Keith Campbell makes twin observations about an important trend in packaging machinery design that he sees markedly manifest on the floor of Pack Expo. And it's a good thing. Hint: This isn't your father's packaging machinery anymore.
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Rollprint Packaging Products, Inc.'s new Ghost process creates an integrated, repeating watermark embedded in the composite flexible packaging material that makes it technically and economically challenging to duplicate for chevron pouches, blister packs, packets, and packaging for other security-driven or luxury items.
Meat snacks manufacturer Jack Link's switch from a round PVC canister to the paper-based StrataGraph club-store carton from Great Northern Corp. enabled the company to deliver attention-grabbing graphics and cost-effectiveness while meeting club-store requirements for strength and stackability.
The APEX HD (heavy-duty) metal detector from Thermo Scientific has been specially designed for cold-packaging applications, such as meat, poultry, and seafood, where the equipment requires frequent washing with hot water. A special filling compound on the APEX HD allows for machine durability for up to 10,000 cycles.
The Linx SL302 laser coder is equipped with a 30W laser codes high quality text, graphics and Data Matrix codes onto a wide range of materials. New LinxVision display clearly shows the selected message to print, reducing user errors.
Seal-Sensor® 512 ultrasound seal-sensor technology detects the quality of the seal with a pass/fail rating. This year, Seal-Sensor® 512 received accreditation from ASTM Test Method F3004-13 for testing the final seal.
PackML news from Rockwell and P&G, a notable acquisition in the ranks of the automation suppliers, observations on a new communications trend in packaging machinery, a glimpse at interpack 2014, and the work being done on developing a more sustainable thermoformed single-serve coffee capsule--these were the highlights of Pack Expo Las Vegas on Day Two.
Keith Campbell's first look at new technology from two companies, Universal Robotics and Rethink Robotics. These companies are taking a completely different approach to robotics, offering units that are inexpensive, flexible, adaptable, and easily retrained. Will they work in packaging?
Microscan's latest identification and inspection solutions for product traceability and quality compliance allow packagers to incorporate barcode readers and smart cameras into their packaging lines and machinery to track and record critical data on products, labels, and secondary packaging. Microscan's technology ensures mislabeled cases, poorly printed text, and unreadable barcodes never make it to the customers' site.
Under development for six years, Berry Plastics' new Versalite™ thermal management technology for hot or cold beverage cups allows for superior insulation, keeping hot beverages hot and cold ones cold, while keeping the surface temperature cool for consumers' hands. The reusable, durable, laminated PP cup allows for 10-color reverse flexo-printed graphics and full recyclablility.
Exopack rollstock films are available as mono-layer, co-extruded or laminated structures. Company's printing and graphic capabilities are geared toward delivering maximum shelf appeal versus traditional paperboard carriers.
Skip, one of the K-9s for Warriors four-legged ambassadors, stopped by the Packaging World booth at PACK EXPO this morning to share the good news of last night's successful fundraiser. Six dogs were secured for six veterans thanks to the PACK Gives BACK Opening Reception and fundraiser, featuring Kenny Loggins.