Winner of the Diamond award in this year’s DuPont competition was FreshCase® technology.
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DuPont Awards—celebrating innovation and collaboration

From breakthrough vacuum packaging developed by a billion dollar materials supplier to a kraft divider made by a year-old startup, these winners represent innovation itself.
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Industry Watch

  A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Hamburger assembly, packaging gets synchronized

Kepak Group, one of Ireland’s leading food processing companies, is now benefiting from a new assembly and packaging line for its Rustlers brand of microwavable hamburger-and-bun products in which every individual unit responds flexibly to the product flow in the upstream and downstream sections of the line.
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Multivac receives NMA Supplier of the Year honor

At a ceremony held as during its 65th annual MeatExpo conference, the NMA (National Meat Association) awarded its 2011 Supplier of the Year award to Multivac, Inc.
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Charities benefit from Multivac's strong 2010 sales

Multivac, Inc. posted a banner year in sales of its packaging machinery and automation systems this year, and as a result donated more than $30,000 to nearly 40 separate charities.  
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DELICATE TOUCH. Two robots replace eight operators placing sausages into thermoforms with a gentle touch.
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Robotics rallies in 2010; packagers automate for profit

After the past couple years’ serious sales slump, the industrial robotics industry is beginning to rebound, with food and consumer goods applications showing strong gains. Recent packaging installations testify to the value of automation.
Troy Snader was named vice president of sales for Brenton, a Division of  Pro Mach.
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Multivac launches new website

Multivac, Inc. has launched its new corporate website at www.multivac.com.
COMPACT KISSES. A retail-ready secondary pack for Hershey's bagged Kisses products makes an attractive shelf display, while mini
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Packaging is key to club-store success

The unique environment of the wholesale club store demands that packaging be retail-ready, eye-catching, innovative, and environmentally friendly to secure product sales.
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Multivac employees volunteer with "Christmas in October"

A workforce consisting of more than 40 Multivac employees and family members took part in this year’s “Christmas in October” event on October 10.
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Now obtain restored and certified pre-owned Multivac packaging systems

Multivac has created a special website for those interested in the advantages of owning completely remanufactured and certified systems.
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Multivac invites packaging professionals to sign up for its VIP news and information service

Multivac’s news service delivers information on exclusive discounts, special offers, and developments of interest to customers and others.
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COMPANIES Hueck Foils, LLC was acquired by the Constantia Flexible Packaging Group. Hueck Foils will now be known as Constantia Hueck Foils, LLC.
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Pizza dough gets custom gas-valve packaging

Nestlé’s subsidiary Leisi, Wangen, Switzerland, is using model R530 thermoforming machinery, custom-adapted by manufacturer Multivac (www.multivac.de), to package fresh, refrigerated Buitoni-brand rolled pizza dough.
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COMPANIES Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Intl. Inc. have merged to form Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., creating a provider of products and services in the high-growth life, laboratory, and health sciences industry.
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COMPANIES:Hassia USA combined all of its sales and service organizations under the new corporate name, IWKA Packaging USA.
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Companies:Payne has established a second print operation at its plant in Richmond, VA.
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Companies:Siko Products, Inc. announced that all Siko product lines would meet the European Union directive RoHS 2002/95/EG as of July 1.
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Companies:Pro Mach, Inc. has acquired Allpax Products, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sterilization, material handling and automated controls systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.  The acquisition will add retort and sterilization capabilities to Pro Mach's diverse portfolio of packaging equipment solutions.
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Automated loading

INTERPHEX : At the Multivac booth, attendees can view a demonstration of the automatic, space-saving R140 t/f/f/s rollstock machine running with robotic loading to complete a fully-automated packaging line.
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Andrew MacLeod was appointed divisional vice president of sales and marketing for SCA Packaging North America.
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interpack insights

The buzz at the über-sized interpack packaging show in Germany included integration, function-block technology, Rx ‘pens,’ simplicity, esthetics, and concern for machinery ‘made in China.’
This Pester PEWO-pack 450 Compact film wrapping machine has integrated the newly developed pac robot 3 for reliable picking, col
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Pester's 'pac robot'

A new generation of robotic modules without proprietary robot controllers
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Multivac appointed Ben Eastman and Jason Green regional sales managers, food division; and Mark Hammelrath market development manager, food division.
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Kuka Robotics appointed Joseph Campbell director of strategic alliances for North America and Timothy Arndorfer southwest region account manager.
Tony Barr was named product marketing manager for Bosch Rexroth's VarioFlow™ flexible chain conveyor program.
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Jennifer L. Altstadt was named president of Weatherchem Corp.
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Achievements

Independent Can Co.
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Bosch Rexroth’s, business unit, Linear Motion and Assembly Technologies, named Ken Gazda director of sales.
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Packaging technology on display

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.
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Packaging technology on display, Part Two

Once again the DuPont Awards competition attracted the best and the brightest where advancements in plastic packaging technology are concerned.
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FPA honors innovation

