To give consumers a sealed and reclosable bag, candy and snack maker Golden Stream adds new compact zipper applicator onto an existing form/fill/seal line. Savings vs preapplied bags and an option to run nonzipper webs keeps company as flexible as its packaging.
The BM-A f/f/s machine from CSD Intl. (Shelburne Falls, MA) is designed for blister packaging of small- and medium-sized products. With production speeds to 25 cycles/min, it is suitable for hand loading or integration with a production mach-ine.
A universal tube gauge for aluminum and plastic squeeze tubes is now available from Victor Tube (Pittsburgh, PA). It can determine diameters for crimped and filled or open and unfilled tubes, as well as tube lengths and orifice sizes.
In what may be one of the most elaborate product/package counterfeiting schemes ever uncovered, bogus Similac infant formula has been sold from store shelves at Safeway and Pak 'n Save Supermarkets in California.
Free-Flow Packaging (Red-wood City, CA) has introduced 8PAK(TM), a reusable PS loose fill. Cushions both heavy and fragile items. Can be used in a variety of industries, as a finished product or by converters or expanders.