Pliant Corporation, one of North America's leading producers of value-added plastic films and flexible packaging products, has filed patent applications for its top wicketed slider bag for use in a variety of fresh product applications.
Said to be unique, the slider bag design was initially developed to aid growers in the harvest and shipment of fresh fruits, especially table grapes. "In this rapidly growing market, it is important that we protect our extensive development efforts and the investment we have made in the creation of this proprietary design," stated Joe McGowan, vice president, Recloseable Products.
Pliant's top wicketed slider design allows packers in the field to use a one handed motion to load fruit into the top of the bag and remove it from the wicket, a significant productivity improvement over the bottom wicketed bags it replaces, the company claims.
This high integrity shrink bundling film is said to hold together well in abusive situations, decreasing product damage and return rates. The bulls-eye openings at the end of the cases will withstand repeated handling when the tray pack is picked up by the film, a benefit that is said to virtually eliminate stretch and tear. As a result product loss is greatly reduced because the contents of the load don't fall out, especially important for wholesalers when cases are handled by consumers.
Pliant Corporation is a leading producer of value-added film and flexible packaging products for personal care, medical, food, industrial and agricultural markets. The Company operates 26 manufacturing and research and development facilities around the world, and employs approximately 3,250 people.