• Introducing New VIST™ Technologies for Clean Cannabis at MJBizCon Expo

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    To meet growing demand for science-based cannabis decontamination, screening, and extended shelf-life packaging, VIST™ Labs LLC is introducing  CryoPasteurization™ and AMAPS™ packaging technologies as part of a first-of-its kind, end-to-end mobile solution that delivers cleaner cannabis to consumers. The proven systems address early detection, decontamination, and safe storage of flower and shake while assuring plant potency and enhanced consumer experience. VIST proprietary technologies will be displayed at North America's largest cannabis show MJBizCon Oct. 20-22, 2021 in Las Vegas.

    VIST is offering its proprietary technologies through corporate owned operations in Colorado and through franchising opportunities in various states. Additional locations in the U.S. and Canada will be added soon.

    "Every consumer deserves clean cannabis. Our products are never irradiated. The VIST technologies and mobile platform are designed to help cultivators, processors, and dispensaries enhance their quality control and deliver systems using many of the safe and best practices adopted by the food industry," states Jim Sanfilippo, founding partner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

    Oversights in cannabis processing and insufficient internal quality control can lead to problems with mold and bacterial contaminants on cannabis flower. Due, in part, to increasing product recalls, concerns about cannabis safety and potency are growing at the same time the industry is expanding.

    Knowing in advance and addressing any hidden microbiological issues that may be present before distribution provides cannabis business owners with profit protection and improved quality control.

    For a decade, the cannabis industry has gathered annually at MJBizCon, making it the largest, cannabis business conference in the world. The 2021 event returns to Las Vegas Oct. 20-22, 2021 and will showcase over 1,100 exhibitors.

    The exclusive VIST system includes:

    CryoPasteurization™

    The CryoPasteurization™ technology is designed to kill mold, yeast, and other bacteria while retaining terpene and cannabinoid levels as well as positive organoleptic qualities of cannabis. The patent-pending technology rapidly pasteurizes cannabis to remove harmful contaminants without irradiation.

    AMAPS™ Packaging

    The VIST Aseptic Modified Atmosphere Packaging System (AMAPS) extends product shelf life and protects terpenes and cannabinoids.

    AMAPS equipment automatically weighs and loads 1 to 7 pounds of flower into barrier bags. To create the optimum environment to slow mold and bacterial growth, the packaging equipment uses proprietary, multi-laminar flow modified atmosphere technology. This reduces oxygen to parts per million while helping to retain moisture levels. All of this is done in a Class 100 clean room environment inside the packaging machine. Various bulk packaging formats are available.

    The VIST AMAPS technology is the cumulation of many years of developments within the pharmaceutical and food industries. VIST founders are pioneers in extended shelf-life packaging of perishable goods including injectable drugs and infant formulas. They hold over 220 patents in the field.

    Mobile Services

    Equipment is rolled off customized Sprinter vans and brought into licensed grow and processing facilities. All work is performed in customer's facilities. Vans are temperature controlled and include areas for WIFI data collection, packaging materials, screening kits, and other supplies.

    Quality Control Indicative Screening

    VIST developed a fast and reliable screening system to identify the level of mold, yeast and aerobic bacteria that may exist in flower or shake. The system comes in pre-packaged kits. All the necessary screening components are included.

    In addition, VIST technicians are trained to gather samples in a manner that does not remove any physical flower from licensed facilities. Samples are collected and incubated, then data is tabulated to understand plate count levels (Colony Forming Units) pre and post VIST technology.

  • Jamestown Plastics Launches Clamtainer: Durable Frustration-Free Packaging for All Industries

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    Clamtainer utilizes Click-It™ Closure technology that provides exceptional security with a one-snap closing system that can be opened with just one hand– yet it stays completely secure in tests such as a penny pitch and wrench toss. It is the only clamshell packaging that doesn’t require scissors, knives, or strength to open, making it both frustration-free and accessible for seniors, people with arthritis, and others with mobility challenges. While Click-It Closure technology is extremely easy for adults to open, it is unique in that it can’t be solved by kids, making it a choice for brands that need Certified Child Resistant Packaging.

