Design, tooling and molds spark plastic packaging
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Design, tooling and molds spark plastic packaging

Full service plastic product solutions company R&D Leverage offers design to tooling to manufacturing, including full mold manufacturing for injection molds, PET and IBM tooling.
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DIY mushrooms, co-packed for Back to the Roots
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Home mushroom farming, fish-gardening and other supply chain collaboration challenges

Offbeat brand Back to the Roots uses co-packers to gain national retail prominence; co-packers and other suppliers add insights at supply chain collaboration panel at Pack Expo.
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Technology provider perspectives on PACK EXPO

Joe Martin of Beckhoff Automation discusses PACK EXPO and technology on display with Keith Campbell.
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Key trends at PACK EXPO 2014

Life style, sustainability, food safety, design, and convenience were the front-and-center trends at PACK EXPO 2014, says Tetra Pak's Suley Muratoglu.
3D design software speeds time to market
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3D design software speeds time to market

Esko's 3D package design software suite allows designers to create 3D package models within a traditional workflow, focusing on package structure, design creation, and package presentation in simulated environments.
SSL-600i vertical sleeve labeler runs at 600 cpm
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SSL-600i vertical sleeve labeler runs at 600 cpm

10-color labeler is fast, efficient, easy to maintain, and creates visually striking labels.
Touch-free flow monitor scans profiles in real time
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Touch-free flow monitor scans profiles in real time

Opti-Flow flow monitor uses vision system and software to scan the surface profile of the material as it is conveyed to collect real-time data.
Digital inkjet press provides variable printing, die cutting
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Digital inkjet press provides variable printing, die cutting

Colordyne Technologies' new 3600 Series high-speed digital inkjet printing system offers high-resolution, four-color variable-data printing with in-line laser finishing capabilities.
Michelangelo robot offers less obstructed work area
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Michelangelo robot offers less obstructed work area

The patent-pending articulated boom robot from IASE presents a high-speed, four-axis alternative to the delta robot, with isolated driving machinery and minimal intrusion into the working envelope.
Flexible, reliable blister line
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Flexible, reliable blister line

This Mediseal CP400 P1600 blister line in the medium performance range (up to 400 blisters/min), demonstrated by MediPak and Korber, represents a reliable, flexible system incorporating a blister and cartoning module, quick format changes and a simple operating concept.
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Impressive ready meals wow Kroger

Perfect Fit Meals succeeds at Kroger with VSP and HPP, Mars capitalizes on UV Flexo printing, 7-11 Japan launches a foamed PET bottle, CDF develops the Smart Pail.
Contract packaging with a focus on pharma
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Contract packaging with a focus on pharma

Reed Lane specializes in prescription and over-the-counter contract pharmaceuticals, both branded and generic.
Fast pharma cartoning with a small footprint
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Fast pharma cartoning with a small footprint

The CT200 Pharma Cartoner from MGS features speeds up to 200 cpm, a small footprint, HMI touch screens, predesigned in-feeds, and no-tool changeover.
New mold for heat-set PET
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New mold for heat-set PET

At the Krones booth the Generation 3 Contiform stretch blow mold was on display. Its key value proposition is low maintenance and zero lubrication.
Slitter/Sealer/Top Sealer
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Slitter/Sealer/Top Sealer

Slitter/Sealer/Top Sealer for tab-lock corrugated cases is brand new from Wayne Automation. Designed primarily for the craft beer market, it's just 13 feet long.

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