NEWS: Industry Briefs
SI Systems (Easton, PA) has formed an alliance with Checkpoint Systems Inc. to provide customers with EPC-compliant RFID solutions. Through the agreement, SI Systems will have access to a variety of services and resources offered at the Checkpoint EPC Compliance Center in Thorofare, NJ, including a new, state-of-the-art RFID testing laboratory. As a result, SI Systems customers will have support infrastructure in place to meet EPC/RFID compliance deadlines.
Davis-Standard (Pawcatuck, CT) has opened Killion Laboratories, a new R&D facility in Houston, to provide its customers with a more centralized location for laboratory systems process development and customer trials. The 4350-sq-ft laboratory is a partnership between Davis-Standard and Jorgenson Machinery Corp. that will offer laboratory-scale sheet, blown film, cast film, and compounding systems.
New Jersey Packaging (Fairfield, NJ) has announced the addition of a new Aquaflex Instaprep 1000 press to its line of printing machines. The 10-in. six-color press contains Instant Change Technology features that significantly reduce job changeover time to maximize productive hours in printing, according to the company.
Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. (Chicago) has selected Cape Systems (Dallas) as its single-source vendor of palletizing software. Cape uses the Cape Pack pallet-loading and package design program to assist customers in creating new packages, case sizes, and pallet patterns that optimize the use of materials and storage space as well as trailer and container loading.
ColorMatrix Corp. (Cleveland) has opened a new headquarters facility in Berea, OH. The manufacturer of plastic packaging barrier additives opened the 130,000-sq-ft building to house its corporate offices, sales, customer service, laboratory, product development, production, and warehousing operations. The facility features a product development and applications laboratory that is fully equipped with injection molding, extrusion, preform injection, blow molding, and compounding equipment. In addition, a new and expanded analytical services laboratory provides a range of physical and chemical testing, including advanced gas-diffusion analysis.
SCA ThermoSafe (Arlington Heights, IL) has announced that its new official name is ThermoSafe Brands. The company made the change in order to align itself with the packaging business of SCA, SCA Packaging North America. As a division of SCA Packaging, ThermoSafe Brands will continue to offer a wide range of temperature assurance solutions to its customers, including expanded polystyrene and polyurethane insulated containers, refrigerant gel packs, data loggers, and durable transport goods. SCA Packaging North America manufactures and designs protective temperature-assurance and consumer plastic packaging, in addition to material handling and components for a variety of customers.
Accel Inc. (Lewis Center, OH) has changed the name of its Santa Ana, CA, operation, formerly called Accent Logistics, to Accel West. The facility is a joint venture between Accel Inc. and AmeriPak Industries and provides comprehensive assembly and packaging solutions. Accel West offers high-speed shrink-wrapping, RF clamshell sealing, high-speed horizontal overwrapping, display assembly, and order fulfillment.
The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) will present Expo Pack Mexico, said to be the longest-running packaging event in Mexico, on June 21–24 at Centro Banamex in Mexico City. The trade show will bring together 30,000 industry professionals and more than 700 exhibitors showcasing machinery, materials, containers, and components. Exhibitor and registration information can be found at www. expopack.com.mx.