efector Inc. (Exton, PA) has released a new family of master controller modules, slave modules, power suppliers, cables, software and accessories that will allow supplier's sensors and switches to be connected on a simple, two-wire bus system.
New EPA rule simplifies the procedures for gaining a tolerance exemption.Arrival of insect repellent approved for use in food packaging heralds new era of chemical coatings that ward off bugs and germs.
FDA plans to revise its regulatory requirements for the pregnancy section of pharmaceutical labeling. An advanced notice of proposed rulemaking will put forth "preliminary proposals for changing the current requirements and will invite comments on all aspects of the notice." This is a long-term action and FDA gave no timetable.
Triangle Package Machinery's (Chicago, IL) Advantage CM vertical f/f/s system is designed for minimal maintenance. Its cross-seal jaw drive uses torsional couplings instead of sliding shafts, bushings, cams, springs and other linkage.
PMMI's (Arlington, VA) 1998-99 Packaging Machinery Directory is now available. The directory provides detailed information and contacts for more than 400 U.S., and for the first time, Canadian companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery.
Spotted by PW editors at the recent Food Marketing Institute show in Chicago was a 1.7-oz microwavable single-serve paperboard tray with integral lid for hot cereal from Nature's Path Foods, Delta, British Columbia, Canada.
From Quickdraw Conveyor Systems (Burnsville, MN) comes conveyors designed for handling disk drive components and semiconductor wafers. The MR Series accumulating conveyors have independent verification of their cleanliness along with slip-driven rollers attached to aluminum support rails that produce smooth, quiet conveyor movement with minimal power requirements.
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.