The addition of a new product to its range of specialist Mexican cuisine triggered a need for Adelaide-based manufacturer, Mexican Express to upgrade ('hot up') its labelling line to a fully automated process.
A one-day master class on RFID principles, challenges and practices for manufacturing will be held during National Manufacturing Week 2006, at Sydneyâ€™s Darling Harbour from May 30 to June 2.
A prototype system designed to help consumers, farmers and other interested parties trace the geographic origin of food at all stages of production from 'farm to fork' - storage, processing and distribution - has been developed by researchers
The Videojet DataFlex Plus Thermal Transfer Overprinter (TTO) delivers high resolution images on flexible packaging, while minimizing downtime and costs associated with ribbon breaks and production changeovers. For marking variable information such as dates, times, batch codes, ingredients, logos and marketing information onto flexible film packaging, labels or glossy cards, the DataFlex Plus provides the ultimate in productivity and efficiency.
A prototype system designed to help consumers, farmers and other interested parties trace the geographic origin of food at all stages of production from â€˜farm to forkâ€™ - storage, processing and distribution - has been developed by researchers.
Radio frequency identification is being used in the Smart Box, a shipping container that can be located during transit and offers numerous other useful functions.
Accu-Sort Systems, a member of EPCglobal, recently announced the release of its FAST Tag RFID tagging system. Part of Accu-Sort's suite of Flexible Automation Solution Tools, FAST Tag is a turnkey automated solution for placing, tracking and verifying RFID tags on cartons and pallets. FAST Tag also integrates seamlessly into existing material handling and data handling systems, providing a low-risk upgrade path from conventional bar code labelling systems.
The way in which active and smart packaging can secure the quality and freshness of products is a highly topical issue for both the food processing and packaging industries
As the largest growing beverage worldwide, bottled water manufacturers are rapidly growing in numbers. But as a packaged food product like any other, bottled water is also in constant need of safety controls to ensure superior quality for its consumers.
Catchpoint has created a backless label which renders the wasteful backing on labels obsolete, thus helping to reduce the 104,200 tonnes of waste produced a year attributed to self-adhesive label production. The company is currently trialing Sherwood Technology's DataLase colour change solution for marking directly onto the backless labels.
Increasing the efficiency of printing and applying barcode labels to shrink-wrapped shipping trays was one of the jobs on the packaging line at Campbell's Soup plant at Shepparton, in rural Victoria.