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Peanut butter on tap? (Sun, 27 Oct 2019)
Last year Thornton’s Budgens worked with A Plastic Planet to introduce the world’s first Plastic Free Zones in the store. Independent U.K. supermarket offers new Unpackaged line of up to 200 everyday essentials on-tap, complementing its Plastic Free Zones, which include 2,380 products in non-plastic packaging. In what it says is a bid to slash plastic pollution, independent U.K. Supermarket Thornton’s Budgens in Belsize Park, a London Borough of Camden England, has introduced peanut butter on tap. Shoppers visiting the store will now have to buy reusable glass jars and fill them with the product, as well as other everyday essentials such as milk and orange juice. The move comes as Thornton’s Budgens launches its new plastic-free Unpackaged range of 200 products in collaboration with environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet. Items include loose pulses, beans, grains, and seeds. Visitors to the Thornton’s Budgens store will also be able to choose from an extended range of vegan and gluten-free foods packaged in plastic-free materials. Ethical Fairtrade coffee served in plastic-free cups will be on offer, and shoppers will be able to buy plastic-free personal care products, including loose soaps, shampoos, and shower gels. Last year Thornton’s Budgens worked with A Plastic Planet to introduce the world’s first Plastic FreeZones in the store. The zones saw some 1,800 products traditionally packaged in plastic replaced with alternatives such as beechwood netting and coconut bowls. (Updated figures include 2,380 products in early September 2019 and is aiming for 3,000 by year end.) In March 2019, the business reported a 4% weekly sales increase on the back of the introduction of the zones. Thornton’s Budgens founder Andrew Thornton believes the move is set to be replicated by supermarkets across the world.“Last year we were blown away by the international reaction when we launched our Plastic Free Zones. The new Unpackaged range represents the evolution of this,” he says “Our shoppers love our plastic-free packaging. “But this is just the beginning. There is no end to our plastic-free ambition. I passionately believe the future of supermarket shopping in the 2020s will be without the toxic material that has done such damage to our planet and ourselves.” Says A Plastic Planet co-founder Sian Sutherland, “We are very proud of our partnership with Thornton’s Budgens. It has consistently proven that selling plastic-free is not just good for the planet, but good for business. “People finally have real choice now, and they are voting with their wallets here. After all the pledges and plastic promises from many of the larger supermarkets, it is great to work with a leader who believes in people, planet, and profit—in that order.” The Unpackaged range officially launched at on Oct. 23, 2019. Anne Marie Mohan Senior Editor, Packaging World
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Roadmap Aims to Address Systemic Issues in the U.S. Recycling System (Sat, 26 Oct 2019)
The Recycling Partnership has unveiled a roadmap aimed at addressing systemic issues in the U.S. recycling system. A newly-released report from The Recycling Partnership, endorsed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, seeks to catalyze the transition toward a circular economy for packaging. The Recycling Partnership has unveiled what it says is the first-ever roadmap aimed at addressing systemic issues in the U.S. recycling system and catalyzing the transition toward a circular economy for packaging.The report, “The Bridge to Circularity: Putting the ‘New Plastics Economy’ into Practice in the U.S.,”  was inspired and is endorsed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation whose New Plastics Economy Global Commitment comprises more than 400 businesses, governments, and other organizations that have united behind a common vision and targets to address plastic waste and pollution at its source. According to the report, there is no single solution to transition to a circular economy—an economic system aimed at eliminating waste by design, keeping materials in use, and regenerating natural systems. To build a bridge between the current system and an optimized circular system, The Recycling Partnership is calling for a set of concrete actions based on three distinct issues currently undermining the U.S. recycling industry. Issue #1: The speed of packaging innovation has outpaced the capabilities of our recycling infrastructure. Most plastic packaging is either not being collected for recycling or is simply not currently recyclable.To meet theNew Plastics Economy Global Commitment target whereby 100% of plastic packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable by 2025, brands, organizations, and governments must align packaging with the realities of the current recycling system while also investing to advance the system. Action: “Pathway to Recyclability.” The Recycling Partnership is initiating a more granular process detailing how to move a package from technically recyclable to commonly accepted for recycling with partners such as Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR). Collaboratives are also being launched with the goal of optimizing the system for multiple materials and packaging formats, including but not exclusive to plastics. Issue #2: As it stands, the U.S. recycling system cannot deliver the supply of recycled materials demanded by the global commitment. In fact, the report