Form-fill-seal machinery experts assess the Easy Pour Bag

Jul 13, 2016

Packaging Digest

By Rick Lingle in Bags on June 02, 2016

This patented design shows a different side of reclosable packaging: The reclosure is located on the side of a bag rather than the top, a position that the inventor says provides better pour control to go along with product differentiation. (Read original Q&A from Alan D. Olin, president, Olin Design Group, an inventor who specializes in packaging).

The story on the Easy Pour Bag from inventor Alan Olin, A 90-degree twist on reclosable packaging, mentioned the inventor’s findings into the machinability of the patented packaging that were based on input from several suppliers of bag-making systems used by converters.

Packaging Digest wanted to dive a little deeper into that aspect in considering the viability of producing the bags in-line on form/fill/seal machinery common to many brand owners’ production operations.

Packaging Digest solicited about a half dozen f/f/s vendors—one of which, Matrix, was willing to go on the record. Here's what Matrix had to say.

Troy Snader, senior vice president, ProMach Flexible Packaging Group. “I think it’s a very interesting idea, and I agree that the cereal industry will probably be most interested as we are seeing them look pretty hard at stand up pouches now,” he says. “At first glance, producing the side resealable pour spout bag on FFS equipment appears feasible. A couple options might include:

A horizontal f/f/s machine, like those produced by FLtecnics, would be ideal for big companies with high volume. Rollstock typically also allows higher speeds. Most often in hf/f/s applications, the zipper is applied after the bag former section; however, due to the zipper placement on the side of the bag, the zipper most likely would need to be applied on the web, which would entail a machine modification.
A hybrid approach that makes bags separately from filling them might be fitting for co-packers or those with lots of changeovers. This would be possible with an FLtecnics bag former section to produce the bags and a Toyo Jidoki (TYJ) premade pouch machine to fill and seal the pouch. It provides flexibility in the way you run your operation.

“It would also be interesting to make bags on a FLtecnics machine and then run them on a TYJ,” says Snader.

About Matrix

Matrix is an industry leading manufacturer of rugged, cost competitive, and easy-to-operate vertical form fill & seal (VFFS) equipment for all types of flexible packaging and operates as a master distributor of FLtècnics rollstock pouch machines, INVpack stickpack and sachet machines, and Pacraft (formerly Toyo Jidoki) pre-made pouch packaging machines. Experienced in most flexible packaging applications, Matrix has the ability and knowledge to tailor highly efficient and sensible packaging systems and is committed to optimizing solutions for customers on a global scale. Matrix is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach Flexibles & Trays business line, Matrix helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Matrix at and more about ProMach at

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