Sonoco produces plant-based, bio-resin blow-molded bottles for Ecover's green cleaning line in North America.
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Ecover employs plant-based bottles for new home care cleaning line

Sonoco produces plant-based, bio-resin blow-molded bottles for Ecover's green cleaning line in North America.
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Loma's Studwell at Pack Expo 2014
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Which GFSI-accepted food safety standard is right for you?

To help you decide, here's one expert's take on the similarities and differences between four of the most popular standards: FSSC 22000, SQF, IFS and BRC.
MG2's FlexiLAB capsule filler delivers for Hovione 100% low dosages and extreme precision in-process net weight control for specialty inhalation drug production.
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Hovione, MG2 partner to develop inhalation drugs

FlexiLAB capsule filler delivers 100% low dosages and extreme precision in-process net weight control for specialty inhalation drug production.
Connect disparate systems, increase productivity
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Connect disparate systems, increase productivity

Discover how the ProducTVity Station Plant Floor Communications Solution from Red Lion boosts productivity by connecting, monitoring and controlling a range of disparate processes and systems.
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Importance of e-commerce packaging explained

A new brochure from AMERIPEN explores the role of packaging in e-commerce sales and offers consumers suggestions on minimizing packaging waste during the holidays.
Efficient coding, verification, inspection
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Efficient coding, verification, inspection

Learn how individual boxes are efficiently coded and verified in-line on Korber MediPak Systems' Seidenader SingleUnit-Basic, which is specifically designed to print and inspect cartons for serialization.
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AIOE Guidance Document on hygiene

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released "One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods."
F/F/S Pouching
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F/F/S Pouching

Heat and Control’s horizontal motion Fastback convey- or eases the transition into a vertical conveyor up to the mezzanine distribution system. Additional Fastbacks disperse product into three Ishida checkweighers. The checkweighers dispense one of three size counts for pouching.
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Less corrugated to landfill as wax coating usage drops

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance reports that just 3% of corrugated volume in 2013 used wax coatings, helping the recycling rate for old corrugated containers reach 88.5%.
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.

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