uses the case study of PET bottle recycling and finds an annual gap ofover1 billion pounds between the current U.S. supply and projected demand for rPET in bottles, and that is just one packaging material type among many. It will beimpossible for many companies to meet their ambitious recycled content commitments without significant interventions in the recycling system. Action: “Unlocking Supply.” The Recycling Partnership will launch an industry-wide $250 million residential recycling intervention to capture more than 340 million pounds of post-consumerplastics,i n addition to over 2 billion pounds of other packaging materials. The report identifies specific strategies to put the capital to immediate use to benefit U.S. communities. Issue #3: Intractable, underlying challenges create a difficult environment in which to develop a sustainably funded and responsive future recycling system. Bold innovation, supported by transformative policy is critical to tackling the extensive issues within the current system. Action: “Recycling 2.0.” This new initiative calls for $250 million over five years to design and implement the recycling system of the future by advancing technology, building more robust data systems, and enhancing consumer participation. In addition, in early 2020, a new policy proposal will be launched to address the unique challenges in the U.S. packaging system with the goal of achieving a sustainably funded recycling system for all materials. “Our current recycling system is fundamentally underfunded and incapable of delivering a circular economy without dramatic evolution. With this report, we are providing the clear roadmap to create a new and improved recycling system of the future,” says Keefe Harrison, CEO, The Recycling Partnership. “We’re providing actionable solutions to help current and future partners build a sustainable and effective recycling system in the U.S. “To make this a reality, we’re calling for $500 million to fund these new initiatives. This will be the first step toward fully optimizing our nation’s recycling capabilities and ultimately building the bridge to a circular economy.” The report recommends that plastics packaging be used as the entry point to catalyze system change. However, it repeatedly stresses the importance of building an improved system for all materials, not just plastics. “Concentrating on plasticsalone will not create a viable platform for a truly circular economy,” advises Harrison, “Nor will recycling alone ultimately suffice.” Notes Sander Defruyt, Lead of the New Plastics Economy initiative at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, “Tackling the global plastic waste and pollution crisis requires concerted action at a global and local level. We are delighted to see The Recycling Partnership translate the ambitious targets of the New Plastics Economy Global Commitment into concrete and progressive actions to be taken in the U.S., urging businesses and governments in the country to step up efforts towards transitioning to a circular economy for plastics. Stakeholders in the U.S., as well asaround the world, must address plastic pollution at its source, by eliminating the plastics we don’t need, innovating the plastics we do need, and circulating them safely in the economy to keep them out of the environment. Read the full “Bridge to Circularity” report, here. Anne Marie Mohan Senior Editor, Packaging World
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Unilever/Sabic Partnership Created to Keep Plastic in the Loop (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
Unilever has announced the next phase of its partnership with diversified chemicals manufacturer SABIC. Partnership results in packaging that uses recycled content from advanced recycling technologies for leading brands that include Magnum, Knorr, and REN Clean Skincare. Unilever has announced the next phase of its partnership with diversified chemicals manufacturer SABIC, which sees Unilever brands using next-generation packaging solutions based on SABIC’s advanced recycling technology. SABIC’s certified circular polymers are created from the recycling of low-quality, mixed plastic waste otherwise destined for incineration or landfill.Using SABIC’s technology, in August 2019 Magnum became the first ice-cream brand to use food-grade recycled plastic, launching 600,000 tubs across Belgium, Spain, and The Netherlands, with over 3 million more due to be launched globally in 2020. The recycled plastic is also to be used in Knorr bouillon powder containers for professional kitchens, and REN Clean Skincare’s new airless EVERCALM Global Protection Day Cream packaging. According to Unilever, the strategic partnership will help it to reach its commitments to tackle plastic waste and achieve a 50% reduction of virgin plastic by 2025. “Meeting our ambitious plastics sustainability goals will require innovation and collaboration with partners from across the industry and around the world. We are pleased to continue our work with SABIC to help us keep plastic out of the environment and in the circular economy,” says Marika Lindstrom, Vice President Procurement, Unilever. “Our close collaboration with Unilever in our unified goal to deliver high-quality, sustainable solutions, has resulted in innovative, recyclable food and personal care packaging made with SABIC’s certified circular polymers. These materials—part of our new TRUCIRCLE™ initiative of circular solutions, is proof of our commitment to our customers to deliver solutions that contribute to closing the loop on reutilizing plastic waste,” said Sergi Monros, Vice President, Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions at SABIC. “SABIC understands that innovation is critical to achieving the goals of our sustainability strategy and to helping our customers around the world achieve theirs.” Anne Marie Mohan Senior Editor, Packaging World