    Clamtainer boasts financial and sustainable benefits when compared to traditional clamshell packaging. It has significant pack-out cost advantages to product manufacturers because it takes less time to load and close a Clamtainer.

    “Clamtainer doesn’t require welding, heat sealing, or equipment and tooling to buy and maintain,” says Jay Baker, CEO of Jamestown Plastics. “This is not only attractive to a manufacturer’s bottom line but by reducing the amount of time needed to pack-out products, it is a more efficient method that is especially helpful to companies facing labor shortages and budgetary constraints.”

    Clamtainer uses less material than traditional clamshell packaging which takes up less space in trucks and distribution centers and reduces shipping costs due to reduced dimensional weight.

    Clamtainer can be made from various materials including rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) —a combination of industrial and reclaimed plastic, making it a sustainable packaging option. Because many consumers also reuse the Clamtainer, it doesn’t end up in the recycling loop.

    “We share concerns about excess packing and applaud efforts to make packaging frustration-free,” says Baker. “I welcome the opportunity to talk with you on how Clamtainer can become an important part of your frustration-free packaging. Whether you’re interested in becoming more sustainable or want to find ways to save money and become more efficient, I believe Clamtainer can help.”

  • Entenmann's® Launches Modified Packaging To Keep Favorites On Retailers' Shelves

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    The next time you are shopping for your favorite Entenmann's® full-size products, you may notice the packaging looks a little bit different. The clear cellophane "window" that has showcased its donuts, cookies and cakes for decades will be temporarily replaced by a photo of the sweet baked goods inside. Some Entenmann's Danishes will be in clear clamshell packaging.

    There is no change to any of the products, but why this subtle change to the boxes? It is in response to a material supply disruption caused by Hurricane Ida. On September 1, a dam burst near the Valley Forge, PA, facility that produces Entenmann's packaging, severely flooding the facility. The event destroyed 5,000 tons of packaging inventory and caused critical damage to the machinery that produces the cartons and boxes. The emergency had serious implications throughout the entire Entenmann's supply chain – from the bakeries that produce the sweet baked goods to those who deliver them fresh to retailers every day – and caused a brief disruption in product availability.

    "Our goal is to ensure our consumers can continue to enjoy their favorite Entenmann's products," said Jason Amar, Director of Marketing at Entenmann's, Bimbo Bakeries USA. "Designing and printing the classic Entenmann's boxes with the window is a specialized solution. Modifying the packaging to a windowless option and clam shells offers the fastest way to get products back on the shelf."

    The quick actions by the company also protects the livelihood of hundreds of individuals throughout the sweet baked goods supply chain, from the ingredient suppliers to the retailers, many of whom were also adversely impacted by Hurricane Ida in the Northeast.

    As Americans experience shortages of consumer goods, including grocery, Entenmann's creative response is a welcome change to empty shelves.

    "Rest assured that the products have not changed," said Amar. "Your delicious favorites have the same great taste, and the modified packaging will have no impact on freshness or quality."

    The modified packaging will hit shelves starting this week and last through at least the end of 2021.

  • Evanesce® to Debut Innovative Plant-Based Packaging Technologies at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

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     Evanesce®, a sustainable technology innovator, driven to accelerate the adoption of sustainable and economically viable packaging solutions, will unveil its groundbreaking sustainable packaging technology at PACK EXPO Las Vegas. Addressing the growing plastic pandemic, scientists and experts at Evanesce have engineered a patented technology that produces cost-competitive, 100% plant-based, and 100% compostable sustainable packaging. The leading packaging industry event will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center from September 27 to 29, 2021.

    During PACK EXPO, the company will showcase their two packaging technologies and its vast range of packaging products. Its booth will feature the patented Evanesce® Molded Starch technology along with its high-quality line of PLA (Polylactic Acid) compostable products, including straws, hot and cold cups and lids, plates, bowls, cutlery, gloves, and resealable bags. Booth visitors will be able to meet the top executive team and experience their plant-based packaging solutions in person.

    “Our innovative technologies are designed to replace single-use plastics and Styrofoam in packaging and will be a game-changer for the industry. We’re most excited about launching our revolutionary patented Molded Starch technology at one of the biggest packaging events in the world,” stated Douglas Horne, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Evanesce. “This innovation in material science has the power to truly transform sustainable packaging. This event offers us an ideal opportunity to launch our innovative packaging solutions, showcase the wide range of products we offer, and connect with industry leaders on collaborative partnership opportunities.”

