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Packaging & equipment overview: examining the latest offerings and news from packaging and equipment suppliers.


Telephone: 215-442-0270




Contact: Nick Hayes

In order to expand the capabilities of its in-house testing laboratory, Alexanderwerk, Inc., Horsham, PA, has added a new Roller Compactor to its range of equipment. Capable of throughput as high as 400 kg/hr, the WP200VN Roller Compactor includes features such as vacuum deaeration, water cooled vacuum rollers and the company's patented combivent feed system.


In other developments, the company has added two members to its personnel. Nick Hayes has been appointed vice president and general manager of North American operations. Prior to his position with Alexanderwerk, Mr. Hayes worked with Kemutec and Vac-U-Max. Cord Wintjen has assumed the role of national sales manager. Prior to this position, Mr. Wintjen was with Tote and IMA.

Auto Labe

Telephone: 772-465-4441




Contact: Charlie Tritt

Auto Labe, Fort Pierce, FL, has launched the Model 110S Servo Control Label Applicator for label placement accuracy in mid-range application speeds. The Model 110S was engineered utilizing the latest technology in servo motor drives. Options for the 110S include an encoder interface for varying line speeds, web monitoring systems, adjustable stands and wide label kits.

The company also launched the Model 110SR RFID label applicator, which incorporates the latest RFID reader technology for encoding EPC data directly to an RFID label prior to application. The 110SR is an "apply only" solution for customers who do not require on-line printing of RFID labels.

Lastly, the company has introduced the model 155R RFID printer applicator incorporating the latest RFID print engine technology from Avery Dennison, Datamax, Sato and Zebra, and is available in blow-on and tamp-on application technologies. The PLC controlled unit can be incorporated into automated conveyor systems from Auto Labe that integrate additional antennas for RFID label verification after application and product rejection systems for non-written or bad tags.

CapPlus Technologies

Telephone: 623-582-2800




Contact: Al Forte

CapPlus Technologies, Phoenix, AZ, has rolled out a newly designed series of automatic, hard-shell, encapsulating machines. All encapsulators include a 10" PLC color touch screen control mounted on a swing-out-arm, variable speed control ranging from zero to 125 rpm, a full alarm safety package including self-diagnostics, standard telemechanique electrical components, proximity sensors for capsule supply and automatic powder feed and level controls for precise weights. In addition, the encapsulating machines contain FDA-approved contact parts, an index gear drive with fewer moving parts, Cams keyed to the drive shaft to eliminate slipping, double-sided Cams for smoother operation and fewer replacement parts, a torque limiter to prevent damage to corresponding parts, a capsule cleaning station with pneumatic operation, a faulty capsule reject station, a pneumatic separation station with PIAB Pump and a pneumatic sorting operation that is fully operable through the touch screen.

CCL Container, Inc.

Telephone: 203-354-4523




Contact: Ed Martin

CCL Container, Inc., Hermitage, PA, has expanded its Penetang, Ontario, Canada plant by adding two new high-speed production lines, which brings the plant's total number of lines to 10, making it the largest impact extrusion container facility in North America. The first new line commenced service in January and the second will commence in June. Both will produce aluminum containers ranging in diameter from 53 to 66 millimeters and up to 235 millimeters in height. These larger sizes are particularly well suited to the personal care and beverage markets. In addition, both lines are configured to accommodate full body shaping capabilities utilizing the Body Shapes line of aluminum canisters featuring dramatic curves and contours running the entire length of the container.

In other news, the company has teamed-up with Trimspa, Cedar Knolls, NJ, in an effort to protect their products from counterfeiting by creating packaging that is virtually impossible to replicate. CCL's solution came in the form of an aluminum bottle. The 100% recyclable, seamless aluminum container is the only product in the category utilizing aluminum, according to the company. To make the package especially difficult to replicate, CCL has debossed a Trimspa logo on the side of the container. To further foil imitation brands, intricate lithography included a monochrome screened photo image.

