Around 2,700 exhibitors can therefore be expected again from 4 to 10 May 2017, coming from about 60 different countries.
With over two months to go for Interpack, WhatPackaging? brings your guide to the exhibition highlights at this year's show.
BASF to offer sustainable solutions
Hall 10, Booth 43
The broad range of products offered by BASF is focusing on packaging products that reduce the environmental and ecological footprint while still being an economically viable option.
Ultramid Flex F38L is an entirely new, partly bio-based copolyamide. The softness and extremely high transparency allows manufacturers to use a polyamide for vacuum skin packaging. The new grade has a different O2/CO2 transmission ratio to all other polyamides and can be used for cheese ripening bags or modified atmosphere packaging.
Ultramid C37LC is a new copolyamide allowing manufacturers of shrink film for food packaging to achieve higher hot water and hot air shrinkage.
BASF is presenting the biomass balance approach applied for the packaging industry. Using this concept, renewable raw materials are used as feedstock in the beginning of BASF’s integrated Verbund production system and then allocated to specific sales products. As a consequence, these products save fossil resources and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Behn + Bates
Hall 12, Booth D08
Behn + Bates will present its new packing machine Roto-Packer Adams Care-Line edition. It is an FFS system for filling powders into common PE film bags – and more especially into double-layer PE film bags for better product protection. The USP of the machine is the attention to hygiene. The new machine makes it possible to seal PE film bags up to the outer edge. It is said to have a perfect edge definition in order to protect the products in the filled bag from vermin, dirt, deteriorations, etc.
Bosch to introduce integrated topload cartoner
Hall 6, Booth A31
Bosch Packaging Technology – in partnership with recently acquired Kliklok Corporation – will introduce the Kliklok ITC at Interpack 2017. This integrated topload carton forming, loading and closing solution complements Bosch’s current packaging portfolio, and enables it to offer its food customers complete system solutions for primary, secondary and tertiary packaging. According to the company, the new development boasts one of the highest speeds available for a solution with such a small footprint, and has a large carton size range. This allows manufacturers to save production space and increase product output without compromising on quality.
FlexLink to focus on Industry 4.0
Hall 6, Booth D31
FlexLink will demonstrate mechanical and digital integration of two packaging lines with machinery from the Coesia Group. Together with Acma, Emmeci, Hapa and Norden Machinery, FlexLink will set up a smart production line for luxury packaging.
“At Interpack 2017, visitors will be able to follow the entire process of customised orders – from online ordering through production and packaging to delivery,” said Viktor Hermanson, marketing manager at FlexLink. “We will demonstrate real production in two packaging lines connected to a collaborative end-of-line palletizing cell. In addition, the installation will be capable of on-demand printing and full traceability,” added Hermanson.
GEA Packaging Equipment
Hall 7A, Booth B09/B31
“Packed with inspiration” is the theme for the GEA stand at Interpack, where it will present systems for packaging of food, confectionery and baked goods, beverages, medical and technical items, and pharmaceuticals.
One of the highlights is a new thermoformer configuration developed as a basic machine with restricted functionality. The entry-level GEA DeltaPak provides is aimed at small-scale packaging operations. It is part of the recently re-defined GEA PowerPak range, which makes specifying a thermoformer for a particular application easier and cost-effective by omitting unnecessary functions.
PowerPak presentation will also feature an integrated slicing/packaging line for larger-scale operations. The line includes an OptiScan, a pre-scanning system to minimize give-away and increase the yield of sliced portions, a DualSlicer 1200 with Interleaver and Check 4000 weigher designed to slice raw ham, and a ShingleLoader to load portions automatically into the PowerPak packaging unit.
ILLIG to unveil variable IML in thermoforming
Hall 6, Booth E02
ILLIG will demonstrate its expertise in in-mould labelling in thermoforming (IML-T) combined with clean and hygienic filling and packaging of dairy products. In live demonstrations ILLIG will show the production of rectangular cups out of PP on the IML-T production line IC-RDM 70K, forming area 680 mm x 300 mm, together with the compact IML unit RDML 70b. The 18-up mould produces cups with 3 different labels at the same time with an hourly output of 17,280 cups.
The company spokesperson said, “IML thermoforming developed by ILLIG is more favorable with regard to cost aspects than IML injection moulding, for example, which is also used for decoration of plastic packs. The IML-T system allows flexible decoration of most cup shapes with labels. Moreover, investment amounts for moulds and maintenance costs are cheaper than in injection moulding.”
