The Flexilinear robot system from Flexicell (Richmond, VA) takes round cups or rectangular packages directly out of the filler, eliminating the need for an accumulation conveyor to buffer or orient the product.
The ApplyPro Corner Wrap(TM) is designed to print and apply a bar-code label on two adjacent sides of a case or carton using a unique vacuum system. This tamp/wipe system comes equipped with a Zebra printer.
Snap-Sac(TM) reclosable bag system from Arthur D. Little Enterprises (Cambridge, MA) is said to provide a viable alternative to zipper locks at similar costs, or as an added feature to bags without a reclosable feature.
Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA) offers the Solus® desktop bar-code label printer in direct-thermal or thermal-transfer models. Solus printers can print bar codes, labels and tags at 3"/sec, at a 203-dpi resolution.
Lancaster, PA-based Cloister Spring Water recently introduced its new H2O Cool spring water as "the first, the only 12-oz PET bottle that vends like a can." This allows the bottle to be sold through vending machines designed for canned soft drinks.
New Resina Corp. (Brooklyn, NY) has developed a modular inspection system designed to handle a range of functions-from simple detection of missing cap liners to the full-scale, 100% inspection of capping.
The TR-1000 off-line case feeder from Certified Machinery (Lawrenceville, NJ) is specifically designed for use in conjunction with ink-jet printers, labelers, print/apply systems and verification equipment.
Plastic Bottle Corp. (Libertyville, IL) has added Faceted Oval PVC containers to its line of cosmetics/personal care containers. Available in two sizes, the 2-oz bottle has a 20/415 neck finish or a 20-mm finish built to accommodate a linerless, threaded valve seal closure by Packaging Design Group.
Seeking to make the packaging for its Throaties medicated lozenges more consumer-friendly, Ernest Jackson, based in Crediton, Devon, England, switched from a foil bag-in-carton to an overwrapped blister card.