A first-of-its-kind rotary hf/f/s machine helps Indiana candy and snack maker Golden Stream introduce 30 products in stand-up pouches. Retailers like the ways pouches can be merchandised; consumers like the resealable zipper that's applied in-line.
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Managers at Jim Beam's Clermont, KY, plant began with a filler/capper monoblock to build its modernized 1.75-L glass line for spirits. New techniques for inspection and conveying will enable line to handle future needs.
Indramat's (Hoffman Estates, IL) new Sercos fiber-optic interface version of the Ecodrive digital servo drive economically integrates motion control functions, amplifier, power supply and axis I/O functions in a single unit.
Start-up company Dr. McDougall's Right Foods had lofty targets for packaging speed and accuracy. So it invested heavily in sophisticated packaging equipment before it even had a product ready for the marketplace.
Stand-up pouch development is on the march (see Kellogg item, top of page). Among the possibilities are pouches with ribs for gripping, pouches with new styles of drinking/dispensing spouts, and, on the airlines, pouches prized for making substantial source and weight reduction possible.