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Multipacking reimagined (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
Matt Reynolds Consumer attitudes toward plastics, especially the growing anxiety about plastics in the ocean, are reflected in recent developments where multipacking of cans is concerned. For example, most of the big HDPE multipack can handle suppliers are focused on light-weighting. This is no doubt right-headed because it’s a good example of source reduction. But even lighter HDPE can handles may wind up in the ocean when you consider how bad consumers are at recycling. So it’s encouraging to see, at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and beyond, that some approaches to multipacking of cans go further than mere light-weighting. The big-splash examples of this have come from brands outside the United States. Denmark’s Carlsberg, for example, has adopted a microdot adhesive strategy, using tiny glue dots directly on and between the cans themselves to hold them together in a six-pack formation. It’s featured prominently on page 32 of this issue. The formation completely eliminates the need for the plastic shrink wrap the company previously used. Carlsberg estimates that once the system is rolled out into all the markets where it has a significant amount of volume in four-, six-, and eight-pack formats, it will reduce plastic waste by approximately 13,000 tons per year. Also thinking outside the box, Corona this summer introduced a plastic- and adhesive-free interlocking can design that it calls Fit Pack. Imagine stacking two or more of your typical 12- or 16-oz aluminum cans on top of one another, and then twisting to lock them together via a threaded mechanism built into the cans. As the number of cans consumers choose to twist together grows, so does the height of their stack, making the design ungainly if a lot of cans are involved. But for grabbing two or three for the beach, a baseball game, or picnic, there may be an application. A pilot program is currently underway in Mexico, and Corona spokespeople say they plan to make the can design open source for other beverage manufacturers, though retooling packaging machinery may be an issue. If your antennae were calibrated for it, the recent PACK EXPO Las Vegas was replete with fiber-based multipacking alternatives and the machines designed to apply them. WestRock’s CanCollar™ was one that I saw in person at the show. The can handle is made from WestRock’s wet-strength CarrierKote™ material, which while 86% renewable paperboard fiber, is laminated to a polymer to protect from moisture and rough handling. The recycling profile will vary by regional capacity. Application currently relies on a semi-automatic platform geared more toward microbrew volumes than massive commercial canning operations. Also showing a fiber-based multipack can handle option at PACK EXPO Las Vegas was Graphic Packaging. It was demonstrating what it calls its environmentally responsible paperboard packaging, which also offers the benefit of clean tops, spacious billboard area, and orientation flexibility. Its associated can handle application machinery is flexible with regard to product orientation and diameter, with core formats ranging from 2x2 to 2x6. Can handle technology even brought home a coveted Technology Excellence Award from PACK EXPO. The collaboration between machinery builder TECMA ARIES in the role of can handle applicator and molded pulp material technology from E6PR™ resulted in the combined TECMA ARIES E6PR. In this system, four- and six-pack rings made from beer brewing byproducts like barley and wheat ribbons are strong enough to hold cans through distribution, despite being fully compostable. Our earlier coverage of this innovative approach can be found here: pwgo.to/5312. One final example comes from multipack ring carrier pioneer Hi-Cone, which is going the circular economy route to sustainability. It recently launched RingCycles™, which contain greater than 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) content (LDPE #4 recyclable). They appeared on shelves in late 2019 in the UK. Consumers in the U.S. and Mexico will start seeing them in Q1 in 2020 with additional regions being added throughout the year. It’s good to see such innovative approaches bubbling up. I suspect we’ll see a few more at next year’s interpack. Matt Reynolds Editor
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Whiskey, Food Pods Aren’t a New Concept (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
Stoneyfield Frozen Yogurt Pearls Whiskey pods made a splash recently, but the pod concept isn’t new. Companies have been trying to make the edible containers and packaging for years. While discussing the whiskey pod concept with other editors here at Packaging World, we remembered a daring commercialized project from Smithfield Farms that Anne Marie Mohan reported on back in 2014, seen in this five-year-old page of the magazine. It’s not new or original to dream of first consuming your food, then consuming the container in which food arrives. But a practical program for doing so, one that resonates with consumers but doesn’t require even more packaging to contain the edible container, has yet to surface.