CVC Technologies, Inc.

Telephone: 877-282-7333




Contact: Bob Shelly

CVC Technologies, Inc., Fontana, CA, has introduced the CVC Challenger Model 1220 designed for operations in pharmaceutical packaging lines. It provides 100% accuracy for counting and filling all standard or irregular shape products, plus handling all sizes of tablets, capsules, caplets, transparent soft gels and many other products.


The company has also recently launched the CVC Challenger Tablet-Capsule Counter and Filler. This machine has a 3-D detection system, which senses all shapes and sizes of products and containers. It has 12 counting channels that pass over three power-vibrating units with 96 separate sensors for counting accuracy. It can handle all sizes of tablets, capsules, caplets or transparent soft gels without any changeover of parts. The counting speed ranges up to 60 bottles per minute for a single machine and 120 with a dual system. The quantity may be set from one piece to 9998 pieces per each bottle.

Dr. Schleuniger Pharmatron, Inc.

Telephone: 603-645-6766




Contact: Louise Proctor

Introduced by Dr. Schleuniger Pharmatron, Inc., Manchester, NH, The Model TM-200 is an innovative bench-top device designed for measuring, recording and analyzing the torque required to apply or remove twist-off caps. This device was designed to be used as a quality control instrument in packaging lines and when used with a Schleuniger Motorized Drive Unit, the TM-200 ensures repeatable accurate measurements. An onboard computer stores parameters for 10 different products and produces comprehensive reports including individual data points, statistical summaries and graphs.

Enercon Industries Corporation

Telephone: 262-255-6070




Contact: Scott Manning

Enercon Industries Corporation, Menomonee Falls, WI, has developed a wide variety of custom sealing heads for its Compak Jr. This wide range of sealing heads was designed to satisfy diverse requirements for its customers. The new sealing heads are capable of fitting the smallest closures to six inch wide-mouth containers. Non-round liners can be sealed with specialty sealing heads.

NJM/CLI Packaging Systems International

Telephone: 800-432-2990




Contact: Louise Lafleur

The new high-speed Cremer Double Tablet Counter from NJM/CLI Packaging Systems International, Lebanon, NH, features two counting heads and a two-lane filling conveyor to maximize productivity within a 12-foot footprint. Designed for reliability using infrared detection, NJM/CLI guarantees the Cremer Double to be 100% accurate. Filling up to 110 bottles per minute, based on 100-count bottles, the Cremer Double handles tablets, caplets and hard or soft capsules. Product recipes can be pre-programmed, enabling parameters to be downloaded for fast and simple changeover. With a spare set of contact parts, the Cremer Double can be changed over in less than 10 minutes, no tools required.


Omega Design Corporation

Telephone: 610-363-6555




Contact: Randy Caspersen

Omega Design Corporation, Exton, PA, has introduced the Omega-Pak Top Load Case Packer. Integrated with a case erector, bottom case taper and top case taper, the system is designed to accommodate pre-bundled products and/or individual products. The Omega-Pak features servo motion drives/controls, control logix PLC and state-of-the-art electronics. Its compact design, available in various line configurations, fits into most existing and new packaging line layouts. Machine changeover and diagnostics are easily accomplished through the color Operator Interface Terminal.

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc.

Telephone: 877-375-2121




Contact: Tim Johnson

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery, Inc., Sturtevant, WI, has introduced its Variable Speed Infeed Auger, which is meant to equalize hopper head pressure. This technology optimizes efficiency, enhances repeatability and produces the accuracy necessary for filling rigid containers or pouches with granular or powdered products. Standard Spee-Dee PLCs are non-proprietary and special control packages utilizing Allen Bradley or any other specified PLC are available.

Toray Plastics America, Inc.

