In Australia, Amcor has launched a new closure, the Self-Piercing Sipper Cap, which is said to be make drinking from push-pull closures a simpler and less messy business.
The company says that after removing the overcap, the consumer simply pushes down on the slider which deflects the spout and automatically pierces the induction foil. This breaks cleanly, making a hole for the liquid to flow freely. Furthermore, the foil stays attached for added convenience.
The three part injection-moulded product is also said to offer improved tamper evident security through a tamper evident overcap which can be retained for protecting the drink surface.There is also a tamper evident body component as well as an induction seal over the bottle neck, which keeps the contents fresher.
The tamper evident bands are retained on both the overcap and pourer body.
To ensure liquid flow is unimpeded, a second click keeps the slider open. A single start thread and secondary inner seal ensure the cap seals again after initial opening.
The closure is 38mm in size and is available in a range of colours. Furthermore, Amcor says that the slider component can be supplied in the same or contrasting colour. The slider and overcap are produced from polypropylene and the body is in polyethylene.
Developed for fill temperatures of up to 85ºC, the Self-Piercing closure is ideal for PET bottles and can be applied using a pick and place capping system, functions that will place it in the running for sports and everyday on-the-go drinks.
Amcor is the largest packaging company in Australasia. In New Zealand, the company operates 11 manufacturing facilities producing a diversified range of products including beverage cans, corrugated boxes, cartons, food cans, closures and PET.