Bosch Packaging Technology has introduced ultrasonic sealing technology for vertical form, fill and seal machinery for use in food and confectionery packaging applications. Ultrasonic sealing is a method for joining thermoplastic materials together by emitting acoustic vibrations, creating a tight, strong seam for closures in doy-style stand-up pouches, gusseted and pillowbag packaging formats.
The Zebra G-Series desktop barcode label and receipt printer range from Zebra technologies provides increased durability, ease of use and claims to provide the best value of all basic desktop thermal label printers.
Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) officially opened its multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art distribution centre in Auckland in August 2008.
In the fruit juice drinks and still water segments, carton packaging has lost market shares to PET in recent years, but worldwide, the use of carton packaging for beverages is still increasing.
Weber’s 3500 label printer and label applicator is for pressure-sensitive label printing and automated label application systems. In addition to offering a broad selection of high-quality print engines featuring a range of print resolutions and label dispensing speeds, the device is now available with optional RFID print-encode engines.
Manufacturer of PET stretch blow moulding machines for the production of PET bottles, SIPA has developed lightweighting technologies for hot fill PET bottles used in the juice, tea, isotonic and flavoured-water markets.
Australian Filling & Packaging Machines (AFPM) has introduced an auger filler upgrade program to minimise costs and maximise benefits.
Based on the success of the DIN 45 closure SK 45/26 MAB MDR and the child-resistant variant SK 45/27 MAB MDR CR, Bericap has developed additional sizes with different technical features and can now offer closures for all thread profiles according to DIN 45, 44 and 60 in a uniform, attractive design for all sizes.
Multi-Fill has recently sold a MPFSC-120-01 filling machine to a customer in the US who had a very delicate product to fill — jelly cubes. The requirement was for a filling machine that would retain the shape and size of their delicate product after it passed through the system. The jelly cubes are loaded into the low-level infeed hopper and a conveyor belt (with a special finger design) passes the product to the filling head. The food is then measured volumetrically and discharged into trays.
Although claims of sustainability and environmental performance abound, in New Zealand Environmental Choice is the one ecolabel that is backed by the New Zealand government and verifies all its applicants’ claims using independent, third-party expert assessors.
The chilled format of ready meal packaging is not only quicker to prepare for the consumer, it gives manufacturers an opportunity to use eye-catching and practical packaging, helping differentiate their products from those of competitors.