The Ron Hayter Awards, for plastic packaging designed with environmental impact in mind, were announced November 8. Sponsored by the Environment and Plastics Institute of Canada (EPIC), headquartered in Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, the awards program is in its fifth year.
Filtertek, Inc. (Hebron, IL) is integrating its thermoform companies: Robinson Industries (Huntley, IL), Fuzere Manufacturing Inc. (Stockton, CA), Fuzere Midwest (Huntley, IL) will be known as Tek Packaging Group (Huntley, IL).
A new study on the costs and benefits of a national bottle bill conducted for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that the social benefits of deposit legislation would slightly outweigh the costs-provided a least-cost system were adopted.
Amsco integrates fabricated and molded foam, corrugated and plywood to protect $35ꯠ medical sterilizer. Along with absorbing shock and providing cushioning, the new pack also provides an assembly base.
Winners of the 1994 AmeriStar Package awards were announced November 12 at a reception held in conjunction with Pack Expo in Chicago. Sponsored by the Herndon, VA-based Institute of Packaging Professionals, recipients in the Industrial Category included a multi-compartment paperboard container for pressure transmitters and a polycarbonate suspension system for silicon wafers.
Volpak's S-240 horizontal pouch machine is available from Raymond Automation (Norwalk, CT). Using rollstock, it creates stand-up pouches with a straw inserted inside the pouch instead of affixed on the outside.
Klckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL) has introduced the Compacker 3, a f/f/s blister packing machine. Low in cost, it offers the largest format in its price range, says the company, and is ideal for generic pharmaceuticals and contract packagers.
The billet forming system from QuesTech Ventures (Newport News, VA) uses patented thermoforming technology to create retortable, semi-rigid plastic containers from preforms or "billets" cut from extruded sheets on close centers.
A patented p-s label applicator designed for large petroleum and petrochemical labels has been introduced by Label-Aire (Fullerton, CA). Can produce labels up to 13" wide with a placement accuracy of ±1/16" for roll or fanfold labels at speeds to 30 labels/ min.
PadPak Jr.(TM) from Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) is a packaging material converter for users with limited space and small volumes. Three-ply PadPak(TM) recycled kraft paper rolls are fed through the machine, which folds it to trap air and create an effective packaging material.