Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
Material Transfer and Storage (Allegan, MI) has introduced a bulk bag unloading frame for the chemical, pharmaceuticals and plastics industries. Full bags are placed inside this freestanding frame and then lifted by hoist or fork truck to the top of the frame.
Originally a producer of iced tea concentrate for foodservice, Beach Brew Beverage Co.'s first retail introduction comes in an attention-getting package: a die-cut pouch resembling a pitcher and containing a liquid iced tea concentrate.
A highly flexible multipacker wraps 4-, 6- and 10-count bottles in paperboard to help Bass meet demands of disparate retail markets at home and abroad. Automatic servo-driven dimensional changeover takes 15 seconds.
John R. Nalbach Engineering Co. (Countryside, IL) has released a brochure describing its Necoflo G4 family of powder and granular fillers. The Necoflo G4 Rotary High Speed Volumetric Filler handles rigid containers from 2" to-63/16" dia at speeds from 140 to 480 cpm.
Placon (Madison, WI) has developed The Placon 2000(TM), an assembly system that packages products in clamshells or blister cards. It performs multiple packaging functions in one high-speed line, and can be custom configured to include denesting or card insertion, in-line filling, p-s labeling, sealing, overwrapping, coupon insertion, bar code testing, pick-and-place and pack out.
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.