Industry Briefs


Folding carton manufacturer Rondo-Pak (Norristown, PA) showcased its new expansion during an open house on June 12. The company has added a new KBA Rapida 105 printing press with hybrid technology that handles both conventional and UV inks. It also features a Drivetronic plate mounting system, an Anilox coating unit, and a Densotronic scanner. Rondo-Pak also has a Man Roland 700 printing press. Another recent addition was a Bobst Media 45 Gluer that can operate at speeds of up to 90 thousand cartons per hour.

Custom injection molder and contract manufacturer Plastics Engineering and Development Inc. (PEDI; Carlsbad, CA) announced the manufacture of a pharmaceutical diagnostic tray produced through a customized film insert molding process. Using a 120-ton Sumitomo injection-molding machine outfitted with a Yushin robot, PEDI is molding a 384-well tray for biological testing. Human cells and pharmaceutical drugs are placed in the wells of the tray for research and development. To manufacture the tray, plastic is molded onto the film in a Class-100,000 clean room. The critical requirements for this application include flatness of the molded well tray and maintaining the clarity of the film.

Menasha Corp. has broken ground on its Wide Web printing facility in Neenah, WI. The expansion will add about 44,000 sq ft to the printing facility. It will include the addition of a press that will increase Menasha Packaging’s growth opportunities for product provided directly to customers as well as for its internal use. The press is manufactured by Fischer & Krecke.


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