About Me

My photo
Eastpointe, Michigan, United States
Graduate of CCS. All around creative person, science enthusiast, technological adept, heavy metal killing machine.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ziplock Bag Design

Been a while since I wrote about something, so I need to get that groove back.

Ziplock bags have been around for as long as I can remember. They're sorta the higher-class version of the standard plastic baggy. Something that can be re-used so you can save a piece of sandwich or some fruit or something, during lunch. The technology has been around a while, so why to crappy ziplock seals keep showing up?

I just re-sealed a bag of chicken and thought, "wow, this ziplock seal will actually hold.!"

And, then I got to thinking about how some things have really, really crappy zip seals. Most don't stay closed when you seal them, or are so tiny that you can line up the two sides to get the seal closed. Some seal and stay sealed. Cheese packages, for example. There is a pack of Aged Swiss cheese in the fridge right now, which has a seal that's impossible to open. It's at the point where I have to cut the package open to get at its delicious Swiss cheese filling.

Odds are, I'll probably be putting that cheese, with its packaging, into a normal baggy and either rubber banding the whole thing or wrapping the baggy around itself and putting the opening on the bottom-side to keep it shut.

I wonder if there is some sort of patent on the good versions of ziplock seals. Like, the Ziploc company holds all the cards in this case. They're keeping all that space technology for themselves, not sharing the advanced baggy sealing tech with the rest of the world.

I think we need to hire some corporate raiders (runners, riggers, street samurai, etc.) to bring the technology to the general public and allow other companies to use it. Gone will be the days of crappy sealing plastic baggy containers.