Packaging seen at the National Hardware Show ranged from consumer-friendly packaging for data comm products to innovative film cubes for potting soil. The softer side of hardware was seen in a trend toward products packaged for females and light do-it-yourselfers.
Nabisco rolls out Mini Chips Ahoy! cookies in a resealable stand-up pouch while Patrick Cudahy uses a pouch for frozen, precooked meats. And in Ecuador, an integral straw helps kids sip fruit drinks from a stand-up pouch.
Electronics continues to replace mechanical systems to control the increasingly precise functions of new equipment to be introduced at Pack Expo International 2000 in Chicago. New Solutions conference will help attract 80ꯠ packaging visitors to year’s biggest packaging show.
PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
On a new Craisins line at Ocean Spray, point-to-point wiring between machine devices and their master PLC has been replaced on some machines by an open fieldbus called AS-i. Installation time is slashed, while in-plant flexibility is maximized.