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Industry Watch—March 2015

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the March 2015 issue of Packaging World.
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Glenn Whiteside, CPP, MSIE, Packaging/Manufacturing Engineer, Sterile Pack Department, DePuy Synthes USA.
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Wish I had known earlier: vacuum packaging’s versatility

As packaging professionals, we all have things we know now that we wish we had known much earlier in our career. My “wish I had known earlier” relates to vacuum packaging.
The Kiss Me design is sprinkled with floral and sealed with a kiss from Betsey.
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Tissue box designs encourage self-expression

To excite consumers’ creative side, fashion designer Betsey Johnson creates bright and bold graphics in four themes for Kleenex brand facial tissue.
Semi-automatic case erector/pack station, sealer
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Semi-automatic case erector/pack station, sealer

The Bel 5150 from Wexxar/BEL, a Pro Mach company, is a semi-automatic case erector, pack station, and sealer all in one unit that features Dekka tape heads.
Banding machine
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Banding machine

The ATS Automatic banding machine from Wexler has a double infeed system for higher throughput, and because it uses a narrow band rather than shrink wrap, it scores serious sustainability points.
Quad-seal bag maker
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Quad-seal bag maker

Viking Masek Model MS 300 can be configured as continuous or intermittent motion. Makes quad seal bags on the fly and can adjust rapidly for different bag sizes.
Quick-change tray former
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Quick-change tray former

Tray former from Nuspark operates at speeds to 60 cartons/min, is made of stainless steel, and offers lots of flexibility in terms of carton size and changeover.
Bottle unscramble
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Bottle unscramble

Compact bottle unscrambler from New England Machinery, designed for the pharmaceutical industry, tightly integrates both hopper elevator and unscrambler to deliver high performance in a small footprint.
Ultrasonic sealing for vf/f/s
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Ultrasonic sealing for vf/f/s

MS Plastic Welders makes ultrasonic sealing systems for packages made on vertical form/fill/seal systems. Benefits include material savings, speed, and seal security.
High-def printer for pharma and more
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High-def printer for pharma and more

Bell-Mark high-definition ink-jet printer does up to 600 dpi at up to 100 meters/minute. Originally designed for unique drug identification requirements in pharma, it can be integrated on a number of packaging machines where coding is required.
Voice-activated commands for machines
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Voice-activated commands for machines

At PACK EXPO East, Beckhoff demonstrated how Google Glasses connected directly to a cloud server make it possible to adjust machine speeds with voice-activated commands.
Case erector has auto size change
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Case erector has auto size change

Case erector and bottom taper from AFA Nordale uses sensors and sophisticated servo drives to switch automatically from one corrugated case size to another.
Case erecting to case sealing
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Case erecting to case sealing

Case packing system introduced by Eagle Packaging Machinery for standup pouches goes from product to pallet. First is case erecting, then lane diverting, then case loading and sealing.
Red Brick chooses Novelis evercan
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Craft beer selects can with 90% PCR content

Georgia’s oldest brewery selects a high-recycled content aluminum can for its products to align with its sustainability goals, without sacrificing the quality of its beer.
EXPO PACK Mexico celebrates its 30 anniversary June 16-19.
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June brings the 30th edition of EXPO PACK Mexico

The 2015 edition of Latin America’s leading processing and packaging exposition continues a 30-year tradition of convening the industry and delivering innovations in an exciting market.

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