BASF (Wyandotte, MI) has formulated a new grade of expanded PP beads for use in the fabrication of molded foam products. Neopolen®P P2024B is available in black and offers a nominal bulk density of 22 g/L, making it suitable for lightweight returnable automotive and industrial dunnage.
CMD Corp. (Appleton, WI) introduces Model 6052 Drawtape Module for the production of drawtape plastic bags. Includes four driven ribbon unwinds for various ribbon spools, reliable tube slitting, servo-driven rotary thumb and hem vent cutting unit.
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.
Sencorp Systems' (Hyannis, MA) new line of hot-bar laboratory sealers were designed specifically to address concerns with medical packaging. Both Series 12-AS/2 and AS/3 are designed with external calibration ports to facilitate calibration of temperature, pressure and dwell time while the machine is in production.
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.
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.
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.
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.