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PMMI announces new board members at annual meeting

The PMMI membership elected five members to four-year terms on the PMMI Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors chose its Executive Committee for 2014 at PMMI’s Annual Meeting this week.
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Seven tips for comparing machines at a trade show

Packagers look forward to the industry’s major trade shows as a chance to see what’s new, and to shop for their next machinery purchase.
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WPO’s board meeting is scheduled for Barcelona, Spain

From November 4 to 8, delegates from 22 countries will discuss packaging in a global context at this meeting.
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The key role of equipment and packaging

As food companies are constantly looking for ways to control food safety risks, they increasingly recognize the need to ensure that their processes are fully validated and verified on an ongoing basis to be doing what they are supposed to do to control risk. They realize that they must control environmental risk and especially allergen risk.
Each individually bagged product can be scanned for date of harvest and point of origin.
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Digital ink jet printing enhances food safety

Grower/packer implements advanced on-film labeling technology to track and trace fresh produce from field to store to kitchen.
Pack Expo Chicago is November 2-5, 2014.
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PMMI brings industry together to raise $50,000 for education

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, reports the 2013 PMMI Education & Training Foundation Golf Tournament raised $50,000 in support of training and education for packaging and processing professionals.
‘BRIDGING’ THE SKILLS GAP.
 Representatives from the three organizations involved in developing the apprenticeship program join the first four apprentices on the bridge that connects Bosch’s New Richmond, WI, facility grounds and the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College campus. Back row L-R:  Nancy Cerritos (WITC); Kevin Lipsky (WITC);  Pres Lawhon (Bosch); Olaf Wick (WITC); Randy Deli (WITC). Middle row L-R:  Travis Ludvigson, (State of Wisconsin Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards); Alexandra Nungesser (
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WITC, Bosch aim to bridge the skills gap

Newly initiated joint venture includes electro-mechanic apprenticeship—the combination of an electrician and mechanic—that’s the first of its kind in Wisconsin and is now considered a new trade.
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Ten financial justifications for new equipment

Financial justifications for new equipment come in two varieties: hard and soft.
Pharmatek offers primary packaging of tablets and capsules in HDPE bottles. The company supports secondary packaging, cold chain management, including storage and distribution, and stability testing. Complex labeling requirements, such as foreign language labels, blinding and booklet labeling.
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Pharmatek bottling line set to become operational

Automated line expands contract manufacturer’s packaging services, provides flexibility for small and large-volume clinical projects.
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DIY tech for same-day E. Coli testing

Company, Hygiena, claims to reduce outside lab costs 60-80% as food plants do their own testing
IFS' Gansner displays a PACsecure workbook
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Standard helps packagers with GFSI, FSMA

IFS PACsecure standard's workbooks help ease compliance by packaging type. Compliance will help converters as well as brand-owners
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Best practices for specifying packaging machinery

There are a number of basic best practices that should be observed when buying packaging machinery of any stripe.
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Eleven tips for a successful packaging line start-up

Here are some useful tips for line installation and start-up.
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Roadmap for a successful Factory Acceptance Test

Factory Acceptance Tests (FATs) are a key milestone in any new capital equipment project.
The Automation Conference May 20-21 in Chicago celebrates the resurgence of manufacturing in the U.S.
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Chicago conference to focus on how automation drives efficiency across industries

The Automation Conference this year celebrates the resurgence in manufacturing with two days of educational sessions covering industrial automation as a key driver of efficiency.
What does the recently ended government shutdown mean for the healthcare community?
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The healthcare community and the government shutdown

What’s the impact from the just-ended shutdown for makers of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices? Give us your opinion.
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Key food safety factors driving equipment upgrades

Many factors are driving change in the food industry, not the least of which is impending new regulatory requirements that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
Starbucks juices in Korea use HPP from Avure
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Did you know you're eating HPP-processed foods?

You're eating foods made safe without heat sterilization, instead using the 'cold pasteurized' of high-pressure processing. Many of these foods are co-packed at a handful of U.S. facilities, according to an executive from Avure Technologies.

 

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