    Already in use by leading foodservice companies, restaurant chains and convenience stores, Evanesce’s PLA products are on par or cost competitive to other alternatives, offer significantly improved durability, and are BPI certified commercially compostable. The patented Evanesce® Molded Starch Technology produces 100% compostable molded packaging material at almost half the cost of other eco-friendly alternatives available in the market. Production of Molded Starch products including meal trays, meat trays, containers and cups are expected in early 2022.

    Expanded Manufacturing Capacity

    Evanesce is ready to inspire big change and lead the sustainable packaging industry by delivering innovative and sustainable technology solutions. The company sets itself apart from the competition with American-made, superior quality products without overseas shipping delays and risks to the supply chain. Operations have begun at its first manufacturing facility in South Carolina with an ability to produce millions of compostable PLA straws per day. With distribution centers from coast to coast, Evanesce also plans aggressive expansion in the US, starting with a new 114,000 sq ft facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Avient Launches New TPEs with Post-Consumer Recycled Content from Automotive Windshields

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    Avient today announced the latest additions to its growing reSound™ R recycled-content thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) portfolio. The materials are a result of close collaboration with Shark Solutions, a global leader in advanced sustainable polyvinyl butyral (PVB) products. Both new TPEs contain 25 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) content from PVB reclaimed from broken automotive windshields and laminated architectural glass.

    It is estimated that 75 million broken windshields need replacing each year. This abundant supply includes thousands of tons of PVB, found in the inner layer of the glass, potentially bound for landfills. Instead, the outer glass is recycled and the PVB is reclaimed and reprocessed for various uses, including an alternative raw material source for polymers. Avient’s unique formulation expertise allows the supply of reprocessed, high-quality, non-toxic PVB to be upcycled into more sustainable TPEs with excellent properties.

    Developed in 45 to 55 Shore A durometers, the new reSound R grades are ideal for general purpose applications in the consumer and automotive industries. Both injection moldable TPEs can be overmolded to polypropylene (PP) and come in a natural grade that can be easily colored. 

    These reSound R grades with PCR content offer similar performance properties to traditional TPEs and are suitable for many durable consumer products and grips – such as personal care items, lawn and garden tools, golf clubs, and footwear. Their performance properties also fit automotive applications that could benefit from vibration damping, such as door mats, door damping and glove boxes.

    “This technology brings together advanced material science and innovation to support customers' goals and the circular economy,” said Matt Mitchell, director, global marketing of Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient. “These material developments create an opportunity to help divert mountains of valuable resources from the waste stream and upcycle them into new products that offer excellent performance and value.”

    “Our mission is to create high-performance raw materials from a former waste stream of laminated glass, instead of allowing it to decompose in landfills over thousands of years,” said Jens Holmegaard, CEO and Founder of Shark Solutions. “Avient shares our vision to preserve limited natural resources for future generations through products that enhance performance and protect the environment.”

    Available globally, the new reSound R TPEs are formulated with regionally recycled PVB. For a complete view of the reSound R line of recycled-content TPEs, available in PCR and post-industrial recycled (PIR) content ranging from 8 to 93 percent.

  • Rise of the Cobot Palletizers

     

    Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    Time: 1:00PM-2:00PM CT

    It seems like a weekly event – the introduction of another collaborative palletizing solution powered by collaborative robots from Universal Robots. This new breed of robotic palletizers come in all configurations, from scalable mechanical kits to turnkey systems. But at the core, all are flexible, a fraction of the cost of systems compared to traditional robots, and a perfect fit for high mix / low volume operations. In this webinar, UR’s Joe Campbell will look at the market demands and drivers behind this rapid growth, review five cobot palletizing solutions, followed by real application examples and case studies.


    Speakers:

    Joe Campbell
    Head of US Marketing
    Universal Robots USA, Inc.
    Cell: +1 734 417 7083
    joca@universal-robots.com



    Joe Campbell is a 40-year veteran of the robotics industry. After executive assignments in sales, marketing, customer service and operations, Joe is now head of Americas marketing and applications development for Universal Robots. He regularly speaks to industry groups, associations, conferences and state and local governments on the benefits of robotic automation.

