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PMMI to link European processors and packagers to North American innovation at Interpack 2011

International consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and private label brands will enjoy sharpened insight into the latest processing and packaging innovations and trends when they visit the PMMI stand (Hall 12, Stand F01) at Interpack 2011 (May 12-18; Düsseldorf, Germany).
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The Pack Expo experience: from a packaging student's perspective

I attended my first Pack Expo show in Las Vegas when I was a sophomore. Wow, what a way to start my academic career!
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PackML World Tour promotes business process improvements through industry standard

PackML World Tour initiative is led by a group of packaging machine builders that are volunteering to present the business benefits of PackML to consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs).
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Pharmaceutical pavilion planned for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2011

Responding to industry requests, PMMI announces pharmaceutical pavilion will make its debut at Pack Expo Las Vegas next year.
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One powerful show indeed

Pack Expo International 2010, the largest packaging and processing event in the world this year, comes to Chicago’s McCormick Place October 31- November 3.
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How to make manufacturing a key strategic asset

For the past five years or so, some of the brighter minds in the supply chain arena have dreamt about the dawn of a manufacturing environment where make-to-inventory would be replaced by make-to-order.
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Packaging Hall of Fame nominations

PMMI calls for nominations for Packaging Hall of Fame™ Class of 2010, names 16-person commission.
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PMMI, DuPont announce Project 2020

A new feature of Pack Expo International 2010 is aimed at providing insight into the primary drivers expected to propel packaging innovation a decade from now.
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The commoditization trap

The Executive Leadership Conference put on each spring by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute is a great way for me to gain a little insight into what’s shaking in the world of the packaging machinery OEM.
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The value of track and trace

If you’re a food manufacturer and you’re involved in a food ingredient recall, how challenging will it be to trace back which lots might have contained the ingredient in question?
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Thought leaders deliver packaging insights

At a first-of-its-kind Pack Expo Thought Leaders Dinner, supplier panelists discuss economic factors, food safety, sustainability, and private-label growth.
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Three Pack Expo initiatives

PMMI announces not only a Manufacturing Excellence Conference at Chicago’s Pack Expo International this Fall but also two special pavilions.
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Six packaging automation trends to watch in 2010

I know the year is already a little long in the tooth for New Year’s predictions; most people get those out of the way much earlier than January 15.
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Mechatronics training

In the last ten years the speed of packaging lines has increased greatly, and packaging systems have moved from primarily mechanical to primarily electrical.
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PMMI alters Pack Expo 2010

 
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PACK EXPO 2010 to be One Powerful Show

New Pavilions, Expanded Show Focuses on Total Manufacturing Solutions.
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Pack Expo Selects--the winners are in

Results are in for the 2009 Pack Expo Selects Competition, and the prize goes to Purex® Complete™ 3-in-1 Laundry Sheets, submitted by Robbie Flexibles. Printpack’s Body Glove water filtration was a very close second, and Lloyd’s Barbeque, from Airlite Plastics Co, took third.
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PMMI makes changes to 2010 Pack Expo show

A shortened schedule and new partners will keep Pack Expo International strong in changing market.
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Hall of fame is enhanced

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Association has announced that Pat Helm, Mark Jacobson, Dwight Schmidt, James E. Scott, and Dennis Young will be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame.
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What's new at Pack Expo 2009?

The Brand Zone, which will house The Showcase of Packaging Innovations, is just one of the new features you’ll find at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2009.
SERVO DRIVEN. Film feed, product in-feed belt, and crimper are all servo driven axes of motion on this flow wrapper. A no produc
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Pack Expo purchases spur a return to Vegas

For a bakery in Georgia and a potato chip manufacturer in Hawaii, Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007 was the place to buy equipment that brought greater productivity and company growth.
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PMMI Packaging Hall of Fame™ class of 2009 nomination deadline August 3

PMMI has issued a call for nominations for the Packaging Hall of Fame™ class of 2009.
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Inspired leadership and the power of innovation

Now is not the time to innovate. Innovation involves risk, and doing anything even remotely risky is unwise in times of economic uncertainty.
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June brings ExpoPack Mexico

Packaging machinery imports in Mexico grew 3.8% last year, so ExpoPack sponsors and exhibitors alike are anticipating a solid 2009 event.
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Report: secondary packaging under close review

With retailers demanding greater value, and bottom lines in need of reduced costs, secondary packaging is under the microscope, according to a November 2008 study from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).
Discussing innovation at the ARC Automation Forum's packaging machinery track are (l to r) Rob Hattin of Edson Packaging Machine
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First ARC Forum to address packaging innovation

For the first time, the ARC Automation Forum devoted an entire track to packaging machinery.
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PMMI elects new chairman, board member

Jim Anderson, CEO of Marlen, to serve as chairman, and Richard Schneider, president of Schneider Packaging Equipment Co., Inc., is elected to the board.
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Sustainability News & Events

 Noteworthy Items Gleaned from World News
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Sterling Anthony On Pack Expo Intl. 2008

For a variety of reasons, it was a good year.
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Bring data and stick to your knitting

“In God we trust. All others must bring data.”—William Edwards Deming
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Noteworthy Items Gleaned From the World News

The European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN) and Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) Europe are jointly producing a nontechnical guide to packaging and sustainability, covering the entire lifecycle of the packaging supply chain. The guide, expected to be published next June, will attempt to clarify and define the term sustainable packaging so that supply chain, consumers, and regulators understand what is meant by the term sustainable packaging.
Packaging Educators Meeting:  Between 30 and 40 educators meet to discuss the development of a packaging educators forum.
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Education in the Spotlight at Pack Expo Intl.

FROM PACK EXPO 2008: Education and educators were in the spotlight at Pack Expo Intl. on Sunday with a series of press events and meetings.
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Five join Hall of Fame

Induction for Goodman, Lowery, Allen, Miyares, Nord, and Schueneman set for Pack Expo Intl.
Innovative packaging machinery OEMs are highlighted in blue on the official PMMI PACK EXPO floor plan.
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What's hot at PACK EXPO 2008

Delta robots, swirl fillers, sustainable packaging, totally automated changeovers – here’s how to experience the innovation.
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Z Automation Company's horizontal servo cartoner will be featured at PACK EXPO Booth N-3436.
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Servo cartoner delivers speed and accuracy

Z Automation’s latest Schneider Electric-equipped servo cartoner features motorized setup and remote diagnostics/operation.
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Pack Expo---a spotlight on green

Change, Innovation, and Sustainability are the key themes of this year’s Conference at Pack Expo. But conference speakers will shine the brightest spotlight on sustainability.
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'Purchasing Plans' update confirms slow machinery sales

For the first time, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org) has issued an update to its “Purchasing Plans Study,” asking respondents to reexamine their responses to the study earlier this year.
The Sustainable Packaging Forum grapples with the challenges of sustainability and identifies directions, enabling technologies
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ELAU addresses machinery at Sustainable Packaging Forum

It’s far too easy to forget the critical role of packaging machinery to achieve sustainability initiatives. Is there a collaboration gap?
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Sustainability challenges healthcare packagers

PMMI brief reports sustainability is a growing issue in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical segments.
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Robots' presence felt throughout packaging

Real-world applications of packaging automation in food, beverage, and other retail-product plants support the conclusions gleaned from a new study on robotics in packaging.
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Targeted pavilion, conferences await CP professionals at Pack Expo

If you’re shopping for contract-packaging services or you want to make your packaging more environmentally friendly, Pack Expo International may well provide the answers you need.
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PMMI calls for Packaging Hall of Fame™ nominations

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute is accepting nominations for the Packaging Hall of Fame™.
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Plugging the skills gap

Our May 20 Packaging Automation Forum focused on trends and developments that hold great promise for the packaging profession.
Interpack 2008 is now history, and the innovative machines introduced there will be making history.
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interpack video report 3: conclusions

This report reinforces attributes that recurred in interpack machinery introductions: automated format changes as fast as 5 minutes, machines designed to run trendy package designs, and purpose-built packaging robots.
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ExpoPack Mexico: More growth

A show that is growing steadily more international in its makeup still remains focused on packaging opportunities, technologies, and solutions for the Latin American market.
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PMMI predicts mixed growth for 2008

The latest report from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org) adds another piece to solving the puzzle that is the U.S. economy.
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PMMI Packaging Intelligence Briefs

Briefs highlight emerging trends affecting the global packaging industry in White Paper-like reports.
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Association Index

A useful directory of packaging and related associations that will help in your journey to sustainable packaging.
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Put TBL at the center of the business agenda

When the Triple Bottom Line is viewed as the cornerstone of corporate behavior, sustainable packaging solutions deliver game-changing wins.
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What makes interpack so important?

