Equipment such as this horizontal form/fill/seal machine, which is designed to meet USDA meat, poultry, dairy, and 3-A Sanitary Standards, has a head start in FSMA compliance because the underlying best practices are the same under the new FDA law. (Photo: Pro Mach/Ossid)
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How Companies Can Tap Their Machinery Suppliers for FSMA Compliance

Best practices for food companies affected by the FSMA for calling upon their equipment suppliers for support.
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Implementing a food safety plan under FSMA requires continual documentation of ongoing activities, which enhances a company’s preparedness to minimize the impact of a food safety incident.
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Recordkeeping Key to the New Era of Prevention

A primary goal of the FSMA is greater prevention. While this has always been a general goal of food safety practices industry-wide, the new requirements are designed to mandate for all companies what many of the leading companies consider best practices today.
WestPack 2014: Squeezy Straw - Barton Innovation Group
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WestPack 2014: Squeezy Straw - Barton Innovation Group

Single-serve patented dispensing technology aims to produce a low-cost, easy-to-use package for flowable liquid products such as water, energy beverages, etc. Patent is available for license. No restrictions on size, shape, amount of product or product itself.
WestPack 2014: Sterilizable medical device packaging
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WestPack 2014: Sterilizable medical device packaging

Kwikbreathe™ header bags, center strip bags, linear and snap-tear bags, Chevron pouches, formable films and top webs, as well as a variety of medical pouches, including the Kwikbreathe™ pouch that’s breathable and maintains peel and barrier advantages at reduced cost.
WestPack 2014: Mounts, valves, and manifold products
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WestPack 2014: Mounts, valves, and manifold products

Stepper-control needle mounts for greater capabilities; electronic valves used in concentrators and respirators; manually actuated valves, push-button valves for greater application uses. Can supply valves and fittings, as well as a manifold as a fully-tested, plug-and-play unit.
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The certainties of life: Death, taxes...and regulations

Challenges related to new EU labeling regulations for the management and transparency of cosmetic product information can be addressed through a data-centered approach.
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Absolut unveils first state-inspired vodka

With a warm, spicy character, Absolut Vodka’s Limited Edition Absolut Texas variety uses package graphics featuring a modern spin on iconic Texas imagery.
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MillerCoors first to add more detailed nutritional labeling

MillerCoors takes advantage of new voluntary on-pack nutrition labeling guidelines for alcohol to market Miller64, ‘the ideal beer choice for people living a balanced lifestyle.’
Equate Beauty Acne Foaming Wash, a premium Walmart brand, won the Best Pharmaceutical Tube Award. For this tube, MJS worked with Essel Propack America to create a silver foil decoration along with the flexographic printing with hot foil to achieve a special look.
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Two pharmaceutical tubes win awards

Tube Council competition awards Equate and Rexall tubes, constructed through a partnership between MJS Packaging and Essel Propack.
Oscar Mayer brand P3 capitalizes on the healthful snacking craze.
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Kraft pushes packs of protein

Kraft Foods Group’s Oscar Mayer brand is introducing P3 Portable Protein Pack: meat, cheese, and nuts in a packaging format designed for active consumers looking for a snack to help keep them going throughout the day.
3D printing offers exciting possibilities for medical device developments.
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Medical device developments that pack the 'wow' factor

With two considerable medical device packaging events just around the corner, intriguing medical device announcements center on everything from engineered human organs to 3D printing to talking apps.
PMMI's new study, “Trends in Robotics Market Assessment 2014.”
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Dynamic changes in robotic packaging applications

Today, 75% of end users use robotics along their manufacturing lines, and the capabilities for food and pharmaceutical processing are game-changers.
Shown here is the carton format marketed by Henkel.
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Hair care line features remarkable robotics

Just two years after the reorientation of Henkel’s Viersen-Dülken site for specialization in hair coloring products, this German factory is operating one of the most modern production lines in the world.
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Organic lip balm gets compostable packaging

New line of organic lip balms is launched in biodegradable, compostable paper tubes.
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New interface tool tightly integrates robots and packaging machines

Generally speaking, when a robot made by a robotic OEM is integrated into a piece of packaging machinery like a case packer or cartoner, the robot comes with its own controller while the packaging machinery components are controlled by a PLC. The two controllers must interface for the total system to function.

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