Easy-to-operate vertical form/ fill/seal machines from KEY-PAK Machines (Lebanon, NJ) have anti-static exit conveyors to permit the passage and safe grounding of static electrical charges created by sliding surfaces in the packaging of foods and beverages in metallized plastic film.
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Diagraph (St. Louis, MO) offers p-s label stock for chemical labeling applications such as drum identification. Labels can be customized to withstand most environments, or given a UV-resistant coating to meet OSHA regulations.
Until a couple of years ago, American packagers using cans seemed satisfied with the straight sidewall profile and functionality of most metal cans. The cans were strong, easy to fill and seam, and offered a number of labeling, case packing and stacking options.
By downgauging the film by half for foodservice coffee packs, Virtues of Coffee reduces material, energy consumption and labor costs. Structure improves machinability and even puncture-resistance, while maintaining shelf life.
Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.
Plastofilm Industries (Wheaton, IL) has announced three thermoformed packages designed to hold 31/2" CD-ROM discs and 5" CDs. The 31/2" design has two snap-together parts that can be stacked for multi-disc shipping or storage, and is interchangeable as the top or bottom.
Improved barrier layers in multilayer packaging structures can now be achieved by modifying EVOH with Surlyn® AM 7926 or Selar® PA UX 2034 from DuPont Packaging and Industrial Polymers (Wilmington, DE).
When a metal can supplier phased out the can sizes used by Beer Nuts, Inc. for its namesake snack, the Bloomington, IL-based snack company turned to composite canisters from Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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.
A new, patented self-venting stand-up pouch from Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) permits microwave heating of liquid or high-moisture products. It consists of a peelable strip sealed inside the top of any standard stand-up pouch.