Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
An automated bottle unscrambler saves Mary Kay $120ꯠ/yr in labor costs on itsBody Care packaging line. Newer filler accommodates a variety of bottle shapesand sizes, cap configurations and liquid product viscosities.
Gerrard & Co. (Des Plaines, IL) has released a brochure describing its line of operator-controlled, turntable stretch wrapping systems. Four new models highlighted include: the stack-n-wrap, manual spiral wrapper, GLPS-30, and the GLPS-30A.
The food industry is stepping up its efforts to quash once and for all efforts by the U.S. Customs Service to require country of origin marking on the front panels of packages of frozen fruits and vegetables.
By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
Krones (Franklin, WI) has introduced servo-controlled bottle plate technology, designed to replace traditionally engineered and manufactured cams and to provide accurate label placement on uniquely shaped bottles.