In response to an increased demand for larger stand-up pouches, Klockner Bartelt (Sarasota, FL) has developed a large-format pouch packager. The RPM-L horizontal pouch packager makes stand-up and zippered pouches in sizes 20% larger than the previous model--up to 9.5" x 12", with a 4" gusseted bottom.
The EZ-Change(TM) hot-melt nozzle from ITW Dynatec (Hendersonville, TN) improves productivity and facilitates quick changeover. Its one-piece construction of solid brass helps keep adhesive temperatures more consistent, reducing adhesive stringing.
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.