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.
Judges deemed the bottle ‘Beautiful, sustainable and perfectly on brand’
This year’s World Beverage Innovation Awards attracted 155 entries from 20 countries in 21 categories.
The special edition bottle, manufactured by Ardagh Glass Packaging, was the outright winner in the Best Bottle in Glass category, scoring top place by all nine judges, who also commented on its ‘Dynamic, stylish design, aiming to highlight important themes’.
Introducing the world's first cooler made entirely from biodegradable materials: RECOOL. Created to provide an alternative to environmentally harmful foam coolers, RECOOL can biodegrade and return to the Earth after use, rather than polluting our environment or filling a landfill. RECOOL is durable and won't chip or scratch easily or make annoying squeaking noises like foam coolers.
Designed with a 16 quart capacity which is big enough to fit plenty of drinks, ice, and food for an all-day adventure for a family of four. Cup holders and an easy-grab handle are built into the lid and the cooler features molded handles on the sides, making it easy to grab and go. RECOOL is patent pending and made right here in the USA!
RECOOL is the world’s first cooler made from biodegradable materials. RECOOL is an environmentally sensitive alternative to harmful single use EPS foam coolers. No matter where you take your RECOOL, your drinks and food will stay fresh and chilled. Whether the beach, lake, river, backyard BBQ or on a boat, RECOOL is the guilt-free reusable cooler. While thousands of progressive municipalities have already banned the sale of foam coolers, RECOOL is legal in every city, county, state and country.
REUSABLE FROM ONE TRIP TO ANOTHER
Unlike any other EPS foam cooler, RECOOL has the ability to be reused for more adventures. Simply empty it, let it air dry and use it again. When you’re ready to go on another escapade, you already have the perfect product to load up your favorite drinks and snacks and hit the road.
STRONG, MIGHTY AND SILENT
It may not look like it with its’ pulp appearance but RECOOL is strong enough to hold up to 75lbs. It is designed to take some rough and tumble -- it won’t chip or break when bumped or dropped like commonly happens with foam coolers, and best of all, no annoying squeaking noises, ever. It’s your silent partner in crime.
The new Vatika face wash will be available in a 150-ml SKU. It comes in three variants – Vatika Neem Purifying face wash, Vatika Sandalwood Illuminating face wash and Vatika Honey Moisture Boost face wash.
Rajat Mathur, AGM, consumer marketing, Dabur India, said, “Vatika has always recognised and strived to meet the ever-evolving needs of our consumers. We are excited to strengthen our Vatika portfolio with the launch of new Vatika face wash. Be it hair oil or shampoo, Dabur Vatika has evolved as the preferred personal care brand for millions of consumers over the years. With the new Vatika face wash, we are now expanding the Vatika franchise to give consumers a soap and paraben-free product for their daily face care needs.”
K Ganapathy Subramaniam, DGM, marketing (innovations), Dabur India, said: “The launch of Vatika face wash demonstrates Dabur's continued commitment to providing innovative natural skin care products of the highest quality standards, without compromise. Each variant of the new range has a unique ingredient that solves specific face-skin problems. Vatika Face Wash is dermatologically tested and is paraben and soap-free and has 100% natural actives.”
The FPA said it has given the CMA its full support and has made observance of the Green Claims Code part of the FPA Code of Practice, to which all members sign their agreement as a condition of membership.
Executive director Martin Kersh said: “The code is laid out very clearly so there is no reason why businesses of all sizes and in all markets, including online marketplaces, should fail to understand that they must be able to provide evidence and certification from recognised organisations for all the environmental based claims they make for their packaging
“We regularly come across packaging producers who believe evidence from their material providers is sufficient to justify their claims. That has never been the case and we hope the Code, which quotes only finished items and services as presented to the user throughout, will eliminate this myth once and for all and that all packaging producers will understand evidence is needed for claims made for their finished packs and so pay to certify the finished packaging in line with responsible producers.
“We also hope the code will stop the use of ‘made up’ certifications used to give quasi credence to claims such as being 100% plastic free or biodegradable. Made up certifications are designed to mislead the trade, especially the independent sector and their customers. Our analysis revealed claims made for biodegradability for packaging certified as compostable, but this is only achieved as a result of industrial composting. We hope offenders will now understand misrepresenting genuine certificates is a breach of the code.
“The acid test for the success of the code will be the extent to which enforcement is undertaken against transgressors. We will certainly have no hesitation in referring transgressors to the CMA, but it is our hope that packaging producers will adhere to the code so avoiding the heavy fines that follow for breaching it. We recommend all those involved in packaging including those in marketing, design and sales read the Code as a matter of priority.”
An innovative development from Greiner Packaging is revolutionizing the recyclability of cardboard-plastic combinations. Making sure that waste was sorted correctly used to be fully reliant on consumers playing their part. But now with K3® r100, the cardboard wrap and the plastic cup separate all by themselves on the way to the recycling facility. This makes the packaging solution ideal for recycling.
