Formula IMC/S multi-packing cartoner from Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) is the first intermittent-motion, multi-axis cartoner to have independent servo drives performing all major functions, says the manufacturer.
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.
The EZ Cover(TM) by Ropak (Fullerton, CA) features a TE tear tab and peel strip for rigid plastic pails that can be removed without tools. Available for Ropak's square and round pails, with or without a flowed-in gasket.
It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.
Packagers worrying about the availability of recycled polyethylene terephthalate resin will likely be encouraged by the announcement last month that a new process for recycling post-consumer PET has been developed by United Resource Recovery Corp.
Technology Container (Shrews-bury, MA) has developed a line of hexagonal corrugated drums made of 275-lb double-wall corrugated. For use in applications requiring more strength than four-sided boxes, the one-piece drums store flat and are easy to assemble.