Progea’s Movicon SCADA system.
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Medical Devices Enter the Information Age

Despite increasing competitive and regulatory pressures, medical device manufacturers have an opportunity to seize a significantly growing market. Streamlining operations through automation will be key.
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Great Scott! PepsiCo recreates Back to the Future II bottle

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy, PepsiCo launches a limited-edition bottle that brings to life a ‘futuristic’ Pepsi bottle featured in Part II.
GPO's Thailand site. (Source: The Gov't Pharmaceutical Org.)
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Thailand’s GPO Implements PAS-X MES system

First implementation of its kind in the Thai pharmaceutical industry interfaces to ERP, LIMS, and eQMS for efficiency and compliance.
With open-mold thermoforming, Senagral can manufacture its shaped ‘ball cups’ in-house at a reduced cost.
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Ball-shaped yogurt pots thermoformed in-house

French yogurt producer shows how open-mold thermoforming technology can be used to produce custom-shaped yogurt containers for the same cost as straight-walled cups.
Happy Holidays from PMMI Media Group
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PMMI Media Group invites you to take a music break

Enjoy this beautiful recording of a contemporary favorite.
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Microwavable metal bowl developed for ready to (h)eat fondue

A packaging supplier-led challenge issued to university students results in a first-of-its-kind commercial application for fondue.
Magnifying glass, iStock
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Top 10 best practices for inspection operations

Sometimes it’s the small things that make the biggest impact. The following tips might seem elementary, but when put into practice, your line will see the benefit.
Deadline for entry is March 11.
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Enter the AmeriStar competition

The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) reminds all in the packaging business that the entry deadline for the 2016 AmeriStar competition is March 11.
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Intertrans Carrier Co. Becomes a V3-Certified Company

Intertrans Carrier Company has become a “V3-Certified Company, joining nearly 370 large and small businesses across the Commonwealth of Virginia who are committed to hiring Veterans.
Plastics recycling report
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Plastic bottle recycling in U.S. tops 3 billion pounds

Increases in recycling are recorded for PET, HDPE, and PP bottles in the 25th annual National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report.
Refrigerated foam bricks.
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Fisher Dishes on Global Clinical Trials Markets

Technology is advancing so fast that unless you have full-time people keeping track of it, a company's capabilities can become quickly obsolete and they will fall behind their competitors.
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Biodegradability additives may cause environmental harm: SPC

The SPC takes a formal stance against biodegradability additives for petroleum-based plastics noting a lack sustainable advantages and the potential for environmental harm.
The triangular carton facings stand out conspicuously on store shelves, vigorously inviting consumer attention.
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Distinctive, intricate gift packaging wins top PPC award

Mondelēz has a patent pending on this unconventional carton shape/form.
Ibuprofen patch development.
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Ibuprofen Patch Developed to Deliver Pain Relief Directly Through Skin

University of Warwick (U.K.), and its spinout firm Medherant say the patch will deliver the drug through the skin to where it’s needed, and at a consistent dose rate. Commercial use expected in about two years.
3M’s ‘4 in 1’ package wins WorldStar Award
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3M’s ‘4 in 1’ package wins WorldStar Award

TricorBraun design includes Spackle, primer, putty knife and sandpaper in single pack to simplify life for do-it-yourselfers in repair projects.

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