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.
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.
Plastofilm Industries (Wheaton, IL) has announced three thermoformed packages designed to hold 31/2" CD-ROM discs and 5" CDs. The 31/2" design has two snap-together parts that can be stacked for multi-disc shipping or storage, and is interchangeable as the top or bottom.
A new, patented self-venting stand-up pouch from Curwood (Oshkosh, WI) permits microwave heating of liquid or high-moisture products. It consists of a peelable strip sealed inside the top of any standard stand-up pouch.
When a metal can supplier phased out the can sizes used by Beer Nuts, Inc. for its namesake snack, the Bloomington, IL-based snack company turned to composite canisters from Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC).
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.
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.
Mobil Polymers (Edison, NJ) has introduced two new HDPE resins for extruding or thermoforming that allow up to 20% faster cycle times and downgauging by as much as 10% compared to traditional HDPE resins.
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).