Hartness (Greenville, SC) has introduced the OctoPack(TM) continuous-motion case packer. It packs plastic or glass containers of most shapes and sizes into a range of case types, including RSCs, corrugated trays, tab lock trays, and soft drink or dairy-type cases with or without partitions, of any depth.
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Last year, U.S. linerboard capacity reached 24.2 million tons, posting a 5.9% gain over 1994 (see chart, below left). About one-fifth of this larger-than-expected increase was attributable to swing machines that switched from kraft paper to linerboard, and from new machinery producing at high rates, according to Thomas E.
A 12-oz soft drink bottle made of a blend of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polyethylene naphthalate (PEN) is expected in a test market this July.
May 31, 1996
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform efforts continue on Capitol Hill and food packaging stands to be affected. The Food Safety Reform Coalition (representing food and beverage manufacturers) is working to amend legislation introduced by Rep.
Damon Industries begins packing juice and drink concentrates in gabletop cartons for foodservice accounts out West. A retail version is possible next year. Contract packers will help expand sales nationwide within five years.
Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
Wilhelm B. Bronander passed away on April 8, 1996. He is recognized for more than 40 years of service to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and was instrumental in the formation of Pack Expo.