     

    To register follow link : 

    Rise of the Cobot Palletizers

  • O-I integrates energy-saving air compressors in French facilities

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    A plant’s compressed air system serves functions, driving machine movements and other uses throughout the glass packaging manufacturing process.

    It’s among a plant’s more energy-intensive systems, but the new computer software helps the system work more efficiently and decreases electricity demand. Decreasing demand also saves on a plant’s energy costs.

    Previously, a plant’s six to 10 compressors would operate independently.

    But the new software creates efficiencies by linking a plant’s air compressors as a network.

    This gives full visibility to the teams on one screen, allowing each plant to get an automatic selection of the best available combination to optimise energy efficiency while meeting the plant’s compressed air needs.

    “The system allows us to secure air production and ensure better service continuity while optimising energy,” said Jean-Paul Arquillière, ETN Manager, O-I Veauche.

    “In addition, we have increased the visibility of the network with all the necessary information on a single screen. A fantastic time-saver!”

    The return on investment has been immediate, with a reduction in energy consumption and the realization of annual savings of €245,000 (about $290K) for the four facilities, representing approximately 3,800 MWh, or 2.3% of the total electricity consumption these four sites.

    The project itself was made possible by a €416,000 grant ($487K) from France’s CEE energy-saving programme piloted by the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

    CEE pushes energy suppliers to promote energy-saving to their clients through financial grants.

    The systems are installed in Veauche, Reims, Labégude, and Wingles. The centralized system is also being deployed in Vayres.

    The Gironcourt, Beziers and Puy-Guillaume facilities use similar systems.

  • Is Tape Recyclable?

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    Tape can be recycled as long as it is made out of paper, which unfortunately excludes many of the most popular types of adhesive tape. However, that doesn't mean you can't put tape in the recycling bin at all — depending on the type of tape and your local recycling center's requirements, it is sometimes OK to recycle materials like cardboard and paper with tape still attached. Learn more about recyclable tape, other environmentally friendly alternatives, and ways to avoid tape waste.

    Recyclable Adhesive Tape

    There are a few recyclable or biodegradable tape options that are made from a combination of paper and natural adhesive rather than plastic.

    Gummed paper tape, also known as water-activated tape (WAT), is usually made of a paper material and a water-based chemical adhesive. You may be familiar with this type of tape and not even know it — it is often used by large online retailers.

    As its name suggests, WAT needs to be activated using water, much like an old postage stamp. It comes in large rolls that must be placed in a custom dispenser in charge of moistening the adhesive surface to make it bond (though a few retailers also offer a home version that you can moisten with a sponge). After use, gummed paper tape will remove cleanly or tear and will not leave sticky residue on the box.

    There are two types of WAT: non-reinforced and reinforced. The former is used for shipping and packaging lighter objects. The stronger variety, reinforced WAT, has embedded fiberglass strands that make it harder to tear and can stand heavier loads. The paper on reinforced WAT is still recyclable, but the fiberglass component is filtered out during the recycling process.

    Self-adhesive kraft paper tape, another recyclable option, is also made of paper but uses a natural rubber-based bonding agent. Like WAT, it is available in standard and reinforced versions, but does not require a custom dispenser.

    If using any of these paper-based products, they can just be added to your normal curbside recycling bin. Keep in mind that small pieces of tape, just like small pieces of paper and shredded paper, may not be recyclable because they may ball up and damage the equipment. Instead of removing tape from boxes and attempting to recycle it on its own, leave it attached for easier recycling.

    Biodegradable Tape

    New technology is also opening the door to biodegradable and more eco-friendly options. Cellulose tape is already available in some markets, and a 2013 study developed an innovative self-adhesive tape made with plant starch as a carrier.1 According to researchers, applications for the new product include commercial adhesives as well as medical tape and biomedical electrodes, and the material fully biodegraded after 42 days in soil tests.

    What to Do With Tape on Packaging

    Most of the tape that gets discarded is already stuck to something else, like a cardboard box or a piece of paper. The recycling process filters out tape, labels, staples, and similar materials, so a reasonable amount of tape typically runs through the process completely fine. However, in these cases, there's a catch. The plastic tape is filtered out and dumped in the process, so while it can go in the recycling bin in most cities, it does not get recycled into new material.

