SYNCHRONIZATION. Modern industrial Ethernet systems now make it possible to implement high-precision, high-performance synchronization in time frames of 100 nanoseconds, enabling packaging machinery OEMs to achieve reaction times in their machines as fast as 60 microseconds.
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What's next for packaging machinery automation?

Contributing Editor Keith Campbell scoured the miles of aisles at interpack 2014 to deliver this insightful view of what might be next in the world of packaging machinery controls and automation.
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OPENING IT. To open the innovative PET container, consumers tear the perforated shrink label strip, twist off the closure, and peel open the foil/film membrane; the closure can also be used as a coaster.
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Single-serve PET stemware for wines

Induction sealing and the addition of an oxygen scavenger help ensure success of this innovative container approach in retail and foodservice venues.
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Craft beers get colorful update for 25th anniversary

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company redesigns the package graphics for its German-style craft beers, with colorful hues and a custom cap with a debossed, textured logo.
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New tissue brands make a splash

Package graphics for a new line of bathroom and kitchen paper products under the Little Duck name emphasize softness and luxury, while still conveying value.
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Sturdy box withstands e-commerce shipping demands

A new subscription service for men’s grooming products in the U.K. uses a custom-designed box, sturdy enough for shipping, while providing a positive brand experience.
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Carton Council releases report on multi-material recycling policy

Best practices at both the state and local levels are examined for policy mechanisms that include disposal bans, recycling policies, and Pay-As-You-Throw service fees.
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Key trends driving bioplastics for packaging

Among the trends driving the market for bioplastic packaging materials, the competitive cost and availability of fossil fuels will have the largest impact and their commercial production and use.
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E-commerce resurfaces

E-commerce currently accounts for about 8% of total retail sales and is predicted to outpace sales growth of brick-and-mortar stores over the next five years with an anticipated $370 billion in e-retail sales by 2017.
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Dude! Gluten rules!

Gluten rules, as the surfers might say, but not in the way they might mean it. It rules the lives of those who have to avoid it for health reasons, and even some who avoid it for the wrong reasons.
Ease of operation. Flexible and easy to configure, the programmable safety controller now used by S&R Robot Systems is operator friendly.
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Safety controller fits robot integrator

Taking safety inputs and keeping track of them redundantly to prevent harm to operators—it’s an important task in today’s increasingly sophisticated machines.
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Dannon’s Double Delights

Two-compartment yogurt containers are everywhere these days, but back in 1995 the concept was pretty unusual.
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AmeriStars award medical device tray

Boston Scientific’s ACUITY Pro lead delivery system package, designed and supplied by Nelipak Healthcare Packaging , was a Medical Device category winner at the recent IoPPAmeriStar & Visionary Awards ceremony during EastPackNew York.
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Is it time for a socratic examination of packaging?

The Greek philosopher known for his wit and wisdom, Socrates came to fame by asking questions.
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Industry Watch—September 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the September 2014 issue of Packaging World.
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Inspired by nature: Dell debuts plastic made from air

This fall, computer giant Dell is debuting a new plastics technology that may represent its most innovative sustainable packaging project yet.

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