• Neopac Launches Online Shop for Digitally Printed Tubes

    Microsite for company’s DigitAll360° service offers intuitive ordering 
    of digitally printed tubes with high-quality variable printing, precision color matching, flexible batch sizes and expedited delivery.

  • Xolertic Prodec designs a new upper nesting using a two-axis robot


    This new development is preceded by the need to improve one of its current pick and place systems, cataloged as Delta D-300.

    One of its main advantages over its predecessor is height. Which has suffered a decrease in the work area and movement of the Pick and place, allowing a large number of clients with height limitations in their facilities, to automate their nesting process without the need for a free work space of 3.5 meters as required by the D-300 model. This new system only needs 2.8 meters from where the base of the bench rests upwards, so it can be installed in much smaller spaces .

    This system is powered by two servo reducers responsible for supplying the movement to the two independent duralumin arms that make up the robot. Which, hold the base where the head and suction cups are placed, and through a suction system by turbine or Venturi, the product fits inside a box .

    Regarding the robot, the four arms held by the aluminum ball joints have been made of carbon fiber , incorporating this type of material due to its great resistance to traction, compression and light weight. The dimensioning of the arms has been designed to be able to carry out the work path with a head weight, suction cups and product to be fitted of 100kg at a maximum cadence of 18 cycles / minute.

    Regarding the maintenance of the machine, this new packer with two-axis robot also includes an improvement, since being composed of a smaller number of pieces (the belts, guides and guides of movement have been eliminated), a reduction is achieved of the time in the maintenance of the parts susceptible to wear, a lower cost of production stoppages and a decrease in the cost of manufacturing the machine itself.

  • A High-Tech Company with a Long Tradition: 70 Years of Schreiner Group

    For Schreiner Group based in Oberschleissheim near Munich, 2021 marks a very special year. Founded in 1951, the high-tech company is celebrating its 70th anniversary. The past seven decades have seen the family-owned firm evolve from a garage business into the hidden champion with international operations that it is today. Now, 1,200 people are employed at four locations worldwide, most of them at the company’s headquarters in the north of Munich.

  • Palsgaard’s pellet line expansion supports growing demand for food-grade plant-based polymer additives

    Palsgaard A/S is driving the trend towards more natural ingredients and additives as industries strive for enhanced sustainability by increasing the use of renewables in their materials sourcing. The Danish pioneer in food emulsifiers has opened a new 10,000 tonnes pellet line that also expands the manufacturer’s production capacity for Einar® brand plant-based polymer additives.

  • Manufacturers of aluminum tubes and aerosol cans do not expect demand to pick up until the third quarter of 2021 Industry got away with a black eye in 2020

    Düsseldorf, February 01, 2021 - The manufacturers of aluminum tubes and aerosol cans organized in the German Aluminium Association (GDA e. V.) got away with a black eye in 2020. The demand for aluminum tubes declined only slightly by around one percent, as the good demand from the pharmaceutical and food sectors almost offset the decline in cosmetic products.

  • Theoretical maximum for recycling of plastic packaging is scientifically substantiated


    This research is highly relevant to all stakeholders as most of them strive for higher recycling rates to reduce the environmental impact of plastic waste. Ideally, plastic food packaging is recycled into new packaging. But only limited types of packaging are suitable for circular recycling, most can only be recycled for non-food applications, and others cannot be recycled at all .

    All stakeholders will have to take drastic and coordinated action
    The situation in 2017 was described in detail as a baseline measurement. The Dutch recycling value chain for plastic packaging waste was relatively well developed globally in 2017. The recycling rate was approximately 37% in 2017. In addition, the average polymer purity of the recycled plastics in 2017 was only 93%. To move beyond this status quo, all improvement measures were modeled in a complex material flow analysis model.

    First of all, all packaging types were systematically redesigned for recycling. Czech American packaging machine manufacturer Viking Masek packs emotions | Empack Den Bosch 2021 where all packaging components have been optimized.
    Second, collection and mechanical recovery rates were increased to the maximum levels achieved.
    Third, the transfer coefficients of the best available recycling technologies were selected and the entire model was rerun. This leads to a total recycling percentage of 72%. The average polymer purity of the recycled plastics is 97%.
    In such an ideal circular value chain, more recycled plastics are produced that are suitable for more demanding applications, such as food packaging, compared to the 2017 value chain. However, this requires all stakeholders to implement drastic and coordinated measures, which mean unprecedented investments. , with which this optimal circular recycling value chain for plastic packaging can be realized. In addition, this optimized recycling chain is still largely based on the use of crude oil as raw material and the use of a lot of recyclate in non-food contact applications.