• 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
• Meet us at Pharmapack, Booth F50
The International Organization of Aluminum Aerosol Container Manufacturers (AEROBAL) reports that the global shipments of its members fell by 3.9 percent to around 2.9 billion units in the first half of 2021. The year-on-year decline was rather moderate, as global demand was still very lively in the first quarter of 2020. The corona pandemic only unfolded its full impact on the market in the course of the second quarter of 2020.
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.
Reusable packaging __ from stainless steel ice cream containers to glass jars of soap __ is about to become more common at groceries and restaurants worldwide.
In all, Loop says, 191 stores and restaurants worldwide will be selling products in reusable packages by the first quarter of 2022, up from just a dozen stores in Paris at the end of 2020.
Grocery stores will have a special Loop area, where manufacturers —— from independent brands to big players like Nestle —— have packaged pantry items, household cleaners and other products in reusable containers. More than 150 manufacturers will be participating worldwide by early next year, selling 375 products.
Customers pay a deposit —— ranging from 15 cents for a bottle of Coca-Cola to $10 for a stainless steel container of Clorox wipes ——in addition to the price of their item. When customers are finished with the container, they can return it to the store and get their deposit refunded through Loop’s app. Loop collects the containers, cleans them and returns them to manufacturers to be refilled.
Reusable packaging is well-developed in other industries, like automotive, said Cimberly Weir, an outreach coordinator and instructor at Michigan State University’s School of Packaging. But to her knowledge, Loop is the first to try this with consumer products.
“We are the ones who are responsible for actually getting that product returned,” she said. “So it’s putting a lot more pressure on everyday citizens to do their part.”
While Loop's approach is unique, it's one of many ongoing efforts to eliminate packaging waste. Lego said last year it would remove plastic packaging from its play sets. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Keurig Dr Pepper have invested millions to improve the recycling and processing of their plastic bottles. Amazon encourages customers to get their items shipped in fewer boxes; the company says it has eliminated 1 million tons of packaging since 2015.
Loop —— a division of New Jersey-based recycling company TerraCycle —— is actually an old idea, says TerraCycle Founder and CEO Tom Szaky. Before the 1950s, products were made to last, but they’ve gotten thinner and cheaper in the decades since, he said.
“We’re hitting the apex of that now, and people are fed up with that trend,” Szaky said. “There’s a huge attraction to the idea of higher quality and materials.”
That’s true for Chris Critchett, 66, who was browsing the Loop aisle in a Tesco store in Milton Keynes, England, earlier this week.
“I think lemonade bottles used to be like that when I was younger, so I think it’s quite a good idea,” Critchett said. “It’s just trying to get people to actually do it, so they work it into their shopping system.”
Szaky said the company sees around 80% of the packaging returned within 60 days of purchase. In some cases, he said, consumers may just be keeping the packaging and reusing it themselves.
Szaky said every country in which Loop operates has a dedicated cleaning facility as well as smaller facilities where packaging can be stored before cleaning. He recognizes that transporting all that material has an environmental impact, but he says reusing a container dozens of times is still less harmful than repeatedly extracting material from the earth to make new packaging.
Loop gets its funding from the fees it charges to its corporate partners. It’s not yet making a profit, Szaky said, but expects to within two years.
Keith Daley, chief impact officer at Kroger, the largest U.S. grocer, said his company signed on with Loop to help meet a multi-year commitment to reduce waste. In October, Kroger will launch a six-month Loop pilot at 25 Fred Meyer stores in the Portland, Oregon, area. Dedicated Loop aisles will display 20 separate items, including some of Kroger’s own products. Loop ambassadors will explain the program to customers.
“We fundamentally believe that this is one of those potentially game-changing ideas,” Daley said.
Loop had hoped to be in 1,000 stores and restaurants by this time, but the pandemic slowed its progress. Still, Szaky said demand for Loop remained even as stores shut down other waste-saving measures like communal bins for pantry staples.
Weir said a major turning point for the packaging industry came in 2006, when Walmart announced it would start grading suppliers on the sustainability of their packaging.
Interest in sustainability has only grown since then, Weir said. She sees it at Michigan State’s packaging school —— the nation’s largest —— where nearly all of the 600 students cite the environment as a reason they’re in the program.
Matt Casale, the environment campaign director of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, agrees that bringing reusable packaging into the mainstream is important. But he also wishes society would think more deeply about all the stuff that is made, packaged and shipped.
PIRG backs laws like one that recently passed in Maine, which charges manufacturers who create packaging a fee that is used to boost recycling. It also supports state bans on single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food containers, which have passed in Colorado and several other states.
“That’s going to be our 21st century challenge —— rethinking the way we do everything, to make it make sense on a very small planet with a lot of people living on it,” Casale said.