Guest editorial: the biggest packaging show on earth is also among the most influential. Plenty of corporate packaging machinery buyers from the Fortune 500 attend. Why do only 10% of North American OEMs exhibit there? By John Kowal ELAU Inc. Global Marketing Manager
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Schaefer family creates scholarship

The family of A.R. (Art) Schaefer has established a scholarship fund in memory of the retired New Jersey Machine (NJM) president and industry leader, who passed away November 15, 2007.
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Mechatronics skills gap to be addressed?

Purdue aims to launch a packaging machinery-focused mechatronics engineering technology program at its Hammond, IN, campus.
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Innovation abounded at PELV 2007

The buzz at PACK EXPO Las Vegas? Packaging systems that change the game in terms of performance, sustainability, efficiency, robotics, information management.
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The robots are coming

We may be on the verge of a major growth spurt for robotics on North American packaging lines.
The session comparing Germany's strength in mechatronics education to America's skills gap ended on an upbeat note with the anno
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Turning around 'das boot'

What began as a sad look at the skills gap between U.S. and European packaging automation curricula concluded with a pleasant surprise announcement by Purdue University Calumet.
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The 2007 Sustainable Packaging Forum addresses a major trend in which packaging machinery will play a key role.
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Sustainability: buzz or business?

Why did packaging automation supplier ELAU participate in the recent Sustainable Packaging Forum? Because enabling technology will make the difference between achieving sustainability and tomorrow’s cliché. Why did packaging automation supplier ELAU participate in the recent Sustainable Packaging Forum? Because enabling technology will make the difference between achieving sustainability and tomorrow’s cliché.
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Packaging Hall of Fame selects three inductees

Industry veterans Terry Bedell, William LeMaire, and Jerome Heckman are selected for 2007.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007

The Design for Profit pavilion makes its debut at this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas, which expects to welcome more than 25,000 visitors to the booths of 1,200 exhibitors.
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OMAC demo at Pack Expo Las Vegas

OMAC technical director Dave Bauman says that a full booth of demo sponsors is scheduled for Pack Expo Las Vegas.
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'PELS' debuts at 'PELV'

The Packaging End-of-Line Solutions (PELS™) alliance will be represented by its member companies at their PACK EXPO Las Vegas (PELV) 2007 exhibits. PELS is dedicated to providing integration and post-sale responsibility for multi-vendor secondary packaging systems.
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OMAC demo at Pack Expo Las Vegas

OMAC technical director Dave Bauman says that a full booth of demo sponsors is scheduled for Pack Expo Las Vegas. The sponsors and the functions they will demonstrate are as follows:
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CP Pavilion beckons attendees to PELV

Contract packaging and innovation will be two important areas of focus at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007 (PELV). The trade show will run from Oct. 15-17 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
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Revisiting Las Vegas

Their 2005 visit to Pack Expo Las Vegas yielded big dividends, so these two packaging professionals plan a return to Vegas for another look-see.
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PMMI Calls For Packaging Hall Of Fame Nominations

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute will accept submissions for Packaging Hall of Fame nominations through Aug. 3. Nominations should be sent to Ben Miyares at bmiyares@pmmi.org.
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America in Spain

Packaging technology was on the itinerary during a press tour of Spain in June.
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Upskilling: Is your workforce packaging technology savvy?

As packaging machinery becomes more sophisticated, training and education, or ‘upskilling,’ becomes a growing concern for managers at Pepperidge Farm and elsewhere.
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U of I names pack expo scholarship winners

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) named Christina Weeks, Yi Wang, Felicia de Santos, Bin Zhou, and Patricio R. Lozano as student recipients of its 2007 Pack Expo Scholarship funds.
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U.S. machinery purchases stabilizing: PMMI

A 1% growth in U.S. packaging machinery purchases this year “reflects a cautionary reaction to the uncertainty of the U.S. economy, rather than decisions based on financial imperatives,” according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org).
Packaging Automation magazine has a new website archiving all issues and articles: www.packagingautomation.net.
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Packaging Automation magazine gets its own website

The popular online magazine gets its own searchable archive site, helping packaging machinery specifiers and builders research innovative, modular machinery and automation trends in the packaging industry
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Expo Pack Mexico 2007

Nearly 32,000 visitors are expected to visit the booths of 745 exhibitors when Expo Pack Mexico and Procesa play host in Mexico City June 26-29.
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The state of the (packaging machinery) union

What about sustainability, global competition, continued consolidation among builders of packaging machines, and other challenges down the road? Listen in.
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How to grow and innovate

The annual Executive Leadership Conference held by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute is known for, among other things, its ability to attract some pretty terrific business session speakers.
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Why demographics will drive your packaging automation

Don't wait for a workforce crisis to develop before you consider the effect of automation on your employees.
ELAU is hosting the PMMI risk assessment seminar at the company's technical center, convenient to Chicago's O'Hare airport.
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PMMI risk assessment seminar at ELAU

Coming to Chicago April 17-18, hosted by member company ELAU, the PMMI Risk Assessment & PackSafe® training seminar is a hands-on workshop for packagers and OEMs alike
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End users, Pmmi members to talk training

uIn mid-March, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) announced a Technical Training Community of Practice (COP), an open forum for end users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to address common challenges in operator training in order to develop best practices and define expectations. The COP will provide input to the PMMI Certified Trainer program.
MarketTrends panelists (left to right) Jay Gehring, VP R&D Packaging for Frito Lay; Ivor Barrett, Manager, Packaging Technology
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Frito Lay, Miller Brewing and P&G Gillette speak out

At PMMI’s MarketTrends conference, a user panel communicated requirements and trends in “What Do Customers Want From Packaging Machinery Manufacturers?”
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Technician training via the Web

Internet-based integrated systems technician training will be offered to manufacturers in South Central Pennsylvania thanks to a $400,000 state grant received by the South Central Pennsylvania Center of Excellence for Packaging operations.
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How to build an OEM alliance

Packaging machinery manufacturers everywhere are seeking alliances with their machinery-building peers. They feel that by partnering with another OEM, they have a better chance of providing the kind of integrated solution that buyers of packaging machinery are looking for more than ever these days.
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Is your workforce packaging machinery savvy?

As packaging machinery becomes more sophisticated, upskilling, or training, becomes a growing concern.
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Packaging machinery exports rise from 2005

U.S. exports of packaging equipment increased 7% from January through November 2006 compared to that same period in 2005, totaling U.S. $783 million. The data is based on U.S. Census estimates and was reported by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org).
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Pack Expo exhibitors and PMMI raise funds for education

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and Pack Expo Intl. exhibitors raised $127,050 to support packaging education, surpassing PMMI’s $100,000 goal. PMMI created two Pack Expo Scholarship funds to which companies and individuals could donate. Pack Expo scholarship recipients were announced and honored at the Future Packaging Leaders luncheon at Pack Expo Oct. 31, 2006, in Chicago. For more information on the scholarship program, contact PMMI’s Maria Ferrante at 703/243-8555, or e-mail her at maria@pmmi.org.
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Packaging machinery exports rise from 2005

U.S. exports of packaging equipment increased 7% from January through November 2006 compared to that same period in 2005.
The new Puerto Rico Convention Center has been the site for two Interphex shows on the island, which is home to many pharmaceuti
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Pharma packagers seek solutions at Interphex Puerto Rico

Strong attendance demonstrates relevance of a new multivendor end-of-line packaging integration initiative.
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Interphex Puerto Rico to feature PELS session

Pharmaceutical companies in Puerto Rico will explore the latest options in Packaging End-of-Line Solutions (PELS) during a special luncheon meeting at Interphex Puerto Rico.
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Technician training via the Web

Internet-based integrated systems technician training will be offered to manufacturers in South Central Pennsylvania thanks to a $400,000 state grant received by the South Central Pennsylvania Center of Excellence for Packaging operations.
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Pack Expo 2006 generates B2B connections

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute delivers 45,741 buyer attendees, up 553 from the 2004 show.
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U.S. maintains lead in global packaging shipments

For the 10th consecutive year, United States packaging machinery makers maintained their top ranking, with sales totaling US$6.413 billion, according to the Confederation of Packaging Machinery Associations (COPAMA).
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PMMI Establishes Mark C. Garvey Scholarship

The scholarship will be awarded to students at technical schools who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in packaging.
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Wal-Mart reveals packaging scorecard

An interactive, highly detailed online 'Packaging Scorecard' announced by Wal-Mart/Sam's Club at Pack Expo on Nov. 1 benefits sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions.
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Pack Expo press conference explores the Russian packaging market

Many misperceptions exist concerning the packaging market in Russia, according to speakers at a Monday morning press conference at Pack Expo. 
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PMMI opens show with 'tremendous optimism'

