Duplex (Sycamore, IL) has signed a strategic alliance with Advanced Labeling Systems (Southbridge, MA), whereby Advanced Labeling will provide Duplex with a wide range of Automatic Identification Systems.
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In the sunny South Pacific, consumers of Punaauia, Tahiti-based Pacific Beverage Co.'s juices, nectars and alcoholic drinks--all packed in 1-L aseptic bricks--are now enjoying the convenience of a screw cap reclosure.
Hoppmann's (Chantilly, VA) new pouch feeder gently single files numerous styles of pouches at speeds to 220/min. Pouches are fed into a centrifugal feeder, where an integral star wheel system picks them up from the rim of the feeder and places them end to end on an elevated conveyor.
Designed for the military, a flameless ration heater is now used for a shelf-stable consumer entree that converts the carton into an oven. HeaterMeals packs 'everything but the appetite' into meals for people on the go.
This year's FPA awards recognized converters for packages that permit product viewing--even touching the product--without compromising package integrity. Reclosable and/or stand-up pouches drive into new product categories.
Universal Packaging (Houston, TX) has redesigned the Mark Series automatic vertical f/f/s system to incorporate PLC-driven Touch Command software. All set-up and filler functions, including fill and production weights, seal temperatures, batch counts, machine timing and storage, can now be handled from a single control panel.
To eliminate difficulties associated with label application to tapered containers, Auto Labe (Ft. Pierce, FL) has developed a semi-automatic labeler that applies crescent- shaped labels to small, tapered, round containers.
It's certainly not the size of Sutter Home. But Arcadian Estate Vineyards in Watkins Glens, NY, proved it could be pretty resourceful recently when it faced an order of 3길 bottles of chardonnay that had to be custom labeled for a Buffalo Zoological Gardens fund raiser.