American Excelsior (Arlington, TX) has introduced Eco-Foam® starch-based colored sheets and planks. They can be fabricated into a variety of forms, including end caps, pouches, edge protectors, rolls and die-cut shapes.
Hoppmann's (Chantilly, VA) new pouch feeder gently single files numerous styles of pouches at speeds to 220/min. Pouches are fed into a centrifugal feeder, where an integral star wheel system picks them up from the rim of the feeder and places them end to end on an elevated conveyor.
Flexicon Corp. (Phillipsburg, NJ) introduces a new, six-page color brochure describing two types of bulk bag discharging systems. The BFF Series util-izes a forklifting frame to position bulk bags, and the BFC Series uses a cantilevered I-beam with hoist and trolley, eliminating the need for a forklift.
Model 15-DLX is the latest two-station, semi-automatic shuttle heat sealer from Zed Industries (Vandalia, OH). Sealing now takes place over the tray system to minimize required floor space to 26" x 66" and facilitate quick change-overs.
Inliners Unlimited (Monroe, LA) offers a new line of molded inserts and round-bottom bag liners designed to conform to the shape of a pail or drum. PerfectFit liners are available in a variety of materials, including nonbarrier PE films, barrier coextrusions and high-barrier laminations.
The AutoLoader(TM) from Multifold-International. (Milford, OH) is a multi-row, multi-layer programmable carton packer that enables converters to pack small- or medium-sized cartons into any shipping container or corrugated case and to program that task for repeated runs.
Capco Plastics' (Provi-dence, RI) new four-color brochure describes its custom thermoformed plastic packaging. Photo-graphs of a variety of clamshell and trifold packages are included to illustrate how these see-thru packages help protect and display products being merchandised.
Designed by Sonoco Products (Hartsville, SC) as an alternative to stand-up flexible pouches and bag-in-box packaging, the Can-O-Bag is a lightweight container constructed of a spiral-wound body ply with a spiral or convolute label.
A new system by Machine Devel-opment (San Leandro, CA) nests blister packs for end-for-end and face-to-face packing into cartons or cases. The machine can receive either individual blisters or bandoliers.