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) Chairman Bob Risley welcomed the media to Pack Expo's 50th Anniversary Sunday afternoon with encouraging news: "We are opening this show with tremendous optimism."
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Axon introduces EZ-SEAL 400SL heat shrinkable sleeve labeling system

Axon, a division of Pro Mach, will introduce its new EZ-SEAL 400SL heat shrinkable sleeve labeling system at Pack Expo in Chicago (Booth #N4032) this month.
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EPC Gen2 Ready and New "Bad Tag" Reject

The ID Technology RFID Reject Module can be used with all ID Technology 250 tamp-blow printer applicators.
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World premier at PACK EXPO: once again, ELAU changes the way machines are designed by distributing motion around the machine wit
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Learn latest packaging automation trends at PACK EXPO

To help you plan your PACK EXPO 2006 show experience, here's an overview of packaging machinery automation-related show events and online resources from ELAU, the only automation supplier that specializes exclusively in packaging.
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Industry Watch

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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Honoring the 2006 Hall of Fame inductees

Four outstanding packaging professionals will be inducted into the 2006 Packaging Hall of Fame™ during ceremonies at the Hyatt McCormick Hotel immediately after the close of Pack Expo International 2006 on Tuesday, October 31.Packaging Hall of Fame nominees are reviewed and inductees selected by a commission made up of representatives from various sectors of the packaging community. Tickets for the induction ceremony are available for $50 and can be purchased at www.pmmi.org/tickets.asp.
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Pack Expo International turns 50

The year's largest resource for all things packaging comes to Chicago with two new technology pavilions for attendees to visit. Also debuting: Pack Expo Selects.
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Pmmi Sets $100,000 Fundraising Goal For Scholarships

A Pack Expo Scholarship program to financially support students at packaging schools in the U.S. and Canada was announced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org).
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Strong growth projected for personal care packaging machinery

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org) estimates that the U.S. domestic demand for packaging equipment will grow 3% in 2006 to $5.854 billion.
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Revised Packaging Machinery Standard Available

A revised ANSI/B155.1-2006 safety standard for packaging and packaging-related converting machinery was published by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org).
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PMMI establishes Mark C. Garvey scholarship

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has established the Mark C. Garvey Scholarship in memory of Mark C. Garvey, past Chairman of PMMI and a long-time supporter of packaging education who passed away earlier this year.
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Pack Expo International 2006

Billed as North America's most complete packaging show with more than 2,000 packaging and processing exhibitors covering virtually the entire packaging supply chain. Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2006.
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Demand For Flexibility Will Only Grow

PMMI board member Bernard McPheely is CEO of Hartness International, a manufacturer of advanced conveyor and case packing equipment. Here he talks about developing packaging equipment to reduce changeover time and increase operating speeds.
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U.S. packaging machinery exports rise

U.S. exports of packaging machinery are up 6.37% from a year ago, totaling $428 million.
GRIPPING PERFORMER. The four-axis case-packing robot's custom end effector lifts and places industrial filters as a group into t
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Robots a perfect fit for packaged solution

Robots handle primary and secondary packaging on a customized turnkey line that collates, cases, labels, and palletizes industrial filters.
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Pack Expo To Add Contract-Packaging Pavilion, Brand Protection Center

Many of the more than 50ꯠ attendees expected to attend this year’s Pack Expo International in Chicago will receive added value by visiting the contract packaging pavilion, which will be open throughout the show’s run from Oct.
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Counterfeiting--assess the threat, then build a solution

Dave Sayers is marketing development supervisor for 3M Security Systems, a provider of security solutions and services that identify, authenticate, secure, and track materials and information by combining security and productivity. Sayers talks about the damage caused by counterfeiting and offers advice on how to fight back.
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PMMI issues call for Hall of Fame nominations

According to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, August 14, 2006 is the deadline for nominations for the Packaging Hall of Fame™.
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Pack Expo Attendees To Select Winning Packages

Attendees at the Oct. 29-Nov. 2 Pack Expo International 2006 show in Chicago will be invited to vote for the package they feel is the most innovative among those included in the Pack Expo Selects display within the Showcase of Packaging Innovations™.
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Revised Packaging Machinery Safety Standard Completed

The standard is harmonized with international and European standards, and provides guidance on how to conduct the recommended risk assessment.
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Pearson Packaging Systems -- Innovation in Every Case

In 2003, Pearson Packaging Systems began a journey. Its goal was to become the highest value supplier of complete end-of-line packaging systems in the industry.
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OEMs: sharpen your focus on safety

Builders of packaging machinery be forewarned: You are entering a world where your customers may want safety features designed and engineered into machines from the get-go rather than having such features retrofitted onto machines as an afterthought.
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U.S. packaging machinery growth to reach $5.854 billion

Citing end-user/packager optimism about the economy, strong cash positions, and a “collective sense of urgency in reducing labor costs and improving productivity through expanded packaging automation,” the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (www.pmmi.org) forecasts a 3% growth in packaging machinery sales this year to $5.854 billion.
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NEM technicians PMMI certified

New England Machinery, Inc., announces that its field service technicians are now PMMI certified trainers.
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Gateway to Mexico and Central America

Some 30ꯠ visitors are expected to descend upon Mexico City’s Centro Banamex for the June 27-June 30 Expo Pack Mexico.
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Packaging industry mourns loss of Mark Garvey

Mark Garvey, president and owner of Garvey Corporation, Blue Anchor, NJ, died Monday May 15th at the age of 55.
ELAU's John Kowal shares examples of innovative package designs and the machinery to run them at PMMI's Partners in Packaging ev
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Machinery's growing role in package innovation

At PMMI Partners in Packaging event, packaging machinery automation supplier ELAU presents examples of innovative packages and the machines that made them commercially viable.
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Machine builders and buyers talk turkey at Ipack-Ima

A first-of-its-kind forum, held in conjunction with Italy’s packaging show, was aimed at improving relationships between builders and buyers of packaging machinery.
ELAU has become one of the first to join PMMI in the new Supplier Member category.
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ELAU, the world's only automation supplier with its total focus on packaging, is among the fir

Having demonstrated overwhelming commitment to the global packaging machinery industry, ELAU is proud to earn the privilege of the new Supplier Member category in “the most effective advocate organization among North American manufacturing industries today.”
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PMMI: Machinery shipments soared in 2004

U.S. packaging machinery shipments reached $5.344 billion in 2004, a 9.3% increase from $4.889 billion in equipment shipped in 2003, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).
Packaging Strategies organizer David Luttenberger assembled a cast of strategists to address global competition through packagin
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Packaging futurists tackle realities of global competition

At Packaging Strategies 2006, the world never looked smaller and global competition never looked fiercer. What to do?
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Advice from Packaging Strategies 2006

Highlights from the Packaging Strategies conference ranged from China to RFID.
Some OEMs have already overcome internal standards by offering packagers an automation solution with significant performance adv
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Packagers give OEMs more say in controls

Trend away from rigid control specifications gives OEMs freedom to work with the best control platform for their design, fosters innovation and cost savings.
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Entering the realm of robotics

John Burleson, president and CEO of English Mountain Spring Water of Dandridge, TN, talks about robotics and other new developments in the world of packaging machinery.
ELAU's presentation at Package Design 2006 featured samples of packaging innovations from Europe as well as the U.S.
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Coordinate package design with machinery capabilities

At the Package Design 2006 Conference, designers saw how innovative package designs sometimes require all-new machine designs – and why it pays to collaborate with packaging engineering up front.
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ELAU's Matt DeLuca briefs PMMI member engineering managers on the power of embedded robotics at the February Tech Talks workshop
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PMMI technical workshop highlights robotics

Tech Talk series kicks off with robot safety and ELAU’s trend-setting approach to embedding robotic modules in packaging machines.
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Packaging machinery OEMs and buyers of packaging machinery talk turkey at Ipack-Ima

Presented in conjunction with Ipack-Ima, the Italian packaging show just held February 14-18 in Milan, was a half-day event called Global Packaging Managers & Equipment Suppliers Forum.
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Andrew MacLeod was appointed divisional vice president of sales and marketing for SCA Packaging North America.
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2006: an exciting milestone and a new outlook for packaging

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Pack Expo, being held October 29 - November 2 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. We spoke with Chuck Yuska, president of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), sponsor and producer of the show, about this special anniversary and what the new year has in store for packaging professionals.
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CPP and Pack Expo Las Vegas to co-locate in 2007

CPP Expo will co-locate with Pack Expo Las Vegas and Process Expo over the dates of October 15-17, 2007.
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Ipack-Ima moves to Fieramilano Center

Not only does Ipack-Ima move to a stunning new venue in 2006, it’s co-locating for the first time with Plast 2006, the major Italian plastics exhibition.
Taylor Products' optional on-demand interactive training software was custom-developed for the new V-5100 vf/f/s baler.
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Better access to machinery documentation

Machinery builders are making manuals, training, and troubleshooting easier for users by putting the documentation where it's needed most.
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
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Pondering the puzzle (sidebar)

The end of drug bottles?
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PMMI elects three new board members

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has added three new members to its Board of Directors.
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PACK EXPO LAS VEGAS SETS RECORDS

Held September 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005 reached new highs in visitors, with 21꽫 attending (up 19% from PELV 2003).
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'Stellar' year for packaging machinery shipments

U.S. packaging machinery shipments surged 9.3% to an estimated $5.344 billion last year according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s 11th annual Shipments and Outlook Study.
Christopher Zei, president of ELAU in North America, presents automation trends at PMMI's 2005 annual national meeting.
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Are you ready for lean design?

