Feature Article
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interpack beckons from the banks of the Rhine

Running May 8 to 14 at Germany’s massive Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, interpack offers 19 exhibit halls of packaging innovation to visitors from around the world.
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Embedded drive. A smart embedded drive inside the friction feeder brought a big leap in performance for the OEM’s friction feed packaging machines.
OEM Application Note
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Stripped-down drive works wonders

A leading maker of leaflet inserters greatly increased machine speed and doubled accuracy by embedding a stripped-down servo drive in its friction feeder.
FRESH & NATURAL. The packaging for Kind Bar’s Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate + Protein bar was designed to deliver the fresh and natural message and allows the product to show through the package.
Feature Article
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High-protein products: The new American superstars

How well do you understand what drives purchase in this competitive category?
Panos Kinigakis
Column/Opinion
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A fresh approach to packaging education

Consumer goods manufacturers need work-ready packaging professionals to meet the growing demand for technical innovations in both developed and developing markets.
CONSISTENT BRANDING. Consistency—in both color and design—was the goal of Mondelez’ refresh of its Trident, Stimerol, and Hollywood brands in Europe and part of its strategy to revitalize the brands.
Package Case Study
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Color consistency is key in gum rebranding

Brand life-cycle management agency oversees the rebranding of three of Mondelez Europe’s gum brands, ensuring color consistency across 11 countries and 700 SKUs.
Machine Case Study
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In-house-generated color labels save time, money

Dynamic product lines require quick-change printing versatility.
Column/Opinion
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Food fraud (and related issues) to the forefront

We’re still early in 2014, but “food fraud” might be this year’s hot phrase.
Feature Article
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Sustainable packaging and climate change

Climate change affects sustainability and sustainability affects sustainable packaging.
News
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Industry Watch—March 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the March 2014 issue of Packaging World.
WestPack 2014: Sterile breather bag
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WestPack 2014: Sterile breather bag

New fast-breathing header bag simplifies sterilization. Incorporates features and suggestions from end-user community. Includes easy-opening, strength, peel, and sustainability benefits. Made of a multilayer nylon structure, it features a fused top seal and white seal evidence to verify seal integrity. Offers aseptic presentation for surgery kits used in the operating room.
WestPack 2014: Automatic f/f/s machine
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WestPack 2014: Automatic f/f/s machine

GEA Tiromat’s mid-sized form/fill/seal machine is shown running flexible pouch material for medical device packaging, with inline ink-jet printing. Also described is the Greydon DigiMax digital printer designed to run on f/f/s equipment such as this GEA unit. Prints on paper and Tyvek®, using a 1-L container of ink for the entire web of material.
WestPack 2014: Fabricator/converter for medical market
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WestPack 2014: Fabricator/converter for medical market

Company fabricates and converts materials for the medical market, including disposables. Focus on medical packaging, as well as the design and development of new product to specify correct materials and parts. Specialize in body-worn devices for stick-to-skin applications. Company also does lamination, die-cutting, and laser-etching for microfluidic applications, specialty packaging, and cleanroom converting.
WestPack 2014: Capping Machine
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WestPack 2014: Capping Machine

Magna Capper is an automatic inline capping machine that applies and torques closures onto containers at speeds to 60 cpm. Track feeds cap to machine. Floats cap onto bottle, allowing for fewer crossthreads. Uses servo technology for repeatable, consistent running. Incorporates a user-friendly Allen Bradley touchscreen.
Now in a limited-edition trial is this two-lb package of Fisher Brand Party Peanuts.
Package Case Study
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Flexible pack merchandises like a rigid container

Formed from ‘exoskeleton’ rollstock on a vf/f/s machine, the PrimaPak combines benefits of a rigid container with the cost and sustainability advantages of flexibles.
WestPack 2014: Sterile barrier validation test
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WestPack 2014: Sterile barrier validation test

Wendy Mach, Packaging Section Leader at Nelson Labs, describes the subject of her MD&M West 2014 presentation, “Sterile Barrier Validation Tests,” including what you need to know to create validations and be successful at them.

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