  • Protect your property from graffiti and pollution with our eco-friendly Naturacoat sacrificial coating


    The graffiti argument

    Graffiti is an interesting topic because its presence can divide opinion. On one hand it can be seen as an expressive form of art and on the other it is regarded as the destruction of property and can be considered an act of criminal damage (UK law). Let us compare both ‘viewpoints’...

    Most Brits have heard of ‘Banksy’. Just recently, the ‘graffiti artist’ spray painted several rats in “pandemic-inspired poses” on London Underground’s tubes encouraging people to wear facemasks. Many saw this act as a gesture of support for the NHS, however Transport for London (TfL) had the paint removed in line with its “strict anti-graffiti policy.”

    On the other end of the spectrum, a burial area – Ousebank Gardens Grave Yard – was the “victim” of racially aggravated criminal damage when its premises was sprayed with red paint just a few years back. There are also many cases where famous landmarks – such as Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building – have been targeted by graffiti.

    Graffiti – a brief history

    Wikiquote defines graffiti as ‘writing or drawings scribbled, scratched or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place.’

    Graffiti is said to have initially surfaced thousands of years ago when the first drawings on walls appeared in caves. Later, the ancient Romans and Greeks wrote their names and protest poems on buildings. Modern graffiti seems to have appeared in Philadelphia in the 1960s and, by the late 60s, it had reached New York.

    Today, you are just as likely to see graffiti on an underpass as you are walking into a modern restaurant where it is in fact part of the décor.

    The issue with graffiti

    Regardless of whether graffiti is seen as a problem or a painting, the bottom line is that the ‘offender’ can be arrested and charged under the Criminal Damage Act of 1971 (UK). Unless it is supposed to be there – i.e. artwork – it can be vandalism of property.

    Graffiti can tarnish the reputation of its ‘host’ and affect the ambience of the surrounding area and the psyche of its residents but, to councils, arguably the biggest issue surrounding graffiti is the sheer cost of having it removed. The estimated annual cost to the UK for cleaning up graffiti is over £1bn with the US estimations reaching as high as £12bn. Sadly, some older, more vulnerable structures such as many heritage sites and landmarks can never be fully restored once damaged by graffiti.

    Introducing Naturacoat

    Proudly manufactured in our Swedish facility (originally Svenska Lim AB), Beardow Adams’ Naturacoat is a sacrificial coating system offering complete protection against graffiti as well as environmental pollution such as smog.

    Naturacoat is 100% natural, biodegradable and eco-friendly as it’s made from vegetable polysaccharides and water. The coating is sprayed onto surfaces such as natural stone, brickwork, and ceramics through a dry air system, leaving a thin, virtually see-through film. If the surface is then graffitied upon or polluted, you can simply wash it all away with a high-pressure hot water spray (60-70°C).

    Naturacoat is preferred to its wax emulsion rival which can leave a cream colour behind once applied. What’s more, Naturacoat lets the surface underneath breathe and causes no unnecessary long-term damage.  

    This low expense product which is available in one or two coat formats is perfect for protecting private and public locations as well as historical and high-profile buildings. Naturacoat is already protecting the likes of the Museum of Scotland and Bristol Cathedral.  

    The best way to tackle graffiti is to give it no surface to cling on to. If you would like to trial Beardow Adams’ Naturacoat to protect your property, get in touch today: marketing@beardowadams.com.

  • Convenience on the go – now even more eco-friendly: Greiner Packaging brings new cardboard spoon to market

    A spoon included in packaging for convenience products is nothing particularly  groundbreaking. But Greiner Packaging and its joint venture partner Cardbox Packaging are now  taking this idea to the next level in keeping with the principles of a circular economy. The result  is a 100 percent recyclable cardboard spoon.  

  • In labelling solutions the industry trusts: Sidel's 5,000th labeller delivered for Ting Hsin

    Sidel has reached a new performance and quality milestone in the company's history by delivering its 5,000th labeller for Ting Hsin International Group (Ting Hsin) in China. Having one of the largest installed bases of Sidel labellers in the world, Ting Hsin once again chose Sidel, and its latest generation labelling solution EvoDECO, to meet today's market demands with an innovative labelling solution that is designed for greater flexibility, modularity and cost efficiency. 

  • Marchesini Group opens its Beauty Division and acquires Cosmatic

    Pianoro (Bologna) – The Marchesini Group officially opened its Beauty Division on 1st January: 5,000 square metres of new facilities developed at the Pianoro headquarters which will be home to offices and the production department for all of the Group’s cosmetic operations.

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