Companies seeking to automate their operations typically have two choices: a workhorse industrial robot, intended to replace human workers, or a defter cobot, designed for lighter work performed in collaboration with or in close proximity to humans. But a new category of robots, called sidebots, seeks to provide the best of both worlds.
Swiss company Wyzo claims to have developed the world’s first direct-drive pick-and-place sidebot, which it says can work side-by-side with human workers in the food and beverage, consumer goods, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, automotive, electrical, and electronics industries. The company says its namesake sidebot is 10 times faster than a typical cobot, providing up to 80 picks per minute. At 5.5 square feet and less than six feet tall, the Wyzo is six times more compact than a typical industrial robot. And thanks to sensors that can detect nearby human activity, it does not need to be surrounded by protective barriers.
Working at 2,000 to 5,000 cycles per hour, the Wyzo is best suited for medium-sized production batches, although users can boost capacity by combining several sidebots. It was designed with an intuitive human-machine interface and requires no programming or scripts to operate.
• New desiccant stopper with spiral carries dual benefit for tube packaging - easy opening and protection from moisture
• It is part of Airnov's expanding range of products made from renewable materials, helping to reduce emissions and work towards sustainability targets
• The stopper will be unveiled at Pharmapack 2021 and available worldwide in a range of colors from Q4 2021
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The company says that the new laboratory will showcase Kite’s packaging solutions to both existing and prospective customers. Onboard equipment includes a pneumatic carton stapler, paper void fill systems, and the Roboplat 708 and Robotape 50ME machines, among others.
In addition, packaging solutions can be trialled and tested live in the laboratory, Kite Packaging claims. The mobile laboratory contains a box testing facility, including a precise multi axis drop test attachment that allows the box to be dropped on different points, such as its edge or corner.
The laboratory also includes a “state of the art” load stability testing function. Allegedly, this can analyse the performance of pallet wrap solutions to ensure the integrity of the film and reduce waste.
Kite Packaging adds that this is its latest generation of mobile facilities incorporating a green energy solution.
The trailer section of the mobile laboratory is run on solar power taken from the roof’s mounted panels, according to the company. The plastic panels that make up the interior of the laboratory are apparently made from 80% recycled content.
Gavin Ashe, Kite Packaging Managing Partner, says: “This new MPL represents a significant investment by Kite to help our customers find a more efficient and greener packaging solution.
“It allows us to take what is probably the best equipped packaging innovation and testing facility directly to our customers.”
Kite Packaging has made a number of commitments to sustainability in packaging innovation. In August, the company was certified as carbon neutral by Carbon Neutral Britain.
The company’s products include a chilled packaging solution that is paper-based and recyclable, reportedly with the same temperature-controlling properties as polystyrene, alongside shock absorption. Its Flexi-Hex bottle sleeve is both biodegradable and recyclable, eliminating the need for tape while apparently providing a secure fastening for its contents.
Kite Packaging says its new mobile packaging laboratory will offer demonstrations and testing of prototypes to its customers across industries, including automotive and aerospace, food, retail, and e-commerce.
The company says its new flexible packaging solutions were developed in collaboration with Innotech’s R+D+I Centre, as well as EMSUR’s Saymopack and EMSUR SPO’s production sites in Valencia and Ballée respectively.
According to EMSUR, the EM-Full RFlex range replaces conventional duplex structures with monomaterial substrates to provide “excellent barrier and sealing properties” to the packaging.
It adds that its new laminate is aimed at fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) customers, who require packaging solutions for bags, pouches or Doypakcs with monomaterial compositions.
The barrier properties of the new range are apparently suitable for various product categories, including snacks, confectionery, coffee and tea, fresh and processed food, and home and personal care.
EMSUR further claims that the new range can be used as a packaging solution and recyclable alternative for food products that require BIO, Natural or Organic positionings.
In addition, the flexible packaging range will be available in transparent and printed film, with customers having the option of different varnishes, gloss, matte, or paper effects. The EM-Full RFlex range, it adds, is applicable to both rotogravure and flexographic printing.
The new range is also transferable worldwide to other plants in the EMSUR Group.