Impel Services (Welbound) to launch Stelda random case sealer with multiple sealing options
Hall 8B, Booth G60
The first-timer at Interpack, India’s post-press specialist, Welbound (Impel Services) will exhibit its Stelda range of case sealing machines.
The AR500 GT model supports hotmelt glue, water-based dispersion adhesive as well as BOPP tapes. According to P Sajith of Impel, each box is measured before entry into the machine and every setting is automatically changed to seal the box perfectly. The on-demand case sealing (ODCS) feature provides flexibility to brands for manufacturing, where the market demands multiple SKUs. Every box that can be sealed by the AR500 can be a different size - be it length or width or height.
The multiple sealing options - of adhesives and/or tapes allows contract packagers to switch between the preferred options - without moving into another line or machine. The solution also supports taping after gluing for providing additional security as required by brands.
Linx Printing Technologies’s coding and marking applications
Hall 11, Booth C58
Linx Printing Technologies’ will showcase models across its many different ranges of equipment and technologies and new additions to the company’s continuous ink jet (CIJ) printers and laser coders, along with its thermal transfer, thermal inkjet and case coder ranges.
The full range of Linx laser coding solutions will be on display including the newly launched Linx CSL10 and CSL30.
Marchesini to showcase five lines and 12 packaging machines
Hall 8a, Booth F05-G12
Marchesini group will have five lines and 12 stand-alone machines that cover almost the entire panorama of the primary and secondary packaging process: from blisters to syringes, from counting to stickpacks, through to jars, tubes and their packaging into bundles and boxes.
Besides the well-known integrated line Unica for packaging pre-filled syringes and the Stery line for aseptic packaging will be some brand new machines. The Integra 520 V is the fastest of the robotic blister packaging lines made by Marchesini Group. It will be exhibited together with the new labeller by Neri BLA 525 and the new fast bundler FA 04 by Multipack, which are both built to manage the flow of 500 cartons a minute incoming from the cartoner Cinquecento.
Mettler-Toledo’s range of inspection systems
Hall 11, Stand B55
Mettler-Toledo’s team of experts will guide the visitors through its extensive range of product inspection solutions. At its stand it will showcase metal detection systems, checkweighers, X-ray systems, vision inspection systems and track & trace modules and software.
Multivac will focus on vacuum skin packs
Hall 5, Booth E23
The company will showcase MultiFresh for producing vacuum skin packs on the compact R 105 MF thermoforming packaging machine and the T 300 H traysealer. The R 105 MF is an economical entry-level model for vacuum skin packs in small to medium-sized batches. Besides this, Multivac will also feature its range of MultiFresh films, which can be used as a replacement for thicker materials without compromising on quality.
Optima’s mission total care
Hall 16, Booth F25, F26
Optima’s theme at the show is ‘Mission Total Care’. With new HMI technologies, software tools and sensor technology signal will focus on efficient packaging processes and comprehensive life cycle management.
Optima Nonwovens will demonstrate ‘Project Zero’, which boasts about production flexibility. This machine perfectly adapts to the requirements with optimised format change time, a new stacker for feminine care products and a platform with a completely modular design. The operator specifies designs and data, the machine handles the rest. The different packagings are produced inline. Furthermore, new sensor technology leads to process stability that is once again significantly increased.
Siegwerk’s tailor-made ink solutions
Hall 18, Booth E13
At Interpack 2017’s supplier tradefair named Components, Siegwerk will demonstrate its tailor-made ink solutions and services that address current and future packaging trends at Booth E13 in Hall 18.
According to a Siegwerk press release, the company has already launched several innovative solutions that were developed to help customers keep track of future-focused industry trends. This includes LED UV flexo inks for food and pharmaceutical packaging, UV inkjet inks for labels, sustainable water-based inks for paper and board applications and a new ink range for gravure printing, based on a polyurethane binder system and free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
Besides this, the ink manufacturer is also looking into future management issues to enhance its future viability and ensure the company’s success going forward.
Stora Enso to launch Ensocoat luxury carton board
Hall 18, Booth B20
Stora Enso is set to introduce upgraded Ensocoat luxury and graphical carton board, which can be used in various applications.
Ensocoat has been developed for use in graphical applications and luxury packaging for consumer products such as cosmetics, perfumes, champagne, spirits and chocolate. The new upgrade solution will provide better whiteness and shade, enabling to result in better print results and high performance with all finishing treatments. Developed by using renewable material, Ensocoat is part of the solid bleached sulphate (SBS) board category.