The use of molded pulp as a dunnage or commodity material in packaging goes back to World War I. But only in the past few years have packaged goods manufacturers begun to design molded pulp to meet specific applications.
The enhanced AutoPad kraft paper converter from Ranpak (Concord Township, OH) now features a swivel mounting kit that attaches the control box to the machine, eliminating the need for a free-standing pedestal that takes up extra floor space.
Plastofilm Industries (Wheaton, IL) has announced the expansion of its thermoformed ESD protective packaging. Rigid static dissipative sheet is thermoformed into clamshells, shipping/handling trays, end caps and corner blocks.
The FastStuff(TM) Packaging System from Fast Track(TM) Systems (Horsham, PA) is detailed in a 4-page, color brochure. Photos show how the machine automatically feeds, crumples and cuts recycled kraft paper for use as void fill.
Eco-Flow is a starch-based void fill from American Excelsior (Arlington, TX). The void fill has been designed to be more humidity-resistant than previous starch-based products and reduces dusting problems that occur with corn-based products.
Peanutplus® by Storopack Group (Cincinnati, OH) is a moldable void- fill system that bags EPS peanuts for use as void fill. There is no loose material, and the peanut-filled bags can be used multiple times.
The Trent Corp. (Trenton, NJ) has introduced die-cut sheets of double- or triple-wall corrugated that fold and lock to provide a cushion under and between units of any product, replacing bulky, heavy pallets.
Flexible Products Co. (Marietta, GA) has introduced the AccuPak Menu Direct, a new foam-in-place bagging machine. The system allows the operator to choose bag length and bag-fill percentages at the touch of a button.
Sleevit® packaging sleeves from Pactiv Inc. (Lake Forest, IL) protect delicate surfaces from abrasion while allowing product visibility. Sleeves are made from 1/8" PE Astro-Foam® sheet die-cut to stretch into diamond-shaped mesh vents.