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.
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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).
Del Monte Foods Sud Europa S.p.A. (San Felice sul Panaro, Italy) has found a way to go from heavy, stock polyethylene terephthalate bottles to lightweight proprietary designs and cut its bottle costs by two-thirds at the same time.
Lumonics Corp. (Oxnard, CA) has released a new four-page illustrated brochure that describes the Lumonics/Oxnard Operations new LaserMark® 950 SSM and 960 SSM laser marking systems equipped with the company's latest development-the revolutionary Solid State Modulator (SSM).
The N55 is the first nestable plastic drum designed for use in the transport of citrus juices, says manufacturer U.S. Coexcell (Maumee, OH). This 55-gal HDPE drum is conically shaped and has a fully removable plastic cover and metal lockband.
AquaPenn rinses, fills and caps PET bottles on a bloc system twice as fast as a former line, producing 1/2-L and 20-oz bottles of spring water. Improved bottle handling slashes downtime, resulting in a nearly 20% increase in efficiency.
ValuLiner® VLN from New England Plastics (Woburn, MA) is a 15-mil, smooth-sided, 55-gal LDPE drum liner that folds flat and nests for easy storage, but shakes open to install inside drums without pushing or tugging.
Defying traditional notions of protective packaging, IBM ships an all-in-one pack for preconfigured point-of-sale computer terminals. Customers no longer receive separately boxed components, escaping baffling product setup.
The billet forming system from QuesTech Packaging (Newport News, VA) is a scrapless forming system that thermoforms containers in the melt phase. It offers benefits over conventional thermoforming, including uniform distribution of mono- or multi-layer material for consistent wall thicknesses.