T63 and D63 Autolabel Series Thermal Transfer Printers [VIDEO]


Mark Dingley, general manager of operations at Matthews Australasia takes a look at the new Autolabel series printers.

Designed to be compact, simple to operate and easy to maintain, the T63 and D63 printers use thermal transfer technology and can also handle direct thermal printing.

For more information on the product, click here.


Heat and Control: CEIA THS/21 Metal Detector


Heat and Control's Packaging Manager for Inspection and Sorting Equipment Rob Marguccio previews the CEIA THS/21 metal detector.

The CEIA THS/21 is designed to offer extreme sensitivity to all magnetic and non-magnetic metals, including stainless steel, and variations in product effect.


Foodmach: HEUFT Prime Fill Height Inspection System


Foodmach National Sales Engineer Lachie Hyndman provides an overview of the HEUFT Prime Fill Height Inspection System for bottles and cans.

The HEUFT Prime is designed to check full containers on filling and packaging lines of the beverage, food and pharmaceutical industry.

It includes modules for examining fill levels, closures, internal pressure and labels as well as detecting burst bottles and serial faults with a high degree of automation.


Chemical migration, food packaging and the Code

FSANZ is in the process of reviewing the Food Standards Code in relation to chemical migration from packaging into food, but what does this mean for food manufacturers?

It is an offence to sell food packaging or handling materials that are unsafe or will make food unsafe, but the Code does not yet comprehensively pin down at what level or exposure certain chemicals will become unsafe when used in packaging.

The Code – as it stands

Food businesses must comply with requirements in the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. Currently, there are four main areas of the code which cover chemical migration currently in force.

Standard 1.4.3 – Articles and Materials in Contact with Food

This standard specifies that any material in contact with food, including packaging material, must not cause bodily harm, distress or discomfort. But it does not specify materials that can be used in the manufacture of food packaging materials or the method of manufacture.

Standard 1.4.1 – Contaminants and Natural Toxicants

The standard includes maximum levels (MLs) for a few chemicals associated with migration from packaging, but is in no way exhaustive. It covers the real nasties, including vinyl chloride, tin, acrylonitrile (a genotoxic carcinogen) and other potential contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyls.

Standard 3.2.2 – Food Safety Practices and General Requirements.

This Australia-only standard details requirements on food businesses to only use packaging material that is fit for its intended use; only use material that is not likely to cause food contamination; and ensure that there is no likelihood that the food may become contaminated during the packaging process.

The code needs work, and they’re getting there. But in the meantime, what should manufacturers do?

Dr Barbara Butow, a senior scientist at Food Standards Australia New Zealand, says manufacturers can look to EU and US regulations, which are more comprehensive than Australia’s current standards.

EU or US codes – how are the two different?

The EU requirements regulate migration limits and migration into food, whereas the US requirements are around the packaging itself.

“The USFDA requirements are incredibly detailed around what you can use your packaging for and under what conditions, so temperatures and times and for what materials,” Butow says.

“So the outcome is the same, as I understand it, but the way that you get there is slightly different. I think the EU regulations appeal to a lot of companies because it’s a level that can be measured, whereas the US regulations, they’ve got a database of Cumulative Exposure Data Intake (CEDI), which is around the exposure to the chemical from the packaging.”

Butow says manufacturers can help ensure their product is safe by going back to their suppliers for assurance.

I think they need to be aware what the packaging material is, what potential chemicals could migrate from there and under what conditions. If it’s a material that’s going to be stored for a long time, is it greater potential for migration or leakage of chemicals.

“They need to look at how’s it going to be stored and what food is the packaging going to be used for. All those things are good manufacturing practice. If it’s following GMP, then you can look at some of the iso standards. If people are concerned about mineral oils leaking from cardboards then maybe put a barrier in, although some people say the barrier might not be adequate.

“So there are codes of practice out there which describe all these things and then there’s a code of practice for printing inks, the EuPIA code of practice.”

Butow says that while food manufacturers can access international regulations, they’re not easy to navigate.

“[International regulations] are not a one stop shop and certainly the code of federal regulation in the US, you have to go through layers upon layers to get down to the chemical that you’re interested in to get the actual requirement. It is there, but not the risk assessment behind it.”

Is it safe?

Butow says that while consumers might not assume there’s regulation on absolutely everything, they “just expect packaging to be safe.”

“It’s only when there’s something on the news and again it tends to have a bit of an imported food bend to it than people’s ears prick up.”

“We really welcome input from industry, it’s just a call for information, a call for participation,” Butow says.

“So if and when we go down the track of adding a bit of regulation, or touching up the standard, at least we’ll know who to approach for input.”

Dr Barbara Butow presented at the 2015 National Technical Forums.


Matthews takes on Compact agency

Matthews Australasia has been appointed the Australasian agent for Compact Labelling Systems.