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Whiskey Pods Use Algae Film Casing (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
Glenlivet Capsule Collection Single malt Scotch brand The Glenlivet unveiled a “Capsule Collection” of glassless cocktails that the company says “redefine the way whisky is traditionally enjoyed.” Launched during London Cocktail Week in partnership with acclaimed mixologist Alex Kratena, the limited-edition The Glenlivet Capsule Collection is a range of whisky cocktails served in a seaweed-extract casing, one of nature’s most renewable resources. The casing goes under the Ooho brand from sustainable packaging startup Notpla that was originally reported upon by Packaging World last year (read more at pwgo.to/5295). Available in citrus, wood, or spice flavors, the 23ml edible capsules are fully biodegradable. “The capsule is simply swallowed,” reads the press release from The Glenlivet. The company says it is the first spirits brand in the world to create this type of original consumption experience. The seaweed used to create the film casing grows at a speed of around 1 m per day and actively contributes to de-acidifying oceans. “As a brand that celebrates originality, we are always looking to break the conventions that have determined how single malt Scotch has historically been enjoyed,” says Miriam Eceolaza, Director of The Glenlivet. “The Capsule Collection does exactly that, and we’re excited to see how people react when they try our glassless cocktails. Our founder, George Smith, always went against the grain, bucking tradition and doing things differently. The Glenlivet Capsule Collection continues his pioneering spirit today.” No plans for scale commercialization appear to be in the works at the moment, though the project grabbed shocked headlines. Matt Reynolds Editor
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PMMI’s UnPACKed Podcast Brings Packaging to the Audio (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
unPACKed logo Today’s packaging professional has countless avenues to stay up-to-date on industry news and trends. PMMI announced the launch of a new way to get your packaging and processing insights, research, and innovations. With the UnPACKed with PMMI podcast, listeners can stay up to date on industry news and trends anywhere at any time. As host, PMMI’s Senior Director of Media and Industry Communications and long-time industry insider Sean Riley facilitates discussions with industry influencers like PMMI Media Group editors, breaks down real-world case studies, and leads deep dives into pressing industry business challenges. “We know that our members and the industry at large are busy, so having an outlet where they can gain industry information anywhere—on the go, in the comfort of their home, in the office, or wherever they find the time—is important to us,” says Tracy Stout, vice president, marketing and communications, PMMI. Before the doors closed on PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, three podcasts were recorded and are ready for listening, offering a taste of show events that exhibitors and attendees may not have been able to attend or want to hear more about. The more than 700 attendees of PMMI’s Packaging & Processing Women’s Leadership Network breakfast in Las Vegas were captivated by speaker Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space and the second female director of the Johnson Space Center. OEM magazine Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Neil continued the conversation for those who attended or introduced Ochoa’s story and leadership advice to those who couldn’t make it, with PACK EXPO Rewind: Exploring New Territories with Ellen Ochoa (listen at pwgo.to/5297) Riley and Jim Chrzan, vice president, Content & Brand Strategy, PMMI Media Group recalled three days’ worth of PMMI’s Vision 2025 sessions with PACK EXPO Rewind: A Look into Vision 2025 (listen at pwgo.to/5298). In this podcast, the pair discusses Chrzan’s quick look at the challenges and trends tackled by the CPGs, OEMs and contract packagers during the event. Finally, Packaging World Editor Matt Reynolds sat down and shared the most significant trends he saw at PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO with PACK EXPO Rewind: 2019 Trends From the Show Floor (listen at pwgo.to/5299). To start listening, search for “UnPACKed with PMMI” in the iTunes Podcast or Spotify apps on your phone (or wherever you listen to podcasts) and be sure to click “subscribe” so you receive an alert whenever we upload an episode. Additional available episodes include: • Robotics: Innovation 2 Implementation • Bridging the Skills Gap: How to Launch Your Own Manufacturing Day • Moving Operational Excellence Forward with the OpX Leadership Network • Get to Know PMMI’s CEO To learn more about each episode, visit pwgo.to/5300.
