The Model ITD-100 tray denesting machine from MGS Machine (Maple Grove, MN) automatically feeds trays up to 100/min out of a single magazine. The machine positively separates and pulls trays from the magazine using a combination of vacuum, pneumatic and mechanical principles.
New York-based Chock full o' Nuts Corp. has incorporated an easy-open ring-pull end on 12-oz cans of its new Cafe Blend line of coffee. Consumer appeal was the main attraction, says the firm's Andrea Bass.
Sengewald USA's 140ꯠ-sq-ft Marengo, IL, converting facility has added a third bag wicketer to produce 2- to 4-mil polyethylene bags at rates to 175/min, for food, nonfood and medical packaging applications.
Brand managers who market their products in plastic cups are no longer limited to six colors now that Polytainers has commercialized an eight-color dry offset printer. Yogurt marketers are clearly impressed.
To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
The four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.