2006 Pack/Process Expo Equipment Roundup

The following are some of the new products introduced at the Pack Expo Intl./Process Expo show Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Chicago.

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Eastman Chemical Co.; Kingsport, Tenn.
800-327-8626;
www.eastman.com


Compact, high-performance motors

Designed to be the most cost-effective motor in the smallest package size, the MUS Series of brushless motors are fitted with high flux density neodymium iron boron magnets, thus reducing rotor inertia. The result is higher performance – higher peak torques for acceleration and deceleration. The motors range from 380 w to 3.5 kW. The small package size allows use where space constraints are a concern. The design and location of the thermal sensor virtually eliminates the need risk for overheating and demagnetizing.

AC Tech; Uxbridge, Mass.
508-278-9100;
www.actech.com 


Built-in, resealable slider

A new pouch format, featuring Slider technology (in the "fin-seal" of the package), enables opening and resealing down the center of overwrap packages for a wider opening and easier access to contents. The package features an easy-open strip above the Slider profile for initial bag opening in one step without the need for scissors or knives. Enhancing consumer convenience, the patented peel-seal feature acts as a hermetic barrier to extend product shelf life and provides consumers with the security of a temper-evident seal.

Zip-Pak; Manteno, Ill.
800-815-468-6500;
www.zippak.com


Faster laser marking

With a marking speed up to 1,200 characters per second and line speeds up to 10 meters per second, the Model 3120 is the fastest laser marker in its class. It marks complex, multi-line alphanumeric messages, foreign language fonts, graphics, symbols and machine-readable codes.

Videojet Technologies Inc.; Wood Dale, Ill.
800-843-3610;
www.videojet.com


Keeping packaged food fresh

FreshPax, FreshMax and FreshCard oxygen absorbers keep packaged food fresh longer, improving brand integrity and enabling greater product distribution flexibility. Especially critical for natural and organic foods, they remove the need for food additives or preservatives such as BHA, BHT, sulfur dioxide, sorbates, benzoates and other products. These sorbents prevent the growth of aerobic pathogens, including molds, and extend shelf life for sliced deli meats, nuts, baked goods, snack foods and dairy products.

Multisorb Technologies; Buffalo, N.Y.
716-824-8900;
www.multisorb.com


Back - way back - to basics

For the 10,000 years before paper and plastic were invented, humans used ceramics to make containers. Now a Spanish supplier offers ceramic containers that are sturdy and convenient, but even better, they insulate and preserve the qualities of a food. They also increase a product's quality perception. These containers, manufactured with raw material from a private mountain quarry in northeastern Spain, use the most up-to-date technology in production. With a firm commitment to the environment, all natural surplus materials from production are recycled. The resultant terracotta containers are infused with a combination of new and natural qualities to make them price-competitive and oven-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe. All containers are FDA-approved, and comply with food industry regulations and standards and are free of toxic minerals such as cadmium or lead.

Arbresa SA; Breda, Spain
011-34-972-870136;
www.arbresa.es

 


 

Tape system with elastic memory

During transit around the plant and across the country, the Stretchable Tape Load Containment System helps prevent loads from tipping, vibrating and shifting. It provides ventilation, so loads chill faster and corrugated degradation from condensation is prevented. The two-part systems features Scotch Stretchable Tape and the 3M Stretchable Tape Wrapper ST1000, a semi-automatic pallet wrapping device that ensures consistent, tape stretch ratio and pattern. Tape is automatically stretched and wrapped in a selected pattern, even around the bottom of the pallet when necessary. The molecular structure of the tape changes. In fact, when it is stretched, the strength is increased, reaching 40 pounds per inch tensile strength at 650 stretch. Having elastic memory, the tape contracts to tighten the load, but does not crush the carton, and it loses adhesion after stretching to protect graphics and printing on labels. When the load arrives, removal starts with a simple, quick cut.

3M; St. Paul, Minn.
800-567-1639; www.3M.com/packaging

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