Great Lakes (Chicago, IL) has introduced the 1627CSS compact bundler for food and pharmaceutical applications. The self-contained, hydraulically operated unit can sleeve wrap trayed or individual products.
BDF-1000 is a moisture barrier shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC), Suitable for a variety of food products with critical shelf lives, including trayed pasta, specialty baked goods, nuts, powders and dehydrated food products.
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.
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.
The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.