Processing & Packaging

PACK EXPO takes place next week in Las Vegas. Pic: Getty Images/LPETTET

PMMI on predictive maintenance

By Jim Cornall

Predictive maintenance has become more than just a catchword for the packaging and processing industry, growing to an impactful necessity for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies, according to the Packaging and Predictive Maintenance white paper produced...

Cavitation occurs when the liquid in a centrifugal pump starts to vaporize and create bubbles. Pic: ABB

Driving away bubble trouble

By Jim Cornall

Pump cavitation is a serious issue for the dairy industry. As well as damaging pumping systems, it can result in poor quality products that may even have to be discarded.

The completed thermalizer raises the temperature of the product from -5°C to 18°C prior to the final heater. Pic: HRS

HRS meets tight spec for dairy heat exchanger

By Jim Cornall

Burra Foods is an Australian dairy ingredient processor, producing value-added dairy products for the global food manufacturing market. An upgrade at its processing plant in Korumburra in the State of Victoria necessitated the use of a heat exchanger...

   The seat valves with increased pressure and temperature range control and switch media with up to 25 bar overpressure and temperatures from -40°C to 230°C. Pic: Bürkert Fluid Control Systems

New Bürkert control valves with 1m switching cycles

By Jim Cornall

Bürkert has introduced durable and low-maintenance on/off and control valves for switching and controlling gases, liquids and steam in the process and food industries that are suitable for media pressures up to 25 bar and temperatures up to 230°C.

Dairy Dialog podcast 151: NCFM, OAL, Signode

Dairy Dialog podcast 151: NCFM, OAL, Signode

By Jim Cornall

This week, we have two interviews, one on steam infusion with Dr Wayne Martindale, Associate Professor, Enterprise & Food Insights and Sustainability at the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing, and Jake Norman, sales director...

As part of its digital transformation drive for food and beverage manufacturers, all new SIG filling line systems and downstream units are now equipped with built-in bi-directional digital recipe management. Pic: SIG

SIG adds digital recipe management

By Jim Cornall

As part of its digital transformation drive for food and beverage manufacturers, all new SIG filling line systems and downstream units are now equipped with built-in bi-directional digital recipe management.

The GEA Ariete Homogenizer 3160 can be customized with more than 300 options. Pic: GEA

GEA launches new Ariete and laboratory homogenizers

By Jim Cornall

GEA has recently extended its range of homogenizers with the GEA Ariete Homogenizer 3160 and the GEA TriplexPanda Lab Homogenizer for the dairy, beverage, food, pharmaceutical, chemical and cosmetics industries.

There's great concern globally over the effect of plastic in the oceans, but could marine seaweed provide an answer to the problem?

Will seaweed be the next sustainable packaging source?

By Jim Cornall

Packaging company DS Smith said it is exploring how seaweed fibers can be used as a raw material in paper and packaging products amid increasing demand for sustainable goods from customers and consumers.

The newly-opened center is based in Rochester, NY. Pic: Proampac

ProAmpac opens new innovation center

By Jim Cornall

Flexible packaging company ProAmpac has officially opened its new Collaboration & Innovation Center (CIC) in Rochester, NY.

The machine is designed to package portions of cheese in MAP, eliminating the usual lengthwise and crosswise seals of flow pack machines. Pic: Ulma

Ulma debuts new packaging machine for cheese portions

By Jim Cornall

Spanish packaging company Ulma has added a new model of flow pack packaging machine to its catalog, with side sealing and shrink wrap film (BDF), especially designed for portions of cheese in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for direct sale to consumers.

Dairy Dialog podcast 142: Danone, Formo, PACCOR

Dairy Dialog podcast 142: Danone, Formo, PACCOR

By Jim Cornall

We have conversations with Oscar Zollman Thomas, Formo’s lead researcher; Sumathi Manjunath, digital infrastructure & sustainability director at Danone Specialized Nutrition; and PACCOR CEO, Andreas Schuette.

PACK EXPO Las Vegas is back in September. Pic: Getty Images/LPETTET

What to expect at PACK EXPO Las Vegas' September return

By Jim Cornall

Live, in-person technology in action for the first time in 18 months is one of the features of the packaging and processing trade show PACK EXPO Las Vegas and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, which take place from September 27 to 29 at the Las Vegas Convention...

Pic: Getty Images/SB

Tekni-Plex to acquire Grupo Phoenix

By Jim Cornall

US headquartered Tekni-Plex has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Grupo Phoenix in a deal that will bolster Tekni-Plex’s ability to deliver market-focused, customer-driven packaging solutions, especially in the food and beverage markets.

TM-Ply webs are suitable for a range of vacuum or MAP packaging applications including refrigeration, freezing, pasteurization, and cooking. Pic: Sealed Air

Sealed Air makes thermoformable webs recycle-ready

By Jim Cornall

Sealed Air has evolved its range of thermoformable food packaging webs and made them recycle-ready as it moves toward creating 100% recyclable or reusable packaging solutions.

SIG’s aluminum-free combibloc ECOPLUS solution is now available in the combiblocMidi family format, enabling dairy customers to choose the squarish pack and tap into demand for more sustainable packaging at the same time.  Pic: SIG

SIG extends aluminum-free packaging formats

By Jim Cornall

SIG’s aluminum-free combibloc ECOPLUS solution is now available for the combiblocMidi family format, enabling dairy customers to choose the squarish pack and tap into demand for more sustainable packaging at the same time.

The new film is suitable for a range of applications across food, beverage, grocery retail, quick service restaurant, and stadium foodservice. Pic: Sidaplax

Sidaplax produces PHA home compostable packaging film

By Jim Cornall

EarthFirst Films by Sidaplax, a global bioplastic film technology and manufacturing company, announces the successful completion of the first commercial run of PHA (Polyhydroxyalkanoate) home-compostable packaging film.

The Pure-TwistFlip is designed to provide a new option for brands looking to meet the growing consumer demand for sustainable packaging. Pic: Elopak

Elopak debuts tethered caps

By Jim Cornall

Elopak is introducing a new tethered cap solution for its Pure-Pak cartons – the Pure-TwistFlip.