FreeForm® high-definition ink-jet (HDIJ) printing from Domino Amjet (Gurnee, IL) is a single-nozzle continuous ink-jet system. It deploys faster sweep rates to provide printout with a resolution of up to 10 times that of current products, says the company.
Enercon Industries (Menomonee Falls, WI) has developed new waxless foils that enable untreated glass jars to be induction sealed at high speeds. Previously, glass containers had to be treated in order to accept a foil inner seal.
The Model Q2060 case depalletizer/hopper feeder from R.A. Pearson (Spokane, WA) is a ruggedly designed fully-automatic machine that eliminates the need for operators to monitor and manually load cases into a hopper from pallet stacks.
With the Apollo 2 stand-alone label printer from Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) label formats, graphics and bar codes can be downloaded onto the PCMCIA memory card for remote operation of many high-level software functions without an attached computer.
The Tag and Label Manufacturers Institute (Naperville, IL) has released an updated version of its study, "The North American Market for P-S Labels." The nearly 200-page report examines the latest trends in raw materials, converting methods and end-user markets for the tag and label industry.
The LA-160 is a compact, low-cost vertical sachet packager from Klockner Bartelt Medipak (Sarasota, FL). It's suited for a range of healthcare products including liquids, creams, powders, granules and tissues.
The 20 Series thermal/thermal-transfer label printer from Weber Marking Systems (Arlington Heights, IL) is suited for high-volume applications. It prints bar codes, text and graphics at 12"/sec at 203 dpi onto p-s labels and tags measuring up to 5.5" W and 30" L.
A complete line of continuous-motion cartoners for single and multi-pack cartoning is available from Dimension Industries (Maple Grove, MN). They offer speeds up to 300 cartons/min, depending on package size.