Small-footprint tablet inspection
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Small-footprint tablet inspection

The compact Vibratory Inspection System model VIS15 is a 15 lane bulk product inspection system that utilizes Scanware Spectra HR vision technology and proprietary algorithms to inspect products with ultra high resolution, transporting the products via common tooling using vibration at rates up to 360,000 products/hr.
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High-speed, high-output blister machine scales up winning technologies
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High-speed, high-output blister machine scales up winning technologies

The TF3 blister machine scales successful TF1, TF1e and TF2X concepts up to a larger machine with a format range of 220mm x 290mm.
Tracy Stout is named Vice President of Marketing and Communications at PMMI.
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PMMI welcomes VP, Marketing & Communications

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to welcome Tracy Stout to the staff as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors
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P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors

Diamond Packaging earns Gold Award with this custom-designed carton with trapezoidal structural design and multi-layered, diamond-shaped holographic foil pattern.
Case packing collated cartons
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Case packing collated cartons

Combi’s robotic case packer accepts cartons of Milk Bone Brushing Chews and separates them into groups of six via laser sensor. The six are picked together and placed into the case for sealing and palletizing later down the line. During the project Combi essentially managed the entire end of the line through to the pallet.
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Paper explores Extended Producer Responsibility challenges

A new discussion paper looks at the hurdles to implementing EPR at the local government level and proposes a platform for support and advancement of the policy.
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Virtual commissioning comes to packaging

The use of software to replicate the behavior of one or more pieces of industrial hardware is a well-established part of automotive manufacturing. Sometimes it’s referred to as “virtual commissioning.” In the November issue of Automation World, Contributing Writer Grant Gerke talks about how virtual commissioning is evolving. Included is this description of how a Midwestern food manufacturer needed to increase production for three packaging lines as demand for its product increased.
Cloud to Glass: software enables machine data gathering and control
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Cloud to Glass: software enables machine data gathering and control

Beckhoff's TwinCAT software now enables a machine to communicate from its PLC control to an Amazon Cloud server, back down to a Google Glass "wearable" HMI that operators can use to control the machine, receive operational notifications, and gather data.
Sanitary design flow wrapper has washdown capability
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Sanitary design flow wrapper has washdown capability

Cavanna's Zero4 Wash Down sanitary design flow wrapper is ideal for meat and dairy packaging, as well as sticky foods. Unit has a removable cutting head that, once removed, readies the machine for washdown.
Case sealing and palletizing
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Case sealing and palletizing

Newly packed cases exit the Combi robotic case picker and immediately continue through closure and case sealing. After the cases are taped shut, they are manually placed onto a pallet.
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2014 foodservice packaging trends

The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s annual Trends Report uncovers shifts in the industry related to packaging, machinery, materials, and more.
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Healthy rewards for Big Heart Pet Brands

Customized carton closing equipment for a package whose shape and graphics make it look like a toothpaste carton was a key to this year’s PMMI Packaging Line of the Year.
Case forming
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Case forming

The Combi robotic case packer erects cartons for packing. The company offers case packing solutions for top-load, side-load, drop packing configurations.
Automated palletizer with concurrent stretch wrap
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Automated palletizer with concurrent stretch wrap

TopTier's Downstacker is a fully automated automatic palletizer with concurrent stretch wrapping, and this must-see video will show you up-close how it works, from case-turning rollers to forming rows, stacking patterns and wrapping pallets with extreme efficiency.
X-Ray detection system with enhanced vision software
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X-Ray detection system with enhanced vision software

This video of Thermo Fisher Scientific's NextGuard X-Ray Detection System is a solid entry-level choice for those seeking to upgrade from metal detection for enhanced capabilities, especially with new vision software upgrades.

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