Multi-Fill, specialist in the manufacture of semiautomatic and automatic volumetric fillers for the home meal replacement, convenience foods and food service industries, has upgraded its MPFMP-60 semiautomatic filling machine to include some features that were previously only available on their automatic models.
Intermec Technologies has announced enhanced versions of seven industrial bar code printers - the PD41, PD42, PF2i, PF4i, PM4i, PX4i and PX6i. The improvements include an all-in-one printer programming language and increased memory and are suitable for operations, IT and business managers in warehouse, transportation and logistics and manufacturing.
The Markem-Imaje high-resolution, large-character 5800 Hot Melt Inkjet Printer provides clear, consistent text, graphics and GS1-compliant bar codes on cases, trays and shrink wraps. Suitable for corrugate printing applications, the printer can be easily integrated into existing production lines, carton erectors or tapers.
The high-resolution Markem-Imaje 5600 Liquid Inkjet Printer, suitable for direct case coding, features liquid piezo technology for high-quality graphics, text and readable bar codes. It uses glycol-ether (Quick Dry) ink to provide manufacturers with maximum contrast, while minimising the ink deposit required.
With so many food safety issues to worry about tracking and tracing in the food and beverage sectors is becoming increasingly more important. At the same time, with foodstuffs moving across the globe, it is becoming more and more difficult to accurately track them. There is a solution that can help eliminate these difficulties though - a form of automated data collection called radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
The ubiquitous bar codes found on product packaging provide information to the scanner at the checkout counter, but that’s about all they do. Now there is a very tiny, very powerful alternative on the horizon.
Saxa and Skellerup have refreshed their packaging and incorporated resealability for greater consumer convenience. The new design has lead to stronger shelf presence.
Researchers have developed a robust method to prevent cloning of passive radiofrequency identification tags that will not add to the cost of the tags.
Applied Vision Corporation has signed on to provide inspection systems for 11 new can manufacturing plants in 10 countries. Each new plant will install multiple Applied Vision systems to inspect everything from the quality of ends to decoration accuracy. Major can manufacturers, including CanPack, Crown, Impress and Rexam, are among the backers of the new projects located across the globe in Europe, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
The launch of the new-look GI Symbol makes selecting healthy foods and beverages even easier for consumers.
The Coca-Cola Company has announced global plans to include energy information (calories, kilocalories, kilojoules) per serving on the front of nearly all product packages in a move to increase consumers’ awareness about the energy content of its beverages.