ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
Auger filler more accurately fills 1-qt paperboard cartons containing DriWater, a time-release liquid gel for areas where water is scarce. Greater fill accuracy reduces product and packaging material waste, and labor costs.
Ultra-Guard(TM) from National Starch & Chemical (Bridgewater, NJ) is a water-resistant resin for corrugated board that is said to be compatible with all starches and does not shock the adhesive system upon addition or use.
Dow Chemical Co. (Midland, MI) has formed a joint venture with Sentinel Products Corp. (Hyannis, MA) to design, develop, manufacture, market and sell extruded polyolefin and engineered metallocene films globally.
The newest version of the EZ Blister(TM) mobile blister packaging machine from UK-based Sepha Products (Irvine, CA) will be shown at PackExpo West. Designed for low-volume package development, it is suitable for pharmaceutical and cosmetics applications.
Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.