color flexographic printing.

The availability of Ampac’s exclusive E-Z ZIP technology on KHS HFFS film packaging machines broadens the market applications of the E-Z ZIP reclosable zipper beyond pre-made pouches and brings the technology to the packagers operating HFFS packaging lines. Packagers utilizing HFFS equipment will find that E-Z ZIP HFFS film is an ideal solution for dried fruit & nuts, trail mix, granola, jerky & dried meat snacks, shredded cheese, confections, sugar substitutes, pet food & treats, granular home & garden products, and frozen foods.

E-Z ZIP features a unique pull-tab opening that allows the user to simply pull away a thin tear strip to access the reclosable zipper. A unique feature of E-Z ZIP is the zipper closure is accessed without having to tear off or damage the header of the stand-up pouch. For consumers, this creates a simple way to open packages without ragged tears, damaging the zipper or requiring scissors. For brand owners, it allows for packaging design and branding that can utilize the entire front of the package without loss of header branding graphics. The entire package stays intact when using the E-Z ZIP closure technology, maintaining a consistent brand look from the time of purchase until the product is consumed. In addition, the design inherently provides tamper evidence.

With an old-style zipper closure, filling issues can occur if the pouch zippers are not completely open. With E-Z ZIP, the zipper closure is completely on one side of the pouch, allowing product to fill through the unsealed pouch opening as if there were no zipper in place. This front placement of the zipper closure also eliminates the possibility that food or other material will be trapped in the zipper prior to sealing.

E-Z ZIP technology coupled with KHS HFFS packaging systems also helps improve filling and production efficiencies with no change in line speed. “This was a great collaboration between two innovative companies to bring the E-Z ZIP technology to the broader market,” said Sal Pellingra, Director of Innovation at Ampac. Rick Manning, Marketing Manager with KHS USA says, “KHS continually strives to offer the latest technology in HFFS packaging machines. Working with Ampac to offer their E-Z ZIP technology was a natural fit and provides growth opportunities for us and for the retailers and brand owners that use our machines.”

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