Senior reporter Bill Bregar gathered the following items at SouthPack, held May 18-20 in Atlanta.
APS offers collating conveyor
Automated Packaging Systems Inc. of Streetsboro, Ohio, introduced a Kit-Veyor collating conveyor to bundle groups of fasteners or electronic components for packaging at high speed.
A redesigned machine can collate as many as 60 kit batches a minute.
The firm also showed a new Masterpack System, which can pack Automated Packaging's smaller Autobags inside one, larger bag. The bags are used to package small, loose products for retail display.
The machinery firm also showed its DuraClear Autobags polyethylene bags on a roll, and demonstrated a machine for printing on the Autobags.
DuraClear autobags are stronger and have better clarity than competing linear low density PE bags, the company claimed. The Multi-Print thermal transfer imprinter can print in two colors, in-line on the same side of an Autobag. It is the company's first two-color imprinter.
Intertape intoduces shrink film
Quebec-based Intertape Polymer Group introduced a cross-linked polyethylene shrink film.
Intertape said its Exlfilmplus LTG is 25 percent thinner that competitive films. The cross-linked material provides consistent sealing and shrinking at a broad range of temperatures, the company said. Each roll contains 33 percent more film.
Intertape Polymer also redesigned its bottom-belt carton sealer, the Interpack machine.
Tenneco PE sleeves cushion wares
Tenneco Packaging showed its Sleevit foamed polyethylene sleeves for protecting tomatoes, wine bottles or other smooth shapes, like a second skin.
Sleevit sleeves are made of one-eighth-inch-thick polyethylene Astro-Foam sheet. Tenneco die cuts the sheet so it stretches into diamond-shaped mesh.
Tenneco Packaging, of Lake Forest, Ill., also announced 11 new sizes for its ProFlex foamed PE tubes and bars. The product, launched last year, now comes in 37 stock items.