The Latest in Shipping Materials
A company has launched a cost-effective, user-friendly indicator to show how long product has spent outside its threshold temperature. Timestrip Plus Operates as a cool-chain tool for temperature-sensitive products where temperature breaches are concerned. The tool is activated by squeezing a bubble on top of the indicator. A viewing window changes color from white to blue and stays that way as long as the product is held at, or under, the safe temperature. The color moves across a scale when altered to show how long a product has been above that temperature. Timestrip PLC; 800/970-8825; www.timestrip.com.
A new mid-density foam plank uses up to 60% recycled content. PolyPlank Renew is a closed-cell polyethylene product that can replace foam plank cushioning applications with the benefit of environmental consideration. The new Renew features a density of approximately 1.5 lb pcf. This creates a mid-level cushioning panel. Renew is water resistant and has good insulation properties where required. According to the manufacturer, PolyPlank Renew is easy to fabricate, resilient, and non-abrasive. PolyPlank PE foam provides shock and vibration protection during product transport. It is available up to 48-in wide and in thicknesses ranging from ½- to 3-in. Pregis Corp.; 800/834-9441; www.pregis.com.
Perishable Pharmaceuticals Sensor
A company introduces cold-chain sensors for perishable healthcare products. New Coldstream sensors monitor variations of 1°F for temperatures ranging from –15° to 50°F. Using thermo-chromite links to electronic sensors that cell phones and GPS systems can read, the sensors can track temperatures from a two-days up a to two-year timespan. Programmable time intervals for reading temperatures range from two seconds to nine hours. The sensors can record how long the product was outside of the recommended temperature range. Sensors are reusable and flexible and offer a self-adhesive reverse side. Tamper-evident, customizable styles are available. Cortegra, Fairfield, NJ; 973/808-8000; www.cortegra.com.
A flap memory relaxer serves dual markets. The Model 36C aids container manufacturers that ship unsealed reshipper cases as well as packagers that close packed cases but need to reopen the flaps. It offers case and flap control at any speed. Cases are indexed from the packing station and are automatically timed into the infeed of the 36C. The leading inner flap is closed by a stationary tucker and the trailing flap is closed by a pneumatic tucker. A steel tongue rides down the case center to secure the minor flaps as the case is transferred. Contoured cast aluminum flap folders fold the major flaps then the top scores are spray moistened to reduce the flap score memory and then creased by multiple score-crimping wheels. These actions reduce flap memory and ensure trouble-free palletizing with no flap pop-up. The use of cool water for flap conditioning eliminates the risks and high energy costs associated with steam-operated flap conditioners. The machine’s heavy steel frame minimizes vibration and ensures years of continuous service with less maintenance. The 36C is compact and easily adjustable for a full range of case sizes by simple hand cranks. A-B-C Packaging Machine Corp.; 800/237-5975; www.abcpackaging.com