    Often, too much tape on the box or piece of paper can cause sticky clogs in the recycling machinery. Depending on the recycling center’s equipment, even too much paper-backed tape like masking tape can cause the entire package to be thrown out rather than risk clogging the machinery. San Francisco, for example, requests that any and all tape be removed from cardboard boxes, while the city of Napa, located just over an hour north, requests that you remove as much tape as possible.

    Plastic Tape

    Traditional plastic adhesive tapes are not recyclable. These plastic tapes can contain PVC or polypropylene, which on their own could be recycled with other plastic films, but are too thin and small to be separated and processed as tape. Plastic tape dispensers are also hard to recycle — and therefore not accepted by most recycling centers — since facilities aren’t equipped to sort them.

    "Greener" Tape

    As new sustainable technologies develop, alternatives to plastic adhesive tape are becoming more common. For example, though not recyclable, Scotch Tape makes a “green” alternative to its original invisible Scotch Magic Tape, made from 65% recycled or plant-based material with refillable holders.

    Painter's Tape and Masking Tape

    Painter's tape and masking tape are very similar and are often made with a crepe paper or polymer film backing. The main difference is the adhesive, typically a synthetic latex-based material. Painter's tape has a lower tack and is designed to remove cleanly, while the rubber adhesive used in masking tape may leave a sticky residue. These tapes are generally not recyclable unless specifically stated in their packaging.

    Duct Tape

    It's no secret that duct tape is a reuser’s best friend. There are so many items in your home and your backyard that can be repaired with a quick application of duct tape, rather than buying a whole new product. Duct tape is made of three main raw materials: the adhesive, the fabric reinforcement (scrim), and polyethylene (backing). Although polyethylene on its own could be recycled with similar #2 plastic films, it is impossible to isolate once combined with the other components. Therefore, duct tape isn't recyclable either.

    Ways to Reduce Tape Usage

    Most of us find ourselves reaching for the tape when packing boxes, sending mail, or wrapping gifts. Try these tips to reduce your tape usage, so you won’t have to worry about recycling it at all.

    Moving

    Get creative and swap out cardboard boxes with suitcases, baskets, or tote bags. Better yet, see if reusable moving boxes are available for rent in your area. If you must use cardboard boxes for moving, opt for tapeless boxes with locking lids.

    Shipping

    Tape is almost always overused when packing and shipping. Before you go to seal that package, ask yourself if you really need to wrap it up so tightly. There are plenty of eco-friendly options available to replace traditional packing material as well, from self-seal paper mailers to compostable mail bags.

    Gift Wrap

    For holidays, opt for one of the many tape-free wrapping options, such as furoshiki (the Japanese cloth folding technique which allows you to wrap objects with fabric), reusable bags, or one of the many eco-friendly alternatives to wrapping paper that don't require adhesives.

  • AEGG expands into glass spirits bottle packaging

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    The food jars and soft drinks bottles specilalist’s spirits bottles feature a cork finish, and each hold 700ml.

    The custom-designed traditional look with a modern twist makes them suited for whisky, gin, vodka and rum.

    AEGG said the range can be further tailored for more bespoke designs, including embossing, debossing, frosting, screen printing and colour spraying.

    Jamie Gorman, Aegg managing director, said: “We have partnered with a carefully vetted strategic glass partner to bring this core range of exclusive spirits bottles to the UK, which are available from early 2022.

    “We have invested over £6m in our glass-related infrastructure since 2018, to meet significant increased demand in our glass business. We created our own logistics hub in Suffolk, providing in-house warehousing and transport facilities for our glass products.”

    He added the company is continuing to invest in staff, with added expertise in the spirits drinks business as well as within the quality & technical team.

  • Award winning package with patented closure closure- Libman freedom: Hardwood floor cleaner

    The goals were to design a package that could:

    • Easily and accurately measure each 1 oz dose

    • Transfer each dose to the broom bottle without spillage

    • Avoid the use of loss-prone removable dosing caps

    • Maintain the Libman brand identity

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