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.
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.
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.
Zip-Pak has announced that UVA Packaging has launched a vertical form/fill/seal technology that applies slider zippers to corner-sealed and block bottom bags. The Newton 400 is capable of producing over six different types of flexible packages. The technology is suitable for pet food, powdered products and frozen food packages ranging from two to seven kilograms.
Enercon's microprocessor controlled interface for the Super Seal Deluxe and Super Seal Max controls, monitors and displays all critical performance, inspection and operational criteria for cap sealing, inspection and Enercon's e-jector rejection system.
SAI Global has been accredited by JAS-ANZ to certify products under the Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme (AWPCS). The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) has established this scheme to help Australian exporters meet the international standard for treated wood packaging used in the export trade.
The design of Cedar Creek's innovative Weigh/Label Systems is modular, based on the Cedar Creek Company (CCC) WLS software module, and comprising: a Touchscreen Unit; a scale base/indicator unit; an Industrial printer (for manual labelling) or a fully automatic label applicator with a higher spec printer. All Touchscreen computers and printers are visible on the network, enabling product specifications, label formats, and order data to be downloaded simply and quickly and production data to be made available enterprise-wide in 'near real time'.
FreshPax™ is a patented oxygen absorber pioneered by Multisorb Technologies to protect packaged foods and other products against spoilage, mold growth, color change, rancidity, loss of nutritive values, insect damage and losses of quality.
Radio chips, transponders, tags - radio frequency identification (RFID) is currently keeping trading companies busy because these mobile data memories hold enormous rationalisation potential for supply chain management
The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) is re-designing its website, taking the association into the world of email, online newsletters, up-to-date-news, events, technical papers and more. The AIP website will be the main communication tool from 2005 to members, supporters and industry and van be visited at www.aipack.com.au
The Imaje 4040 high definition inkjet printer can be used to print text, graphics and logos onto porous surfaces. It features easy message design and editing with a VGA 10.4" screen (WYSIWYG display) and pull-down menus under Windows.