Opening presenter at PMMI’s annual meeting, ELAU NA president Christopher Zei described how packaging machine OEMs can reduce Total Cost to Develop along with packagers’ TCO.
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What is missing in packaging education

Learning how packaging is produced—the machinery side of the equation—is painfully lacking in packaging education.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005 highlights

Our from-the-show coverage turns the spotlight on Las Vegas where packaging took center stage for the three-day run of Pack Expo.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas sets records

Held September 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005 reached new highs in visitors, with 21꽫 attending (up 19% from PELV 2003).
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U.S. and Canadian packaging machinery shipments grow in 2004

According to Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s 11th annual Shipments and Outlook Study, U.S. packaging machinery shipments reached $5.344 billion in 2004, a 9.3% increase from the $4.889 billion in equipment shipped in 2003.
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Around the Industry

Aaron Thomas Company Inc. has opened an 87ꯠ-sq-ft manufacturing, packaging, and warehousing facility in Bolingbrook, IL, southwest of Chicago.
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TOPICS ANNOUNCED FOR CONFERENCE AT PACK EXPO

New My PACK EXPO™ Tool Available to Help Attendees Select Compatible Sessions
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CPP Expo makes its debut

New converting show is at the center of a week-long series of events focused squarely on the packaging and converting sectors.
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Excitement builds for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005

New pavilions have been added, and exhibition space is up 9%. Plus, making its debut is a brand new web-enabled service to enhance the attendee experience.
A dual-scale filling system at Marich Confectionery includes a specially designed indexing conveyor.
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Vegas show spurs equipment buys

Marich Confectionery increases line speeds dramatically with technology found at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003.
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PMMI predicts 7% machinery sales growth

Increased corporate sales and profits and the sustained growth of the United States economy has fueled optimism from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Weber names new president, CEO

Dennis P. McGrath was named president and CEO of Weber Marking Systems.
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Packaging Hall of Fame commission members announced

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute selected ten packaging professionals to sit on the Packaging Hall of Fame Commission.
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Automation to fuel demand for packaging machinery

With Freedonia predicting a 4% annual increase in world demand for packaging machinery through 2008 and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute predicting 7% growth in U.S. packaging machinery sales this year, it’s useful to ask just what kind of packaging machinery will sell most briskly and what market segment will do the most buying.
Breakout session, working on action items at Make2Pack meeting
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Germany hosts largest ever Make2Pack working session

Diverse range of participants demonstrates European interest in contributing to the upcoming standard, from CPG leaders to OEMs to technology providers to associations
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Expo Pack Mexico 2005

Mexico City hosts the 2005 version of Pack Expo Mexico from June 21 to 24. New this year is a focus on logistics service providers.
New machines, such as this secondary packaging system, offer a tool-less changeover by using digital counters for preset positio
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Bulldog-Mentality Changeover Tactics

Look beyond the more obvious mechanical-side opportunities. Efficiencies lurk in operational procedures, especially when the relationship with a customer is strong.
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People

Multivac appointed Ben Eastman and Jason Green regional sales managers, food division; and Mark Hammelrath market development manager, food division.
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ID Technology completes PMMI trainer program

ID Technology’s Technical Team recently completed the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's On-the-job training course to become certified PMMI trainers.
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A surge in machine buying?

A March 7 story in the Wall Street Journal and a March 9 press release from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute suggest that American businesses may be getting ready to spend some serious cash on packaging machinery.
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PMMI DISTRIBUTES $107,000+ IN GRANTS

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s publication “PMMI Reports” announced that last year the association distributed more than $107ꯠ in grants and other financial support to students in packaging machinery programs, member employees, and organizations dedicated to industry education.
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PMMI: U.S. PACKAGING MACHINERY SALES DOMINATE

The United States retained its position as the dominant packaging machinery sales leader globally, with $5.93 billion in 2003 sales. Germany ($4.584 B), Japan ($3.339 B), Italy ($3.277 B), and China ($2.699 B) followed.
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Companies

Sonoco is manufacturing self-heating containers at a plant in Wausau, WI. Sun Chemical has formed Sun Chemical Security, a new global business unit that will provide a wide range of products used to print packages that incorporate security measures.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas expands

With more than 900 exhibitors already registered for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005 sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, organizers have added even more technology pavilions.
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Exclusive Pack Expo coverage includes videos

Whether you were there or not, you will likely find more of interest in this exclusive, at-show coverage of Pack Expo International from Packaging World’s editors.
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Rising machinery shipments show promise

Packaging machinery shipments in the United States reached $4.889 billion last year, an $82 million (or 1.7%) increase from 2002, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s 10th Annual Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Companies

Sun Chemical Corp.
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PMMI is RFID enabled

Radio-frequency identification will be prominent at Pack Expo Intl. 2004 through a major conference track, eye-opener speakers, and an RFID Pavilion exhibition area of more than 40 companies.
Nancy Cobb, who wrote the course book now used for the two-day Certified Trainer Program, stands surrounded by a few of her stud
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Training to train

PMMI’s Certified Trainer Program has evolved into a solid two-day course in which packaging machinery OEMs and their customers are finding real value.
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Training tomorrow's technicians

Here’s what three technical colleges are doing to help prepare both incoming students and current workers for the next generation of packaging machinery.
Dr. Raymond Bourque: Retired from Ocean Spray Cranberries after more than 35 years of service, Dr. Raymond Bourque helped pionee
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Four named to Packaging Hall of Fame (sidebar)

Four career-long packaging professionals will be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame during ceremonies to be held in conjunction with Pack Expo International 2004.
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Focus on RFID and security packaging add value to Pack Expo 2004

New this year at the Chicago show are a Security Packaging Resource Center and an RFID Pavilion. As usual, it’s all about packaging solutions.
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U.S. shipments for packaging machinery rise in 2003; exports increase by 33%

PMMI study predicts growth in future buying activity; record back log of $1.3 billion.
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Pack Expo visits lead to purchases

Representatives from both a Heinz division and a well known California winery both found the servo-based equipment they needed at Pack Expo International 2002.
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CPP Expo 2005 announces association partnership

Attendees who register for the CPP Expo 2005 will also be able to attend Pack Expo Las Vegas 2005 without incurring additional expense due to a new association partnership between HA Bruno LLC and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Competition from abroad heats up

Non-North American manufacturers of packaging machinery have gained a 25% share of the U.S. market.
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Four elected to Packaging Hall of Fame

Dr. Raymond Bourque, Audrey Marsh King, Stanley Kopecky, and Lawrence Starr will be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame during a November 7 awards reception at the Hyatt McCormick Hotel in Chicago. The ceremony will be held in conjunction with Pack Expo International 2004, sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Are you minding the dollar stores?

Packaging machinery OEMs and their customers are bound to be affected by the rapid growth of dollar stores across the country.
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Robots on the rise

Because they’re smaller, faster, stronger, and a tad less costly than in previous years, expect to see robotics occupying an increasingly important role throughout the packaging function in the next few years.
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Packaging machinery demand to rise

According to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s seventh-annual Purchasing Plans Study, consumer and industrial goods companies will increase packaging expenditures this year to $5.479 billion, a 4% rise compared to 2003.
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'Standardize!' say survey respondents

An exclusive Packworld.com survey on packaging line data acquisition capabilities brings a cry for standardization wherever OEMs can manage.
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RFID and packaging security: not 'if,' but 'when' (sidebar)

Pack Expo Adds Package Security Center
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Expo Pack Mexico 2004

Now in its 19th year, Expo Pack Mexico has an international recognition that has made it a perfect vehicle for visitors seeking packaging machinery and materials solutions.
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Call for Packaging Hall of Fame nominations

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute is issuing a call for nominations for the Packaging Hall of Fame.
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People

Gordon B. Bonfield was appointed president and CEO of R. A. Jones & Co.
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MAP Systems appoints new vp

MAP Systems Div.,Clear Lam Packaging, has appointed Peter Loveland to vp, business development.
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OMAC luncheon meeting

