PACKAGING RESOURCE CENTER: The Latest in Shipping Materials and Containers
An adjustable case sealer features a four-belt drive designed for better traction. The a70 adjusts to seal a range of heights and sizes at up to 30 cases per minute. The a70 is designed to replace operations currently done by hand. It handles carton sizes ranging from 6 to 21.5 in. wide and 4.75 to 21.5 in. high and carries up to 65 lb. 3M Industrial Adhesives & Tapes, St. Paul, MN; 800/567-1639; www.3m.com/packaging.
A tape-dispensing machine is available with an integrated, high-resolution printer that enables printing of time and date stamps, logos, and other changeable messages directly onto tape as it is dispensed. The 300-dpi Better Pack 500 Ink-Jet system prints a one- or two-line message in variable character heights with up to three logos in each message. Up to 99 messages can be stored for changeover. Better Packages Inc., Shelton, CT; 800/ 237-9151; www.betterpackages.com.
Tape Security Features
A package of security features can be integrated into tear tape to protect brand owners against counterfeiting and tampering. Security Essentials comprises both overt and covert technologies and can be used individually or combined to provide multilayered security that integrates into tear tape, including microtext print, fine-line print, UV coat, color-shift inks, and holography. Payne Richmond Inc., Colonial Heights, VA; 804/518-1803; www.payne-worldwide.com.
A 127.5-cu-in. container uses a cascading-insulation design to control its internal temperature. The Thermal Insulation Chamber (TIC) system creates a continuous thermal-control barrier to protect payloads on all sides. The shipper can maintain temperatures for more than 120 hours, creating transport flexibility by allowing both international and standard ground shipping. Minnesota Thermal Science, Plymouth, MN; 877/537-9800; www.mnthermalscience.com.
A synthetic label has an aggressive adhesive and can withstand outdoor elements. The label stock is composed of HDPE and can be printed using thermal, laser, ink-jet, or dot-matrix methods. A clear Mylar overlay can encase and protect printing. The label can be applied to stainless-steel, HDPE, corrugated, wood, and powder-coated surfaces. The tape resists water, chemicals, and tears, and is UV-stabilized to prevent fading. It can be folded without cracking and withstands temperatures ranging from –20°F to 140°F. Badger Tag & Label Corp., Random Lake, WI; 800/331-4863; www.badgertag.com.
Devices with hermetic doors, optional racks, optional wheels, and a refrigerant or dry ice drawer insulate temperature-sensitive products. The Roll line of insulated cabinets are available in pallet, conventional, and plastic crate sizes. The devices’ 100% plastic design meets industrial requirements with performance exceeding ATP regulations. Hermani AG, Palm Beach, FL; 561/432-8940; www.hermaniag.com.
A container provides protection for small shipments of temperature-sensitive goods. The CLD measures 39.8 × 30.0 × 31.5 in. It features a dry ice–based, active temperature-control system, and transports products ranging from –4° to 68°F. The device is powered by 16 D-size alkaline batteries, with a maximum ice bunker capacity of 77 lb. Maximum operating period without re-icing is 84 hours. Envirotainer Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, FL; 954/217-2255; www.envirotainer.com.