Plastipak Packaging (Plymouth, MI) has introduced a new TE neck finish on its range of injection stretch/blow-molded hot-fillable PET bottles. When the plastic closure is twisted off and the TE band breaks away from it, the dimensions of the bottle finish permit the band to drop down significantly lower (left) than on industry-standard bottles (right).
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Multifeeder Technology's (Little Canada, MN) new high-speed friction feeder is said to use a revolutionary feeding mechanism that uses friction to separate and feed products with virtually no damage to the products.
Automated Production Systems (New Freedom, PA) offers a depalletizer and can handling conveyor system. Soft start/stop of critical motors results in increased container stability and improved line efficiency.
To comply with FDA's labeling rules, Amway's Nutrilite Div. relies on a labeler with 12 independent servo-driven stations that permit fast changeover, high speed and improved copy-to-panel registration for square bottles of vitamins.
Designed for drink pouches, Schneider Packaging Equipment (Brewerton, NY) has introduced a servo-motor-operated pouch case packer. It automatically packs irregularly shaped pouches (with or without straw attached) into five-panel wraparound corrugated cases at speeds over 20/min.
Innovative shapes and reclosable fitments and zippers were among the more noteworthy advances on display at a two-day stand-up pouch educational clinic sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (Dearborn, MI).
Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) has introduced the LegiLink hand-held terminal. It permits multiple label formats and databases to be downloaded from a PC and transferred to one or more stand-alone label printers or automatic printer/applicators.
The 48-mm Plasti-Twist® Plus closure from White Cap (Downers Grove, IL) offers tamper evidence through a patented drop-down band. The closure is available with the E-Z Torque liner, a non-PVC thermoplastic elastomer liner that is molded into the cap.