A leader in fresh-cut produce, Fresh Express Inc. of Salinas, CA, now is testing a zipper reclosure feature on 1-lb bags of garden salad. The pack is among the first to use the Z-Patch partial-width zipper, which comes from Z-Patch, Inc.
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The Flow Wrap DDC3 digital laser coder creates indelible, crisp dot-matrix codes without burning or puncturing flexible packaging materials. From Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL), the laser coder operates without moving parts or fluids at speeds to 3ꯠ characters/sec.
Clear imprints in a continuous-motion application are now possible with CodeRunner from Norwood Marking (Downers Grove, IL). Designed for easy mounting to form/fill/seal lines and overwrappers and labelers, the system produces nonsmearing imprints of lot numbers, pull dates, pricing and other information at up to 250 cycles/min at speeds to 1귔"/min.
Two custom vertical form/fill/seal machines help frozen pasta co-packer Mount Rose Ravioli handle the output from processing equipment, increase its speeds and save more than $200ꯠ/yr through reduced labor and product giveaway costs.
The Flex Print Flexographic web printer from Bell-Mark (Pine Brook, NJ) prints on material from all hf/f/s machines. Patented geared "S" wrap drive requires no direct mechanical connection to operate the printer.