Laminform® System, a turnkey integrated modified atmosphere packaging system from Redex (Schaumburg, IL) and James River (Milford OH), laminates barrier films with other substrates needed and then sends the lamination to a form/fill/seal machine that's in-line with laminating.
American Mirrex (New Castle, DE) has introduced EZ23/PVDC, a clear PVDC-coated rigid PVC film. Suited for pharmaceutical and food applications where improved gas and moisture barrier properties are required.
Intermex (Dallas, TX) has released Propirey PRF-30, an anti-fog oriented PP film. Recently introduced to several test markets, this film is gaining popularity for anti-fog protection in the pre-packaged produce market.
Coca-Cola Company's commitment to bringing consumers the packages they want has helped make this plant in Poland special. Integrated injection molding of PET preforms and stretch/blow molding of bottles was a first in the vast Coke empire.
CourtGard(TM) UV-protective film from Courtaulds Performance Films (Martinsville, VA) is now available for use in see-through packaging for medical/surgical devices and pharmaceuticals that can be damaged by UV light.
While twin-lane metal detection equipment and pipeline detectors are not uncommon, it is unusual to find them both on the same packaging line. Kraft Jacobs Suchard wanted two systems in its Liverpool, England facility for a new high-speed filling line for Vitalite margarine.
Just reaching store shelves as PW goes to press is a new package format for 160-count Huggies® Baby Wipes from Kimberly-Clark, Neenah, WI. Two features make it stand out in its category, where refill packs made of flexible film have complemented rigid plastic tubs for the past two or three years.
Accu-thread from ITW Mima (Boca Raton, FL) is a powered pre-stretch film delivery system with an improved film threading feature. Pre-stretches film up to 300% before wrapping it around the pallet load.