The following news items were gathered by Sections Editor Dan Galbraith at Pack Expo 2012 on Oct. 30 and 31 at McCormick Place in Chicago:
Dow Chemical Co.
The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., introduced Adcote Adhesives and Coatings, a new line of Agility Processing Accelerators, and two additions to its series of Dowlex Linear Low-Density Polyethylene resins.
The solvent-based adhesive is specifically designed for high-temperature laminate use, to help improve the performance of various packaging applications, said Sammi Esterman, account executive for Gibbs & Soell Public Relations, which represents Dow.
The adhesive has Food and Drug Administration compliance for laminates for a range of temperatures, including up to 250 degrees farhenheit, she said.
Dow also sponsored several informational forums at the show.
Reusable plastic container company IFCO introduced RPC solutions for retailers. Known as Fresh Market Advantage, they combine RPC design, logistics, and retail merchandising support, Margulis said.
“(The solutions) were developed in concert with leading North American retailers and growers to ensure requirements of the supply and demand sides of the industry are met with the ultimate goal of increasing fresh produce sales for RPC users,” according to an IFCO news release.
“Utilizing packaging that protects product quality is critical to connecting with shoppers and increasing sales,” Hillary Femal, IFCO’s director of strategic market development, said in the release.
Multi-Fill Inc. used the show to introduce upgrades to its MPF volumetric fillers that deposit products such as refrigerated salads and fresh fruits and vegetables into many types of containers, including trays, bags, stand-up bags or pouches, at speeds of up to 120 containers per minute.
“It is well-suited to run in the environment found in plants producing frozen dinners and entrees as well as fresh or refrigerated products,” according to a company news release.
Upgrades include a Batch Feed System that can dispense fruits, vegetables, salads and other food at rates of up to 3,900 pounds an hour with minimal monitoring.
Batch Feed System benefits include: reduction in product damage, automatic flow, easy cleaning and maintenance, and they can be retrofitted older models, according to the company.
Other upgrades geared to enhance safety and performance include: positive drive belt, quick belt release system, redesigned filling head, smaller level sensors and conveyor catch pan.