This year at DJAZAGRO, the North African tradeshow for agricultural food production, ProMach product brand P.E. Labellers won a prestigious award for the revolutionizing Simpl-Cut labeler. The DJAZ’INNOV is awarded to the most innovative equipment, products, techniques, and services in the food industry from exhibitors and the Simpl-Cut labeling technology won the top prize. Simpl-Cut, which solves two main challenges of traditional roll-fed labeling, hot-melt adhesive build-up on the cutting drum and the use of complex cutting blades, has already received PMMI’s Technology Excellence Award from Pack Expo Las Vegas 2021, and DJAZ’INNOV makes it the second award the innovation has received. Read more about the accolades below. Congratulations again, P.E. Labellers!
In a tech talk at the 2022 Petfood Forum, Troy Snader, Senior Vice President of Business Development for ProMach’s Secondary Packaging, discusses recyclable and compostable films and machine compatibility for the pet food industry. Snader brings his 39 years of packaging experience to his talk titled, “Compostable/Recyclable Materials and Machinery Compatibility – Choices and Options.”
“In today’s environment, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a transformational change like we have going on today with film and machinery in terms of recyclability and composability,” says Snader. “There have always been advances in film and machinery but to the extent that we’re doing it today, in my lifetime, it’s unheard of.”
As one of the largest retailers in North America recently announced their objective 100% recyclable or compostable material by 2025, the reality is that these films are here to stay in the packaging industry. Flexible machinery is adapting to meet the new standards and new machinery is being built to accommodate these films.
As Snader discusses in his presentation, recyclable film materials today are oriented polyethylene or oriented polypropylene materials, which are mono-layers. Historically, packaging machinery has been based on running laminates, but this is a single material which older machinery wouldn’t be able to seal. Today’s technology allows the machines to use the same heat sealing mechanisms, such as bars, cartridges, and thermocouples, to run PE film as it has previously for laminates. However, there are still issues. Oriented PE tends to have narrower temperature sealing bands and plant-based films for compostable films have higher stretch properties.
How do we deal with this from a machinery perspective, he asks?
- Multiple seal stations are desirable for dealing with oriented polyethylene, and cooling stations are added for desirable cosmetic seal. The combination of the two ensures maintaining similar speeds to laminated films.
- Using multiple feed rollers in forming machines (roll stock) for plant-based films
Snader offers much more expertise in his presentation below. Watch the 13-minute video to hear his advice for producers and packagers and be sure to visit Matrix website to learn more about ProMach’s flexible packaging solutions.
Craft Brewers Conference in Minneapolis was a great three days of meeting attendees and showcasing ProMach solutions for brewers, from beginning of line like processing, brewing, fermenting, and filling, to end of line solutions like case packaging and stretch wrapping. Missed the show or need a recap of all the fun? We took live videos from the show floor so you can relive all the brewery packaging solutions that the ProMach product brand booths exhibited. Below is one of the videos from ProMach product Brand Roberts PolyPro showcasing their ICHA-180 can handle applicator that boasts a 30% reduction in plastic compared to competitor’s handles. View this and many more on our CBC Recap website:
We’re kicking off the CBC show today in Minneapolis, offering solutions for brewers from the beginning of line to end of line. With ProMach’s recent acquisition of TechniBlend, the pro’s behind ProBrew, ProMach now offers front-end solutions such as processing, fermenting, and carbonating that pairs perfectly with our primary and secondary packaging solutions. We’ll be posting videos from the show, machines in action, Q&As with the packaging experts, and much more. Be sure to follow along right here on The Packaging Observer for all the action!
To see ProMach’s full line-up of solutions for the craft beer industry, head to the Craft Brew Solutions website for all the details: www.ProMachCraftBeerSolutions.com
The Craft Brewers Conference begins next week in Minneapolis and ProMach will be there showcasing solutions for the craft beer industry from processing to end of line. Ahead of the show, a few ProMach product brands are announcing new machines that will be at the show.
Roberts PolyPro, a ProMach product brand and leader in bottle, can, and box handle solutions, is introducing their new can carrier applicator, the ICHA-60, at Craft Brewers Conference next week in Minneapolis. The ICHA-60 applies 100% recyclable 4- and 6-pack Craft-Pak™ carriers in regular and slim up to 10 cycles per minute. A great solution for brewers looking for minimal operator input, this new applicator features a small footprint to fit in a single file canning lines and a simple changeover process that takes under 15min. Read more about the ICHA-60 in the link below as well as the Craft-Pak™ can carriers that use 30% less plastic than competitors.
Regardless if you’re attending CBC, we encourage you to check back in here at The Packaging Observer throughout the show. We’ll be at the ProMach booth posting videos of machines running, interviews with packaging experts, and Q&As from our new product brand, ProBrew. Be sure to subscribe so you won’t miss out on any of the fun from CBC!