PACK EXPO International continues through Thursday, 2 November 2006 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. Officials of show organizer, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Arlington, VA, predict attendance will top 75,000. The show occupies 1.2 million square feet of floor space …
… and includes numerous co-located events — such as the CPP (converting/packaging printing) Expo and PROCESS EXPO.
Go-Green trays — containers offer eco-alternative
The patented process for production of Go-Green line of thermoformed trays includes tooling designed to minimize scrap, cut material consumption, energy use 25%. CPT Inc. prints then thermoforms sheet in audited eco-friendly process. Registered printing adds vibrant graphics, copy, barcodes to polypropylene or compostable sugar-cane-based material. On display this week in Booth E9304 at PACK EXPO International, sugar-cane-based containers offer freezer to microwave compatibility as well as dual ovenability.
FFS process creates stand-up pouch with ‘straw’
Patented form-fill-seal (FFS) process forms 200-millilitre, long-necked stand-up pouch. Five-year development effort by SipTop, Mississauga, ON, Canada, requires custom FFS machine that can seal, cut pouches in curved shape that adds integral “straw” to top of pouch. Twin-head machine, which is available for licensing, operates at 120 pouches/minute. SipTop also provides contract filling services. Downstream product handling consists of robotic line from Langen Packaging Inc., Mississauga, ON, Canada. Finding right lamination requires extensive trial-and-error process. Tri-layer structure, converted by Packall Packaging Inc., Brampton, ON, Canada, consists of polyethylene terephthalate for rigidity, nylon for puncture resistance, plus sealant layer of linear low density polyethylene blended with ethylene vinyl alcohol barrier resin. Lamination provides 18-month shelf life for five flavors of Rip & Sip juice drinks, Northern Pure water.
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