Contract packaging news & trends

Machine Product Brief
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Rennco LLC: Shrink packaging system

Model 101SF shrink packaging system from Rennco, Inc. (Homer, MI), which includes Rennco’s vertical L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel, is suitable for contract packagers and fulfillment houses.
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Mixed forecast for equipment purchases

Pharmaceutical, paper, and food segments will likely increase packaging machinery spending this year. But overall, a PMMI survey says U.S. domestic equipment sales will equal last year’s $4.9 billion.
Machine Case Study
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Two-line strategy copes with growth

Two new lines at U.K. contract packager Axxis Intl. both rely on puck systems to handle personal care products. One line is tailored for long runs, the other for quick-change versatility. See in-plant video
The late Harry Karreman (center) is flanked by son Kevin (right) and by Jeff Hincks, both of whom helped Harry start up and grow
News
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A late Father's Day tribute

This is being written in the weeks before Father’s Day—another Hallmark (profit) moment. Although I’m anything but fond of these “created” holidays, this year’s event coincides with one of the more interesting interviews I’ve conducted recently.
Brick packs of a rice-based beverage, in production on the day of PW's visit, move through the automatic case packer.
Machine Case Study
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Breakthrough aseptic line at CNP

Two new aseptic lines are capable of filling either 500-mL or 1-L brick pack cartons. FIFO accumulation system and remote robotic palletizing also shine.
Axxis Intl.: Tray packing and shrink wrapping
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Axxis Intl.: Tray packing and shrink wrapping

At this contract packager of personal care products, bottles are collated in the appropriate pattern so that a pick-and-place head on the Cermex pick-and-place packer can close on them and lift them into a waiting tray. A short distance later, shrink wrapping (from EDL Packaging Engineers) secures the bottles in their trays.
Axxis Intl.: Depucking & labeling
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Axxis Intl.: Depucking & labeling

At this contract packager of personal care products, once bottles are gripped from opposite sides by a transfer conveyor, pucks, supplied by Advantage Puck, ride down an incline conveyor while bottles are transported toward the labeler.
Axxis Intl.: Filling & capping
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Axxis Intl.: Filling & capping

At this contract packager of personal care products, empty bottles in pucks from Advantage Puck move into the 12-head liquid filler from Masterfil. After filling, a three-head capper torques down caps, and then the containers exit the filler and move toward depucking.
Package Case Study
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Contoured bottle 'clearly' fits

In April, Clearly Canadian Beverage and Reebok Intl. unveiled Reebok Fitness Water in a compelling contoured bottle.
Package Case Study
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PET carafe shakes up NFC juice category

This month, Atlanta-based Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid Co. will launch Simply Orange not-from-concentrate (NFC) premium juice in a distinctive 1.75-L carafe made of polyethylene terephthalate.

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