At the conclusion of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s PackOps Conference on June 30, all attendees and members of the packaging community are invited to a complimentary buffet luncheon at the Westin O’Hare hosted by the OMAC Packaging Workgroup (OPW).
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CPG companies: Bridging processing and packaging

“This is a moment where silos are being broken down, where those who make and those who package are talking together. It’s a great first step.”
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RFID and other coming events

Below you will find a short list of what’s ahead for June conferences, symposiums, and trade shows.
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CPG companies: Bridging processing and packaging

“This is a moment where silos are being broken down, where those who make and those who package are talking together. It’s a great first step.”
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PMMI's Yuska talks at Total

Chuck Yuska, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, addressed assembled journalists recently at the Total Processing and Packaging Show in Birmingham, England.
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People

Safeline Inc. hired Anastasia Snyder as special events and promotions coordinator.
New packaging director Jay Singh, Ph.D., continues a strong packaging heritage at the university that emphasizes student involve
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Smooth changeover at Cal Poly

Renowned for its engineering curriculum, California Polytechnic State University changes packaging directors, yet maintains the momentum of its program.
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PMMI issues call for presentations

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute issued an April 9, 2004, deadline for presentations at the Conference at Pack Expo, held in conjunction with Pack Expo International, November 7-11, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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People

Jerry Welcome (above) was named president of the Intl. Fresh-cut Produce Assn. Welcome most recently served as vice president, member services, for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Do your specs drive up the cost of packaging machinery?

Your boilerplate packaging machinery specs could inadvertently be driving up the cost of your packaging machinery purchases.
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Packaging 2004

What a difference a decade makes. When we launched Packaging World in January 1994, the prospects for an economic recovery were strong after a difficult couple of years following the Gulf War.
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PMMI forecasts three years of growth

Improving gross domestic product numbers, rising capacity utilization, and export growth are listed as the primary reasons for packaging machinery sales growth during the next three years by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Packaging Leader of the Year announced

The Packaging Education Forum has selected 100-year-old packaging machinery manufacturer, Adolph Gottscho, Inc., as Packaging Leader of the Year for 2003-2004.
Arnie Orloski, Jr., Packaging Hall of Fame, Class of 2003
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PEF elects 'Class of 2003' Packaging Hall of Famers

Members of the Packaging Education Forum (PEF) elected Arnie Orloski Jr. (shown), William E. Archibald, William R. Armstrong, and Richard G. Lee into the Packaging Hall of Fame, Class of 2003.
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Packaging in the U.K. and beyond (Part 2)

21st-century packaging machinery trends (Part 2 of a 6-part series)
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Packaging Leader of the Year announced

The Packaging Education Forum has selected 100-year-old packaging machinery manufacturer, Adolph Gottscho, Inc., as Packaging Leader of the Year for 2003-2004.
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PELV wrap-up

Lots of modular machines, greater use of servos, and a broader use of stand-up pouches than ever before--these are among the trends observed by Packaging World editors who attended last week's Pack Expo Las Vegas.
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New venue for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

It’s the fifth time around for this fast-growing show, and it’s expected to be bigger, newer, and better than ever when the curtain goes up on October 13. Look for more than 800 exhibitors and 17ꯠ attendees.
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Panel discussion on packaging line productivity

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute held its first Packaging Machinery Management Conference September 4-5 at Doral Eaglewood Conference Resort in Itasca, IL.
Homcare de Mexico uses this induction-sealing system to seal a foil inner liner to the finish of its bottles of Swipe cleaning l
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Back to Vegas for more gear

A Mexican manufacturer of cleaning products and a Utah marketer of bottled water both will return to Pack Expo Las Vegas this October.
John Ruff<br>senior vice president, R& D and Quality for Kraft North America
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Q&amp;A: Kraft's team approach to Pack Expo

One way Kraft Foods of Glenview, IL, stays on top of packaging technology is through Pack Expo trade shows, sponsored each year by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute. John Ruff, senior vice president, R& D and Quality for Kraft North America, shares his ideas on the value of a Pack Expo trade show.
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Study: Machinery purchases should increase

Modest increase expected in 2003 machinery purchases, says PMMI study. Demand expected to rise despite geopolitical and economic uncertainties.
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PMMI PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Through four scholarship programs and support of the Packaging Education Foundation, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute provided $128길 to support packaging education last year.
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BUSINESS CONDITIONS REMAIN STRONG

The packaging machinery sector showed continued strength in February, though its level of expansion declined slightly. That’s according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s Business Conditions Index.
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Packaging machinery management conference set

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) is hosting an end-user-focused packaging machinery management conference Sept. 4-5, 2003, at the Doral Eaglewood Conference Resort in Itasca, IL.
Rocky Marquis
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People

Rocky Marquis, president of Marq Packaging Systems (Yakima, WA), was elected to the position of chairman of PMMI’s Executive Committee for 2003.
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SURVEY IDENTIFIES TOP MACHINE ATTRIBUTES

A recent survey of PMMI member companies identified quick-changeover capabilities, flexibility, and fast speeds as the top three machine attributes most often requested by companies purchasing new packaging equipment.
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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS AT PACK EXPO LAS VEGAS

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute is calling for submissions of technology-focused, non-commercial presentations for the Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas, to be held in conjunction with the Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003 exhibition.
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PMMI Business Conditions Index update

The packaging machinery sector continued a pattern of strength during Feb. according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s (Arlington, VA) Business Conditions Index.
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Most-requested machine features

Quick changeover capabilities, flexibility, and fast speeds are the top three machine attributes most often requested by companies purchasing new packaging machinery, according to a recent survey of Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) member companies.
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BUSINESS INDEX IMPROVES

PMMI’s Business Conditions Index showed that the packaging machinery sector improved during the Nov. 15 - Dec. 20, 2002 time period. Specifically, shipments rose 16.7 points to 69.9; new orders were up 2.3 points to 63.2, general business conditions declined 2.8 points to 57.6, while quotations fell 20.9 points to 54.8, following a record high mark of 75.7 after the Pack Expo International trade show.
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PELV SHOW SELECTED

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) announced that its PACK EXPO Las Vegas trade show was selected to participate in the United States Department of Commerce’s International Buyer Program for 2003.
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VPs appointed at Goodman

Goodman Packaging Equipment (Waukegan, IL) recently announced two vice president promotions. Bruce Larson, formerly the director of sales and marketing, was promoted to vp of sales and marketing.
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People

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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PMMI reports continued business conditions strength

The packaging machinery sector continued to show strength in the first report of 2003, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's (Arlington, VA) Business Conditions Index (BCI).
New PMMI Borad of Directors: Raterman, Siegele, Spahr, and Zucaro. (Left to right)
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PMMI announces 2003 board additions & executive officers

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Arlington, VA, announced four new Board of Director appointments and its executive committee for 2003.
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Pack Expo International 2002

According to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, nearly 72ꯠ packaging professionals attended Pack Expo International 2002, including 5꾲 international visitors from 92 countries.
Automatic magazine loaders relieve workers of a strenuous job at one major household products manufacturer.
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Ergonomics guides give packaging a lift

New voluntary guidelines from OSHA should give packaging departments added leverage with upper management.
Mel Bahr, CEO of MGS Machine Corp. and chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI).
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PMMI: U.S. machine builders innovate

A discussion on packaging machinery manufacturer innovation with Mel Bahr, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Pack Expo Intl. 2002 draws over 45,000 visitors

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: The recently concluded Pack Expo International 2002 trade show drew 46껵 visitor attendees including 5꾲 international visitors from 92 countries.
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PMMI pavilion at Ipack-Ima

NEWS FROM PACK EXPO: Ipack-Ima, Europe’s packaging exhibition sponsored by the Italian Association of Automatic Packaging Machinery Manufacturers (UCIMA), will be held in Milan on March 4 to 8, 2003. Debuting for the first time is a Packaging Machinery and Manufacturing Institute (PMMI) pavilion.
Laura Caldwell, Professor, University of Cincinnati, Mechanical Engineering Technology Department
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Does packaging need more machinery education?

