The Ministar-VAL from Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) is a pneu-matically driven thermoform/fill/seal system designed for pharmaceutical applications. It can produce PVC/aluminum or ampule blister packs at speeds to 40 cycles/min.
The AD-2550 stepper motor applicator from Columbia Labeling Machinery (Danielson, CT) replaces the clutch/brake system of the AD-2500. The 2550's compact 15" design integrates with most vertical form/fill/seal machines, horizontal overwrappers and baggers.
Among the packaging regulatory battlegrounds between Europeans and Americans is child resistant packaging. It is covered by ISO 8317, which is considerably weaker than the law established here by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
ECR, pre-built displays and J-I-T delivery are just three reasons why many retailers are now calling the shots on both primary and secondary packaging. Three of the largest manufacturers help converters understand how they respond.
MSK Covertech (Marietta, GA) has introduced the Defotech fully automatic pallet unwrap-ping machine. Designed for applications where large quantities of shrink or stretch film must be removed from pallets on a daily basis, the Defotech can unwrap up to 60 pallets/hr and then transfer the film to a baler or conveyor.
Milesburg, PA-based AquaPenn Spring Water Co. signed an agreement with Gerber Products Co., Fremont, MI, that gives AquaPenn the rights to fill 1.5-L of Gerber® Baby Water into clear polyethylene terephthalate bottles.
Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.