Following their presentation on 3D printing/additive manufacturing, Carl Dekker, President of Met-L-Flo, and Don Smith Manager Engineering Technology Resources at Baxter Healthcare Corp. (left), respond to audience inquiries.
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Practical packaging applications for additive manufacturing

PACK EXPO presentation suggests 3D printing technology can deliver many positive packaging uses.
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Baxter the collaborative robot makes a PACK EXPO appearance

Spin welding on a beverage cap, Dole produce in a PET container, a UV laser coder, and a cup filler featuring chainless drive were also highlights of PACK EXPO Day Two.
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First-time attendees see PACK EXPO's educational value

First time visitors to PACK EXPO, Anna and Kathy, educators from Northwest Community College in Wyoming, speak with our Keith Campbell about the value of of the show.
New print engine series simplifies maintenance
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New print engine series simplifies maintenance

This week, SATO debuted its new line of print engines, including the S84 and S86 EX print engine series. Features include easy release, easy change print heads that can be exchanged by simply releasing data and power cables.
Fully integrated cartoning line
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Fully integrated cartoning line

Watch a completely integrated line of equipment from Bradman Lake that includes a carton former, with a carton take away conveyor going into DRT top loaders (product loader), and ultimately taking that loaded carton and transferring into flat right-angle closures.
Ventilation for wrapped pallets
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Ventilation for wrapped pallets

The Flexi-Rope option on the Muller Octopus stretch wrapper is a patented new feature that brings ventilation to pallet loads of hot-filled products, for example, that often need air circulation for a period of time after they've been palletized and wrapped.
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Monday Keynote: Customer focus as a primary change driver

A change in pharma packaging from drums to flexible bags of a particular size saved one SAFC (div. of Sigma Aldrich) customer the equivalent of nearly 80 man-hours in the production of one product.
Anti-vibration technology
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Anti-vibration technology

The Bosch-Rexroth anti-vibration technology, demonstrated on a two-axis delta style robot, makes it possible to increase packaging machinery speed by 33%.
Robotic top load case packer
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Robotic top load case packer

The RTLM (Robotic Top Loader) from Pearson Packaging Systems features a User Centric Design (UCD) that makes changeover, setup, and troubleshooting much easier and faster.
Pacing conveyor is flexible and fast
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Pacing conveyor is flexible and fast

Dorner Manufacturing has partnered with Yaskawa to develop the Smart Pace conveyor, which allows packagers to determine the space between packages' measurement that can be changed on-the-fly.
Next-gen reclosures
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Next-gen reclosures

The newest reclosure tape from Aplix is designed for large bags and has been used in the pet food category for net weights in the 4-lb range.
Platen design automatic labeler
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Platen design automatic labeler

Automatic labeler can generate labels of 8 x 11 inches for large objects and apply them 90 degrees apart.
Offset printing for carded packaging
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Offset printing for carded packaging

Offset printing from CardPak is an economical way to use four-color process inks for rackable carded packaging.
Multidirectional conveyor provides orienting flexibility
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Multidirectional conveyor provides orienting flexibility

The new System Plast 1-in.-pitch 2253 roller top modular belt from Emerson Industrial Automation allows flat-bottomed packages to be moved in virtually any direction without the use of pushers or external guides.
Infant formula inspires 3A-certified auger filler
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Infant formula inspires 3A-certified auger filler

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery develops a sanitary auger filler for an infant formula application and then seeks 3A certification for the equipment, rolling it out to the food, pharma, and nutraceutical markets.

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