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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.
Sysmac Machine Automation Controller with Delta robot
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Sysmac Machine Automation Controller with Delta robot

See what integrated machine control, robotic control, vision and safety look like in this video of Omron's Sysmac Machine Automation Controller mated to a Delta robot for high-speed part orientation, discrimination and matching with instantaneous communication to an EtherCat network.
Compact case packer and palletizer cell
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Compact case packer and palletizer cell

Aagard's small-footprint (9'9" x 13') Aspire combination case packer and palletizer is designed to replace your manual operations. See every step of the process and learn about its robotics, safety features and more.
Top load carton forming
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Top load carton forming

A pair of Kliklok-Woodman ECT-625 carton formers pull precut carton stock and create the Milk Bones Brushing Chews signature toothpaste box. After the cartons take shape, a dab of glue is applied to ensure the pouch to come will remain up right and in place.
R&D veteran Blake Hutzley, technical advisor, Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA),
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What's the secret to innovation?

One big-brand R&D veteran told a PACK EXPO audience the secret, in the form of his Three Cs. But first, he related a personal tale of all-too-common R&D woe to an empathetic group of nodding heads...
New VSP plus linerless labels
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New VSP plus linerless labels

Using revolutionary skin pack technology from Harpak-Ulma and Sealed Air, a Mondini vacuum skin pack machine yields 30% material savings because there is no lidding scrap.
A proper zippered stand-up pouch
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A proper zippered stand-up pouch

Valteko f/f/s system produces from rollstock a true stand-up pouch with an integrated zipper reclosure feature for added consumer convenience.
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Gluing the virtual seams

It doesn’t matter whether the little black boxes of your supply chain are owned by a single company or spread across a network of outsourcing partners.
Sophisticated control over fluid pumping
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Sophisticated control over fluid pumping

Ingersoll-Rand's ARO fluid products provided this dynamic demo showing electronic controls and air-operated, double-diaphragm pumping simplify the accurate delivery of fluid to drums or other containers, adding capabilities to incorporate inputs for temperature and other factors.
Handheld and portable inkjet printers for any surface
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Handheld and portable inkjet printers for any surface

AMI demonstrates some of the features, including instant drying, that make its line of handheld and portable inkjet printers a good choice for plastic, metal and glass packaging in food, pharmaceutical and other applications.
High speed inspection/detection technology for flexible packaging
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High speed inspection/detection technology for flexible packaging

ISRA Vision produces high-speed inline print inspection systems for flexible packaging. This demo shows what happens when a tiny bit of foreign matter is introduced to the high-speed web of film moving by and how the technology handles detection and instantaneous feedback to the user.

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