Alignment conveyor. The ARB alignment conveyor segment uses 16 ERD electric actuators to activate rollers on the belt to align moving packages in pallet layers.
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Electric actuators add speed, precision to pallet-layer former

A prototype development project for a maker of conveying and pallet-forming equipment has led to a whole new line of electric actuators for applications in food and beverage industries.
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Dr. Mehmood Khan, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and head of Global Research and Development, PepsiCo.
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View from the top

PepsiCo’s R&D transformation began about seven years ago with a leadership change, and now the firm is reaping the benefits of ‘growing the R&D investment.’
HIGH-VOLUME PRECISION. Touch-panel control makes it easy for operators to view and edit print messages.
Machine Case Study
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Improving egg carton printing efficiencies

Non-contact inkjet printers enhance print quality and consistency, while saving time and money.
FREE ADVERTISING. For e-commerce retailers such as Amazon and Zappos, branding on the outside of the shipper extends their marketing message throughout the supply chain.
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E-commerce packaging pitfalls & opportunities

Two studies look at those aspects of e-commerce retail packaging—product fit, package quality, and incidence of damage—that shape a consumer’s experience with the brand.
Take the stress out of machine maintenance, cleaning
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Take the stress out of machine maintenance, cleaning

This freshly designed bottom loading vertical case packer from Schneider Packaging Equipment features an open structure, plus a 30 percent reduction in part count from previous models.
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Finding leaks with heat

Production of retort pouches, film-sealed trays, and other types of glued and fused structures is fraught with problems when taken to the production stage.
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Packaging and its partners

When packagers speak of packaging, frequently they are referring to the physical structure holding a product.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administartion, “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Final Rule,” 12/3/14
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FDA updates drugs/biologics labeling system

Includes major revisions on pregnancy and breastfeeding, with labeling changes taking effect June 30, 2015. Prescription drugs and biologic products approved after June 30, 2015, will use the new format immediately, while labeling for prescription drugs approved on or after June 30, 2001, will be phased in gradually.
Octapharma, an independent manufacturer of human protein products worldwide, added the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation to Werum’s PAS-X at their production site in Vienna.
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Octapharma adds track-and-trace serialization aggregation

Developer, producer, and seller of human proteins requires a flexible and validated system for marking, identifying, and tracking its products.
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Here’s to 20 more years!

With this issue our year-long series of 20th anniversary reminiscences comes to a close.
Package Case Study
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Standardized sports tape tins are sturdy, modern

SpiderTech is spinning its web of pre-cut kinesiology tape products into one, standardized packaging format to make the brand easily recognizable on shelf and provide consistent messaging.
Kliklok-Woodman’s Ross Long, Vice President of Sales and Marketing (left); Big Heart Pet Brands’ Senior Manager of Packaging R&D Paul Baker (center); Charles Yuska, President, CEO, PMMI (right).
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PACK EXPO packs ‘em in

The 2014 installment of PACK EXPO International and the debut of Pharma EXPO 2014 ran November 2 to 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and attendance topped that of 2012 by 6.5%.
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Industry Watch—December 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the December 2014 issue of Packaging World.
Pat Reynolds
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PACK EXPO recap

There’s nothing quite like PACK EXPO for getting a fix on where things in the packaging space might be headed. A few random observations, if I may.
Steve Russell, ACC Vice President of Plastics
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Plastics-to-oil’s potential

A new report from the American Chemistry Council estimates that plastics-to-oil technologies for non-recyclable plastic could add $9 billion to the U.S. economy. ACC Vice President of Plastics Steve Russell elaborates.

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