All-Fill International Ltd

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All-Fill International Limited, world leaders in the design and manufacture of vertical auger-based equipment for filling free flowing and non-free flowing powders, granules, pastes and creams into a wide variety of containers, are exhibiting at the PPMA Show.

On display will be an All-Fill Series 100 single head in-line automatic filler which comprises a plastic chain-conveyor with open underside for ease of cleaning, bottom-up lift for compressive dust-free filling and vibration settling of aerated powders and granules.

The Series 100 is a versatile machine capable of handling a wide range of container shapes and sizes, accommodated via simple and fast adjustments, with minimal no-tools quick-release change-parts. Also on display will be the ever-popular Series 10 Gravimetric semi-automatic filler which comprises a weigh-cell for multi-stage filling and feedback for greater filling accuracy.

Tel: +44 (0)1767 691100
Email: info@allfill.co.uk
www.allfill.co.uk

Stand D42

Poor pallet hygiene poses threat to UK economy

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“UK businesses using wood packaging materials for shipping goods could be putting the health and safety of staff at serious risk and causing untold damage to the UK economy”, says Jim Hardisty, Managing Director of Goplasticpallets.com.

This warning comes after a staff member for the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon, fell ill at one of its depots after handling packaging on goods imported to the UK.

GMB, the union for staff at Amazon, is convinced that the illness is linked to insects carried in the packaging and has called for the company to conduct a thorough, independent risk assessment of the dangers of insect contamination in wood and other packaging of goods imported from abroad.

Jim continues: “Although all wood packaging used for transporting goods into the EU or out of Portugal (a known pinewood nematode area) must be heat treated in accordance with ISPM 15 regulations to kill off pests, it’s clear that insect invasions from abroad remain a very real threat to the UK economy.

“In May this year, the Ecological Society of America discovered the emerald ash borer in the wood packing material of goods imported into North America. This case surely strengthens the argument for enforcing stricter safety checks worldwide for verifying ISPM 15 compliancy and for extending ISPM 15 by making it compulsory to heat treat all wood pallets and crates moving within EU member states – something the European Commission is in the process of reviewing.

“Poor pallet hygiene however is a much bigger topic than insect contamination alone. Mould and bacteria are other common signs that pallets are being kept in unsanitary conditions which, when using plastic varieties, can be easily combatted with regular cleaning as plastic pallets are 100% water resistant. Timber pallets are much harder to preserve as even kiln dried varieties contain some moisture, making them susceptible to mould growth and blue stain fungus.

“The timber industry is fully aware of the hygiene issues with wooden pallets and to their credit TIMCON – the Timber Packaging & Pallet Confederation – has launched a new Essential Guide Pack** for drying timber pallets to keep them mould-free.

“Guide or no guide, the fact remains that wooden pallets are still inherently more likely to harbour contaminants than plastic ones – the only variety that can be repeatedly steam cleaned and reused guaranteeing optimum hygiene throughout its working life.”

New production site in Indonesia for Schütz

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The official opening of the company’s own production facility in Indonesia sees Schütz continuing the sustainable development of the company’s network in South East Asia.

Schütz has been operating in Jakarta since 2005 with a distribution company. In Karawang, 50km east of the island-nation’s capital city, a new factory was built fitted with state-of-the-art manufacturing lines in 2013.

The production of IBCs started at the new site at the end of last year and has since then been further optimised to meet customer demands. The site has now been officially inaugurated in an opening ceremony, which featured traditional dance performances and the symbolic cutting of a ribbon. Gertjan Boom, Business Unit Manager Asia/Pacific, and Ricky Lie, General Manager of PT. Schütz Container Systems Indonesia, welcomed numerous guests from industry, business and politics, including Governor representative Ir Dedi Mulyadia and Dr. Cellica Nurrachadiana, Vice Regent of Karawang. Many customers from the food, pharmaceuticals and chemical industry also attended the event. In a tour of the factory, guests were shown how Schütz’s packaging solutions are produced with the highest degree of energy efficiency thanks to modern technology.