Telephone: 401-294-4511




Contact: Chris Voght

Toray Plastics America, Inc., Kingstown, RI, has introduced a new heat-sealable, co-extruded, metallized OPP film designed to replace the foil and sealant in traditional paper-polyethylene-foil-polyethylene (PPFP) structures. The next generation Torayfan PCFS, made with a proprietary blend of polymers, saves converters time and money by eliminating the sealant extrusion coating step in the converting process. The new MOPP film has a low shear storage modulus that provides increased flow-ability and improved hermetic seals. Torayfan PCFS also displays good moisture and oxygen barrier durability, as well as improved economics over traditional foil and sealant combinations. It can be used for packet and stand-up pouch applications, including hot cocoa, seasoning, soup, rice, croutons, stuffing, dried cheese, and powdered beverages and nutrition/energy drinks.


Kerr Group, Inc.

Telephone: 717-390-8480




Contact: Linda Myers

Kerr Group, Inc., Lancaster, PA, has introduced its Tab II Child-Resistant Package System. The new package has a one-piece bottle and a one-piece closure with a CR function provided by two flexing tabs. Its double lead thread design and distinctive appearance provide easy removal and reapplication in 180[degrees] rotation. An audible click occurs upon positive child-resistant engagement. In preliminary 28-millimeter protocol tests, none of the children tested could open the package, but seniors found it to be adult-friendly. Kerr also provides the Tab II Quick Release system with a lug design for easy removal in 57[degrees] rotation and a secondary seal feature for positive MVTR rates after the foil seal is removed.


Telephone: 314-569-3633




Contact: Suzanne Fenton

TricorBraun, St. Louis, MO, was recently honored with a World-Star award for a package that TricorBraun Design jointly developed with Ecolab, Inc. The award-winning package was EcoLab's SP2, an innovative dispensing system that replaces existing bag-in-box packaging for dispensing spray-and-wipe janitorial products for restaurant use.

In other news, the company has entered into an exclusive agreement for the manufacture and distribution of Sasaki Chemical's integrated desiccant technology. Sasaki, Kyoto, Japan, holds worldwide patents on the process. This new line of products will enable TricorBraun to help its customers improve the shelf life of their products.

Tursso Companies

Telephone: 651-222-8445



Contact: David Gray

Tursso Companies, Inc., St. Paul, MN, has introduced AuthentiKey, a covert optical watermark security feature that can be used to authenticate and validate a customer's product. The hidden watermark is embedded in the graphics of any package and can be printed using flexo, UV flexo or offset print technologies. Multiple watermarks can be embedded in the graphics and are detected using a lens key to unlock the embedded image. Different keys may be employed throughout the supply chain to insure the security and conformity of a product.

Unicep Packaging, Inc.

Telephone: 208-265-9696




Contact: Steve Dilts

Unicep Packaging, Sandpoint, ID, has unveiled its VersaPak line of unit-dose plastic Thermoform, Fill, and Seal containers designed for packaging liquids, gels, lotions, creams and semisolids. VersaPak containers offer total flexibility of package geometry and decorating options and can be formed to duplicate full-sized signature products and designed to emphasize critical product features and unique brand identity. By using high clarity films, up to six-color printing, and the choice of custom color films, decorating options are nearly unlimited. Sizes range from three to 200 milliliters with any fill level available within that range.

Rexam Closures & Containers

Telephone: 812-868-2228




Contact: Becky Biever

Rexam recently launched its LCC-2 two-piece dispensing closures. The new closures feature a stay-back hinge for ease of pouring. When products are dispensed, the closures' orifices extend to pull the product back into the package so there is no mess. Consumers can tell if the seal is intact when opening the closures top and closing is more secure with the new and improved snap feature. Positive engagement gives an audible indication and maintains consistent opening and closing forces independent of application torques. The LCC-2 closures meet specifications of the 671 USP "Tight" containers using HDPE bottles, which helps ensure product integrity. Ideal applications include nutritional supplements.

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Date:Apr 1, 2005
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