Scimed Life Systems uses up its $250ꯠ preprinted label stock inventory in favor of on-demand high-quality four-color process thermal-transfer printing. Label stock changeover drops from 20 per shift to just over one.
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Color on-demand labeling does not necessarily have to mean dedicated color printing hardware or costly color ribbon media. Chicago-based shoe retailer Chernin's Shoes has been producing color thermal labels since January with nothing more than a standard direct-thermal label printer.
Pity the printer/applicator that must withstand NutraSweet Kelco's Augusta, GA, aspartame plant. The artificial sweetener used in diet soft drinks is a granular substance that creates a harsh, dusty environment that's brutal on packaging equipment.
Gatorade Co. is tapping its pro sports image to relaunch its powdered drink mix. Formerly in an ordinary spiral-wound composite container, the mix is now packaged in an orange canister from Liquid Container (West Chicago, IL) that replicates the look of the large Gatorade dispensing cooler seen on the sidelines at national sporting events.
Polypropylene bottle earns top award by providing functionality and contact clarity for cocktail mixes sold for on-premise use. Other easy-to-use containers also won awards, as did containers differentiated by decoration.
A new rectangular paperboard can, new graphics, new glass jars, even some product reformulation, are all part of a major remake for Lipton powdered iced tea mix. New Natural Brew line aims at ready-to-drink market.
Especially suitable for club store packagers, Polypack's (Largo, FL) CFH 16-24 CVDL high-speed, dual-lane collation module shrink wraps cans for multi-packs and provides total closure for 4-, 6-, or 8-pack configurations.
Kayat (Edgewater, FL) has introduced a heavy-duty, low-maintenance high-speed continuous-motion shrink film wrapper. Model 801T provides a bottom over-lap seal and can use preprinted films to wrap up to 80 trays/min.