Responding to retailer needs is paying off for Apple Valley, MN-based Enderes Tools. The company manufactures some 400 different hand tools, selling them to hardware stores and home centers nationwide.
The Hensen BF 350/DU high-speed pouch filling and sealing machine from Windmoeller & Hoelscher (Lincoln, RI) is designed to handle most types of stand-up pouches, including those with spouts or handles, as well as pillow or block-bottom bags.
One of the pioneers in pouched milk packaging in the U.S. is now presenting its product in four-color flexo printing on white 4-mil linear low-density polyethylene that's bringing vivid color to the milk case.
The SFM Line® is a modular tube production line from Automation Industrielle (Vouvry, Switzerland) that allows producers to gradually increase capacity as necessary without having to reinvest in tooling.
Figures from the American Plastics Council show that 41% of polyethylene terephthalate soda bottles were reycled in 1995. That ends four successive years in which the percentage increased, says the Container Recycling Institute (Washington, DC), a proponent of refillables and deposit laws.
Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
The emergence of thousands of "reenacters," those participatory history buffs who restage old battles in full period dress, has created a growing need for the kind of black gun powder used in the days of the musket and powder horn.