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.
Pregis Corp., Deerfield, Ill., added a model to its GeoSpeed Quantum compact, paper void-fill line, according to Sophia Dilberakis, of Chicago-based SD Communications, representing Pregis.
“The new GeoSpeed Quantum XF offers power tear assist, feed-to-length and optional multistack accessories. The system, which delivers crumpled paper from rollstock at speeds of up to 150 inches per second, continues to establish new performance standards for this category,” she said in an e-mail.
The new machine is tailored to high-volume operations.
Printpack Inc. is building a plant in Rhinelander, Wis., this fall. The company plans to move in late 2013 and close its Hendersonville, N.C. plant.
“The decision to close Hendersonville was very difficult for us. However, our goal has always been to provide our customers competitively priced, high-quality packaging materials, utilizing the best technology available,” Dennis Love, president and chief executive officer, said in a news release.
Printpack’s steaming valve microwaveable packaging for Green Giant Fresh vegetables was selected as a Pack Expo Selects finalist last year, and the company also launched an easy-open peelable Freshgard package late last year, said Sarah Blackmon, corporate marketing manager for the Atlanta company.
Rollprint Packaging Products Inc., Addison, Ill., which specializes in flexible packaging, introduced Chameleon, a proprietary color-changing sealant technology for heat-seal applications.
“The technology allows a film of one color to transfer a peel indicator of a different color providing strong visual indication that a package has been opened. The objective is to enhance product security and help deter counterfeiting in a cost-effective manner,” said Sophia Dilberakis, of Chicago-based SD Communications, which represents Rollprint.
Dwane Hahn, vice president of sales and marketing for Rollprint, said the technology allows for enhanced product security at a minimal cost.
“We view this new sealant technology as a game-changer to help manufacturers grow market share while also enhancing security,” said Hahn, who noted companies could also use the product to aid in their branding by using colors associated with their products or logos into the packaging and/or the color-change sealant.
The new technology is available for rollstock, pre-made pouches and die-cut lids.
Hickory, N.C.-based Shurtape introduced a cold temperature-resistant tape geared to fresh produce, said Laura Pierce, assistant communications manager.
The newest addition to the company’s product line, HP 132 Packaging Tape, is designed to keep packages sealed in temperatures as low as 20 degrees, even in high-speed applications, “with a synthetic rubber/resin hot melt adhesive for an instant, permanent bond (even) in sub-freezing temperatures,” according to a company news release.
The company also showed off its new ShurSEAL SP 6200 tape dispenser at the show.
Walker Custom Sheet Metal
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Walker Custom Sheet Metal debuted a food conveyor designed for tool-less disassembly and without niches to harbor bacteria.
“Having worked in this industry for nearly four decades, I can confidently say that ours is the only conveyor to offer this completely tool-less design,” Jim Monaweck, project manager, said in a news release.
“The pulleys, motors, drives, chutes and belts can all be easily removed using only your hands, so that anyone working on a line can fully disassemble the conveyor,” he said.
Monaweck designed the conveyor to eliminate areas where food particles can collect, enhancing the attractiveness of the product to those wanting to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
The company claims its new conveyor “simplifies the process of meeting these strict sanitation requirements and can be customized to meet the needs of individual manufacturers.”