LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTION. The four robot arms are used to pack cases that vary in size to accommodate volumes from 96 eggs to 1,400 eggs.
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Lightweight robot arms case-pack eggs at 15,000/hr

Italian egg suppler installs four robot arms to case-pack different size cases that accommodate volumes from 96 eggs to 1,400 eggs, eliminating labor-related issues and improving its operational efficiency.
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FAST PACKING. Three vision-guided high-speed Delta robots at Swizzels pick-and-place bags of Squashies candy into display cases at speeds to 360/min.
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Says Love Hearts confectioner to robot: 'U Rock'

U.K. candy company Swizzels installs pick-and-place robots to load its new Squashies range into display cases, boosting output by 20% versus the former drop-load system.
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Adoption of robots picks up speed

As sales of robotics in North America grow at record speeds, these four CPG companies reap the labor, cost, productivity, and quality benefits of implementing robots in their operations.
New look for Suneva Medical's Regenica skin care packaging
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New look for Suneva Medical's Regenica skin care packaging

Rebranded line aims to help physicians attract patients to the power of growth factors as part of skin care regimen.
CRISP PRINTING. The fully digital printer runs at speeds to 800/min and delivers clean, crisp printing.
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Digital printing benefits pharmaceutical ampule labels

German pharmaceutical manufacturer discovers that digital printing of pressure-sensitive labels that go on ampules is a vast improvement over hot-foil printing.
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K-Cup coffee packs to be used to help power cement plant

A partnership between a cement supplier and Keurig’s Canadian subsidiary will enable 70,000 lb/yr of K-cups to be used as an alternative fuel source.
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Overstock.com provides reusable shipping case for donations

A new partnership between Overstock.com and Give Back Box provides customers of the online retailer with a reusable case they can use to donate items to charity.
ThermoSafe survey shows temperature-sensitive healthcare products represent 12% of overall pharmaceutical logistics market, and continues to rise.
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Revealing the future of the 'cold chain' industry

Survey shows temperature-sensitive healthcare products represent 12% of overall pharmaceutical logistics market, a number that continues to rise.
Four tips for sealing applications from Constantia Flexibles.
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Four tips for sealing applications

A “bullet-point” set of insights on roller/platen sealing, temperature/time/pressure, coating, and cross permeation.
Off The Shelf: Convenience drives packaging in Taiwan
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Off The Shelf: Convenience drives packaging in Taiwan

A recent trip to Taiwan yields a number of unique packaging formats designed with convenience at the forefront—a key consumer requirement in this country that boasts more than 5,000 7-Eleven franchises.
A packing workstation at the Stanley Black & Decker DC in Tessenderlo, Belgium.The sensor-controlled silo is filled with the air cushions.
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Air cushion dispenser helps DC meet targets

New air-cushion void fill machines allow Stanley Black & Decker to package more than 16,000 shipments per day for retail stores and regional DCs.
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Bulk bag fillers increase speed 15X

The installation of three gain-in-weight bulk bag filling systems for peanut producer Golden Grove significantly increases packaging speed and improves accuracy by 400%.
QUALITY INSPECTION. An inspection system immediately following the monobloc rinser/filler/capper on Line 9 (left) inspects the package fill level and cap placement. The same system is also used on Lines 8 and 10.
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Diageo invests $120M in three new bottling lines

Diageo expands its Plainfield, IL, bottling facility with three new high-speed lines, including a 300-bpm glass bottle line and a 260-bpm filling line for PET flasks.
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Should government dictate how healthful our food choices are?

The essence of packaging is product containment. The essence of package labeling is product identification.
Image accompanies the Cool new portion packs item.
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Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions and PW–report from interpack

New biopolymers, anti-counterfeiting breakthroughs, linerless labels, rotary aseptic filling, thermoformable paper—these were just a few of the innovations we found at interpack.

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