Fogg Fillers' (Holland, MI) Quick-Change Valve is designed to solve labor-intensive removal and cleaning of valves in gravity liquid fillers. The patent-pending system uses external clips that easily disconnect from outside of the bowl, eliminating the need to reach inside the filler bowl and re-sanitize it.
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Foilmark (Newburyport, MA) announces a new holographic and diffractive hot-stamp foil. It has a broad temperature-release range. That allows for application flexibility and is said to be less demanding on converting equipment.
A six-page, four-color brochure from QuickLabel Systems (West Warwick, RI) describes the company's new digital color label printers. Close-up photos of labels produced on the QLS Series of printers are included.
A single-piece, blow-molded HDPE container is available from Southcorp Packaging (Atlanta, GA). The 10-L "tight-head" container has a recessed molded-in pinch handle and bottom sump for pump dispensing and is designed for use without an overpack.
A new 17-oz HDPE trigger sprayer bottle is available from Progressive Plastics (Cleveland, OH). It's supplied with a 28/400 finish in either ratchet or torque-ramp style designed to prevent trigger sprayer back-off during distribution.
Cognitive Solutions (Paso Robles, CA) offers the Solus® desktop bar-code label printer in direct-thermal or thermal-transfer models. Solus printers can print bar codes, labels and tags at 3"/sec, at a 203-dpi resolution.
Manufacturer CMS Gilbreth (Bensalem, PA) says installing new timing screws on the TRA line of TE banding equipment can increase throughput by 25%. CMS' tests indicate that 50 to 100 more containers/min can be banded when the new plastic screws are added, depending on lid or cap size.
Labeling Systems' (Oakland, NJ) new CD/cassette labeler applies p-s labels to CD jewel boxes or cassette cases at speeds to 100/min. It incorporates an air cylinder tamp-type applicator for positive control.
Stone Container Corp. (Chicago, IL) has introduced a square-bottom, pinch-top bag for packaging powders and other dry materials such as foods, pharmaceuticals and chemicals requiring a sanitary primary container.
From AB Lorentzen & Wettre (Kista, Sweden) comes the L & W Handbook to provide tips on simple ways to reduce the costs of paper-making. Suggestions include on-line strength testing and monitoring the condition of felts to reduce unplanned stoppages.