Fig. 1: ConAgra's Hock on OEE's relationship to labor costs
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Free tools for CPGs to calculate OEE benefits

ConAgra continuous improvement chief spearheads the introduction of the OEE Opportunity Calculator and the OEE Validation Calculator, free from AIOE.
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Eye-tracking reveals allure of thermoformed packs

Recently concluded eye-tracking research to evaluate how different styles of packaging influence a customer’s point-of-sale behavior found that rigid thermoformed packs outperformed flexible pouches by 44%.
How migration occurs
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The need for low migration packaging...and compliance

The definition, science and compliance requirements for low migration packaging are evolving to meet the needs of food brands and consumers, says one supplier's regulatory compliance chief.
Conveying and checkweighing
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Conveying and checkweighing

A custom Bosch bagger vertically forms, fills the pouch as product is released from the checkweigher. A unique Velcro closure is applied in strips for reclosability, before the package is sealed. Pouches are expelled from the bagger vertically and remain upright, easing carton insertion down the line.
Carton closure
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Carton closure

Maybe the trickiest portion of the line is the special Kliklok-Woodman Vari-Pitch Flip Top carton closer for a re-closable cover on the carton. The machine glues the side flaps of the top down yet maintains its reclosability in the front. The ability to ensure reclosure was key.
Carton merging system
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Carton merging system

This custom carton merging system from Shuttleworth, powered by Pro Mach, accepts cartons post-coding and mitigates the arrangement for case packaging. The system redirected the cartons in groups of four into one of three individual lanes. At the end of the lanes the twelve packages were picked six at a time for case packing.
Small-footprint tablet inspection
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Small-footprint tablet inspection

The compact Vibratory Inspection System model VIS15 is a 15 lane bulk product inspection system that utilizes Scanware Spectra HR vision technology and proprietary algorithms to inspect products with ultra high resolution, transporting the products via common tooling using vibration at rates up to 360,000 products/hr.
High-speed, high-output blister machine scales up winning technologies
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High-speed, high-output blister machine scales up winning technologies

The TF3 blister machine scales successful TF1, TF1e and TF2X concepts up to a larger machine with a format range of 220mm x 290mm.
Tracy Stout is named Vice President of Marketing and Communications at PMMI.
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PMMI welcomes VP, Marketing & Communications

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to welcome Tracy Stout to the staff as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors
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P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors

Diamond Packaging earns Gold Award with this custom-designed carton with trapezoidal structural design and multi-layered, diamond-shaped holographic foil pattern.
Case packing collated cartons
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Case packing collated cartons

Combi’s robotic case packer accepts cartons of Milk Bone Brushing Chews and separates them into groups of six via laser sensor. The six are picked together and placed into the case for sealing and palletizing later down the line. During the project Combi essentially managed the entire end of the line through to the pallet.
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Paper explores Extended Producer Responsibility challenges

A new discussion paper looks at the hurdles to implementing EPR at the local government level and proposes a platform for support and advancement of the policy.
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Virtual commissioning comes to packaging

The use of software to replicate the behavior of one or more pieces of industrial hardware is a well-established part of automotive manufacturing. Sometimes it’s referred to as “virtual commissioning.” In the November issue of Automation World, Contributing Writer Grant Gerke talks about how virtual commissioning is evolving. Included is this description of how a Midwestern food manufacturer needed to increase production for three packaging lines as demand for its product increased.
Cloud to Glass: software enables machine data gathering and control
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Cloud to Glass: software enables machine data gathering and control

Beckhoff's TwinCAT software now enables a machine to communicate from its PLC control to an Amazon Cloud server, back down to a Google Glass "wearable" HMI that operators can use to control the machine, receive operational notifications, and gather data.
Sanitary design flow wrapper has washdown capability
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Sanitary design flow wrapper has washdown capability

Cavanna's Zero4 Wash Down sanitary design flow wrapper is ideal for meat and dairy packaging, as well as sticky foods. Unit has a removable cutting head that, once removed, readies the machine for washdown.

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