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Downsizing of packaging departments in the past few years is creating a shortage of packaging professionals ?with a good history
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Packagers struggle with staffing

Manufacturers in virtually every industry-including food, beverage, pharmaceutical and even electronics-report that it's getting harder and harder to find and keep good packaging people.
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Toray Plastics (America): OPP film

New 50-ga PCF, a metallized OPP film from Toray Plastics (North Kingstown, RI), provides a "drop-in" alternative to foil in multi-layer barrier extrusion laminations.
With Fox 40?s new blister pack (above), four ?posts? in the blister protrude through holes in the card. The posts are then crush
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Blisters clear enviro-hurdles

Fox 40's mechanically bonded blister packs retain the clarity of a clear blister while complying with European recycling mandates. Card costs drop 20%, and new machine boosts productivity by 50% while halving labor.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

G.L. Industries (Hamilton, OH) has acquired Blow Molding Automation Specialists Inc., which will become a member of G.L. Industries' Climax Packaging Machinery Co.
Machine Product Brief
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Partition inserter

New partition inserter from R.A. Pearson Co. (Spokane, WA), was developed to accept a multitude of partition styles, making it suitable for a variety of case packing applications.
Materials Product Brief
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Portola Packaging, Inc: Snap-on cap

Portola Packaging's (San Jose, CA) 38-mm snap-on Clem 1 cap has a patented horizontal pull tab suitable for dairy and juice beverage bottlers. The horizontal tear strip on the injection-molded LDPE cap's base provides effective external tamper evidence for consumers.
Controls Product Brief
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Vf/f/s for pouches

PC 18 vf/f/s machine from GEI Mateer (Exton, PA) produces pouches from 11/2" to 12" W to hold product volumes from 1/4 oz to 1 gal. Handles pumpable products like liquid cheese, as well as particulates up to 11/2".
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Modular Packaging Systems (Pine Brook, NJ) has been appointed North American distributor for Mario A. Cricca S.A. blister packaging made in Argentina.
Machine Product Brief
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Print-and-apply unit

Alpha Dot USA (Belle Mead, NJ) introduces the Eclipse, an advanced print-and-apply thermal-transfer labeling system for secondary package identification.
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Quaker, Graham announce plant-within-a-plant

Chicago-based Quaker Oats and Graham Packaging of York, PA, have announced plans to establish a plant-within-a-plant to blow mold hot-fillable polyethylene terephthalate bottles for Gatorade® Thirst Quencher.
These two control cabinets show two of the 126 micro PLCs on the line, each the size of a common house brick. The PLC on the lef
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A new record for distributed control (sidebar)

How distributed control spreads the burden
A side view of one of Mount Rose?s two vf/f/s machines (left) shows the scale buckets that feed a custom-designed discharge hopp
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Mount Rose weighs gains from vf/f/s equipment

Two custom vertical form/fill/seal machines help frozen pasta co-packer Mount Rose Ravioli handle the output from processing equipment, increase its speeds and save more than $200ꯠ/yr through reduced labor and product giveaway costs.
Materials Product Brief
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All-Fill Inc: Checkweigher

Model MW-16 is a continuous, non-porous conveyor belt from All-Fill (Exton, PA). Its maximum 80/min operating speed works for medium-sized cases, corrugated boxes, bulk-bagged product and other containers.
Galderma?s MetroCream is now available in a reclosable clamshell package so patients can test at the doctor?s office and reclos
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An open-and-shut case for reclosability

Pharmaceutical company Galderma Laboratories switches to a reclosable clamshell for its sample size of prescription topical medicines that's 35% cheaper than before.
Controls Product Brief
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Linear conveyor

A linear, differential-motion conveyor, the Auto-Glide® is available from Smalley Mfg. (Knoxville, TN). Operates at rates to 40'/min. The conveyor's vibratory action occurs in a horizontal plane, via a gentle shuffling action.
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Innovations in plastics help foods flourish

Pinched-grip PET, an innovative pastry bag, a take-out bag for chicken, foamed CPET, and barrier beer bottles and food containers all win DuPont awards.
Redhook Ale Brewery?s Woodinville, WA, brewery reversed declining efficiency rates by putting engineers back on the bottling lin
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Packaging power struggle

When operators override control logic and take control of the line, how should the packaging engineering department react?
Glaxo Wellcome keeps packaging engineers like Melissa Bonner (far left) invested in their jobs by asking them to participate in
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Keep work interesting, and they'll stay

To keep good packaging professionals, say the experts Packaging World talked to, challenge them with interesting work. Let them be creative, autonomous, even entrepreneurial.

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