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World’s Fastest Aseptic PET Lines with Dry Preform Decontamination (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
Jin Mai Lang's new bottle design is aimed at attracting younger consumers. China’s Jin Mai Lang recently installed two complete aseptic PET lines, both leveraging Sidel’s dry preform decontamination system known as Aseptic Combi Predis™. These Sidel lines, both integrated with Tetra Pak Processing System technologies, deliver an impressive production output of 60,000 bottles/hr – making them the world’s fastest aseptic PET lines with dry preform decontamination for low-acid products. These complete solutions, alongside newly designed PET bottles, another courtesy of Sidel, helped the key player in the Chinese beverage market to increase production capacity of their low- and high-acid products packaged in PET, while lowering their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). Impressed by the benefits gained through this installation, Jin Mai Lang recently invested in another three Sidel aseptic complete lines, running at the same speed. The Chinese beverage market grew significantly between 2017 and 2018, experiencing +3% in sales volume and +5% in sales value. This positive trajectory was mainly driven by a few beverage categories, including RTD tea which showed a remarkable 7% growth within a single year. It is no surprise then that one of the biggest Chinese beverage and food manufacturers, Jin Mai Lang, recently needed to increase their production capacity around their black and green tea, plus various kinds of flavoured water, to match the rising local demands. Even before this recent installation, Jin Mai Lang was bottling in PET through Sidel’s hot-fill, wet aseptic, and ultraclean technologies. “We started our successful partnership with Sidel back in 2006,”remembers Xianguo Fan, Chairman of Jin Mai Lang. “Thanks to this 13-year cooperation, which has been materialized in many repeat orders, we currently have more than fifty pieces of Sidel equipment running in our factories, including seven complete PET ultraclean lines and 20 hot-fill PET lines. Over the years, we have built complete confidence in Sidel, recognising the quality and the reliability of their equipment, their innovation-driven mind set, as well as their local support and service capabilities.” For this new installation, the Chinese beverage company chose Sidel’s proven, safe, and sustainable Aseptic Combi Predis within the two complete aseptic PET lines, benefitting from dry preform decontamination. The lines have been installed in the company’s factories in Tianchang and Cuiping, located in the Anhui and Henan Province, respectively. “We wanted to minimize our TCO by relying on a sustainable and energy efficient piece of equipment that uses very few chemicals and no water during production. For us, this choice translated to significant savings,” Mr. Fan explains. As an FDA-validated solution already accounting for more than 150 references globally, the Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis offers versatile production to the top Chinese player, who is now able to manage six different SKUs, including three different bottle designs for the 500-mL format and a total of six different flavours. This flexibility is also made possible by significantly reduced changeover times: less than 30 min are required for a bottle format changeover on the Combi. In addition, to secure maximum uptime without compromising absolute food safety, the Aseptic Combi Predis units integrated in both complete PET lines at Jin Mai Lang’s factories have already been successfully validated for 165 continuous production hours. Benefitting from more than 40 years of experience in aseptic complete lines and thousands of installations successfully operating worldwide, Sidel designed the new lines around Jin Mai Lang’s specific requirements, starting with the customer’s need for maximum performance. Safe and hygienic, the two lines offer an integrated solution from product preparation and treatment through the packaging line up to tertiary packaging. On top of the Aseptic Combi Predis solution, both Sidel lines integrate Tetra Pak Processing Systems (TPPS) technologies, the CapdisTM dry cap decontamination system,a sleever, as well as wrap-around packer and palletizing equipment. Most important, the lines are extremely flexible, allowing the production of all the low acid-products in the company’s portfolio. Moreover, they are engineered for long-term performance, improving OEE while minimizing TCO. The two complete aseptic PET lines started production between the end of 2018 and mid-2019, both featuring more than 95% efficiency while delivering 60,000 bottles/hr. When highlighting the second big challenge for this customer, Steven Xie, Sidel Packaging Director, explains, “Jin Mai Lang also wanted to refresh the ten-year-old designs applied to their iced and green tea PET bottles. They realised they were no longer perceived as eye-catching by young local consumers, who represent their target group. To address this, Sidel provided a 360° packaging service including more than 15 conceptual and technical designs, pilot bottle tests, and three pilot molds. By taking advantage of the freedom of shape offered by the PET dry preform decontamination process, we helped the customer revamp their product range without increasing the bottle weight, which stays below 18 grams.” The result is a very modern and dynamic look and feel for increased attractiveness and brand recognition on crowded retailer shelves. A clean and round shoulder is now combined with a bottle base enriched with an embossed pair of glasses, appealing to younger generations of consumers. Economic benefits were also high on the agenda when developing the designs: with this