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Saddle Creek hires new logistics IT guru

The new CIO brings decades of information technology and logistics experience to the growing 3PL
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Educational opportunities at PACK EXPO Intl.

Infographic highlights the many programs and presentations attendees can take advantage of at PACK EXPO to stay competitive and advance their operations.
Column/Opinion
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A bright future indeed

Four days before the October issue went to the printer, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing, announced its intention to acquire Summit Media Group, the media company to which Packaging World belongs. The sale is expected to be completed in late October.
Column/Opinion
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Panning for nuggets in the Pack Expo gold mine

The economy is picking up and packagers are expected to rush into Chicago’s McCormick Place early next month to pan the idea streams and mine the technology veins of Pack Expo in hopes of finding operational gold.
CLEANROOM DOORS. Contract packager PCI found ASI Technologies, Inc.’s doors for cleanrooms appropriate for its Rockford, IL, facility.
Feature Article
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PCI uses technology to gain competitive edge

Pharmaceutical contract packager increases its facility safety and efficiency with technology discovered at Pack Expo.
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FPA forecasts steady growth for U.S. flexible packaging

The Flexible Packaging Assn. envisions 2014 growth of 3.8%, for a total of $28.2 billion, making it one of the fastest-growing packaging segments in the U.S.
Carton varieties. The cartoner handles a wide variety of carton sizes, so ease of changeover was a must.
Controls Case Study
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Punched up pita packing

New cartoning technology powered by an advanced electric drives and control solution is paving the way for growth at Milwaukee-based Kangaroo Brands, a rising maker of pita bread products.
Kevin O’Donnell, Senior Partner, Exelsius, is a noted authority in supply chain integrity.
Column/Opinion
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Reevaluating drug product stability can save millions on packaging

Kevin O’Donnell, Senior Partner, Exelsius, is a noted authority in supply chain integrity. In this Q&A he lends his “big-picture” insights regarding distribution practices for time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical/biological products.
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Pack Expo has Leno and a whole lot more

Some 50,000 attendees eager to learn about the latest developments in packaging and processing will head to PMMI’s Pack Expo International 2014.
FDASIA strengthens agency’s authority
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FDASIA strengthens agency’s authority

Reviewing provisions of the legislation that impact drug product inspections.
Brandon Dickerson, Proximo Spirits
Column/Opinion
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A controls perspective

Plant Engineer Brandon Dickerson of Proximo Spirits, whose North American headquarters is in Jersey City, NJ, talks about changes he’s seen lately in the controls space.
Controls Product Brief
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Contemporary Graphic Solutions: Online compliance and productivity

Software services suite handles design, print, and packaging product life cycle aspects to increase efficiencies and financial savings.
Matt Reynolds joins Summit as Director of Research & Custom Media.
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New Director of Research & Custom Media at Summit

Summit Media Group has enjoyed tremendous gains in custom content, and this month Summit welcomes a new Director of Research & Custom Media to head up this expanding business unit as journalist and former chief editor Matt Reynolds joins the Chicago B2B media company in the newly created position.
Reagents driving European IVD market
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Reagents driving European IVD market

Decentralized testing, industry consolidation, increased automation in labs among the key trends.
Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024
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Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024

Healthcare packaging and packaging for other consumer goods will remain the fastest-growing segments.
GS1 US has published a guideline that details how to implement GS1 Standards to support the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), and enhance patient safety and security in the pharmaceutical supply chain. (This photo is for illustration purposes only.)
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Guideline delineates how to implement GS1 standards

Document provides intelligence to support pharmaceutical lot-level management and future item-level traceability requirements
Schubert-Pharma: Serialization services
Machine Product Brief
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Schubert-Pharma: Serialization services

GMP-/FDA-compliant line concepts are available for all process steps, from acceptance of the primary package to ready-to-ship pallets.
FIGURE 1: Experimental set-up: Monitoring set-up in the lab showing three VisiSens detection units (cameras on the right corner) connected to a PC and software screen (a); test vial containing alginate beads in direct contact with the detector unit for CO2 monitoring (b); monitoring set-up allows detection of three parameters pH, O2 and CO2 (c).
Feature Article
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Immobilized plant cells: from DSMZ to the customer

VisiSens technology is used to detect metabolic activities of immobilized plant cells during simulated cell transport in a closed system.

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