Plastics News reporter Sarah Smith compiled these new-product items at Pack Expo in Chicago. Astro-Valcour Inc., a Glens Falls, N.Y., producer of polyethylene and polypropylene sheet foam cushioning, introduced Micropack-brand PP foam.
The closed-cell foam is used to protect polished surfaces like plates, tile, die-molded parts and glass. AVI claims Micropack-brand is the most cost-effective solution for interleaving parts. The foam comes in bundle lengths of 1,500 feet and 60 and 72 inches wide. AVI has 15 manufacturing and distribution centers in North America.
Tel. (518) 743-3100, fax (518) 743-3312.
A new dispensing system for Environmental Packaging L.P., called Envirofiller, is a biodegradable mold-in-place packaging material.
The system consists of a tube attached to an adjustable nozzle that lightly propels the starch-based material from a storage hopper into a box, bag or container holding an item to be shipped. It works well with an overhead gravity feed system that releases material.
Applications include shipping rebuilt computers, consumer decorative items and scientific instruments.
Enviromold was developed by the Norel Paper Co., based in Little Ferry, N.J., a division of Unisource, and is being marketed by a partnership among Enpac, a DuPont and ConAgra Co. joint venture based in Wilmington, Del., Cincinnati-based Storopack Inc. and Norel.
Tel. (302) 695-5273, fax (302) 695-5886.
Brown Machine Division of John Brown Plastics Machinery introduced its SR-3036 Steel Rule Die Thermoformer, which forms and trims oriented polystyrene trays in a 20-cavity mold.
The form station is rated at 100 pounds per square inch. In addition, the trim station is designed for 150 tons trimming force and has X-Y-Z and arc adjustment that can be adjusted while operating. Both the trim and form stations are designed for 15 minute tool changes. Maximum SR-3036 tool dimensions are 30 inches wide and 36 inches long.
The Beaverton, Mich.-based firm is part of Kvaerner A.S.A. of London.
Tel. (517) 435-7741, fax (517) 435-2821.
Seal-n-Serve packages, targeted for food-delivery organizations, can be used in ovens, microwaves and freezers.
Edgerton, Wis.-based Green-Tek Inc. stocks single-, double- and three-compartment trays made from PET. The film covering the trays is self-venting and peelable and can be marked with common pressure-sensitive labels or ink markers.
Manual heat sealers can seal 15-20 meals a minute. The film, which can be used in ovens, is heat sealed to the tray flange.
Tel. (608) 884-9454, fax (608) 884-9459.