By integrating sterile bottle making with aseptic filling, Del Monte Foods eliminates chemical sterilization of PET bottles prior to aseptic filling. New in-line bottle blowing and filling system permits replacement of costly heat-set PET bottles purchase
Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.
Understanding electronics is critical to maintenance engineers, but it's also important to packaging engineers and more important than ever to machine operators, say our readers in PW's exclusive survey. Logic and software programming are also studied.
Environmental regulation of packaging has become a hot item outside the U.S. this year. More than 20 countries worldwide now have some form of "producer responsibility" law on the books or in the works.
Designed for pharmaceutical applications, the AutoVision 500 visual inspection system from Autoroll Machine (Middleton, MA) detects slight color variations between different batches of pills and can analyze shape, size and color of pills to verify that they are in the right packages.