Trends and Issues

Cartoner for long goods
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Cartoner for long goods

Horizontal cartoner uses two scales to feed spaghetti and other long goods into article buckets and subsequently into cartons. Integrate pusher heads in the infeed article bucket ensure smooth transfer of product to carton.
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Line of the Year Award presentation at Pack Expo 2014.
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Line of the Year Award

PMMI President Chuck Yuska (right) presented the PMMI Packaging Line of the Year Award to Big Heart Pet Brands at the booth of Kliklok-Woodman, the machinery builder that nominated Big Heart for the award.
Following their presentation on 3D printing/additive manufacturing, Carl Dekker, President of Met-L-Flo, and Don Smith Manager Engineering Technology Resources at Baxter Healthcare Corp. (left), respond to audience inquiries.
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Practical packaging applications for additive manufacturing

PACK EXPO presentation suggests 3D printing technology can deliver many positive packaging uses.
Infant formula inspires 3A-certified auger filler
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Infant formula inspires 3A-certified auger filler

Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery develops a sanitary auger filler for an infant formula application and then seeks 3A certification for the equipment, rolling it out to the food, pharma, and nutraceutical markets.
Small-footprint bagger allows for easy wash down
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Small-footprint bagger allows for easy wash down

The new HSP small-footprint bagger from M-Tek vacuums, gas flushes and seals. Plus, its stainless steel construction makes for easy wash down without having to spend time covering or protecting any machine components.
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Day one at Pack Expo was everything we expected

Dueling reclosure features, retail-ready case packing strategies, gorgeous full-body shrink sleeve labels, and an app for auger fillers that calculates machine parameters--this and so much more was on display at Pack Expo 2014 on Day One.
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PMMI completes purchase of Summit Media Group, Inc.

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has purchased Summit Media Group, Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging and Contract Packaging.
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Bergmann and Pittas promoted at PMMI

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to announce the promotion of two staff members, Katie Bergmann and Jim Pittas, to senior vice president.
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Food Contact Substance

We in the packaging industry have gotten fairly accustomed to the regulations covering packaging for food and drugs because the FDA is the regulatory body in the U.S. that covers the majority of food packaging issues.
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An interesting rulemaking, if you like that sort of thing

In today’s column, I try to persuade you that the way FDA has lately been making regulations is unusual, surprising, and interesting.
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Broader skill sets: the new face of the packaging professional?

Mike Marcinkowski, a packaging engineer at Gillette, explained in a recent IoPP webinar how the company reduced the packaging structures for its Venus brand of women’s razors from nine to two.
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The first Las Vegas show

Continuing our stroll down memory lane as we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we look at our August 1995 issue’s coverage of that brand new PMMI packaging show in Vegas.
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Packaging Scholarship announced

Michigan State’s School of Packaging was the first of its kind, and now it’s been named the recipient of the 2015 Future Leaders in Packaging Scholarship.
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Skincare balm comes in 3D-printed, PLA container

Anita’s Balm founder brings package manufacturing in-house, creating a custom twist-up container resembling a mini amphora jar, made from compostable PLA resin.
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Another look at print-related digital tech and the packaging supply chain

What’s causing SKU proliferation, and what competitive issues are surfacing as print-related digital technologies continue to make inroads into packaging?
Eric F. Greenberg is a Contributing Editor and Legal & Regulatory columnist for Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging.
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Navigating FDA recall requirements

A medical device recall by any other name might still stink for your company.
Lovett receives Harris A. Smith Award at Clemson.
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Lovett receives Harris A. Smith Award at Clemson

Darius Lovett was recently named the Fall 2014 recipient of the Harris A. Smith Packaging Science Outstanding Senior Award at Clemson University’s Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences.
Outstanding senior at Clemson for Fall 2014.
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Outstanding senior named at Clemson

Samuel D. McGee has been selected to receive the Packaging World Packaging Science Outstanding Senior award for Fall 2014.

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