Designed for the military, a flameless ration heater is now used for a shelf-stable consumer entree that converts the carton into an oven. HeaterMeals packs 'everything but the appetite' into meals for people on the go.
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This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
Hoppmann's (Chantilly, VA) new pouch feeder gently single files numerous styles of pouches at speeds to 220/min. Pouches are fed into a centrifugal feeder, where an integral star wheel system picks them up from the rim of the feeder and places them end to end on an elevated conveyor.
An automatic tablet feed elevator from Modular king Packaging (Pine Brook, NJ) is ergonomically designed to eliminate potential workplace accidents during manual filling of tablets into a hopper by replacing a high, out-of-reach hopper with a low-level bulk hopper.
The SureTyer(TM) plastic strapping machine from Signode (Glenview, IL) provides simple, low-maintenance operation for high-speed bundling and carton closure applications at speeds to 35 straps/min, depending on package and chute size.