EMSUR says that its new flexible packaging range is part of its ongoing pledge to sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of its packaging, alongside its commitments to food preservation, availability, and safety.
Last year, EMSUR joined CEFLEX’s initiative promoting a circular economy model in the flexible packaging industry, which includes plans for collecting, sorting, and reprocessing post-consumer flexible packaging throughout Europe.
EMSUR also unveiled a compostable barrier bag in January 2020, responding to the demand for a two or three-layer barrier bag that is reportedly of sustainable origin and offers compostable characteristics. This flexible packaging solution was specifically designed for the coffee market.
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In 2013 the development of child resistant cartons containing blister strips in a tray was started. Mid 2014 different sizes of Locked4Kids packaging was tested by Belgian testing institute BVI. With excellent results. A so called range certification was granted. It means that all sizes between the smallest and largest tested carton were automatically certified and there is no need to apply for certification every time a different size is demanded. Provided of course that the desired size stays within the certified range.
Chobani Enters the Peanut Butter Aisle with Launch of Chobani Ends Child Hunger Peanut Butter Flavored SpreadsNews:
Chobani will donate 100% of profits from its peanut spreads to Edesia for production of Plumpy'Nut®, its fortified peanut butter that is shipped around the world across 60 countries to nourish children with acute malnutrition.
"We believe that children, no matter where they live, deserve the basic human right of food and nutrition. From Afghanistan to Haiti, hunger and malnutrition is completely preventable," said Edesia Founder and CEO Navyn Salem. "Chobani's commitment to donate 100% of profits from the sales of its peanut butter flavored spreads will help make this vision possible."
The Chobani Ends Child Hunger Peanut Butter Flavored Nutrient Spreads offer a special line for infants. It's formulated to reduce the choking hazard associated with the early introduction of peanuts recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Introducing peanuts as early as 4 to 6 months may help reduce peanut allergies by 80% among at-risk children, such as those with mild, moderate to severe eczema and/or egg allergy, who should consume peanut-containing foods under medical supervision. 
"Edesia was the first non-profit participant in our Incubator program in 2019, and we knew we had to work together because our missions are very aligned," said Chobani Founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya. "Childhood hunger in the U.S. and malnutrition globally are dual crises, and we have the opportunity and the responsibility to take additional action through this beautiful partnership."
The devastating August earthquake in Haiti has urgently increased the need to help provide nutrition to Haiti's children, many of whom suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Chobani responded immediately to the disaster with financial assistance to rescue and relief partners, but we wanted to do more to offer support on the ground. Through the proceeds from the roll out of the peanut butter flavored spreads, Chobani, in partnership with Edesia, will be able to provide a full 7-week treatment of Plumpy'Nut to over 2,000 children in Haiti. As an added benefit to the Haitian economy, this product is being made at a facility in Haiti.
Consumers can find our peanut butter flavored spreads at major supermarkets nationwide and online.
Key Facts on Chobani Ends Child Hunger Peanut Butter Flavored Spreads:
For the Family:
Plain peanut butter flavored nutrient spread available in multi-packs of 6-1.12oz squeeze packs, 10oz multi-serve jar
Chocolate and peanut butter flavored nutrient spread available in 6-1.12oz squeeze packs, 10oz multi-serve jar
Cookie dough and peanut butter flavored nutrient spread available in 6-1.12oz squeeze packs
Apple and peanut butter flavored nut & fruit blend available in a 6-count multi-pack of 0.7oz squeeze packs
Banana and peanut butter flavored nut & fruit blend available in a 6-count multi-pack of 0.7oz squeeze packs
All Chobani Ends Child Hunger products are made with non-GMO ingredients, and are certified kosher and gluten free.
Chobani is a food maker with a mission of making high-quality and nutritious food accessible to more people, while elevating our communities and making the world a healthier place. In short: making good food for all. In support of this mission, we are a values-driven, people-first, food-and-wellness-focused company, and have been since Hamdi Ulukaya, an immigrant to the U.S., founded the company in 2005. We produce yogurt, non-dairy oatmilk, dairy- and plant-based creamers, ready-to-drink coffee and plant-based probiotic drinks. Chobani yogurt is America's No.1 yogurt brand, and it's made with only natural ingredients without artificial preservatives.
