Thiele-Frontier Products (Minneapolis, MN) has introduced a patented technology for case packing of chub packages. Because chub packages are typically soft and inconsistently shaped, they've had to be hand loaded.
Alloyd (DeKalb, IL) will debut its redesigned six-station blister packaging machine, offering faster cycle speeds and improved operator comfort. A side-loading blister magazine is now positioned above the eject mechanism on the outside of the machine, allowing reloading while the machine is in operation.
Len E. Ivarson (Milwaukee, WI) has introduced the Meco Pak Model 90-6011. This automatic wraparound case, tray and lid packer is designed to pack cans, jars, tubs, bottles, bags and wrapped food products at speeds to 20 cases/min.
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.
Ampak (Cleveland, OH) has published a booklet to help purchasers select appropriate skin packaging equipment. The booklet discusses typical applications, sizing of equipment, board and film selection, and potential options to improve productivity.
Tufftote containers from Hoover Materials Handling Group (Alpharetta, GA) are suited for acids, resins, caustics, water-based paints and other applications where corrosion-resistance, high strength and low tare weight are required.
Systech (Cranbury, NJ) has developed TIPS(TM) advanced vision and packaging automation solutions, a software program that allows manufacturers of food, beverages, or cosmetics to upgrade manual and mechanical visions systems.
Model GBP 240 continuous-motion bottle packer from Nigrelli Systems (Kiel, WI) is capable of loading six-count 1-gal and eight-count 1/2-gal bottles into preformed trays or cases at speeds to 240 bottles/min.