in mind, the sleeve height has been decreased for further cost savings. For additional flexibility and to welcome future needs, the iced tea bottle design has been developed to be applicable to both hot-filling and aseptic packaging production processes. “We worked hand in hand with Sidel through every stage of the project,” Mr. Fan says. “We especially valued the many meetings we held with the packaging, marketing, and technical teams to define the correct project specifications. Sidel’s quick responses and adaptability to our requirements resulted in a very smooth project management." In addition to a very close support all along the start-up phase, Sidel provided extensive training of the Jin Mai Lang operators at the customer’s plant to help their workers operate the aseptic lines integrating dry preform decontamination, a technology they were not familiar with. “The two lines have been delivered according to schedule, showing that our combination of customer proximity and global expertise is a winning recipe. Thanks to our strong aftersales support, we achieved production results that exceeded the customer’s expectations. We demonstrated that we are really a customer-centric company” concludes Emily Liu, Sidel Account Manager for Jin Mai Lang. The future for the leading Chinese beverage producer and Sidel is looking bright: they were extremely pleased with the successful cooperation, so much so that they opted for three further Sidel complete aseptic PET lines, all delivering 60,000 bph, and even selected Sidel as one of their strategic packaging and mould suppliers for the next three years.   Pat Reynolds VP Editor Emeritus
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Folding Carton Market Growth Driven by High Demand in Asia-Pacific (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
Folding Carton Market Growth Driven by High Demand in Asia-Pacific The cartonboard packaging industry will experience high growth at the end-user level, exceeding $110 billion in 2019 and approaching $150 billion in 2024. This content was submitted directly to this Web site by Smithers. According to Smithers’ latest report, The Future of Folding Cartons to 2024, this growth is largely driven by an increasing demand in emerging regions, especially Asia-Pacific, where an additional 11 million tonnes of material, worth over $20 billion at current prices and exchange rates, will be required to meet demand relative to 2019 volumes. Asia-Pacific was responsible for 58% of the market share in 2018, and is expected to make up 64% of the market share in 2024. North America and Western Europe made up 15% and 11% respectively in 2018, and their market shares are expected to decline to 12% and 9% respectively. The rest of the world will collectively experience a miniscule decline, from 16% in 2018 to 15% in 2024. Drive for sustainability The sustainability movement is creating opportunities for folding cartons a as more environmentally friendly alternative to thermoformed foamed polystyrene (PS) and plastic. As shareholders demand more sustainable packaging, many companies and corporations are recognizing that sustainable business practices can improve financial performance. They are adopting explicit sustainability goals, hiring specialist teams and providing regular feedback to their corporate stakeholders on their progress toward achieving these goals. In the fresh and fast food markets, cartonboard is replacing foam clam-shell cartons and trays with stretch wrap. While not yet a common alternative, cartonboard trays are available in both folding carton and micro-flute formats, white or brown, printed or plain, and many suppliers have already taken advantage of the gap created by the demise of the foamed PS clam-shell and tray and other plastic formats. To learn more about key growth drivers and trends in the packaging industry, please visit https://www.smithers.com/services/market-reports/packaging.
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Yaskawa America: Linear Servo Motor Stage (Fri, 25 Oct 2019)
Sigma Trac II Yaskawa adds the Sigma Trac II series linear servo motors stage to its Sigma-7 servo line. It combines a Yaskawa SGLF2 series linear motor with linear bearings, high resolution absolute optical scale, cable management, and optional bellows to create a turnkey linear stage. Leveraging the industry-leading performance of Sigma-7 servo amplifiers, system designers and automation end users can design smaller, faster, more accurate linear motion systems for additive manufacturing, packaging, material handling, machining, and assembly applications. Features include: • Peak force output up to 540 N • Speeds up to 5 m/s • High reliability with 10 million double-stroke design life • Absolute encoder feedback with 9.765 nm resolution • Zero maintenance • Integrated cable management • Stroke lengths up to 1340 mm • Optional bellows and X-Y adapter kit Sigma Trac II with XY Adapter Kit “Our expertly designed, manufactured, and tested mechatronic solutions can reduce your time-to-market”, stated Bryan Knight, Linear and Direct Drive Product Marketing Manager. “This new linear stage design will allow machine builders to create innovative mechanisms that are smaller and faster than ever before.” By using the latest linear motor and magnet technology, Yaskawa has packed more performance in a smaller, lighter linear motor. When combined with Sigma-7 servo amplifiers, Sigma Trac II linear motor stages provide short settling time for greater repeatability in highly dynamic movements that are typical in packaging, assembly, and additive manufacturing applications. Sigma Trac II stages are available in 3 coil sizes and 13 base lengths, making it is easy to select the optimal linear servo motor stage for your application.
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