Concord Businesss Systems (Marietta, GA) has developed scheduling software for flexible packaging converters. It can be used independently on a PC-based system and integrated with leading management software in specific industries.
The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
Hapman Conveyors (Kalamazoo, MI) has introduced a new series of bulk bag unloading/conveying hoppers. They are equipped with an adjustable iris valve to control material flow, an access door for opening or closing of bags and a low-level sensor to automatically stop the conveyor.
Bueno Foods turns to software to more efficiently pack pouches and cups into corrugated shipping cases, then stack those cases onto a pallet. The result: Lower labor costs, reduced case inventories, and more space in the warehouse.
AIS Container Handling (Dutton, MI) has introduced a new line of semi-automatic debaggers for emptying plastic bottles from bulk bags. The debagger can debag two bag/ min holding 108 1/2-gal bottles or 48 1-gal bottles.
Sheet-fed offset press with in-line aqueous coating helps Moss Printing enhance efficiency, reduce labor costs and pursue additional business. A contract packer of a popular board game carton is among the first Moss customers to benefit.
As the buying habits of Procter & Gamble, Lever Brothers, Clorox and People's Republic of China go, so goes the U.S. market for recycled packaging materials. Recycling capacity and changes in feedstock play major roles, too.
By October 1, Delavan, WI-based Andes Candies will begin shipping two seasonal "crystal twist packs," one containing a red silk rose and candy wrapped in red foil for Valentine's Day; the other a silk tulip with assorted color wraps for Easter.
Victor Tube (Pittsburgh, PA) has designed a tamper-evident closure for aluminum tubes used in pharmaceutical applications. It consists of a threaded plastic outsert, used for product compatibility and purity, with a tamper-evident foil seal.
The Wolf-Pak line of low-cost self-palletized shipping systems from Trienda (Portage, WI) are designed to replace single-use bulk containers. They consist of interlocking nestable plastic pallets, which can be used several hundred times, and triple-wall corrugated sleeves that can be used up to 20 times.
A dispensing closure and squeeze tube combination is now available from J.L. Clark (Rockford, IL) and Tubed Products (Easthampton, MA). The SST tube/cap features a one-piece, smooth-wall, PP closure that matches the tube's head finish exactly.