• Packaging – the past, present and future

    Packaging – the past, present and future

    Through its innovative Academy and technical training workshops, National Flexible is leading the sector towards a more sustainable future It is difficult for many of us to remember that, not so many years ago, food packaging was a much simpler technology. Cartons and cans were the dominant packaging materials and whilst films were used, they

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  • Cassel X-ray unit XBD10

    Cassel X-ray unit XBD10

    Recently SCS (UK) Ltd installed two X-Ray inspection machines into a factory in Lancashire. The challenge was to inspect a small 45g pot of oats with foil lid. Most X-Ray systems require a set of curtains to contain the X-Ray emissions. However, this system would have knocked the pot over as they are being presented

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  • Minebea Intec wins the race against time with its fast X-ray inspection system

    Minebea Intec wins the race against time with its fast X-ray inspection system

    When a machine defect caused a German based manufacturer to suspect a metal part had contaminated its food product during the filling process, it urgently installed a fast inspection solution from Minebea Intec to solve the problem without delay. The German food company is renowned for a high-quality, innovative product range including supplements, soups, cereal

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  • ToPo®: Turning bottle caps into business

    ToPo®: Turning bottle caps into business

    Every week, an incalculable number of screw top bottle caps are discarded without a moments thought Annual consumption of plastic bottles is set to top two trillion by 2021 according to a Guardian report from 2017, a large percentage of which will end up in our oceans or in landfill. British inventor Willy Johnson, however,

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  • New Krones Ergobloc line at Shepley Spring

    New Krones Ergobloc line at Shepley Spring

    Shepley Spring has been bottling business growth for 23 years. Its ongoing partnership with Krones UK has been key to its success Shepley Spring was founded in 1996 and in its first year the company produced 100,000 bottles: today the figure exceeds 250 million. This extraordinary growth has been supported in no small way by

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  • Parkside creates compostable coffee packaging for Percol

    Parkside creates compostable coffee packaging for Percol

    Packaging solutions specialist, Parkside Flexibles, has developed a sustainable pack for Percol Coffee, enabling it to become the first in the world to use a compostable package for all types of coffee packs. Made from bio-based materials, the packs provide excellent oxygen, aroma and moisture barriers that extend the shelf life of roast, ground and

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  • Mondi sets its sights firmly on the global ice cream packaging market

    Mondi sets its sights firmly on the global ice cream packaging market

    Eating ice cream may seem like child’s play. Running an ice cream business certainly is not. Mondi plunged head first into that market via its July 2016 acquisition of Turkish flexible packaging manufacturer Kalenobel, with that firm’s Istanbul headquarters and pair of production facilities in the northern Turkish city of Kirklareli. Key factors such as

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  • Cimcorp provides new order picking system and keg gripper for Olvi Brewery

    Cimcorp provides new order picking system and keg gripper for Olvi Brewery

    Cimcorp, a manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic gantry-based order fulfilment and tyre-handling solutions, announces it is providing a robotic dolly picking system for Olvi Brewery at its headquarters facility in Iisalmi, Finland. From this location, Olvi distributes beers, ciders, soft drinks, energy drinks and bottled water directly to retailers all over Finland. The Cimcorp

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  • Unlike a lot of packaging manufacturers Macpac designs and manufactures

    Unlike a lot of packaging manufacturers Macpac designs and manufactures

    Their flexibility allows for packaging runs from 1000 into millions. Macpac offers individual expert advice to each and every customer always looking at things from a refreshing perspective. Their concept to production process includes designing around an initial idea, computer aided design (CAD), tooling, production and finally fulfilling expectations with the finished product. So rather

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