• Toppan Develops Paper-Based Tube-Pouch to Reduce Plastic Use

    Due to the use of thinner film material, the conventional tube-pouch is easier to squeeze and uses 30% less plastic than the type of laminated tube widely used for toothpaste. The new paper tube-pouch maintains the tube-pouch’s functionality while demonstrating even better environmental performance by employing a paper-based material for the body, making possible a 50% reduction in plastic volume. Coupled with a redesign of the plastic parts of the head section, this enables plastic to be reduced by a total of 65%. Although plastic has been replaced with paper, the tube-pouch still maintains its shape even when the volume of content inside decreases, and the use of Toppan’s proprietary GL BARRIER film on the inner surface ensures the world-class and complete barrier performance required for such items as food and cosmetics. The body of the paper tube-pouch has a thickness of just 0.1 mm and a special folded structure. Combined with a horizontal design for the plastic spout, this makes it easier to completely squeeze out the contents. The use of paper for the exterior surface also means that design and sales promotion can fully exploit the advantages of the material’s feel and texture, making the paper tube-pouch ideal for effectively communicating more natural and organic product concepts to consumers. “The paper tube-pouch represents a new solution that can meet the needs of manufacturers, consumers, and society as a whole by reducing impact on the environment, enhancing user-friendliness, and also offering new possibilities for design,” said Shingo Wada, general manager of business strategy in Toppan’s western Japan division. “It is another example of Toppan’s efforts to tackle such issues as marine plastic and the need for efficient circulation of resources by developing eco-friendly packaging and containers that sacrifice nothing in terms of functionality while making use of more sustainable materials, such as recycled and biomass plastics, monomaterials, and paper.” About GL BARRIER GL BARRIER is Toppan’s range of transparent films providing world-class barrier performance. The multilayer structure of GL BARRIER films combines unique coating and vapor-deposited layers to enable outstanding, stable barrier performance relied upon for a wide range of items in the food, medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial materials sectors. Films in the GL BARRIER range include PRIME BARRIER, for products with superior functionality and added value, FRESHLIGHT, for simple barrier packaging, and GL FILM, for diverse applications from fast-moving consumer goods to industrial materials. For more information, visit https://www.toppan.co.jp/living-industry/english/highfunction_energy/bar... About Toppan Toppan is a leading global provider of integrated solutions in the fields of printing, communications, security, packaging, décor materials, and electronics. Serving customers in every sector of business and industry, Toppan’s global team of more than 50,000 employees offers optimal solutions enabled by industry-leading expertise and technologies to address the diverse challenges that businesses and society face in today’s rapidly changing market. For more information, visit https://www.toppan.com/en/ or follow Toppan on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/toppan-printing/.
  • VELCRO® Brand Packaging Closures

    We offer adhesive-backed products and heat-sealable options, so that automation is never compromised. Our fasteners work with coated paper and film technologies, and are ideally suited for existing packaging equipment. Furthermore, the VELCRO® Brand name co-branded on your packaging draws consumer attention at the point of sale. VELCRO® Brand Product Uses in the Packaging Industy Stand-up pouches Flat pouches Pour & Lok bags Side-gusseted bags Food packaging Detergent packaging Bags for seeds and fertilizers VELCRO® Brand Closure Technology VELCRO® Brand PRESS-LOK® brochure (PDF) (PDF) Shapes Brochure (PDF)
  • Increased payload and wider reach: Sidel’s M version of CoboAccess™_Pal answers growing cobotic palletising needs

    The trend to reduce End-of-Line production cost in low-speed lines by replacing manual palletising operations with compact and user-friendly cobotic palletisers continues to rise – especially due to the very fast Return on Investment of these solutions. Nevertheless, the spread of this still rather new automation technology has often been limited by its payload capability and working envelope. But today, Sidel launch an extension to their CoboAccess_Pal cobotic palletising range featuring the highest case payload on the market in its category.
  • Corporate

    In the first years of its establishment, the company serving the sector by producing a wide variety of machines such as various filling machines, vacuum mixers and products including product manufacturing such as mixer and powder powder filling machines, changing and developing.
  • Living with the coronavirus at Krones: Part 2

