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AIOE Guidance Document on hygiene

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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Fig. 1: ConAgra's Hock on OEE's relationship to labor costs
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Free tools for CPGs to calculate OEE benefits

ConAgra continuous improvement chief spearheads the introduction of the OEE Opportunity Calculator and the OEE Validation Calculator, free from AIOE.
How migration occurs
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The need for low migration packaging...and compliance

The definition, science and compliance requirements for low migration packaging are evolving to meet the needs of food brands and consumers, says one supplier's regulatory compliance chief.
Tracy Stout is named Vice President of Marketing and Communications at PMMI.
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PMMI welcomes VP, Marketing & Communications

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, is pleased to welcome Tracy Stout to the staff as Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
R&D veteran Blake Hutzley, technical advisor, Biscuit & Cracker Manufacturers' Association (B&CMA),
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What's the secret to innovation?

One big-brand R&D veteran told a PACK EXPO audience the secret, in the form of his Three Cs. But first, he related a personal tale of all-too-common R&D woe to an empathetic group of nodding heads...
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Gluing the virtual seams

It doesn’t matter whether the little black boxes of your supply chain are owned by a single company or spread across a network of outsourcing partners.
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Co-packing for food safety

Food safety standards have become marketplace requirements, and new FDA mandates further raise the bar on compliance. How will your production outsourcing partnerships be affected?
DePuy Synthes, Stryker, Medtronic speakers highlight HealthPack 2015
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DePuy Synthes, Stryker, Medtronic speakers highlight HealthPack 2015

Topics to be covered March 3-5, in Virginia Beach will include technology for manufacturing innovation, package design, sealing process validation, and a local operating nurse panel.
Covering a wide range of certified pre-owned equipment
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Covering a wide range of certified pre-owned equipment

The Frain Group provides an overview of their certified pre-owned equipment dealership. The company specializes in a wide range of equipment, from pumps or small pieces of labeling equipment, up to completely integrated lines.
Schlegel presents status of guidelines for Factory Acceptance Tests
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Best practices for Factory Acceptance Testing to emerge in 2015

Will packaging and other machines be easier and more cost-effective to purchase and install in the future? More than 100 consumer packaged goods companies and 25 of their vendors are working with AIOE on new guidelines that could help make it happen.
The Amazing Packaging Race contestants.
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Winners of Amazing Packaging Race announced

The largest Amazing Packaging Race ever took over the PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 show floor on the last day, and five students from Team Five outlasted 27 other teams to win new iPads, courtesy of contest sponsor ASCO Numatics.
Robotic case packer for wash down environments
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Robotic case packer for wash down environments

Osprey case packing system from JLS is designed to work in the harshest and wettest environments each and every day
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Key trends at PACK EXPO 2014

Life style, sustainability, food safety, design, and convenience were the front-and-center trends at PACK EXPO 2014, says Tetra Pak's Suley Muratoglu.
Cartoner designed with sanitation in mind
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Cartoner designed with sanitation in mind

The Langen C-100H cartoner was designed with sanitation and ease of cleaning in mind. Guard doors swing wide open and personnel can enter freely into spaces that need sanitation or maintenance. Low-level magazine feed brings ergonomic advantages.
There's an app for that: Pharma packaging authentication
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There's an app for that: Pharma packaging authentication

Griffin-Rutgers exhibited an iPhone app that allows a user to authenticate a package in the field. The app works very similarly to a check deposit app. Watch to see how it works.
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.
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.

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