Chobani uses food as a force for good in the world – putting humanity first in everything we do. Our philanthropic efforts prioritize giving back to our communities and beyond: working to eradicate child hunger, supporting immigrants, refugees and underrepresented people, honoring veterans, and protecting the planet. We manufacture our products in New York, Idaho, and Australia. Chobani products are available throughout North America and distributed in Australia and other select markets. For more information, please visit www.chobani.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
Edesia is a non-profit social enterprise on a mission to end hunger and malnutrition worldwide. From its Rhode Island factory, a diverse team of 100 humanitarians make over 1.5 million packets of lifesaving foods 24 hours a day for UNICEF, the World Food Programme, USAID, USDA, and other NGOs working in emergency and conflict zones. Edesia has shipped its ready-to-eat foods to over 60 countries worldwide, reaching over 14.5 million children. Navyn Salem founded Edesia in 2009 and was inspired to end childhood malnutrition by her father who is from Tanzania and her four daughters. To learn more, please visit: www.edesianutrition.org.
 For most infants with severe eczema and/or an egg allergy who are already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing ground peanuts between 4 and 10 months of age and continuing consumption may reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy by 5 years of age. The FDA has determined, however, that the evidence supporting this claim is limited to one study. If your infant has severe eczema and/or an egg allergy, check with your infant's healthcare provider before feeding foods containing ground peanuts.
The company is launching a range of in-house designed capping machinery, alongside bottle unscramblers and pump and trigger feeding systems as part of its complete system offering for the design and installation of bespoke filling lines and automated packing line solutions.
It is looking to cater for a variety of end markets including FMCG, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, chemical and automotive.
ATS Packaging Machinery is being headed by technical sales and product manager Richard Aitchison, who has over 25 years’ experience in capital equipment sales, with the past decade working on sales of a variety of packaging machinery throughout the world including Europe, India, China and North America.
Adrian Gander, ATS managing director, said: “We are very excited to be further expanding our operations with the opening of the packaging machinery division. In particular, Richard’s wide-ranging experience will be invaluable in helping customers meet their specific packing requirements with efficient, value-adding solutions.”
ESSENTRA PACKAGING CELEBRATES PRO CARTON GOLD AWARD WITH SUSTAINABLE PACK FOR EXENTRIQUE FACIAL CLEANSER
Essentra Packaging has been recognised in this year’s Pro Carton awards, clinching Gold in the Carton Excellence Awards for its cosmetics carton for exclusive online skincare brand Exentrique.
The solution devised by Essentra for Exentrique’s Facial Cleanser met the requirements to reflect the brand’s unique positioning and identity, enhance appeal in the online sales channel and ensure the perfect at home opening experience, while at the same time satisfying its sustainability standards.
ACCUFLIP has been designed to regulate Equilibrium Relative Humidity (ERH) within a specific range in order to protect medications from over-desiccation. It does this through a specialised sorbent that has the ability to absorb and desorb.
CILICANT founder, Mr Manish Jain commented:
‘With ACCUFLIP, we have addressed the needs of formulators and packaging specialists by solving the problem of over-desiccation. We’ve only been able able to do as a result of feedback from our clients and we would like to take this opportunity to thank our clients for their help in developing what we believe will be a ground-breaking product for the active packaging industry.’
While suppressing moisture in packaging is critical when it comes to ensuring the efficacy of many drugs and medicines, over-desiccation has been a pressing issue for the industry. Developed in pre-cut pouches and strips, ACCUFLIP has been thoroughly tested and shown to prevent this issue and will play a key role in improving the quality of medication for end-users.
CILICANT has a longstanding reputation for innovation and creating products that solve very real problems for companies using active packaging, especially those in the pharmaceutical industry. ACCUFLIP is just one more example of the CILICANT commitment to push the boundaries of what can be achieved with active packaging.
Founded by Manish Jain in 2011, CILICANT has become one of the world’s trusted brands in active pharmaceutical packaging with a range of high quality solutions, designed to protect products from the harmful effects of moisture and oxidation.