E-tailers called out for sloppy packaging
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E-tailers called out for sloppy packaging

In its financial report, FedEx Corp.’s Fred Smith takes e-tailers to task for packaging.
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Eucalyptus trees can be grown and harvested in just four to six years, at which time they will have reached 20 m high.
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From plantation to mill: Asian paper company's 'unprecedented' sustainability commitment

A visit to Asia Pulp & Paper’s Chinese operations puts in context the company’s comprehensive sustainability commitments from plantation to pulp to paper.
 Multi-direction sorter turns cases, forms pallet layers and more
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Multi-direction sorter turns cases, forms pallet layers and more

Live from MODEX 2014: See how the Intralox Omni-Directional sorter speeds right-angle transfers for warehouse and packaging applications such as case turning, pallet-layer forming and switching...with twice the speed of traditional solutions, the company reports.
 How ASRS can enhance warehouse efficiency
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How ASRS can enhance warehouse efficiency

Live from MODEX 2014: Watch John Barry, vice president with ITW Warehouse Automation, explain how an automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) can improve case handling density, timely storage and delivery multiple SKUs...including mixed-case pallets.
 'Universal' label printer enhances flexibility and ease of use
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'Universal' label printer enhances flexibility and ease of use

Live from MODEX 2014: See why SATO calls its new CL4NX its first 'truly universal industrial label printer." A user-friendly color LCD menus, multi-lingual support, flexibility for a wide variety of stock types and quick consumables replacement are just some of the reasons why...
 Motorized right-angle transfer conveyor offers improved throughput
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Motorized right-angle transfer conveyor offers improved throughput

Live from MODEX 2014: Watch the latest motorized roller solution, a right-angle transfer conveyor that provides on-demand conveyance with improved throughput and greater flexibility, for challenging transfer and divert operations including handling smaller and even poly-bagged items for direct-to-consumer operations.
 Motorized roller-conveyors feature greater control and connectivity
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Motorized roller-conveyors feature greater control and connectivity

Live from MODEX 2014: Watch this video to find out how Interroll's EC-310 24v DC motorized roller-conveyors take control and connectivity to the next level, from single-zone, zero-pressure accumulation logic to protocols to help builders simplify connectivity with communication protocols including Ethernet, PROFIBUS, PRIFONET and AS-i bus.
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Interbev Process to co-locate with Process Expo

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and NüernbergMesse announced that they have signed an agreement to co-locate Process Expo and the newly relaunched InterBev Process in Chicago, beginning in 2015.
Sensors enable clear object detection. Source: Banner
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CPG manufacturers benefit from sensor technology advances

One trend in packaging machine design is to move from tool-less changeovers to automated changeovers, reducing the complexity and downtime related to product variation. Sensors of various types enable the automation.
Banner's IVu  is a vision sensor that can identify mislabeling.
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Sensor trends affecting packaging automation

Non-rigid packaging handling, quality control and trace-and-trace applications are being improved by advances in sensor technology. Here’s how.
Jay Leno will be featured at the Pack Expo Lecture Series November 3 in Chicago.
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Jay Leno to liven up Pack Expo proceedings

“We heard he was out of work, so we figured we’d give him something to do.”
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Needed: Corporate policy for loading and securing trailers-Part 1

A comprehensive policy governing loading and securing trailers is the best way to keep on trucking.
Dr. Michael Drues is President of Grafton, MA-based Vascular Sciences, an education, training, and consulting company. He can be reached on Linkedin®, by phone at 508.887.9486, and by e-mail at mdrues@vascularsci.com
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10 questions for the future of medicine, circa 2024

The global healthcare community’s responses to these 10 questions could have a profound impact on the future of medicine—and its packaging.
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Free toolkit on foodservice packaging recovery released

Content includes case studies of successful recovery and reuse programs, interactive maps spotlighting opportunities for recovery, and results from recent studies.
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Best practices in manufacturing workforce development

How do we get today’s young people and their parents to understand that a two-year Associates Degree in the field of manufacturing could be a pathway to prosperity, while enrolling in a four-year College or University might be a one-way ticket to Debtville?

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