Trends and Issues

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Packaging machinery OEMs, it’s time to think apprenticeships

Though usually we address various aspects of packaging machinery building, programming, networking, and optimizing in this space, there’s another key issue facing anyone who has an interest in automation, and typically it’s referred to as “the skills gap.” Solutions to this looming crisis are beginning to take shape, and no one knows more about them than On The Edge blogger Keith Campbell. Here’s his latest.
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Cartons represent the evolution of an idea.
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PACK EXPO East wraps up

A few Philly flurries weren’t enough to keep attendees away from the Philadelphia Convention Center for PMMI’s inaugural PACK EXPO East. Here’s a few observations on some of the things they might have seen on Day Three.
Spring Glen Foods' MAP chicken.
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PACK EXPO East debuts in Philly

PACK EXPO East, PMMI’s newest show, was launched February 16 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
drupa 2016: May 31 - June 10
Supplier News
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drupa print show goes to three-year cycle

The largest trade fair for print and cross-media now scheduled for 2016, 2019, 2022, and 2025.
PMMI announces launch of PMMI Media Group.
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PMMI announces launch of PMMI Media Group

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announced the launch of PMMI Media Group (PMG) — a market-leading B2B media company with print and digital offerings that produce business intelligence and connect processing and packaging customers with solution providers every day.
Ben Miyares, Packaging Sherpa
Column/Opinion
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Bans don’t work, but they do prompt change

Over the years, numerous bans have been proposed to address problems blamed on various packaging materials.
INBOUND CARTONS. As cartons visible in the lower right corner are conveyed into a case packer, a camera reads all 100 unique car
Controls Case Study
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Serialization to meet Turkey’s requirements

A massive serialization project is completed in an impossibly tight timeframe by taking a modular approach across 24 packaging lines and by assembling a tight-knit team.
This guidance document from PMMI's AIOE is all about hygienic machine design.
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AIOE guidance document facilitates hygienic machine design

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.”
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Cal Poly program attracts tech startup

Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business has teamed upwith Specright LLC, a packaging specification management startup based in Irvine, CA., to offer part-time work year round to Cal Poly packaging students.
Clemson logo
Column/Opinion
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Distribution environments are critical

Conditions of distribution, including an understanding of logistics and transport modes, can significantly improve the design of primary food packaging.
Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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Sunscreens: follow FDA specs or get burned

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Pharma innovation
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Is a new innovation platform needed for the pharmaceutical industry?

Fastraqq President Dan Balan’s keynote address during the recent PACK EXPO International event in Chicago was an eye-opener.
Drug compounding
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FDA issues guidance for outsourcing facilities

On Nov. 21, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three additional policy documents to assist entities that compound sterile human drugs with registering as outsourcing facilities.
Pack Expo East logo
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Innovation stage fills as PACK EXPO East 2015 nears

PMMI announces a slate of free, on-floor educational sessions at the debut of its newest trade show. Check out the full schedule here.
MedLock EZ
Materials Product Brief
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Colbert Packaging: Patient compliance package

MedLock EZ is a compact, all-in-one package that provides security and promotes patient adherence.
Noven Pharmaceutical's incoming inspection area is used to verifiy incoming materials for copy, Braille, and barcodes.
Feature Article
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Noven upgrades its automated proofreading

Miami-based Noven Pharmaceuticals’ uses automated proofreading with Braille measurement and reading.
Unveiling Healthcare Packaging’s Top 10 online articles from 2014.
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Unveiling Healthcare Packaging’s Top 10 from 2014

Website visitors seek insights on market trends and forecasts, serialization, unique device identification, and the benefits of effective package design.
CPEIA has announced its founding members.
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Printed electronics assn. announces founding members

The Canadian Printable Electronics Industry Association, the united voice of Canada’s Printable Electronics sector, has achieved its first major milestones: obtaining 32 founding members, brokering strategic relationships with key partner organizations, and securing major sponsors for Canada’s signature industry event.

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