Small-footprint tablet inspection
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Small-footprint tablet inspection

The compact Vibratory Inspection System model VIS15 is a 15 lane bulk product inspection system that utilizes Scanware Spectra HR vision technology and proprietary algorithms to inspect products with ultra high resolution, transporting the products via common tooling using vibration at rates up to 360,000 products/hr.
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High-speed, high-output blister machine scales up winning technologies
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High-speed, high-output blister machine scales up winning technologies

The TF3 blister machine scales successful TF1, TF1e and TF2X concepts up to a larger machine with a format range of 220mm x 290mm.
Tracy Stout is named Vice President of Marketing and Communications at PMMI.
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PMMI welcomes VP, Marketing & Communications

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to welcome Tracy Stout to the staff as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors
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P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors

Diamond Packaging earns Gold Award with this custom-designed carton with trapezoidal structural design and multi-layered, diamond-shaped holographic foil pattern.
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Paper explores Extended Producer Responsibility challenges

A new discussion paper looks at the hurdles to implementing EPR at the local government level and proposes a platform for support and advancement of the policy.
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Virtual commissioning comes to packaging

The use of software to replicate the behavior of one or more pieces of industrial hardware is a well-established part of automotive manufacturing. Sometimes it’s referred to as “virtual commissioning.” In the November issue of Automation World, Contributing Writer Grant Gerke talks about how virtual commissioning is evolving. Included is this description of how a Midwestern food manufacturer needed to increase production for three packaging lines as demand for its product increased.
Cloud to Glass: software enables machine data gathering and control
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Cloud to Glass: software enables machine data gathering and control

Beckhoff's TwinCAT software now enables a machine to communicate from its PLC control to an Amazon Cloud server, back down to a Google Glass "wearable" HMI that operators can use to control the machine, receive operational notifications, and gather data.
Sanitary design flow wrapper has washdown capability
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Sanitary design flow wrapper has washdown capability

Cavanna's Zero4 Wash Down sanitary design flow wrapper is ideal for meat and dairy packaging, as well as sticky foods. Unit has a removable cutting head that, once removed, readies the machine for washdown.
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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.
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.
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.

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