Packaging converters in the U.S. and beyond have recently added new capabilities that will broaden the services they offer. In most cases, flexible packaging converters have been adding new printing presses.
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The Model 60 continuous-motion shrink wrap system from Arpac (Schiller Park, IL) for high speed beverage hot-fill lines wraps up to 75 trays/min. Digital controls simplify film and size changeovers; an automatic setup package for simplified resetting is optional.
Fast changeover and overall versatility were foremost in mind when Pepsi designed its high-speed line for hard-to-handle one-piece PET bottles in four different sizes. Machine redundancy, computerization, and modular construction all contribute significantly.
Stand-up pouches have become a staple at Thomas J. Lipton, Englewood, NJ, with different brands of main course accompaniments being offered. Recently, the company introduced a new line: Kettle Creations soup mix in a stand-up pouch.