A series of Michelman’s barrier, functional and decorative coatings have been tested according to the updated FBA Protocol at the Western Michigan University School of Paper Engineering, and shown to pass the repulpability portion of the testing. The protocol was developed by a joint committee of the Fiber Box Association and the American Forest & Paper Association and is entitled a “Voluntary Standard for Repulping and Recycling Corrugated Fiberboard Treated to Improve Its Performance in the presence of Water and Water Vapor.”
Silliker Global Certification Services has been accredited as a certification body for the Safe Quality Food Program of the Food Marketing Institute. Silliker joins a handful of companies with the expertise and resources to audit suppliers and certify that they meet the rigorous standards of the SQF 1000 Code for growers, ranchers and other primary producers of food and ingredients, and the SQF 2000 Code for processors. The company can perform SQF audits throughout North America, Australia, China and New Zealand. Under its licensing agreement with SQF, Silliker will expand the countries covered in the near future.
VC999 Packaging Systems, based in Kansas City, Mo., announced that the expansion started in December 2006 at its facility in Montreal, Canada will be completed in September 2007. The new expansion will add an additional 18,550 sq. feet to the existing location. With the expansion, VC999 plans to expand its staff. The company has already hired two new employees and plan to hire more once construction is completed.
The Sherwin-Williams Company has been named the “2006 Best Supplier of the Year” by Steel Plus Network’s 80 steel fabricator members. Sherwin-Williams is a preferred member supplier of the Steel Plus Network, along with 35 other suppliers who work collaboratively with its fabricators. Steel Plus Network works to create and strengthen business ties between steel fabricators and preferred suppliers in order to establish long-lasting relationships. It offers programs, training and business development opportunities to its members.
Daifuku America celebrates 70 years in the material handling industry. Japan-based Daifuku operates more than 150 global offices, branches, subsidiaries and manufacturing facilities around the globe. In the U.S., the Salt Lake City office will continue to perform engineering, sales, project management and design functions for factory automation and distribution automation. The Reynoldsburg, Ohio office, which has focused on providing automobile factory automation, will be expanding its operations to now offer factory automation and distribution automation equipment.
Standard-Knapp will showcase its continuous motion 596S Continuum Shrink Wrapper in booth #C-2623 at Pack Expo 2007, October 15-17 in Las Vegas. Designed to handle PET, glass, and metal containers, Standard-Knapp’s Shrink Wrapper is made for
applications in the food, beverage, and household product industries. The 596S Continuum Shrink Wrapper features a PLC control system, with operator interfaces for both the tray and shrink functions, as well as a smaller interface at the shrink cut to assist in set-up. Precise film cutting is done with a simple rotating blade and is controlled by a servo system.
QC Industries recently extended the warranty on all new conveyors to five years. The full warranty details are available at www.qcindustries.com/warranty. In addition to the five-year warranty, QC Industries has also worked to reduce customer maintenance costs by moving to Lube-for-Life bearings. QC Industries conveyors can be adapted to a variety of applications, including packaging, automation, medical product and device manufacturing, assembly, material handling, manufacturing, clean rooms and more.
Safe Foods Corporation has announced that the company has received a letter of no objection from Health Canada to begin treating Canadian poultry products with the company’s Cecure®-brand food safety technology in processing facilities that employ air-chilling. Safe Foods received its first regulatory approval from Health Canada on March 23, 2007, allowing the company to enter the Canadian market.
Multivac Inc. will celebrate its 20th year as a local company in North America with a gala Oktoberfest event at its headquarters in Kansas City, MO. In addition, customers are invited to participate in the Multivac Anniversary Golf tournament at nearby Staley Farms Golf Club. The festivities will take place September 27-28, 2007. The Multivac Anniversary Golf tournament will be held Thursday, September 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by a traditional Bavarian dinner on the Multivac grounds. Friday, September 28 will begin with facility tours and a keynote address by former Wal-Mart Vice President Ken Parnell, followed by an authentic Oktoberfest with live music. Those wishing to attend are asked to register at www.multivac.com/RSVP, where further event details are also available.
Nelson-Jameson Inc. celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Besides a traditional offering of MRO (maintenance, repair and operating), safety and laboratory supplies, the company also stocks hard-to-find and specialty items. Product lines also include food packaging and ingredients, such as food coloring, enzymes, spices and peppers. Nelson-Jameson sells in all 50 states as well as all of North America, and has recently begun to export to other countries.