The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
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When medical device maker Boeringer Mannheim chose to use a thermoformed clamshell to show off its second-generation Soft Touch II lancet blood sampling device, the Indianapolis-based company wanted the package to be easy to open.
A new polyolefin shrink film from Cryovac (Duncan, SC) is designed specifically for hard-to-wrap soft items packaged in chipboard trays. D-940 reduces haze, adds sparkle and eliminates folds known as dog ears, fish eyes and crow's feet.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is on the verge of allowing the first food-specific health claim to be made on packaging. In early January, FDA announced it was considering allowing use of the following model language: "Diets high in oatmeal or oat bran and low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease." Previously, only broad claims about general nutrients were allowed.
A new system by Machine Devel-opment (San Leandro, CA) nests blister packs for end-for-end and face-to-face packing into cartons or cases. The machine can receive either individual blisters or bandoliers.
Judging by the results of a recent exclusive Packaging World survey, pressure-sensitive labels are gaining in popularity at the expense of other forms of container decoration, including direct printing, glue-applied labels and screen printing.
Exxon Chemical (Houston, TX) has added five grades of FDA-compliant plastomers to its metallocene specialty family. They offer good breathability, clarity and enhanced sealability for packaging film production.
Ceimos C-3000 stretch wrapping machine from Polypack (Largo, FL) is designed for trays of fruit, vegetables, meat and poultry. It automatically wraps and seals trays of product in stretch film while advancing over a hot plate.
The old refrain, "there's no such thing as bad publicity," is proving true at Bad Frog Brewery Co., Rose City, MI. In October, the company successfully launched its Bad Frog premium beer within its home state.