Technology, Processing & Automation

03 Dec 2018 --- Digital imaging company Electronics For Imaging (EFI) will present its portfolio of advanced corrugated packaging production technologies at this week’s All4Pack trade show in Paris. This year’s showcase will include the launch of new print modes for the EFI Nozomi C18000 – the ultra-high-speed, single-pass inkjet corrugated board press that is helping many of the world’s leading packaging companies thrive with high-graphic, direct-to-board digital printing.
23 Nov 2018 --- The 29th edition of packaging innovation competition De Gouden Noot (“The Golden Walnut”) was won by ACU- Drop II, a unique, patented packaging form that revolutionizes quality control in the In Vitro Diagnose (IVD) market. Winning business combination Verhoeven Ontwerpburo and Eurotrol received the winner's trophy containing the well-known solid gold walnut during the Award Ceremony on Thursday evening 22 November 2018 in the A’DAM Tower Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The award-winning pack was selected from ten finalists.
16 Nov 2018 --- Shelf-appeal and consumer engagement are increasingly significant drivers in metal can design. Although consumers are drinking less soda, other can markets are emerging and expanding, notably craft beer and canned water, with producers demanding the differentiation needed to be competitive on a busy shelf. Two leading metal can suppliers, Crown and Ball, showcased the latest in their decorative techniques and connective technologies during BrauBeviale 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany, this week.
08 Nov 2018 --- The latest model of the Schubert Flowmodul integrated flow-wrapping machine now offers an even more extensive selection of possible sealing technologies. In a recent interview, Johannes Schubert, grandson of the company’s founder and Flowmodul Product Manager since 2017, explains the advantages of this innovative technology and how the latest model is providing an even more efficient solution to flow-wrapping demand while branching out into the healthcare sector.
07 Nov 2018 --- Stora Enso has introduced a paper-based RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag technology called ECO in a move intended to offer a more sustainable alternative to plastic-based RFID tags. ECO is designed for intelligent packaging functionalities in supply chain, retail and e-commerce applications. The technology is a recyclable solution for packaging authentication.
07 Nov 2018 --- GEA is to showcase its high-capacity thermoformer PowerPak during Gulfood Manufacturing 2018 in Dubai. The PowerPak satisfies the latest food sector requirements in food safety while providing “top quality and maximum flexibility” in food and dairy processing. The machine is ideal for packing dates, poultry, seafood or cheese products.
06 Nov 2018 --- Where did this product come from? It is a simple question that is fuelling a new era of fully transparent and traceable products, according to SIG. Many businesses are already using traceability systems to collect data at every stage of the product journey automatically, but, this information is now being made available to consumers to meet the demand for product transparency.
06 Nov 2018 --- A new and innovative atmospheric cold plasma (CP)-based antimicrobial packaging system has been shown to significantly increase shelf-life and safety in poultry breast meat. The US Department of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) developed the packaging system which uses high electrical voltages to generate plasma with ozone and other bactericidal components within sealed food packages. There are a number of advantages with this packaging system compared to alternative treatments, such as eliminating pre-packaging treatment requirements, adaptability for use with any size and type of package and treatment time, having no chemical residues after treatment, and cost-effectiveness.
01 Nov 2018 --- Gerhard Schubert has aided Italian, family-owned company, San Giorgio Dolce & Salato, in its ambitions to be the first manufacturer to introduce pre-baked, filled and frozen croissants to the gastronomic market, with a purpose-built automated processing system. Schubert’s system gently injects different fillings into the baked goods and efficiently combines this operation with the final packaging process via sophisticated pick-and-place robots attached with gentle grippers. Thanks to this automation solution, San Giorgio Dolce & Salato can fill and package 160 croissants per minute.
16 Oct 2018 --- AstroNova Product Identification is set to unveil a new solution that enables AstroNova printers to digitally print food-friendly, heat sealable, flexible packaging materials at Pack Expo International, in the US.
