FAQs Archive

  1. As a packager, why should I use INNO-LOK®?
  2. As a packager, why should I use INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film for my reclosable packages?
  3. As a converter, why should I purchase an INNO-LOK® machine?
  4. What is INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film?
  5. Can INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film be used for barrier and non-barrier packaging applications?
  6. Is the use of INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film limited to pillow-pack VFFS applications?
  7. What changes are required on a packager's Form, Fill, Seal (FFS) machine to run INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film?
  8. What are some successful INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film applications?
  9. What will be the estimated per package cost for INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film?
  10. How long can an INNO-LOK® zipper be?
  11. How does INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film run on conventional FFS packaging equipment?
  12. Who puts the zipper on the packaging film?

1. As a packager, why should I use INNO-LOK®?
INNO-LOK® provides the flexibility to run both reclosable or regular bags on any packaging lines without additional capital expenditures to produce reclosable packages. INNO-LOK® makes it possible to begin producing reclosable packages within 4 weeks on any existing
VFFS equipment.

2. As a packager, why should I use INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film for my reclosable packages?
For a number of reasons:

  • Total package cost reduction
  • Improved packaging line efficiencies
  • Differentiation on package design
  • Increased operating flexibility
  • Minimum capital investment

3. As a converter, why should I purchase an INNO-LOK® machine?
INNO-LOK® Pre-zippered film machines, produced by The Hudson-Sharp Machine Company can supply your packaging customers with VALUE ADDED, convenient, reclosable packaging solutions.

4. What is INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film?
A patented product and method for attaching reclosable fasteners transversely to packaging films, thereby producing a roll of pre-zippered film.

5. Can INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film be used for barrier and non-barrier packaging applications?
Yes! Both barrier and non-barrier package applications are possible.

6. Is the use of INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film limited to pillow-pack VFFS applications?
No. Many other applications are possible

  • VFFS gusseted and flat bottom applications
  • Horizontal Form, Fill, Seal (HFFS) applications
  • Lidding applications
  • Premade pouches

7. What changes are required on a packager's Form, Fill, Seal (FFS) machine to run INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film?
Very few! In fact only minor clearance modifications to the FFS fill tube may be required.

8. What are some successful INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film applications?

  • Sliced Meats
  • Pasta
  • Frozen Poultry
  • Cereal
  • Pet Food
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Confectionery
  • Coffee
  • Baking Mixes
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Cookies
  • Salty Snacks
  • Fresh Cut Produce
  • Granulated
  • Frozen Seafood
  • Sugar
  • Fresh Frozen Fruit
  • Frozen Pastry

9. What will be the estimated per package cost for INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film?
It depends upon the end-use application and package design.

  • Barrier or non-barrier package?
  • Package and zipper size?
  • E-Z Tab or Bag Top zipper?
  • Film structure and thickness?
  • Quantities required?

10. How long can an INNO-LOK® zipper be?
As short as practical or as long as the face width of the package or gusset panel.

11. How does INNO-LOK® pre-zippered film run on conventional FFS packaging equipment?
Comparable to conventional non-zippered films.

  • No reduction in processing speeds
  • No increase in scrap or waste
  • No increase in set-up time

12. Who puts the zipper on the packaging film?
Typically the zipper fasteners will be pre-applied to the packaging film by the converter, not the packager.

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