The new subsidiary further strengthens delivery security and shortens transport distances in the South East Asian market. In terms of population, Indonesia is the fourth biggest country in the world and its specific geography poses special challenges – the country is spread over more than 17,000 islands, of which only around 6000 are inhabited. Accordingly, optimised logistics combined with a close proximity to customers are Schütz’s primary goals. The advantages are reduced use of fuels, a better eco balance and higher cost efficiency.

The packaging products manufactured in Karawang also offer customers solutions for a wide range of applications. In order to address the special needs of the food industry the site is presently undergoing the FSSC 22000 certification process, which after completion will ensure and document the highest safety and purity standards in materials, the production process and the end product. For all guests, the key statement at the inauguration event was that Schütz is committed to continually building its position in South East Asia, and that its wide portfolio offers innovative, sustainable and secure transport packaging for a wide range of filling goods including acids, varnishes, paints or concentrates, foods and cosmetics.

Omron

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Automation specialist Omron will offer visitors a close encounter with its new FH high-speed, compact vision system and integrated robotics in the shape of a Delta pick-and-place robot. The cell will demonstrate how both technologies are becoming an essential part of production and packaging lines plus the benefits in regard to cost reduction, efficiency, repeatability and the redeployment of resources.

The FH vision system provides the highest image capture and processing speeds in its class – ten times faster than conventional systems – as well as seamless integration with PLCs, motion controllers and robotics systems. This allows high speed quality control of product appearance and completeness, as well as checks on date coding.

In addition, Omron’s experts will be on hand to demonstrate the latest safety and sensing and temperature control solutions including the new E3S-DB transparent object sensor offering better detection of glass bottles, PET bottles, transparent trays and packaging film.

Tel: 01908 258258
Email: uk@eu.omron.com
www.industrial.omron.co.uk

Stand C31

Penn Packaging

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Penn Packaging specialises in supplying a wide range of primary and secondary packaging equipment and other solutions. Their primary machinery supply partners, such as Meypack and SN, represent some of Europe’s leading packaging machinery manufacture and enable Penn Packaging to provide total packaging solutions to meet the needs of modern production environments either as single units or part of turnkey installations.

Penn’s sales team work closely with their clients and partners to evaluate the project and propose solutions that meet the entire customer’s requirements and providing an excellent return on investment.

Machinery systems available from Meypack include Shrink-wrapping machines, wrap-around case/tray packers, tray shrink wrapping solutions, palletisers and de-palletisers. SN Maschinenbau specialise in manufacturing high quality pouch packing systems for 3 or 4 side seal pouches, doy packs, stand-up pouches, shaped pouches and more.

Tel: +44 (0)1473 893990
Email: email@penn-packaging.co.uk
www.penn-packaging.co.uk

Stand F20

Yorkshire Packaging Systems

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Yorkshire Packaging Systems are celebrating almost forty years in business during the PPMA Show, with the introduction of the Flexo Servo X following their recent tie up with the leading German machine manufacturer Hugo Beck. Hugo Beck specialise in high end, high speed shrink wrapping and mailing applications and occupy a leading position in this technically demanding sector.

YPS will also unveil their new redesigned high speed SLAU 50×50 fully automatic L sealer and TR45/90 shrink tunnel, designed to work with the high quality Bollore shrink film – of which YPS are the sole UK distributor. The model incorporates new features which have been added to strengthen its position in the market. A new intuitive touch screen control system, servo controlled motors and a new pack detection system ensure faster speeds than ever before.

Also on display will be YPS’s complete range of sleeve wrapping systems for transit packaging.

Tel: +44 (0)1924 441355
Email: enquiries@yps.co.uk
www.yps.co.uk

Stand A30

Bigger and better for GO*DO

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Organic Italian chocolate brand GO*DO has unveiled a striking new range of 85g bars to complement its existing 35g six flavour offering. The new 85g bars will be available in Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa solids), Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate flavours.

