Judy Fischer (left), senior packaging engineer for Sargento Foods, answers a question while Juli Okal of 3M Co. awaits her turn.

Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Feature Article

Reclosure features dominate

Four FPA winners in the Packaging Excellence category are zippered pouches. A produce pack, a coffee carafe, and a shrink-sleeve label round out the category.
The patented HeiLighter tamper-evident closure is shown unopened (left) and after opening, displaying an irreversible color chan

PipeLine: Is it really complacency?

Among some responses I received to the November column on packaging’s role in thwarting terrorism, one was from Robert Heilman, a packaging industry veteran who is now an independent inventor.
Package Case Study

Century seals securely

Diameters may range from 38 to 120 mm, but regardless of the neck finish on HDPE jars filled on four packaging lines at Century Foods, tamper evidence is assured since the August installation of four induction-sealing machines from Pillar Technologies (Hartland, WI).


Brad Rostowfske, director of new product development at Sargento Foods Inc., a leading marketer of cheese products based in Plymouth, WI.
Materials Product Brief

Vial and blister pack details

PocketPaks™ retail packs include a 24-count blister-packed vial, a 72-count blister containing three 24-count vials, and a 16-count vial blister-packed sleeve. A 144-count clubstore pack contains six 24-count vials. The packs feature easy opening and tamper evidence.
Package Case Study

'Tis the season for apple gum pack

Just in time for the fall season is Amurol Confections’ Caramel Apple Bubble Gum, packaged in a reusable apple-shaped polypropylene cup and a removable acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene lid. A polyvinyl chloride heat-shrink label conforms to the shape of the container, delivering graphics via a modified flexo press.

Packaging's role in combatting terrorism

Originally, I had intended to overlook the issue of terrorism in this month’s column, recognizing that timing is one of the perils of writing something that won’t be in readers’ hands for several weeks.
Package Case Study

Delivering for dairy (sidebar)

Custom bottle helps launch Oberweis Dairy into single-serve milks
The 8'-long crown molding is in an open-faced corrugated box when it enters the shrink wrapper.
Machine Case Study

Side-sealed and delivered

A manufacturer of crown molding invests in a horizontal shrink wrapper that delivers better protective packaging and tamper evidence.


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