Some in packaging feel that packaging universities shortchange students on machinery. Can it—or should it—be learned in college?
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Packaging associations to showcase award-winning packaging at PACK EXPO Las Vegas

As of Nov. 25, six different packaging associations have agreed to showcase their award-winning packages within the PACK EXPO Las Vegas Containers & Materials Pavilion.
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The packaging marketplace: A global view (sidebar)

Rothwell on machinery sales
Alison Kent, corporate packaging manager, Hewlett-Packard
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The packaging department of the future

Virtually no two departments will be alike, says a group of experts. And some say it also depends on a company’s strategic direction.
Shown here is a virtual Torengos container being tested under top-load conditions by computer-aided engineering specialists as p
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Technology to take us forward

What are today’s leading thinkers and practitioners in the packaging field saying about packaging technology of the future?
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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.
Richard C. Botsch
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Hall of Fame welcomes five in 2002

Among the gala events associated with Pack Expo International 2002 is the induction of this year’s new members in the Packaging Hall of Fame.
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New exhibitors give Pack Expo a fresh look

Some 1길 exhibitors will be ready and waiting for more than 50ꯠ visitors at Chicago’s McCormick Place for the 2002 installment of Pack Expo International and the co-located IEFP.
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New exhibitors give Pack Expo a fresh look (sidebar)

Eastman Kodak named Packaging Leader of the Year
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Packaging experts come together

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Bringing back the education

For years, there has been a rather vocal debate within the ranks of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute about the value of conferences during packaging expositions.
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Eastman Kodak named leader of the year

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY, was selected as the Packaging Leader of the Year, 2002 - 2003, by the Packaging Education Forum.
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PMMI members ship $5.8 billion of machinery, parts

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) machinery builders in the United States and Canada shipped an estimated $5.825 billion in packaging equipment and parts in 2001, according to the Confederation of Packaging Machinery Associations.
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PEF announces 2002 Hall of Fame inductees

The Packaging Education Forum (PEF) will induct five career packaging professionals into the Packaging Hall of Fame during its annual Packaging Leadership Awards ceremonies on Nov. 5th.
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PMMI announces 'Eye Opener' speakers

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has announced speakers for its three 8 a.m. “Eye Opener” Plenary Sessions during the three-day Conference at Pack Expo.
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PMMI members lead equipment shipments

United States and Canadian machinery builders who belong to the Arlington, VA-based Packaging Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) maintain the lead in the world market for packaging equipment, says the trade group.
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PEF names Eastman Kodak Packaging Leader of the Year

The Packaging Education Forum (PEF) awards Eastman Kodak Co. as its Packaging Leader of the Year 2002-2003.
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Cautious optimism about machinery sales

Spending for packaging machinery in the United States is expected to increase this year, but only by a modest 1.5 to 2.5%.
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PMMI activities

The 2002 - 2003 Packaging Machinery Directory is available from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute. The 25th edition lists detailed company and product details for 433 association member companies.
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Expo Pack Mexico 2002

More than 700 companies will exhibit at Expo Pack Mexico 2002, to be held June 25 to 28 at Expo Santa Fe in Mexico City. Organized and produced by Oprex (Mexico City, Mexico) and the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA), Expo Pack is co-located with Procesa, the food and beverage processing machinery and equipment show.
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175,000 visitors at interpack 2002; fewer from North America

NEWS FROM INTERPACK 2002: This report finds that more than six out of 10 interpack 2002 visitors came from European countries.
Dr. David Armstrong of FDA addresses the conference, while Dr. Peter Slade (center) and Dr. Chuck Sizer look on.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Rebuilding IoPP's visibility

It’s rare for Packaging World to devote so much space as it has in this issue and in March to the newly reconstituted Institute of Packaging Professionals.
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PipeLine: Packaging security: Which issues belong?

Nearly everywhere you look these days, the front-of-mind issue is security. Whether it be on a national or individual or company basis, security is a hot topic.
Hershey Foods (Hershey, PA) hired James D. George to the position of director of packaging.
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People

–Zeller Plastik (Libertyville, IL) has named Alex Piagnarelli director of sales and marketing. –Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) appointed Martin Prakken, Bruce Larson, and James Anderson to 4-year terms on its board of directors.
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Gallo leads way in packaging equipment buys

E. & J. Gallo Winery will be an active purchaser of packaging equipment, especially in the current down market. So said Modesto, CA-based Gallo’s director of engineering John Kalal to the fall meeting of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).
Panel members at the PMMI meeting were (from left) Dave Snyder of Nestle USA, Tom Osip of ConAgra, John Kalal of E. & J. Gallo W
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What's affecting buying at major companies?

Representatives of ConAgra, Nestle USA, and Gallo Winery candidly shared thoughts on machinery purchasing at PMMI's meeting in November.
OMAC Packaging Workgroup executive committee: Sitting, L to R--Steve Ford, M&M Mars; Rob Aleksa, P&G; Keith Campbell, Hershey Fo
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OMAC readies pilot tests

A flurry of activity was announced this February at the OMAC Packaging Workgroup meeting in Orlando, FL, including at least two pilot tests on real packaging equipment.
Judy Fischer (left), senior packaging engineer for Sargento Foods, answers a question while Juli Okal of 3M Co. awaits her turn.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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interpack 2002 is bigger than ever

The recent addition of two new exhibit halls at the Düsseldorf fairgrounds means interpack 2002 attendees will be dazzled by 17 halls worth of packaging resources.
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Slow growth in packaging mirrors economy (sidebar)

Canadian shipments slow in 2000
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Machines, training help boost productivity

Packaging productivity gains outpace gains in machinery shipments in 2000, says PMMI. Automation, training, and sadly, layoffs, appear to play big roles.
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Slow growth in packaging mirrors economy

Modest growth was recorded in U.S. packaging machinery shipments in 2000, but short-term caution and long-term optimism show up in PMMI’s Shipment Forecast.
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Wake up and smell the standards!

Attention packaging machine buyers. Take this quick quiz: Are you fed up with trying to maintain increasingly computerized packaging equipment, networks, and plants?
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U.S. equipment sales gain globally

By selling $6.025 billion worth of packaging machinery and parts in 2000, United States manufacturers extended their worldwide market share by two points to approximately 30%.
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New leaders for PMMI

Mel Bahr of MGS Machine Corp. was elected chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) at the group’s fall meeting in November in San Mateo, CA.
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Managing in uncertain times

A members-only program sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA), "Managing in uncertain times" is scheduled for Dec. 11, 2001, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Rosemont, IL, adjacent to Chicago’s O’Hare Intl. Airport.
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PMMI's 'train the trainer' program gets the boost from test (sidebar)

Machine training sessions scheduled
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PMMI's 'train the trainer' program gets boost from test

The long-awaited ‘train the trainer’ program of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute got a big boost from a pilot session in late August.
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New dates and location for Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

The fifth edition of Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003 will be held October 13-15, 2003 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) reports that Pack Expo Las Vegas 2001 included 872 exhibiting companies within 390깐 net square feet.
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Kraft Foods scholarships honor PEF leadership

Northfield, IL-based Kraft Foods North America, a corporate member of the Packaging Education Forum (Arlington, VA), is establishing a pair of $2귔 scholarships in the names of the PEF’s most recent chairmen – James E. Scott, director of packaging engineering and design, Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, NY, and Thomas E. Hogue, director of packaging strategy, DuPont Co. (Wilmington, DE).
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PEF 'kicks off' fundraising program

In mid-December, the Packaging Education Forum (PEF) will randomly select the winning ticket for its Super Bowl XXXVI drawing. Proceeds of the fundraising effort will be used to underwrite packaging scholarship programs at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada.
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Attendance increases at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Despite the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute reports that Pack Expo Las Vegas 2001’s total attendance of 25곆 topped 1999’s figures by more than 2ꯠ people.
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PEF announces four inductees

Four career packaging professionals will be inducted into the Packaging Hall of Fame by the Packaging Education Forum during its annual Leadership Awards ceremonies Monday, September 10, at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. The event will occur during Pack Expo Las Vegas, Sept. 10-12 at the Sands Exposition & Convention Center.
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Showtime in Vegas once again

Pack Expo Las Vegas, now in its fourth edition, runs Sept. 10-12 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The Packaging Solutions Conference 2001 and co-located IEFP add to the excitement.
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Nestlé is leader of the year; PEF nominations

The Packaging Education Forum will honor Nestlé USA, Inc., as its Packaging Leader of the Year, 2001-2002. Its commercialization of innovative packaging forms reflecting consumer preferences for convenience, quality, safety, and environmental sensitivity were recognized by PEF, as was the Glendale, CA-based company’s support of college-level packaging education.
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The CP moves my cheese

A couple of months ago, I prepared a packaging trends report for the conference program that accompanied the Converting Machinery/Materials Intl. show.
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Mixed forecast for equipment purchases

Pharmaceutical, paper, and food segments will likely increase packaging machinery spending this year. But overall, a PMMI survey says U.S. domestic equipment sales will equal last year’s $4.9 billion.
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Appointments, promotions

Marquip (Phillips, WI): Joe Heizler, exec. sales mgr.
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Equipment demand expected to level

The demand for packaging machinery in the United States will essentially be flat this year, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s (Arlington, VA) fourth-annual U.S. Packaging Machinery Purchasing Plans Study.
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Relocations, expansions

Bomarko Medical Packaging (Plymouth, IN) recently entered into the medical device packaging market.
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Appointments, promotions

Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH): James W. Messerly, vp, corp. research and technology; John C. Dillon, managing dir., UV-curing business; Chuck Waychoff, mgr., sales, PPC business unit.
Attendees included converters, packagers, converting machinery builders, packaging machinery builders and controls suppliers.
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OMAC picks up speed

P&G, Hershey, M&M Mars indicate that OMAC involvement has already helped their bottom lines. Also, new PackML group formed to tackle naming convention guidelines for machine states.
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Expo Pack Mexico

The Sports Palace in Mexico City plays host to Expo Pack Mexico from June 26 to 29. With some 600 exhibitors on hand, it’s the key packaging show in Central America.
Cloeren Inc. (Orange, TX) has expanded and relocated its headquarters to P.O. Box 2129, Orange, TX 77631-2129; phone: 409/886-58
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Relocations, expansions

—Klikok Corp. (Decatur, GA) and its wholly-owned subsidiary, The Woodman Co. (Decatur, GA), have realigned their operations, with all products now represented through the unified sales channel of Kliklok-Woodman.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas growing

Nearly 700 companies have already signed up to exhibit at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2001, reported Bernard McPheely, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) and chief executive officer of Hartness Intl., Inc. (Greenville, SC).
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Appointments, promotions

—Hammer Lithograph (Rochester, NY): Hart Swisher, dir., innovation and technology; Andy Beach, mgr., technical services.
Jack Mazur (left) and Matt Brennecke, both regional sales managers of All-Fill, Inc. (Exton, PA), have received "Salesman of the
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Appointments, promotions

—FoxJet (Arlington, TX): Jim Barbone, gen. mgr.
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OMAC: Standardize packaging machine 'states'

Should packagers define an industry standard for the various states of a packaging machine? That and other weighty questions were debated at the most recent OMAC meeting in late February in Orlando, FL.
P&G's new Crest Whitestrips contain 56 individually wrapped dental whitening strips packed in this colorful folding carton.
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E-commerce prompts package design considerations

At Solutions 2000, held in Chicago during Pack Expo, Packaging and the Internet was a major conference “track.” This special report focuses on package design considerations for Internet marketing.
Keith Campbell, Hershey Foods
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OMAC meeting: more than motion control

End users and machine builders alike are beginning to see OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) as a way to standardize on several packaging machine control technologies beyond just motion.
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PACK EXPO Stats

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA), sponsors and producers of Pack Expo International, reports that total attendance (including exhibitors) at Pack Expo International 2000 was 75꽸.
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Adding a 'leg' to the corrugated industry stool

Packaging World Editor report on SuperCorr 2000, a late October show and conference in Atlanta sponsored by a paper Expo association and an organization of corrugated converters.
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OMAC reports progress at Pack Expo

More than 100 people attended the most recent OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) meeting in Chicago during Pack Expo Intl. 2000. The meeting’s purpose: to report progress since the group’s first official meeting in March 2000, also in Chicago.
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All need to find time for training

The two-part training certification and accreditation program announced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) sounds like a strong plan that could pay big dividends to packaging operations in the years ahead (see p.
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Pack Expo by the numbers

At the recent Pack Expo International Show in Chicago, exhibition square footage was up as was conference attendance, while visitor attendance was down slightly versus ’98.
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Suppliers recognize packagers' training needs

In describing their own programs, suppliers acknowledge shortcomings and reflect the criticisms made by their customers. Time allocated for training remains the most pressing need, they agree.
Glen Long
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Suppliers recognize packagers' training needs (sidebar)

PMMI’s ‘train the trainer’ program nearly ready
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More PMMI meeting news

Further announcements and appointments from PMMI’s just-concluded Fall meeting Sept. 19-21.
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Electronics controls new technology at Pack Expo

Electronics continues to replace mechanical systems to control the increasingly precise functions of new equipment to be introduced at Pack Expo International 2000 in Chicago. New Solutions conference will help attract 80ꯠ packaging visitors to year’s biggest packaging show.
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Electronics controls new technology at Pack Expo (sidebar)

Packaging pioneers honored
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Solutions 2000: world's largest packaging conference

PACK EXPO International 2000 is not only the biggest U.S. packaging show, but this year it also boasts what it calls “the world’s largest conference:” Solutions 2000, planned for Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8.
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Purchasing moves 'slow speed ahead'

Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage markets will drive packaging machinery spending this year, says a PMMI study. U.S. domestic equipment sales are expected to rise 2% to 3% in 2000 to $4.9 billion.
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Ergonomics: the next machine feature?

OSHA’s ergonomic proposal could be good for end users and for machinery builders. Just don’t say that to Anheuser-Busch!
Hobart's wrappers and scales for supermarket packaging of fresh meats and produce were not designed to withstand high-pressure w
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Depends how you slice it

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s packaging equipment certification proposal could raise costs for machinery buyers.
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Appointments, promotions

SeaquistPerfect Dispensing (Cary, IL): Patrick F. Doherty, president.
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PMMI's training certification plans

Packagers eager for improved competence in training leaders supplied by packaging equipment companies should be happy to hear that PMMI has begun work on a program designed for just that. This and other news from PMMI’s Sept. 19-21 meeting.
From CAMC's 25-station lab/classroom (above), students can control equipment in surrounding labs from their PCs. Notes written b
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'Motion Control University'

The Center for Automation and Motion Control at Alexandria Technical College in Minnesota offers a hands-on curriculum of leading-edge technology.
International Holographic Paper Co. (Chalfont, PA) has finished its new warehouse facility.
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Relocations, expansions

Tetra Pak (Vernon Hills, IL) announced the opening of its new pilot plant in Denton, TX.
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PEF Hall of Fame inductees

Announced in mid-August, three career professionals will be inducted into the PEF Hall of Fame on November 11: Robert S. Forsyth; William C. Heller, Jr; and John M. Johnston.
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Packaging to a Samba beat: Pack Expo Brasil 2000

The first-ever Pack Expo Brasil 2000 in São Paulo combines a major packaging expo and an industrial technology show with other events like the Brazilian Packaging Congress.
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ANSI/PMMI safety standard released

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has announced that the revised and updated American National Standard Institute/PMMI B155.1, American National Standard for Packaging Machinery and Packaging-Related Converting Machinery, Safety Requirements for Construction, Care and Use, is now available.
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Appointments, promotions

Alvey Systems, Inc. (St. Louis, MO): Douglas M. Westerman, dir., Central Region; Bruce Bleikamp, account mgr., Major Account Development; Steven Cohron, account mgr., Major Account Development; Hank Kirk, account mgr., Major Account Development.
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'Selling' machine safety

Improving the safety of packaging equipment-and meeting the ANSI B155.1 standard-was the topic of a PMMI seminar July 11-12. 3M's John Hunt urged machine builders to use safety as a selling point.
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OMAC Group to meet at Pack Expo

The OMAC Motion for Packaging Working Group will meet at Pack Expo Intl. 2000 in Chicago on Nov. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For details, phone the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute at 703/243-8555.
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Packaging makes a run for the border

With more than 600 exhibitors and 25ꯠ attendees, Expo Pack Mexico, to be held June 6 to 9 in the Mexico City Sports Palace, is the premiere business show in Central America.
Two end-user executive committee members are Daniel J. Amundson, technology leader, corporate engineering technologies at Procte
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Progress on standards

On a gray day in mid-March, engineers from eight packaging end users, 21 machinery builders and 12 controls suppliers filed into a conference room in a downtown Chicago skyscraper.
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Packaging Portalmania

Internet “portalmania” for vertical markets has become the rage, and packaging is no exception. (A vertical “portal” is a site that’s designed to be an independent information source with information on multiple suppliers in a given field or industry.) At last count, there were no less than three big contenders for the packaging portal throne: the Packexpo.com (www.packexpo.
PMMI executive board officers: (clockwise from top left) Bernard M. McPheely, Dennis P. McGrath, Robert S. Potdevin, Anthony J.
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Appointments, promotions

Robert’s Packaging Corp. (Battle Creek, MI): Robert G. Koppe, chairman of the board, CEO; Christopher R. Burrows, president, CEO.
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Hoppmann's first on packexpo.com

Hoppmann Corp. (Haymarket, VA) is the first registered supplier on the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) www.packexpo.com purchasing exchange site.
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PMMI updates

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has selected Pack Expo International 2000 to participate in its International Buyer Program, which means the government agency will use its worldwide network to promote the show.
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Packaging controls standards group formed

The movement toward standardizing motion controls for packaging machinery took a small but critical step forward in early February. An official working group for standardizing on motion controls in packaging machinery was created at the recent Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) end user meeting held in Orlando, FL.
Keith Campbell (left), director of automation and integration for Hershey Foods, led the meeting.
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OMAC group tackles packaging motion standards

