ROBOTIC APPLICATION. Protective corrugated cornerboards are applied automatically by this robotic system just before stretch wrap is applied to the pallet.
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Robots finish mac and cheese line

A multi-axis ARBOT palletizer forms layers of shrink-wrapped trays on a pallet and then hands the pallet off to a stretch wrapping cell where corner boards are also placed robotically.
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Robots and packaging

Robots have made themselves mighty comfortable in packaging operations lately.
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65% of consumers confused over plastics recycling

Opinion poll shows that consumer confusion over which plastics to recycle and where to dispose of them creates major hurdle to growth of recycling.
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Funding available for use of How2Recycle label

Organizations offer funding to brand owners, packaging manufacturers, and retailers interested in implementing the SPC’s How2Recycle on-pack labeling system.
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Coca-Cola further invests in biobased resin for PlantBottle

The Coca-Cola Company is making an additional investment in paraxylene company Virent to speed the full-scale commercialization of its 100% plant-based plastic packaging.
Off The Shelf: Clear canister promotes peanut butter portion packs
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Off The Shelf: Clear canister promotes peanut butter portion packs

Hormel Foods’ Skippy brand launches colorful multipack containers with clear cutouts that display five single-serve snack-pack cups of peanut butter inside. Marketed as an “Easy-To-Store Stack Pak,” the packaging is perfect for the on-the-go snack market.
Great graphics on Dare's pouch.
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High-end stand-up bag for baguettes

Dare Foods is unveiling its new premium Boulangerie Grissol Artisanal Baguettes in a flexible bag to the U.S. market this Fall.
LARGER STACKS. The recycled paperboard edge protector is strong enough to stand the weight of the other liners, allowing IVF to increase its stack size from 20 to 22 liners.
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Cost-effective, reliable edge protection for burial vault liners

When a burial vault liner supplier switches from corrugated to laminated paperboard edge protectors, it reaps a range of cost savings as well as greater product protection.
USING THE FORCE.  Lego’s licensing partnerships with the likes of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and a number of superhero brands appeal broadly to kids who are fans of these strong entertainment properties.
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Create a brand new world with packaging

If you wanted, as a marketer, to create a unique brand story that would be avidly adopted by a group of consumers, how would you accomplish that?
New graphics
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Revitalized graphics support Tang's new mission

Kraft Foods jettisons outdated package graphics for its Tang orange drink, replacing them with a luscious, energetic design that supports its new ‘Win Morning’ positioning.
SYNCHRONIZATION. Modern industrial Ethernet systems now make it possible to implement high-precision, high-performance synchronization in time frames of 100 nanoseconds, enabling packaging machinery OEMs to achieve reaction times in their machines as fast as 60 microseconds.
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What’s next for packaging machinery automation?

Contributing Editor Keith Campbell scoured the miles of aisles at interpack 2014 to deliver this insightful view of what might be next in the world of packaging machinery controls and automation.
OPENING IT. To open the innovative PET container, consumers tear the perforated shrink label strip, twist off the closure, and peel open the foil/film membrane; the closure can also be used as a coaster.
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Single-serve PET stemware for wines

Induction sealing and the addition of an oxygen scavenger help ensure success of this innovative container approach in retail and foodservice venues.
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Craft beers get colorful update for 25th anniversary

Gordon Biersch Brewing Company redesigns the package graphics for its German-style craft beers, with colorful hues and a custom cap with a debossed, textured logo.
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New tissue brands make a splash

Package graphics for a new line of bathroom and kitchen paper products under the Little Duck name emphasize softness and luxury, while still conveying value.
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Sturdy box withstands e-commerce shipping demands

A new subscription service for men’s grooming products in the U.K. uses a custom-designed box, sturdy enough for shipping, while providing a positive brand experience.

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