Alongside the 35g range, which also includes Dark Chocolate with Almond, Dark Chocolate with Coffee and Milk Chocolate with Hazelnut flavours, the bars feature enhanced recipes and attractive new product packaging, emphasising GO*DO’s ‘bean to bar’ ethos.

GO*DO’s Simon Wright says, “While GO*DO’s 35g range has proven to be incredibly popular, consumers have demanded their chocolate in a larger format, and GO*DO has delivered in the brand’s three most popular flavours, at a price point to suit even the reluctant of impulse purchasers.”

The launch will be supported with a UK PR and marketing campaign across the print, broadcast and digital space.

GO*DO Organic Chocolate was created by a family of Italian chocolatiers, who have been creating blends of the finest organic chocolate for more than three generations. Now operating from state-of-the-art premises near Milan, the GO*DO team has total control over the manufacturing process from bean to bar, from farming the cocoa and harvesting the beans through to creating the chocolate.

GO*DO chocolate is available in Whole Foods and Planet Organic stores, and all good health food retailers throughout the UK, with an RRP of 89p for the 35g bars, and £1.89 for the new 85g bars.

Norpak

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Once again Norpak will be exhibiting at the PPMA Show, demonstrating their full range of labelling equipment with particular emphasis on Hang Tab application.

Norpak have recently been appointed as an authorised distributor by the Do-It Corporation, with particular emphasis on growing the automatic application of Hang Tabs. To this end, the company has produced a new version of their 1000 series label applicator enabling them to offer potential customers a fully integrated supply and apply solution.

It’s a particularly important year for Norpak as the company is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. Norpak are proud of their fifty year track record, and they look forward to continuing to provide innovative, reliable, and affordable labelling and packaging solutions. They provide a wide spectrum of products to both food- and non-food -based businesses worldwide, including many packaging and labelling products specifically designed for use in the sector.

Tel: +44 (0)1274 681022
Email: info@norpakltd.com
www.norpakltd.com

Stand H18

Matcon

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Matcon is a market leading organisation specialising in IBC systems for automatic powder handling and mixing.

The Matcon IBC system is ideal for those manufacturers that have a portfolio of products that are high in variety, but maybe low in volume or for those requiring recipe separation, for instance to avoid allergen cross contamination. The ability to blend without cleaning between recipe changes, and the flexibility to send IBCs to whichever packing line is ready, means that manufacturing flow is optimised and output maximised, providing a good return on investment.

Matcon’s stand will feature the revolutionary IBC Blender Intensifier which has extended their range of blending capabilities. The Intensifier has proven to be extremely beneficial in the bakery sector for single stage blending, in applications where fat and liquid addition is required and in the beverage sector, for ensuring micro and minor ingredients are well dispersed.

Tel: +44 1386 769000
Email: Matcon_marketing@idexcorp.com
www.matconibc.com

Stand D33

Markem-Imaje

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Markem-Imaje, VIP Area sponsor, will showcase the latest coding and marking technology at PPMA.

Exhibiting printers and coders for the food, beverage, dairy and extrusion markets, Markem-Imaje will display its latest solutions including continuous inkjet coders, print and apply labelling technology, the SmartLase C Series and the new thermal inkjet range.

In addition to interactive displays for all coding and marking machines, Markem-Imaje experts will explain how new coding solutions such as the Mark & Read system offered with CoLOS networking software, in partnership with Cognex, can help drive line efficiency and prevent missing codes and code quality issues.

The Markem-Imaje team will also demonstrate how unique promotional codes can be printed for marketing promotions with minimum impact on production, giving manufacturers the opportunity to explore new, more effective marketing strategies.

For further information about marking and coding solutions, visit the VIP area at PPMA.

Tel: 0161 333 8555
www.markem-imaje.co.uk

Stand G22