Off The Shelf: Clear plastic can for sardines
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Off The Shelf: Clear plastic can for sardines

From Brivais Vilnis of Latvia comes a replacement for the metal tin: an injection-molded PP retortable container with barrier delivered via in-mold labels.
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Robots continue to penetrate the plant floor

Advances in technology make robots more appealing to CPGs looking for greater packaging line speeds, reduced labor costs, and increased accuracy and efficiency.
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Will Google glasses play a role in packaging?

Keith Campbell, a Packaging World Contributing Editor and On the Edge blogger, took in the sights and sounds of Dusseldorf this past May to bring us a series of reports on new developments in the packaging controls and automation space being shown at interpack 2014. In case you missed his written, blogged, or podcast contributions, here are a few highlights.
Clearer Choices for Health and Beauty
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Clearer Choices for Health and Beauty

Watch this short video from the HBA Global Show in New York City to see Earl Guinter of Envision Packaging showcase the clear advantages of packaging retail products in PET, PE, and PP. Envision offers high-end printing on plastic packaging, precise execution of structural design, and an array of packaging accessories to complete the premium presentation of health and beauty products.
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Bubbles, swirls, and blossoms

A natural hair-care brand breaks away from the muted tones and Kraft paper typically used for natural product packaging, opting for bright colors and patterns to attract an ingredient-savvy demographic.
Dirk Rodgers, who contributed to Healthcare Packaging’s Pharmaceutical Serialization Playbook, is an independent consultant and founder of RxTrace.
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Congress should have mandated randomization

Congress should have mandated randomization of drug serial numbers, but they did not, so it is up to each manufacturer to recognize the importance it would bring to the protection of their brands and of the supply chain.
Nick Kurkjy, Research Associate, Lux Research, Inc., examines the significance of mHealth devices and their packaging needs.
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Packaging and the growing mHealth device market

Nick Kurkjy, Research Associate, Lux Research, Inc., examines the significance of mHealth devices and their packaging needs.
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European researchers work to develop biodegradable dairy packaging

Spanish nonprofit research organization works with companies from five European countries to pioneer a biodgradable material for dairy that stands up to thermal requirements.
Automate and save production costs with GPI's specialty machinery
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Automate and save production costs with GPI's specialty machinery

Watch multiple machines in action: Sleevers for trays to assembly machines for gift cards, baking tins & more. GPI collaborates to offer tailored solutions that can save money, increase efficiency, simplify operations, or make production lines safer.
FDA outlines expectations for human drug compounders
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FDA outlines expectations for human drug compounders

Agency says this includes registered outsourcing facilities; offers multiple documents via web links included herein.
Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Liaison, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
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Suitability for use—the basis for plastic packaging standards

Trends such as the increased use of biologic and parenteral drugs in patient care and the expanded use of plastic packaging systems to hold and administer drug products are prompting manufacturers to understand the potential for plastic packaging systems to interact and impact product quality and safety.
Tabletop sealer handles variety of standup pouches
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Tabletop sealer handles variety of standup pouches

What kind of tabletop sealer can handle standup pouches of different materials, sequentially? Foil, Tyvek, plastics can all be sealed by variable-speed tabletop band sealers from APM, as this video demonstrates.
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Trends in automation in healthcare

In a recent issue of Healthcare Packaging, Contributing Editor and On The Edge blogger Keith Campbell shared his thoughts on what the future of automation for healthcare manufacturers might look like.
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PMMI announces 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame commission

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces the 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame Commission.
How some new valves can ensure low leakage and high flow
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How some new valves can ensure low leakage and high flow

This video demonstration of three valves is a must-see for packaging machinery manufacturers who have large flow, low-leak applications.

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