The SBIII-350LL-40 direct heat conditioning stretch/blow-molding machine from Aoki Laboratory America (Elk Grove Village, IL) produces narrow-necked, oval, round, square and cone-shaped bottles from PET, PE, PEN and PP resins.
Hoppmann Corp. (Chantilly, VA) and Universal Technology (Pittsburgh, PA) have agreed to a joint venture to create Hoppmann Robotics, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA), a robotics integrator specializing in flexible feeding and packaging applications.
A new four-color catalog sheet from Omega Design (Exton, PA) highlights the company's new automatic indexing canister desiccant feeder. Desiccant feeder model CDFI is said to be ideal for lines requiring multiple changeovers, and single to multiple drops, with no change parts.
The Alliance for Aging Research, an umbrella organization for geriatrics-related study groups, has recommended that the Department of Health and Human Services develop a list of medications that are "potentially inappropriate for use in older persons" and another "red alert" list of medications that rarely, if ever, should be used with the elderly.
Milltronics' (Arlington, TX) AutoWeigh weighfeeders have feed-rate capabilities from less than 100 lbs/hr to well over 800 tons/hr. Options include a range of enclosures, clean-out systems, and food grade/wash-down duty stainless-steel versions.
Modular King Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has introduced the Kugler K30-7 tube filler and closer. Designed with accuracy and repeatability in mind, it bottom-up fills laminate or metal tubes at speeds to 60/min.
USDA has expanded its so-called "70-30 rule" for meat labeling to apply to poultry, as well. That means no label changes are necessary when two types of poultry ingredients are present in processed foods in slightly varying amounts.
The DuraPack stand-alone case erector/packing station from Durable Packaging (Countryside, IL) is designed to upgrade performance of many conventional case sealers by providing case erecting and a "hands-free" case packing station.