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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.
Case sealing and palletizing
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Case sealing and palletizing

Newly packed cases exit the Combi robotic case picker and immediately continue through closure and case sealing. After the cases are taped shut, they are manually placed onto a pallet.
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2014 foodservice packaging trends

The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s annual Trends Report uncovers shifts in the industry related to packaging, machinery, materials, and more.
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Healthy rewards for Big Heart Pet Brands

Customized carton closing equipment for a package whose shape and graphics make it look like a toothpaste carton was a key to this year’s PMMI Packaging Line of the Year.
Case forming
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Case forming

The Combi robotic case packer erects cartons for packing. The company offers case packing solutions for top-load, side-load, drop packing configurations.
Automated palletizer with concurrent stretch wrap
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Automated palletizer with concurrent stretch wrap

TopTier's Downstacker is a fully automated automatic palletizer with concurrent stretch wrapping, and this must-see video will show you up-close how it works, from case-turning rollers to forming rows, stacking patterns and wrapping pallets with extreme efficiency.
X-Ray detection system with enhanced vision software
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X-Ray detection system with enhanced vision software

This video of Thermo Fisher Scientific's NextGuard X-Ray Detection System is a solid entry-level choice for those seeking to upgrade from metal detection for enhanced capabilities, especially with new vision software upgrades.
Sysmac Machine Automation Controller with Delta robot
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Sysmac Machine Automation Controller with Delta robot

See what integrated machine control, robotic control, vision and safety look like in this video of Omron's Sysmac Machine Automation Controller mated to a Delta robot for high-speed part orientation, discrimination and matching with instantaneous communication to an EtherCat network.
Compact case packer and palletizer cell
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Compact case packer and palletizer cell

Aagard's small-footprint (9'9" x 13') Aspire combination case packer and palletizer is designed to replace your manual operations. See every step of the process and learn about its robotics, safety features and more.
Top load carton forming
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Top load carton forming

A pair of Kliklok-Woodman ECT-625 carton formers pull precut carton stock and create the Milk Bones Brushing Chews signature toothpaste box. After the cartons take shape, a dab of glue is applied to ensure the pouch to come will remain up right and in place.
R&D veteran Blake Hutzley, technical advisor, Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA),
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What's the secret to innovation?

One big-brand R&D veteran told a PACK EXPO audience the secret, in the form of his Three Cs. But first, he related a personal tale of all-too-common R&D woe to an empathetic group of nodding heads...
New VSP plus linerless labels
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New VSP plus linerless labels

Using revolutionary skin pack technology from Harpak-Ulma and Sealed Air, a Mondini vacuum skin pack machine yields 30% material savings because there is no lidding scrap.

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