The food and beverage sector is under tremendous pressure to improve safety and traceability throughout the supply chain. Packaging plays a critical role in protecting the food and engaging customers to give them peace of mind. By Jai Rastogi, VP, packaging technology integrated solutions APMEA, Havi Global Solutions

Jan-Pieter Grootendorst, market development specialist, Symach, A thiele technologies company, gives his opinion on end-line packaging trends, and which aspects manufacturers should consider and opt for in order to improve their business.

The robag packaging system is a VFFS (vertical form fill sealing) packaging system with a fully integrated labeller and inserter that enables high-speed application of promotional labels and/or insertion of value-added two-dimensional (e.g. coupons) or three-dimensional items (e.g. toys or dry/liquid-filled sachets) into primary packaging.

Depending on the size of the label/insert, the integrated equipment enables a performance of over 450 labels and 500 inserts per minute, offering customers a high-performance single packaging system.

Further, directly mounted onto the system, the inserter and labeller do not require any additional floor space, and can be easily configured and controlled via the control screen.

The V5440 by Fox IV Technologies is a print/verify/apply labelling system that includes in-line verification for on-demand print and apply labelling.

The verification technology is integrated directly into the system to seamlessly verify barcodes and validate label design while the label is printing.

Should a label be set outside of the set parameters or should there be a blemished label, the system will send a warning or fault to alert operators or the WCS.

Suiting even applications with multiple barcodes, the system verifies and validates barcodes (1D and 2D), UPC, GS1-128, data matrix and QR codes to ISO standards, ensuring that they are in compliance.

More than just a position for product information and branding messages, beverage labels has evolved to provide more benefits for manufacturers. By Raffaele Pace, labelling product manager, Sidel

The L-A 6000 label printer applicator by Weber Packaging Solutions answers the demand for newer, faster and more versatile labelling systems. It can label variable-sized cartons and using a tamp-blow method, can print and apply up to 40 labels per minute to products varying in height up to 500 mm.

With a sensor to determine the height of the approaching product and the applicator which would immediately correct its position, labelling can be performed more accurately and up to 50 percent faster than conventional label printer-applicators.

The printer can print labels as thermal-transfer or direct thermal, and also has an ergonomically adjustable reel holder that handles label rolls up to 350 mm in diameter.

Multivac released a SpeedUp module for its cross web labellers, consisting of a servo-driven label advance and a label buffer, in which the pre-printed labels are temporarily buffered.

The solution increases the speed when thermal transfer printers are used at low ambient temperatures. The module decouples the labelling process from the printing process, with the printed labels advancing into the loop and being applied to the packs.

The overall line output therefore does not get affected by the thermal transfer printer, and by extending the module with a holding device for inkjet printers, two printing processes are available on a single line.

The Israel Health Ministry has ruled that Heinz Ketchup must be sold as "tomato seasoning" in Israel after local rival ketchup maker Osen argued that it does not contain sufficient tomato content. 

To cater to increasing demand, HP has opened its new Centre of Excellence in Singapore and made plans to expand an existing ink manufacturing facility located in the country. 

In North America, GM-free is the fastest growing clean label, representing food products not containing genetically modified organisms.

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