Mark Dingley, general manager of Matthews, said “the Compact range has both automatic and semi-automatic models that will suit a wide variety of applications.

“The easy-to-set-up, robust units are designed for low maintenance, with minimal downtime and maximum efficiency, so manufacturers can confidently run their labellers for even the most demanding production lines. The modular designs have a smaller footprint, are simple to use and very cost-effective to operate.”

Dingley says taking on the Compact agency has allowed Matthews to expand its range of labellers from Label Print and Apply Systems to in-line labelling solutions, offering customers even more options.

“When we take on an agency, we do so because of what knowledge we can bring to the table and how we feel the solutions will meet the needs of Australian manufacturers.”

Compact’s automatic, inline labellers suit a variety of applications and needs, including top labelling, wrap labelling, wrap labelling with seam orientation, front and back, a combination of front & back and wrap, wrap labels oriented to flip marks on tubes, and wrap labelling or partially wrap labelling cones.

The semi-automatic models, which are portable, are suitable for slower production lines, low volumes or short runs to label bottles, jars, tubs, cans, tubes and the like.


HMPS8000 Coffee Pod Cartoning Machine [VIDEO]


HMPS State Manager Warren Brooker discusses the HMPS8000 coffee pod cartoning machine, which won the Best New Product Award at the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards.

Designed specifically for Vittoria coffee, the HMPS8000 coffee pod cartoning machine is a carton erector and robotic pick-and-place system that enables the company to carton and case pack locally.


Walls Machinery: Ulysses Robotic Shelf Ready Case Packer [VIDEO]


Walls Machinery General Manager Rob Lawrence provides an overview of the Adaptapack Ulysses Robotic Shelf Ready Case Packer, which received a High Commendation in the Best New Product Award category of the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards.

Made in Australia, Adaptapack’s Ulysses Case Packer features a patented collation gripper that is designed to offer simple collation for product lines.


Insignia’s A520i Continuous Inkjet printer [VIDEO]


Insignia product manager Peter Livingstone discusses the company's new water resistant A520i continuous inkjet printer.

Designed for wash-down environments, the A520i uses marine grade stainless steel (316) with IP66 rated fully sealed electronics from Domino’s plenum airflow cooling system.


The Skyfall conveyor system [VIDEO]


WRH Global Marketing Manager Adam Newman provides an overview of the Skyfall conveyor system.

Skyfall is designed to pick-up, transfer, weigh, eject and label products at high speed in a single plane or in the third dimension.


Furphy’s wall-climbing robot [VIDEO]


In the first of our Spotlight video series, Food Magazine takes a look at Furphy's climbing robot technology.

Furphy Engineering Managing Director Adam Furphy introduces the company's robotic tank inspection technology.

Developed in New Zealand, the remote climbing robot is designed to increase safety, reduce risk and improve the accuracy of tank inspections.

To check out what else Food Magazine got up to at AUSPACK, click here.




Food Magazine toured AUSPACK 2015 and caught up with Ralph Moyle, National President of the Australian Institute of Packaging and Marlene Cronje-Vermeulen, Packaging Technologist, Diageo Australia to discuss why AUSPACK is an important date on the calendar for all involved in the packaging industry.


AIP launch Mentoring program at AUSPACK

The AIP, in collaboration with Emberin, has launched the new Drive Your Career Mentoring program designed to support men and women to reach their potential in the food, beverage, manufacturing and packaging industries.

The program is supported by collaborative associations APPMA, LATMA, PAC NZ and SPE, is designed for everyone; whether you are starting your career or in need of a kickstart.

The program enables participants to master new skills and techniques over a 12 week period that allows them to create new patterns of behaviour, increased self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. They will also have access to fortnightly webinars with guest speakers from within our industry.

It is a newly-improved version of the Ignite Packaging initiative that the Institute successfully launched in 2014 and is designed to cater for all stages of career cycle to give a new jumpstart.

According to Maureen Frank, managing director of Emberin, “the AIP Drive Your Career Mentoring Program is all about you – your life, your career and your growth as a person and your development as a leader in all parts of your life, including your family, your community and your organisation.”

“Through our other mentoring programs we have personally witnessed some phenomenal changes in individuals – from astonishing career moves, to life balance plans that work, to winning new customers and clients – in all we have seen participants move their own mindsets – they have been able to shift their thought process around what they believe may be possible for them, as individuals – and then – act on it with great success,”

“The AIP Drive Your Career Mentoring Program will allow you to focus on yourself for the 12 week program – and that is something that we, as, in our busy lives, rarely do.” Frank said.

The 2015 AIP Drive Your Career program was launched at the 2015 National Technical Forums which were held alongside AUSPACK. Expressions of Interest are now open and applications close on Friday the 8th of May.

The AIP invites every company in the industry to ‘sponsor’ two participants in the Drive Your Career Mentoring program. To access an application form email info@aipack.com.au.


