There's an app for that: Pharma packaging authentication
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There's an app for that: Pharma packaging authentication

Griffin-Rutgers exhibited an iPhone app that allows a user to authenticate a package in the field. The app works very similarly to a check deposit app. Watch to see how it works.
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World's coolest shrink bundling tunnel?

If you weren't at PACK EXPO 2014, here's a few things you missed: kid-friendly packs from Crunch-Pak, a novel reclosure feature on an aluminum can, paired robots on a case packer, a cool-to-the-touch shrink tunnel that has to be seen to be believed, and a Universal Controller that greatly simplifies controls issues on packaging machines that incorporate robots.
Cartoner for long goods
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Cartoner for long goods

Horizontal cartoner uses two scales to feed spaghetti and other long goods into article buckets and subsequently into cartons. Integrate pusher heads in the infeed article bucket ensure smooth transfer of product to carton.
Versatile, small-footprint case packer
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Versatile, small-footprint case packer

The Somic 424 wraparound case packer, which relies on servo controls from Schneider Electric to deliver remarkable versatility in a very small footprint, uses a vacuum belt to maintain tight control of cases as they move through.
Affordable, collaborative robotics? Meet Baxter
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Affordable, collaborative robotics? Meet Baxter

Paired with a Rollbag R1275 semi-automatic bagger from PAC, Rethink Robotics' Baxter robot brings the price of robotic packaging to under $50,000.
One-piece RSC with easy-opening system
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One-piece RSC with easy-opening system

HB Fuller demonstrates an instance in which they were able to help a major CPG go from a two piece corrugated box into a one-piece RSC with easy-opening system for in-store display.
Flexible, stackable, reclosable packaging made from a roll of film
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Flexible, stackable, reclosable packaging made from a roll of film

Clear Lam highlights PrimaPak - flexible, stackable, reclosable packaging made from a roll of film. It's made to replace cans, bottles, jars, trays, & dysfunctional stand-up pouches.
Environmentally sound compressor
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Environmentally sound compressor

Gardner Denver demonstrates its EnviroAire water-flooded rotary screw oil free compressor. The machine is ISO class 0, and silicon free, which can be key depending on the application.
Bagger aims at new frontier
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Bagger aims at new frontier

Kliklok-Woodman introduces its new Frontier bagger. Designed as a simple drawbar machine, it's capable of speeds of 70-75 bags per minute, and is aimed at global markets where the packaging skill pool may make complex systems less practical.
Run small, run fast
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Run small, run fast

GEA Food Solutions demonstrates its line of SmartPacker Vertical Form-Fill-Seal bagging equipment. Here, the twin tube C- high speed pillow bagger has been optimized to run small and pillow pouches at high rates of speed.
Digital printing for flexibles enables strategic runs
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Digital printing for flexibles enables strategic runs

The HP Indigo 20000 digital press brings disruptive technology to the flexible package printing space, allowing converters to offer brand owners œstrategic runs, with shorter run lengths, customization, flexibility to change packaging design, and other options at speeds to 138 ft./min. in Enhanced Productivity Mode.
Improve fill cycle with "following" funnels
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Improve fill cycle with "following" funnels

Cloud Packaging Equipments simulates its Hydroforma line feeding its Robert's IMP 1500 line with PVA or water soluble pouches dosed from an Olson Scale.
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Pharma Keynote: Diligence necessary against adulterated, diverted or counterfeited pharmaceuticals

Heparin tragedy was a wakeup call for pharma industry - improvement is ongoing.
Higher containment force, lower film usage with cube technology
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Higher containment force, lower film usage with cube technology

Cube technology is a primary discussion point at Aetna. The system allows palletizers to put the correct amount of film at the correct place on the load, with a precise amount of containment force. This translates to a better held-together laid, with 40% higher containment force, while reducing film costs by as much as 55%.
Smart phone-style controls deliver simplicity, reliability
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Smart phone-style controls deliver simplicity, reliability

The new Spectra 30 control system from Nordson simplifies set-up and operation in hot melt adhesive application. Real-time, on-screen system status and adjustment deliver quick, easy control and product changeover.

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