Hershey’s pudding packs and technology for self-venting trayed entrees, first commercialized by Smithfield Packing, earn Highest Achievement honors from The Flexible Packaging Assn.’s 2003 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards competition.
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Technical Innovation shines (sidebar)

Highest Achievements
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Interfilm Holdings (Piedmont, SC) will begin slitting and distributing Cellophane™ films for certain narrow-web customers of UCB Films (Smyrna, GA) located primarily in North America.
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Elected to four-year terms on the Board of Directors at the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute are (from left) John Raterman, vice president North American sales at Nordson Corp.; Glenn Siegele, president of Omega Design Corp.; Randy Spahr, vice president of Packaging Machines Intl.; and Andrew Zucaro, president of Azco Corp.
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Max Garcia has been hired as a field service technician based in Mexico City, Mexico, for Multivac (Kansas City, MO). Bob Koch has been named director of sales, food div.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
LMC Intl. (Elmhurst, IL) appointed John Molinaro to the position of regional sales manager.
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TricorBraun (St. Louis, MO) hired Mark Polivka as the vp of supply chain management.
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–Impaxx (Vernon, CA) appointed Kenneth Phillips as vp and chief financial officer, and Thomas Soper III as vp, chief growth officer.
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–Aetna Group has located its U.S. div. in a 77ꯠ sq’ facility in Duluth, GA. –MeadWestvaco Corp.
Lidding material travels in a downward motion through the stacked thermal-transfer printers and meets the forming web just ahead
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Merit re-tools for a global marketplace

This medical device maker says goodbye to extra labels and replaces them with on-line, thermal-transfer printing on lidding material. Print now includes important symbols required by customers overseas.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Multivac (Kansas City, MO): Michel L. Defenbau, CEO, Multivac North and Central America.—Klöckner Medipak (Clearwater, FL): Dirk Briskorn, president; Bill Whitesel, vp of operations; Paul Williams, vp, sales, marketing and service.—Slautterback Corp.
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Hormel's pack makes bacon ready-to-eat

For the first time, fully precooked bacon strips are now available virtually anywhere in the supermarket. A new thermoformed MAP flexible package allows Hormel Foods, Austin, MN, to pack oxygen-sensitive cooked bacon slices without refrigeration for up to four months.
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Package permits expanded market reach

New equipment producing a new package means longer shelf life and broader distribution of snack-sized donuts for Carolina Foods.
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Coder delivers healthy benefits for U.K. vet lab

Faster coding and clearer print on each label enable Veterinary Laboratories Agency to speed the supply of tuberculin to veterinary establishments throughout the United Kingdom.
With its new checkweighing prowess, Tropical Cheese now checks each vacuum-packed cheese pack, such as those shown here. In all,
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'Combo' pack puts Tropical Cheese at ease

Checkweigher and metal detector combine to reduce giveaway and help enhance quality control for this maker of natural cheeses marketed to retail and foodservice accounts.
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Multivac (Kansas City, MO): Andrew J. Pickard, CEO.
Early shipments of the product carried a label covering only half the lid, but now a round label covering the whole lid provide
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Fruit's best fresh, MAP cup proves

Canadian fruit marketer uses modified atmosphere packaging to get a fresh fruit combo, with an 18-day shelf life, to convenience stores via central distribution channels.
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Multivac, Inc. (Kansas City, MO): Don Smith, exec. vp, gen. mgr.
Operating right on the deck of the ship in some of the most punishing conditions possible, this vacuum packaging system cranks o
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Value-added packaging goes to sea

Seattle fish processor vacuum packs salmon right on board its two ships for sale to Japanese markets. Now there's no need to thaw and refreeze, so quality is improved.
Several pack and sauce varieties have helped Burns? retail customers regain market share from fast food outlets
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Film pack launches sub sandwich in Canada

Printed film replaces a manually applied label for Burns Meats' EZee Sub sandwich meat packs, saving 50% in combined material and labor costs.
Sm4;genFisk?s thermoforming/sealing machine (top) uses a roll of 18.5-mil polyester/PE sheet that unwinds from left to right. T
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Fresh seafood takes MAP tack in Sweden

Swedish producer SmgenFisk packs fresh seafood under a modified atmosphere, providing consumers with an alternative to frozen and smoked varieties.
Lidded trays exit the vacuum sealing chamber (upper right) and move through two perforating stations followed by two cross-cutti
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Safeway gets the red in

A peelable barrier layer in a multilayer lidding material lets Safeway meat department workers put the bloom back in vacuum-packaged fresh red meats.
Clay-coated newsback cartons have replaced SBS board for Pilling Weck1s line of disposable medical devices. The new cartons, so
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Folding carton changes rescue medical products maker

Changing from preprinted SBS to clay-coated newsback with labels printed and applied in-house saves Pilling Weck between 25 and 30% in material costs while halving carton inventory.
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Films make foods easier to handle

For applications in foodservice, wholesale, or retail, winners in the 1994 FPA competition show how flexible packs can take on new food packaging tasks.