Thermoformed packaging


New thermoform makes tuna salad easier

After a '90s makeover, Charlie the StarKist Tuna resurfaces on packages of a new product, Ready Mixed Tuna Salad & Crackers. The product is a more convenient form of the Lunch Kit that StarKist Seafoods, Newport, KY, has been marketing for about four years.
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Though HDPE bottles (below left) served The Body Shop well for many years, the new look of PET (above) is viewed by the firm a
Feature Article

No-label look hits PET bottles

For 17 years The Body Shop's hair, bath and fragrance products have been filled in HDPE bottles. Now PET is taking over, along with a disc-style closure and a no-label look.
Athree-dimensional solid-body CAD model of an end cap is created by mathematically reversing out the geometry of the CAD model
Feature Article

HP puts packaging parts on fast track

A rapid prototyping process for developing EPS foam end caps helps Hewlett-Packard meet ongoing new model introductions for its popular DeskJet printers. Moving from initial CAD drawing to final molded parts can be done in four days.
Materials Product Brief

Delivery system for coding/marking

Algene's (Garfield, NJ) TR 9632 delivery system can be fitted onto most manufacturers' ink-jet printers and labelers, says the company. It uses an automatic feed hopper and a registration mechanism to provide accurate feeding of flat objects such as blister cards and folding cartons, at speeds to 120 pieces/min.
Materials Product Brief

Static controlled rigid films

A washable static coating made of polyaniline is now available on Klockner Pentaplast's (Gordonsville, VA) polyester, co-polyester and vinyl Pentastat® rigid films used to make thermoformed packages for printed circuit boards and other static-sensitive products.
Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
The bowl?s ?foot? not only enables the package to stand nicely in a refrigerated display, it also keeps the cheese or meat as cl
Feature Article

Bowling them over in the produce aisle

The latest innovation from Tanimura & Antle is a line of single-serve fresh-cut salads packed in a thermoformed bowl. Refrigerated shelf life is two weeks.
Five Mini Meals are manually loaded into a chipboard ?boot? and overwrapped in film for multipack sales
Feature Article

Vend packs turn to new materials for new markets

Designed initially for vending sales, a new material blend permits skin-packed frozen Mini Meals for microwave heating to expand into diverse outlets.
Materials Product Brief

Tabletop carton/card printer

Model 1016A tabletop carton/card printer from Kiwi Coders (Wheeling, IL) flexographically prints text, bar codes or variable information onto flat cartons or cards measuring up to 10" x 10".
Controls Product Brief

Skin packaging and die-cutting

The EZ-Skin/Trim Combo from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH) combines a skin packaging line with hydraulic die-cutting in one space-saving frame. The machine operates hydraulically and does not require an external air supply.


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