All news articles for January 2016

Glass bottle range to launch at packaging show

Glass bottle range to launch at packaging show

Creative packaging specialist Aegg will be launching its new glass bottle product range at the Packaging Innovations show, which takes place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from February 24–25.

Integrated systems are reducing coding errors

Integrated systems are reducing coding errors

Integrated marking and vision systems are helping food and drink manufacturers to reduce product recalls and cut costs, according to coding and marking specialist Markem-Imaje.

Composite bag for chilled and frozen

Composite bag for chilled and frozen

Swedish start-up company iFoodbag has signed a global production agreement with packaging specialist Mondi to enable easy online shopping for temperature-controlled goods.

Bottling comes out of the blocks

Bottling comes out of the blocks

Krones subsidiary Kosme, based in Italy, has unveiled a ‘block configuration’ bottling line called the 3Bloc, which comes in two different variants for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) containers.

CAD system optimises conveyor plant integration

CAD system optimises conveyor plant integration

To meet today’s materials handling challenges, including demand for bespoke conveyors and increased speed of operation, UPM Conveyors has invested £50,000 in a 3D computer-aided design (CAD) system to assist it in optimising equipment layout.

Vacuum system handles cereals

Vacuum system handles cereals

Bakery equipment maker Baker Perkins has included a vacuum conveying system from Ingredient Batching Systems for handling expanded cereals and extruded pellets in kit supplied to a customer in eastern Europe.

New test lab for tubular transfer

New test lab for tubular transfer

Materials handling specialist Flexicon has built a new test laboratory for Flexi-Disc tubular cable conveyors and integrated bulk handling equipment, allowing its customers to tailor systems to their particular needs.

OneStep extended to UHT milk from powder

OneStep extended to UHT milk from powder

Tetra Pak has extended its OneStep processing technology to allow for ultra-high temperature (UHT) milk production from powder. The previous model was only available for the production from raw milk.

Web-based salad monitoring: from field to factory

Web-based salad monitoring: from field to factory

Swiss-based convenience salads producer Eisberg group is using a web-based software system to help provide end-to-end quality management while monitoring products to ensure they are delivered as fresh as possible.

Snack firms could benefit from new kit

New sheeting technology for snacks

A new sheeting technology for making crackers and other snacks that are cut from a sheet of dough before being baked or fried, has been introduced by Baker Perkins.

Allison: 'You could automate several of your packaging lines'

Take advantage of investment allowances

By Rick Pendrous

Manufacturers should take advantage of their annual investment allowance (AIA)  – which changed with effect from the beginning of this year – to invest in new capital equipment to add value to their businesses while raising production efficiency, the...

A survey of manufacturing maintenance departments makes for bleak reading

Maintenance cuts cause big damage

By Rick Pendrous

Too many food and drink manufacturers have cut back on the resources they devote to equipment maintenance in order to reduce costs and this could be hitting their productivity, according to one of the UK’s leading drives and controls manufacturers.

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