One week until AUSPACK

With over 315 exhibitors showcasing their products at AUSPACK, it’s time to start planning which stands to visit.

AUSPACK is Australia’s premier packaging and processing exhibition, where many of the exhibitors will be launching new and innovative solutions.

On its 30th anniversary, Adem Somyurek, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, State Government Victoria, will formally open the show.

With over 1200 brands, 315 exhibiting companies and the 2015 National Technical Forums, AUSPACK 2015 is the largest event yet with over 17,000sqm of the latest food and beverage processing technology and packaging machinery on show.

It is an opportunity to experience the latest machinery, innovations and technology from Australia and around the world

With a focus on processing and packaging, exhibitors will be demonstrating the latest plant equipment and machine technology for you to compare.

AUSPACK is owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Australia’s only national packaging and processing machinery organisation.


Victorian Minister Adem Somyurek to open AUSPACK 2015

Adem Somyurek, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, State Government Victoria, will formally open AUSPACK 2015.

According to Luke Kasprzak, Portfolio Director – Industrial Division, Exhibition and Trade Fairs, “As this is the APPMA’s 30th Anniversary AUSPACK we are very pleased that the Adem Somyurek will be officially opening Australia’s premier packaging and processing trade exhibition which will showcase innovative solutions from across the globe.

“Minister Somyurek will have the opportunity to walk the show floor and meet some of the 315 exhibitors – including 80 internationals and 67 APPMA Member companies – who represent over 1200 brands and will be showcasing new and innovative processing and packaging machinery.

“Having the Minister open AUSPACK is a wonderful opportunity for our exhibitors and visitors to see how the event is recognised for the significant role it plays in the industry.” Kasprzak said.

AUSPACK is owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Australia’s only national packaging and processing machinery organisation.


Best New Product Finalists announced

The finalists are out for the 2015 Best New Product Award which will be awarded on March 25 at the 2015 APPMA Industry Excellence Awards.

The Best New Product Award is designed to recognise the most innovative product or equipment in the packaging and processing industry that is launched in Australia for the first time during AUSPACK 2015.

The finalists:

CLP Casepacker (Case Packing Systems)

The CLP Casepacker is a highly flexible compact designed pick and place casepacking machine with simplicity in mind. The system loads products into plastic crates, corrugated cases or open top trays (with or without stacking shoulders) automatically.

Skyfall Conveyor System (Denipro)

Skyfall is the conveyor system for Distribution, Logistics and Industrial applications and is a highly flexible conveyor and processing system that can be used across a wide range of industries. It has been designed for conveying from A to B, Linking processes in a simple way, compensating of varying process speeds, decoupling processes by buffering, order-picking, sorting, processing, controlling.

Coffee Pod Cartoning Machine (HMPS)

This HMPS8000 is a carton erector and robotic pick and place system for small pre-sealed product (pods), and is manufactured at HMPS in Adelaide, Australia. The major requirements of the coffee pod cartooning machine were to provide a means of conveying the coffee pods from two different types of filling machines to the HMPS8000 Carton Packing Cell, with the proviso that either system could be used with minor changes required.

HEUFT prime (Heuft SystemTechnik GMBH)

The HEUFT prime combines tried and tested modules for examining fill levels, closures, internal pressure and labels as well as detecting burst bottles and serial faults with a very high degree of automation and a revolutionary new user guidance.

Packaging Safety System (SICK)

The guarding or protection of the Infeed Zone has always been a challenge for designers and engineers which often leads to complex machine design. The solution to this is the use of two optical sensors in combination with a safety relay for redundant presence and position control at the infeed zone delivering personnel safety. The new safety solution designed by SICK is more economical and easy to install without interfering in machine operability and also aligns with the AS4044 standard.

Domino A520i IP66 inkjet printer (insignia)

The Domino A520i continuous inkjet printer has been designed to meet the specific needs of wash down or very dusty environments using marine grade stainless steel. The IP66 electronics sealed enclosure is cooled using an innovative plenum cooling system. The total cost of ownership is significantly reduced through the combination of ultra-low make up usage and service-free operation through the innovative i-Tech ink system.

IRB1200 Case Packing Robot (ABB Australia)

The IRB 1200 is a fast, compact case-packing robot that is ideally suited for high speed pick-and-place applications, particularly case packing and the loading of thermoform packaging machines. The IRB’s compactness is achieved by design as it has no offset in axis two. This innovation results in a longer stroke than other robots, meaning the IRB 1200 can work very close to its base and still be functional.

A-Series Label Printer Applicator (Matthews Australasia)

The unique and brilliant A-Series Label Printer Applicator is the easiest-to-use print-and apply system on the market. It is ideal for manufacturers with very high demands on ease of use and uptime. The A-Series only uses sealed ball-bearings, giving maximum working life — even in rough environments.

