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Safe and efficient transfer to and from packaging lines

Automation and linear motion specialist R A Rodriguez will exhibit a variety of products, ranging from automated programmable linear systems and flexible six-axis robots to precision bearings, gears, drives and...

Elite wraparound cartoning system to be launched at the show

Kliklok International will launch its new Certiwrap Elite wraparound cartoning system at the PPMA show.

Innovation is at the heart of Festo's packaging kit

Pneumatic and electric drive specialist Festo will showcase a number of its automated packaging systems. Visitors to Festo's stand will have the opportunity to discuss their packaging needs with its...

Robots for packaging and palletising

Five different food handling robots will be showcased by Fanuc, including clean-down protected IP67 and IP69K certified robots performing palletising and food packing assembly tasks.

Smart case packing speed and flexibility

End of line automation specialist Endoline Machinery will address the need for higher packing speeds and greater flexibility at this year's PPMA show with the launch of its latest Smart...

Adhesives in the dock for causing reproductive failures

New research into the potential reprotoxic impact of chemicals migrating from multilayer plastics has thrown the spotlight on adhesives, guidance on ‘non-intentionally added substances’ (NIAS), and the synergistic effects of...

Eco-friendly plan blooms at Tulip

Meat processor Tulip has launched a packaging overhaul in an effort to slash waste and greenhouse gas emissions, signalling its commitment to the Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP’s) Courtauld...

Seaweed provides environmentally-friendly grease barrier

A commercialised grease-resistant coating for paper and board, which is based on seaweed extract, is ticking all of the environmental boxes and should be available in less than three years,...

App lets designers share ideas

A development tool, which allows packaging designers to create artwork on three-dimensional (3D) digital models of their chosen container, is now also available on mobile devices.

Food contact risk software sparks debate

How soon EU regulators and the supply chain start to take realistic exposure levels into account in assessing risk in food-contact packaging could depend on the European Food Safety Authority’s...

Bagmakers adopt ultrasonic sealing technology

Ultrasonic technology has been introduced into Ishida Europe’s Atlas range of bagmakers. The new Atlas 203-USS offers significant reductions in film and energy consumption to deliver cost savings and sustainability...

Transparent packs require more research

Transparent packaging for ready meals must meet consumer expectations or risk failure, warns a market research specialist.

Aluminium lids replaced with plastic at dairy

Dairy firm Stapleton has switched from using aluminium to pre-cut plastic lids across its entire range of yogurts to meet changing supermarket requirements.

News in brief

Food packaging firm appoints new manager

Food and drink packaging firm Clondalkin Group has appointed Rob Moore as its new key account manager.

Food packaging firm gets £33k bill for severed finger

A food packaging firm has been ordered to pay more than £33,000 after one of its workers suffered a severed finger and other hand injuries while trying to unblock a...

Diving into ovenable board for premium ready meals

The imminent start to UK production of MeadWestvaco’s (MWV’s) SmartFare ovenable and printable board packaging highlights the barriers to launching a new format in a high-volume category, even for a...

Europeans challenge UK traffic light scheme

The European Commission (EC) is investigating the UK's voluntary front-of-pack traffic light nutrition labelling scheme, following complaints from Member States (MS), which argued it influenced consumer choice and was an...

Quick changes for FIR compliance

Coding specialist Interactive Coding Equipment (ICE) is offering kit which it claims will help food companies prepare for the new EU Food information for Consumers regulation (FIR), which comes into...

'On-the-go' rosé in pouches for ease of use

French wine maker Vignerons Catalans has launched its Ville Soleil rosé in 1.5 litre pouches as well as bottles and bag-in-boxes

Ishida gets high visitor interest at Interpack show

Ishida Europe is celebrating what it claims is the most successful Interpack ever, including orders of over €3M secured at the show for its snack systems, multihead weighers and checkweighers.

Electric tray sealers cut pneumatic costs by 98%

When its retail customer Tesco requested a pack format change from flow wrapping to heat-sealed punnets, APS Salads took the opportunity to install electric tray sealers at its production sites...

Fast reactions in primary packs

Response times in industrial automation applications on primary packaging equipment have been reduced to just one microsecond (1µs) with Bernecker + Rainer’s (B&R’s) Reaction technology.

Control speed and quality in bagging

Vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) for light product, whether crisps or salad, is one of those areas where line speed, handling and quality control have to be balanced against each other. In...


Vast majority of food firms unprepared for FIR

The vast majority (80%) of food manufacturers are not prepared for the labelling changes needed before the Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIR) takes effect on December 13 2014, according to Campden BRI.

£73,000 bill for ‘appalling’ safety at packaging firm

A firm that makes plastic food packaging has been ordered to pay more than £73,000, after its “appalling” safety standards led to a worker’s injury.