Technical merit and marketing appeal were key elements in this year's winners of the Package and Label Competition, sponsored by the Assn. of Industrial Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators. Well-polished packages took home awards.
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To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
Sengewald USA's 140ꯠ-sq-ft Marengo, IL, converting facility has added a third bag wicketer to produce 2- to 4-mil polyethylene bags at rates to 175/min, for food, nonfood and medical packaging applications.
The top award in container distributors competition was won by a coextruded drug bottle that keeps out light and moisture. Other winners display distributor prowess in technology, decorating and sourcing of components that meet packager needs.
Producing potting soil in a package for food stores remains a challenge for The Scotts Company. A flat-bottomed 10-qt bag, printed in nine colors, is the company's first salvo. Traditional markets love it so far.
Dalemark's (Lakewood, NJ) Coditherm direct thermal transfer printer uses a thermal ribbon to print directly on corrugated, chipboard, blister cards, or wood, without the use of self-adhesive labels, inks or solvents.
The Muller® 2201 semi-automatic stretch wrapper coupled with the patented Pak-Air carriage from Newtec (Sunset Hills, MO) provides an economical alternative for pallet stretch wrapping of fresh produce and other products that must "breathe." Using ordinary stretch film instead of netting or costly macro-perforated film, the Pak-Air automatically pre-stretches and slices the film into bands.
BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the VI Scan Family of vision inspection equipment for pharmaceutical packaging. Inspects empty vials, crimped closures, liquid-filled vials, lyophilized cake, and date- and lot-coded labels.
The Acceleron flat-bottom bag system from Triangle Packaging Machinery (Chicago, IL) continually produces gabletop, flat-bottom packages from any supported material, including kraft paper, Mylar®, metallized foils and other product-specific packaging films.
Representatives of the National Food Processors Assn. (NFPA) met with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials in early February to discuss NFPA's petition to amend labeling regulations of health claims for foods.