Coding Products (Kalkaska, MI) has released four-color process and spot-color thermal transfer ribbons. For use in four-head printers, the DuraFast Color System prints graphics and bar codes in a time saving, one-pass operation.
Econo-Feed Models 330 and 350 are new plastic bottle unscramblers from Pace Packaging (Fairfield, NJ). They're designed for packagers who need to unscramble plastic bottles as tall as 10 1/4" at slow to moderate speeds.
The HS Series of heat sealers from American-Newlong (Indianapolis, IN) seals heavy-duty bags filled with most granular or powdered products. Fills both gusseted and non-gusseted PE bags at speeds from 23" to 65"/min; .03" to .04" thick.
A new powder filling system from Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery (Sturtevant, WI) is designed to yield accurate fills as small as 2 g, using Digitronic Augers in conjunction with checkweighing technology.
Signode's (Glenview, IL) high-strength Tenax(TM) polyester strapping combines the properties of steel and the performance advantages of plastic. Has the ability to elongate and recover in a way that steel strapping and wire do not.
APCO, from Borden Packaging and Industrial Products (North Andover, MA), is a new OPP that uses Borden's cold seal release chemistry. It's designed for single-web, reverse-printed cold seal overwrap of multi-packaged products such as candy bars, single-sliced cheese, snack products and baked goods.
The ST-94 electronic torque tester from Sure Torque (Bradenton, FL) uses load cell technology to provide an accuracy of ±0.1 in-lbs. Applications include pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and other consumer products.
Willett America (Ft. Worth, TX) has developed a line of ethyl acetate-based inks designed to replace methyl ethyl ketone inks. EA inks release less odors than MEK inks, are biodegradable and can be easily broken down and absorbed in the human body, says the company.
Jescorp's (Elk Grove Village, IL) Model JGS-1040 Controlled Atmosphere Packaging System provides capabilities for a variety of gas flushing environments, including nitrogen, CO2 and various inert gas blends, with high purity CAP/MAP performance.
The Gemini was designed by Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) as the first Windows(TM)-only bar code label printer. It accepts most Windows programs, so labels can be printed from existing applications, without special program-ming or additional software.