    No matter whether it’s a single component or a finished machine: assuring delivery capabilities At Krones, it’s only possible to put together assemblies, machines and lines if there are no bottlenecks in parts procurement. So as to ensure an uninterrupted supply from vendors or Original Equipment Manufacturers (aka OEMs), the Supply Chain Management Taskforce (set up in March) maintains a process of regular mutual feedback with the 3,000 most important vendors, and checks their delivery-capability status. And this has paid off: thanks to good cooperation between every party involved and not least to the in some cases proactively increased inventories, luckily there have not been any supply bottlenecks at any time. When it comes to dispatch, we likewise depend on external factors: for example, around 80 per cent of airfreight consignments shipped by Krones are transported in passenger aircraft. Due to the enormous restrictions in worldwide air traffic, our staff in logistics now have to deploy all their coordinatory skills to ensure that the goods are delivered to the centres or to our customers right on time. As far as seafreight is concerned, we’re likewise confronted with some obstacles to overcome. However, as things stand today, these minor jams and shifts can be effectively compensated for – and in the majority of cases we can still deliver our goods within the agreed timeframe if there is a Krones technician at the customer’s site to receive the shipment. Open, transparent communication Are the parts currently required actually available? Can the technician provide the support needed? Or will there possibly be delays in delivery? In the times we’re going through at the moment, questions like these are obviously pressing concerns for our clients. Since the beginning of this year, we have been giving more general answers to the questions most frequently asked in a number of official emails, with which we’re keeping our customers up to speed. And when quite detailed questions on a specific project are asked, that’s where are colleagues in sales are involved. But instead of – as had otherwise been customary – being out there on the spot for important deadline coordination or during the hot phase of a project, communication nowadays takes place almost exclusively in virtual space. With major key accounts or clients in countries far away, in particular, video conferences were the order of the day even before the coronavirus appeared on the stage. However, the travel restrictions have meant quite a large change especially for brewers or filling companies located within driving distance from Krones’ facilities. But here, too, the maxim applies: if the IT infrastructure is up to the job, the new online communication options will be used – and should the internet link happen to fail in an individual case, then most issues to do with ongoing projects can be just as effectively resolved over the good old telephone. Service support: here to stay But not every issue can be resolved exclusively by digital or telephonic means – especially not in cases where the machine is at the client’s premises and technical support by a Krones expert is needed. In such cases, the usual response is: send out a service support technician. 2,700 fitters are travelling the globe on behalf of Krones. Worldwide travel restrictions, however, cancelled flights or clients’ own isolation regulations are currently posing quite substantial challenges for them. “Just waiting” until it will be easier to travel to the customer’s facility is obviously not a viable option at present. And this is why Krones is at precisely the current juncture benefiting from its strong, decentralised service support network – its local experts are more in demand than ever before because it’s they who are at present carrying out urgently needed service support jobs on the spot at clients’ plants. In this, they are assisted by their colleagues at home in the shape of remote access, by telephone through teams, or with the help of smart glasses. But: not all fitters are currently in their home country. Even though Krones in mid-March put it at the discretion of all 2,000 technicians who were out in the field back then to return home, around 70 per cent of them at that juncture decided to stay put, so as not to let the client down due to a precipitous departure, because they felt they were safe enough where they were. And here a definite “Thumbs up” is in place for so much commitment and loyalty to Krones and, of course, our customers! If after this and last week’s review of living with the coronavirus at Krones I wanted to give an interim verdict, then it reads: with the help of unprecedented and in some cases pragmatic means, Krones has turned “Mission Impossible” into a success and made sure that business could be kept up and running as best as possible even in these times of crisis. In doing just this, the Krones team is at present mostly topographically separated, that’s true, but in its day-to-day work has moved even closer together. Our claim of “we do more” is here taking on an entirely new dimension, don’t you think? In the next part of our blog series, you will learn what else is behind our “we do more” motto – and how Krones is living up to its social responsibility even in these less-than-easy times.
  • KRAUS MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

    Friction feeders are essential in various production and packaging processes such as for paper handling in printshops, for publishers and in the e-commerce business. Above all, our machines and components can be designed for special and sensitive industry standards such as food, hygiene and pharmaceutics. The well-established JoKer product family is based on a mature concept with a compact design, high-performance, solid longevity and a proven cost-benefit-ratio. These products are easily operated and adjustable by semiskilled workers. In the case where you have a challenging project that at first sight seems impossible with standard solutions, we are ready and able to develop an individual solution for your operation. In such a project we can cover more than feeding and separating processes. We can design equipment for various subsequent processing and finishing operations such as collating, stamping, printing, pasting, sealing, counting etc.
  • YEARBOOK – 2020 EDITION

    Discover, in the Yearbook 2020 edition, 70 examples of this glassmaking know-how at the service of different markets. Verallia stands out thanks to the diversity of its offer (standards and specialties, shapes and capacities, engravings, finishes and push-ups), the design of the high-end products of its international brand Selective Line and its decoration solutions. The Group also co-innovates with young designers during its design competitions: the Verallia Design Awards. All these elements can be found throughout the pages of the Yearbook. Browse this publication available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Ukrainian.
  • Krämer launches a new product line

    KD3010/3015: The Eco solution is based on robust and proven technology over many years. Thanks to the new KC3020 controller, operating the deduster is easier than ever before. This minimizes sources of error and increases efficiency. The large acrylic cylinder allows an optimal all-round visual inspection during the entire production process. The KD30 combines everything you need in a compact design with minimal footprint. The KD30 line is now available as stand-alone or combined systems with Ceia and Lock / Loma metal detectors.
  • Krajcár Packaging Ltd

    Among our products, besides traditional natural sachets and bags, there are colorful packaging materials and films with unique graphics. Single-layer, multilayer, and coex film structures are also used, thanks to this, we can produce aroma, vacuum or gas closing packaging. The production of pouches plays a key role in our activity. According to our customer requirements, we can produce plastic or paper pouches with different sizes, with a zipper, bottom or cap. Our company also has ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certification, which demonstrates our commitment to environmental awareness. Our company has been certified BRC since 30.09.2014.
  • OmniPack™ Stock PET Bottles Meet Demands of Ecommerce-Ready Packaging

    Amcor has designed a family of stock polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles that helps co-packers meet the demanding requirements for ecommerce-ready packaging. OmniPack™ PET bottles increase capacity and reduce downtime because they have the same diameter with the same finish – only the height changes to accommodate the varying fill volumes. “Our customers want ecommerce-ready packaging,” said Greg Rosati, Vice President of Marketing for Amcor.
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