PHILADELPHIA, April 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Crown Cork & Seal
Company, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) today announced breakthrough closure technology that
combines the characteristics of metal and plastic to offer increased barrier
performance, accommodate easier opening and support multiple filling
processes. The new Ideal(TM) Closure is a unique hybrid of a metal disk,
containing the elements that hold the barrier properties, and a plastic rim
which supports tamper evidence and easy opening.
The Ideal's robust enhancements guard against oxygen ingress to extend
product shelf life. The new closure's metal disk allows high impact brand
promotion and its innovative plastic band enables use on plastic and glass
EASY OPENING FOR SENIORS AND CHILDREN
The easy opening Ideal(TM) Closure features an increased surface area for
consumers to grip and twist. Opening requires 25 percent less removal torque
than standard closures, due to decreased friction between the liner and
finish, enabling seniors, children, and arthritis sufferers to open containers
Its sequential opening process breaks the closure's outside band and then
lifts the insert prior to releasing the vacuum. Breaking the band before the
vacuum seal provides quick evidence of potential product tampering.
OXYGEN BARRIERS ENHANCED BY MODERN TECHNOLOGY
The Ideal(TM) Closure's patented Deep Channel Insert guards sealing areas
from oxygen transmission. The new technology reduces oxygen ingression by
over 50 percent. Shelf life is further enhanced with Crown's Oxygen
Scavenging Plastisol, a scientific compound inside the channel liner that
captures oxygen and disperses it away from the product.
IDEAL FOR MULTIPLE FILLING METHODS
"Packagers that rely on a variety of filling methods can maximize
production output with the Ideal(TM) Closure's ability to withstand hot-
filling, pasteurization, and retort," says Joseph R. Pierce, President of
Crown's Closures Americas division. "The need to purchase a different closure
for every application is eliminated."
In addition, the Ideal's cooling properties facilitate faster temperature
reduction than standard plastic closures and are identical to metal closures.
No investment in additional cooling equipment is required, nor is it necessary
to adjust filling line speed.
MAXIMIZE OUTPUT AND DECREASE DOWNTIME
Ideal(TM) Closures support increased productivity with online dud
detection capabilities, a time saving insurance policy for ensuring vacuum
seal integrity. Quality seals are automatically verified with vacuum seal
measurement systems, instead of employing off-line, labor intensive, quality
control testing procedures.
"Packagers using both glass and plastic containers can maximize production
uptime with the Ideal(TM) Closure," says Pierce. "Switching from glass to
plastic does not sacrifice output. Lines may continue running without
interruption; fillers and cappers don't have to be changed."
Crown Cork & Seal is a leading supplier of packaging products to consumer
marketing companies around the world. World headquarters are located in
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SOURCE Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc.
Web site: http: //www.crowncork.com
CONTACT: Joseph R. Pierce, President - Closures Americas, +1-215-698-5100, or Investors: Timothy J. Donahue, Senior Vice President, Finance, +1-215-698-5100, both of Crown Cork & Seal