Zen-noh Hay?s stretch wrapper makes 12 wraps around the bottom and top of its hay bales, and six wraps around the middle. Such a
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Wrapper automatically bales hay for export

For the first time in the hay industry, an export company uses an automatic stretch wrapper to prepare its hay bales for shipment overseas.
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How European culture drives packaging (sidebar)

Goelitz Candy automates
Ford Xtreme gum is packaged in blister packs that retain freshness, while graphics denote it as a ?functional? gum.
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Taking gum to the 'Xtreme'

A blister pack with foil lidding keeps this cavity-fighting gum fresh, while graphics promote the gum's significant health benefits.
PLCs (top) have been the mainstay of packaging machine control for years, but use of PC controllers (above) has been rising. Bot
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Debating the future of packaging machine control

PC vs PLC -- Six packaging machinery builders debate the pros and cons of controlling packaging machinery with either computers or programmable logic controllers.
Standardized motion controllers can reduce costly training and engineering time for packaging end-users and machine builders.
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Forging a control standard for packaging

Packaging faces a digital crossroads, with an opportunity ahead for packagers, if they seize it. At the February 1999 OMAC Users Group meeting, several packaging end-users indicated an interest in standardizing motion controls for packaging.
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How European culture drives packaging

The Intl. Steel Packaging Congress 1999, held during interpack 99, illuminated ideas for European manufacturers at the turn of the century. Many points will resound also in the U.S.
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How European culture drives packaging (sidebar)

Enhancing package appeal
Ben Miyares, V.P. Industry Relations, PMMI
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Solutions 99 conference focuses on emerging technologies

Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
A worker at right adds bottles to a floor-level hopper that feeds them into the new bottle unscrambler at the Naturally Vitamins
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Vitamin packer wins new production in Las Vegas

Naturally Vitamins' president didn't go to Las Vegas to gamble, but a visit to Pack Expo there in '97 led to purchases that doubled packaging output and productivity.
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WestPack celebrates 50 years of packaging innovation (sidebar)

Facts and figures
The camera, mounted over the wiper insertion station (above), verifies the presence of wipers in each tube (black insert at the
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Machine vision affords economic inspection

Inexpensive machine vision frees up two workers, provides 100% on-line inspection for cosmetics producer.
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Oil packer's ink-jets add bar codes (sidebar)

Networking, step one
PowerBar uses a full wraparound label with high-quality graphics and product information.
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Label 'Performs' for PowerBar

With its February introduction of Perform(TM), PowerBar Inc. believes it has an attention-grabbing package that will stand out from the competition. Clad in a striking label, the bottle is also uniquely tactile.
Shopping cart software at Automationdirect.com makes shopping for controls on-line easy and?dare we say it?fun.
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Controls suppliers push toward e-commerce

While few packaging machinery and materials suppliers have begun selling their products on their Web sites, controls and automation suppliers are finding it eminently easier to sell via cyberspace.
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Career selling collides with lack of organization

The June '99 Packaging Education Summit was so rich in content and ideas that all year could be spent examining proposals that might have merit. Last month, individuals in our packaging community were encouraged to look at ways they could improve education in their local communities.

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