The Model Y221 capping machine from Alcoa Closure Systems (Indianapolis, IN) is a high-speed, hot-fill plastic closure applicator. Suitable for products bottled in steam-filled, high temperature conditions, such as juice.
It may seem like too little and too late, but the Food and Drug Administration recently issued its 1993 revision of "Standards for the Fabrication of Single Service Containers and Closures for Milk and Milk Products." Federal and state regulatory inspectors use these standards as the basis for inspecting plants manufacturing dairy packaging.
A multimillion-dollar five-year contract was signed last month by Mobil Corp., Fairfax, VA, that gives Continental Plastic Containers (Norwalk, CT) an unusual management responsibility for Mobil's plastic packaging for motor oils.
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 four primary goals of packaging-product protection, identification, dispensing and merchandising-won't change in the 21st century. But as we near that milestone, the market forces that more subtly affect packaging are evolving.