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Three more packaging trends for 2011

The last edition of this Machine Automation Insights newsletter carried three trends to anticipate in the coming year. They came from John Kowal, packaging market development manager at B&R Industrial Automation. Here are the three more trends worth monitoring, says Kowal.
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CombiScale Inc: Combination scale

The PrimoWeigher™ combination scale from CombiScale Inc. provides an open frame design, integrates several software features and includes several USB ports, digital cameras and headsets.
M. Jacob & Sons, a family-owned packaging company, celebrated 125 years in business.
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Industry watch

 
Next-gen HMI. The next-generation stretch hooder (above) has an operator interface (left) that is intuitive and easy to use.
Machine Case Study
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HMI inspired by iPads and ATMs

The engineers who designed this servo-driven, eight-axis stretch hooder were determined to make it more user-friendly and intuitive.
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Loma Systems: Metal detection for pharma applications

Loma Systems’ IQ+ Pharma metal detection system for inspection of pills and tablets is constructed of a hygenic, easily-cleaned inspection environment: all contact points are made from high-grade plastic and mirrored stainless steel to provide easy cleaning and prevention of cross contamination.
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Dorner Mfg. Corp.: Conveyor for tight-space packaging

Dorner’s 3200 Series iDrive belt conveyor provides fast speeds, heavy weight capacity and indexing capabilities, in a space-saving design.
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Squid Ink: Hi-resolution printing system

Squid Ink’s AutoPilot® hi-resolution ink jet printing system prints hi-resolution characters and other product information directly on porous or non-porous products at an affordable price.
 
 
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Fearless predictions for 2011 - by Industry Leaders

It is almost the new year (as I write this), and that means it’s time for all kinds of articles that prognosticate about the future. So, let’s add another one to the pile and talk with some industry leaders about their predictions regarding 2011.
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Packaging trends to watch in 2011

Last year we asked automation consultant John Kowal to present 6 trends to anticipate in the coming year. Here's what Kowal, who is now packaging market development manager at B&R Industrial Automation, for another round of trends.
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Paper Machinery Corp.: Servo-driven forming machine

The PMC 2000S cup and container forming machine from Paper Machinery Corporation uses servo drive technology throughout the entire machine to provide flexibility, speed, quick changeovers and low maintenance.

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