Ulysses Shelf Ready Case Packer (Walls Machinery/Adaptapack)

This new machine has been specifically designed to offer a robotic, automated packaging solution for shelf ready products, a growing trend in today’s market. The Ulysses uses patented collation system offers simple collation for product lines. It has a small footprint and the flexible design can be tailored to suit the individual customers’ needs, easily being combined with existing case erecting/sealing equipment if required.


AUSPACK set for a record-breaking exhibition

Set to open in less than two months AUSPACK will showcase the most exhibitors covering the largest floor space and the biggest educational program.

Luke Kasprzak, portfolio director – Industrial Division, Exhibition and Trade Fairs, said “We are very pleased to announce that AUSPACK 2015 will have the largest floor space of any exhibition in its history at 8017 sqm and we have over 315 exhibitors including, a record number of 80 internationals and 67 APPMA Member companies,”

“This year AUSPACK will represent over 1200 brands showcasing new and innovative processing and packaging machinery. During the four-day exhibition, visitors will have the opportunity to meet with hundreds of companies and learn about everything from packaging and processing through to components and materials,”

“Under the umbrella of Packaging & Processing Week, the 2015 National Technical Forums will also be held during the week. The forums are designed as the educational component of AUSPACK and they too have broken records by expanding to a four-day program. This year delegates will have the opportunity to hear 39 speakers from 8 countries cover an extensive range of topics under the theme Open Innovation & Collaboration,” he said.

“Attending the 30th Anniversary AUSPACK between the 24th to the 27th of March 2015 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre is an absolute must for anyone looking to learn about the latest innovations in packaging and processing. Whether it is visiting the exhibition, or participating in the educational program AUSPACK offers something for everyone.” Kasprzak said.

AUSPACK is owned and presented by the Australian Packaging and Processing Machinery Association (APPMA), Australia’s only national packaging and processing machinery organisation.

To register to attend AUSPACK visit www.auspack.com.au.


AUSPACK celebrates 30 years

AUSPACK, the largest biennial packaging and processing machinery and materials exhibition in Australia turns 30 this year.

From humble beginnings, AUSPACK was held for a dozen companies on a cement floor at the Horden Pavilion in Sydney.

The founders of APMA, as the Association was known thirty years ago (now APPMA), believed that the industry needed a specialised trade show for packaging and processing machinery.

Malcolm Miller of National Packaging was the original instigator and invited Bob Brook of Bud Pak, Bill Juknitis of Advance Machinery, David Tierney of Heat and Control and Barton Porter of Inteco Australia, to work together to develop an exhibition worthy for the Australian and New Zealand market.

Thirty years later AUSPACK has grown to a trade show with a 7863 square metre floor space, showcases over 315 exhibitors – with record numbers of 67 APPMA Member companies and 80 internationals – and is recognised as an integral date in the international packaging and processing calendar. Five of the founding member companies are exhibiting this year: CPS, Heat & Control, MPI, Nordson and Walls Machinery.

Visit the APPMA on stand 255 at AUSPACK 2015 to find out more about the Association and ask for your copy of the 2015 APPMA Members Directory.


2015 National Technical Forum program now available

Eight internationals and thirty-seven speakers will cover an extensive range of topics at the 2015 National Technical Forums.

Following a number of highly successful National Technical Forums over the last six AUSPACK exhibitions, the 2015 Forums will be designed to deliver a four-day educational program that will cover a broad range of topics relating to the theme Open Innovation & Collaboration.

Keynote speakers include: Innes Willox, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Industry Group, Jane Anderson, Personal Branding Expert and Author of IMPACT, Adam Robinson, Senior Packaging Technologist, Coles, Chris Smith, General Manager – Sales & Marketing, Orora Beverage and Daniel Grimsey, Packaging Analyst, Euromonitor.

International Speakers include: Klas Bengtsson, Global Product Manager, ABB Robotics, Dr Bradley Fain, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Steve Davies, Director of Corporate Communications, Nature Works, Oliver Trodel, Product Support, Competence Centre Filling Technology, KHS, Peter Buchhauser, Head of Sales Asia Pacific, Krones, Toru Ichikawa, Managing Director, Hosokawa Yoko, Cooper Tyo, Asia Pacific Business Manager, Automated Packaging Systems and Gurjinder Singh, Area Sales Manager, Oceania and NW U.S, Tomra Sorting Solutions.

Other speakers that will be presenting include: Dr Barbara Butow, Senior Scientist, Food Standards ANZ, Marlene Cronje-Vermeulen MAIP, Packaging Technologist, Diageo Australia, Jackie Smiles, Environment & Sustainability Manager, Blackmores, Stephen Pahl, Research Scientist, SARDI and Jacqui Wilson-Smith, Global Head of Marketing & Innovation to name just a few.

To register to attend the 2015 National Technical Forums, click here.