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Plastic packaging made from air?

IT solutions provider Dell announces its use of a carbon-negative plastic material made from air and greenhouse gases for its Dell Latitude series notebooks, in fall 2014.
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Pre-made pouches fed from rails
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Pre-made pouches fed from rails

CleanPouch system from Scholle consists of pre-made spouted pouches with caps that are put on rails and fed into a high-speed rotary filler.
MWV's Lee Miller describes the Shellpak Renew system at The Automation Forum 2014.
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Adherence pack 2.0 now reaching Walmart stores

As baby boomers continue to age and adherence packaging becomes more important than ever, one clever company built a 134-axis servo-driven system to crank out lots and lots of blister-style adherence packs.
Executive Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing for Bosch Packaging Technology Dr. Stefan König
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Flexibility and food safety key to new machine developments

At interpack, Bosch Packaging Technology provides an overview of its new equipment, designed to address customer needs for flexibility and food safety.
Friedbert Klefenz, President of Bosch Packaging Technology
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Pharma and food drive packaging equipment growth

At interpack 2014, Bosch Packaging Technologies unveils its growth strategy through 2020, including a focus on food and pharma, and full-service packaging line supply.
Bush Brothers' Anthony Peterson talks data acquisition benefits.
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Manufacturing performance software brings big gains

What happens when a fifth-generation family-owned business goes shopping for real-time manufacturing performance software?
Representatives from two breweries at The Automation Conference 2014.
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Brewers wrestle with data acquisition

Brewers who are looking at various automation solutions, including automated data acquisition software, to help them cope with rapid growth should keep one thing in mind: Keep operations data in its own network and have it report out to an enterprise network. Otherwise, bandwidth issues could surface, and plant floor operations could be negatively affected.
Shrink wrapper offers 5-minute changeover
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Shrink wrapper offers 5-minute changeover

Compact shrink wrapper from Polypack is a versatile machine that can handle round, oval, or square bottles as well as cartons with minimal time required for changeover
Washdown robot
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Washdown robot

Designed by Codian to be a wash-down robot for food, medical device, and pharmaceutical packaging applications, the D4-1100 is so tightly sealed it can run underwater.
Minimal maintenance on CIJ coding system
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Minimal maintenance on CIJ coding system

The Jet2 NeoS continuous ink-jet coding equipment from Leibinger features a smaller nozzle that delivers the same great speeds as larger nozzles.
Control of multiple print heads
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Control of multiple print heads

The new MPERIA platform from Matthews Marking Systems dramatically simplifies control of multiple marking and coding units on a machine or packaging line.
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Next-gen cartoning at interpack

There’s no place like interpack to see the latest in packaging machinery controls and automation. Here are just two examples of what the world’s largest packaging show had on display in the cartoning sector.
Compact, high-speed, robotic tray loader
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Compact, high-speed, robotic tray loader

Cama Group has configured a total of 12 Delta-style robots in a compact space to work simultaneously to pick pieces from a conveyor belt and load them into trays.
Advanced permeation measurement system
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Advanced permeation measurement system

OxTran 2-22 from Mocon is a fully automated permeation measurement system. Put film in and the device completes the test with no further input from the operator.
Hot melt adhesive applicator
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Hot melt adhesive applicator

Nordson’s Pro-Blue Liberty line incorporates the same high-efficiency hot melt technology that Nordson brought to the market two years ago with its Freedom line.

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