16 Oct 2018 --- Global flexible packaging supplier Constantia Flexibles is seeking to enrich the connectivity of its packaging by partnering with a world leading Augmented Reality (AR) company in Wikitude. Through its new platform, “Constantia Interactive,” the supplier is enabling consumers to connect with their favorite brands while gathering data on consumer behavior. The aim of the partnership is to “jointly expand the interactive packaging market.”
11 Oct 2018 --- Tetra Pak has launched Tetra Pak Plant Secure at its Inside Tetra Pak event held yesterday at the company’s headquarters in Lund, Sweden. PackagingInsights was at the event covering the launch. Tetra Pak Plant Secure is a plant management service that aims to deliver profitability improvements for its customers. Leveraging Tetra Pak’s investments in Industry 4.0 technologies, the service uses data-driven analytics and Tetra Pak’s industry expertise to identify and deliver improvements across a customer’s entire value chain.
09 Oct 2018 --- Beverage multi-packing smart systems provider WaveGrip has helped increase Royal Docks Brewing Company’s beer output with a new packing applicator and brand defining colored carrier system. Having previously partnered with a canning company, Royal Docks switched to its own canning line in 2017. Recently, however, it has required a faster and less labor-intensive solution to keep pace with its ongoing growth: The WaveGrip G1, with speeds of up to 100 cans-per-minute (cpm) and ability to pack a full range of can sizes with minimal downtime.
05 Oct 2018 --- Ardagh has announced the launch of Kahlúa Espresso Martini in Nitro Cans. The Nitro Can is the ready-to-drink (RTD) packaging solution for nitro beverages which was launched in late 2016 to capitalize on the nitro coffee trend gaining momentum in key European markets. Kahlúa uses a 250ml slim Nitro Can to provide consumers a velvety smooth Espresso Martini infused with nitrogen.
04 Oct 2018 --- VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, a leading European research and technology organization, are using science and technology to prove to the industry that plastic can be part of a strong circular economy, with the addition of bio-based raw materials and sustainable design, as well as a three-pronged approach to recycling: mechanical, chemical and biological. PackagingInsights got in contact with the team at VTT to detail some of their key developments, as well as their outlooks for the future of packaging.
04 Oct 2018 --- Digimarc Barcode, launched at FachPack 2018 by Wipak, seeks to respond to the changing face of retail. Digimarc Barcode is nearly invisible and can permeate the entire package. This hopes to make it simple for consumers to scan large portions of the package to access product information and other engaging digital content, save space on packaging design and increase manufacturing efficiencies and reduce waste in the supply chain.
03 Oct 2018 --- Thin Film Electronics, a provider of NFC (Near Field Communication) mobile marketing solutions, is providing an interactive personal care range for men’s hair range Slikhaar. Slikhaar hopes to use Thinfilms NFC mobile marketing solution to connect directly with consumers via smartphone, promote its SlikhaarTV channel on YouTube and deepen relationships with its customers.
03 Oct 2018 --- Talkin’ Things and CSI (Closure Systems International) have introduced the Talkin’ Cap – the world’s first NFC (Near Field Communication) technology implemented inside a cap closure designed for mass production. The Talkin’ Caps are an app-less way to drive marketing content, brand and product information, gamification, loyalty programs, awards and coupons to connected consumers. The Talkin’ Cap also provides pre-retail benefits, allowing brands to protect against counterfeit and unauthorized refilling. The collaboration claims that the functionality of the cap is as easy as Apple Pay experience.
26 Sep 2018 --- Gerhard Schubert’s new Lightline series consisting of The CartonPacker, The Flowpacker and The Pickerline has attracted much attention at the ongoing FachPack 2018 show in Nuremberg. The preconfigured machine range boasts compact design, targeting customers looking for improved efficiency in automated food and beverage package processing involving reduced formats and packaging variants. PackagingInsights speaks with Marcel Kiessling, Managing Director Sales and Service for Schubert, on the show floor.
20 Sep 2018 --- Gerresheimer, a pharma and healthcare packaging provider, is expanding its services to offer surface finishing of plastic packaging for ophthalmology and rhinology products with irradiation. As part of this move, the company is drawing on partnerships with selected certified partners.