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Motion for Packaging Working Group hammers out a specific mission and four key areas to simplify motion controls for packaging machinery. Areas include: defining business benefits of open controls; standardize on programming languages; standardize on network protocols; foster education in motion control technologies in tech schools and colleges.
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PEF now managed by PMMI

“To more efficiently raise and distribute funds for worthy university packaging programs,” is one reason cited by Jim Scott, president of the Packaging Education Forum, as the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute assumes management of PEF.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Maria Ferrante, dir., technical services; Joshua Caulfield, dir., new media.
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PEF Board votes for Miyares, PMMI

At its fall Board of Directors meeting, the packaging Education Forum elected Ben Miyares as Secretary/Executive Director, effective Jan. 1, 2000, replacing William C.
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Desperately seeking standards

Head engineers from Anheuser-Busch, General Mills, Hershey Foods, Nabiscoand Procter & Gamble begin a dialogue with machinery and controls suppliers on motion control standards for packaging. Part one.
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Personnel development programs in widespread use

How do companies measure up in providing development opportunities for workers? Here are the results from PMMI's Productivity Trends Indicator Survey.
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Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99

To address the nearly 56% of companies using one or more contract packagers, PMMI's third western show, held Oct. 18 to 20, will feature an Outsourcing Resource Pavilion.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas 99 and IEFP, (sidebar)

Outsourcing pavilion new at Pack Expo Las Vegas 99
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U.S. Dominance

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute reports that, according to the Confederation of Packaging Machinery Assns, the U.S. remains the worldwide leader in packaging machinery and parts sales with $5.625 billion in product sold in 1998.
While it may be best known for its Lay?s? potato chips and Fritos? corn chips, Frito-Lay benefits from a pretzel weighing and pa
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Frito-Lay munches on savings

In the last year, Frito-Lay has saved 10% in costs through increased productivity and improved inventory control provided by a new weighing/packing system found at the last Pack Expo in Las Vegas.
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How European culture drives packaging (sidebar)

Goelitz Candy automates
Ben Miyares, V.P. Industry Relations, PMMI
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Solutions 99 conference focuses on emerging technologies

Solutions 99 is the educational conference that will be part of Pack Expo Las Vegas, Oct. 18 to 20. Three mornings of seminars feature the latest topics in packaging. Pre-registration deadlines for the conference and for the show are Sept. 27.
A worker at right adds bottles to a floor-level hopper that feeds them into the new bottle unscrambler at the Naturally Vitamins
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Vitamin packer wins new production in Las Vegas

Naturally Vitamins' president didn't go to Las Vegas to gamble, but a visit to Pack Expo there in '97 led to purchases that doubled packaging output and productivity.
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Productivity in packaging continues to gain

A survey of manufacturers by PMMI shows nearly uniform gains in productivity from 1997 to 1998. Makers of chemical products represent the only segment where gains are not reported across the board.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Paula Feldman, mgr., statistics.
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Packaging education: a new coalition?

Workforce development was the prime goal behind the Education Summit held in June and sponsored by the Education & Training Foundation of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).
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Buying plans strong for '99

Purchasing plans for packaging machinery will outpace inflation in '99, says a survey conducted for PMMI. Pharmaceutical/medical and beverage businesses see biggest gains, while three industries expect declines.
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Machinery sales to be robust, PMMI says

Sales of packaging machinery in the U.S. this year is expected to be up by about 6%, according to new research for the Packaging Machinery manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).
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Thanks, Ben

For the first time since Packaging World began publishing in January, '94, this space is not filled by packaging news and opinions of Ben Miyares.
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News from PMMI

• Carl Dooley, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Assn./Food Products Assn.
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Packaging takes on a Latin flavor

The co-location of Expopak de las Americas 99 and Procesa 99 at the Mexico City Sports Palace, June 22 to 25, is expected to attract 25ꯠ attendees from North, Central and South America.
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World packaging 'capital' shifts to interpack

Dsseldorf, Germany, takes the spotlight for packaging as interpack 99 opens 15 exhibition halls to some 2괌 packaging exhibitors, May 6 to 12.
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Name change for Vegas show

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) has announced that Pack Expo West will now be called Pack Expo Las Vegas. The show is scheduled for October 18-20 in Las Vegas, NV.
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interpack draws exhibitors

With four months left before the start of interpack 99, 2괟 exhibitors had registered for the show, scheduled May 6-12 at the fairgrounds in Dsseldorf, Germany.
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Record setter

Pack Expo West 99 will be a record-setter, says show sponsor the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA). As of January 4, 263걱 net sq' of exhibit space had been reserved.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington VA): Gina Urgena, dir., education.
Downstream functions at Ryt-way1s  Lakeville, MN, pet food packing plant include robotic case packing (top), case erecting (cent
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Ryt-way opens to reclosable pouches for pet foods (sidebar)

Downstream of its pouch-filling equipment, Ryt-way has also added new robotic case packing and case erecting equipment to automate what was once a labor-intensive process.
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PMMI announces partnership

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) and Brasil Rio of S"o Paulo, Brazil, have announced a joint venture to create a new packaging trade show for South America.
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Dean 'Chugs' along at Pack Expo 98

Overall attendance at November's Pack Expo reached 78괡, setting a new record. That figure is even more impressive considering that the number of international attendees reportedly declined by nearly 3%, presumably due in part to economic difficulties in Asia.
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Erler ponders what lies ahead

Fred Erler, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Assn. and vice president of Nordson Corp., delivered a November 11 Eye-Opener Breakfast Session at PMMI's Pack Expo 98 and told his audience that "three new realities" will predominate as we enter the 21st century: globalization, personalized packaging and flexibility.
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Miller's plastic beer bottle solves first of three marketplace puzzles

Those of us who thought Anheuser-Busch would be the first American brewer to market beer in plastic bottles at retail were surprised when, in early November, A-B turned out to be no more than a very interested observer as Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, commercially introduced three beers in unique, five-layer, oxygen-scavenging plastic bottles from Owens-Illinois' Continental PET Technologies, Inc.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

PMMI (Arlington, VA): Ben Miyares, vp, industry relations; Karen Gardner, mgr., statistics.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

PMMI (Arlington, VA) new directors: William J. Donohue of Automated Production Systems; James K. Feeney of Windmoeller & Hoelscher; Rocky Marquis of Marq Packaging Systems; Glen A.
Machinery builders listened to this panel explaining what manufacturers want in training to accompany machine or line purchases:
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Machinery trainers need upgrading

Three major manufacturers emphasize how important training has become when they evaluate packaging equipment to buy. Too often, technician/trainers know machines, but not how to teach.
The grand new entrance to McCormick Place is shown.
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Chicago stays in Pack Expo plans

Despite other show relocations and big new facilities near Orlando, FL, Pack Expo's sponsor tells Packaging World that it expects improvements andwill keep the show at McCormick Place.
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Packagers reach for new technology at Pack Expo

Pack Expo displays the technology of the future at McCormick Place, November 8 to 12. Together with the International Exposition for Food Processors, attendees will roam 1.2 million sq' of exhibits, making it the largest North American packaging show ever.
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Packagers reach for new technology at Pack Expo (sidebar)

Web site: more than registration
Adjacent to McCormick Place is the new Hyatt Hotel
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Chicago stays in Pack Expo plans (sidebar)

Hotels show signs of winter rates
PMMI?s Pack Expo site contains a searchable exhibitor listing that doubles as a useful and accurate directory of machinery and
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The Web's new trick: it's now useful

In our daily strolls out onto the Internet, we are noticing that an increasing number of web sites have become more sophisticated, offering genuinely useful information to packagers.
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PMMI expects growth in machine spending

Packaging machinery spending by U.S. manufacturers this year will likely rise by up to 3% more than it did in 1997. Strong investment is expected from personal care and household/industrial chemical markets.
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Packagers predict future trends

Consolidation/globalization, the shift to flexibles and system speed/automation top a list of emerging trends cited by packagers, according to new PMMI research.
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Packaging machinery shipments up

U.S. shipments of packaging machinery increased by 8.1% in 1997 to an estimated $4.347 billion, according to the fourth annual Packaging Machinery Shipments & Outlook Study from the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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PMMI expects really big show

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) says Pack Expo 98, November 8-12 in Chicago, will be a record setter. On April 30, exhibit space stood at 1걗꼬 net sq'.
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The incredible power of shrink packaging

Shrink packaging of bottles, jars, cups and other rigid containers has amazing product merchandising and protection powers. While assuring the wholesomeness of food and beverages contained, shrink packaging can also transform a container frog into a packaging prince.
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Updated PMMI Directory

PMMI's (Arlington, VA) 1998-99 Packaging Machinery Directory is now available. The directory provides detailed information and contacts for more than 400 U.S., and for the first time, Canadian companies that manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery.
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Expopak 98 adds food and beverage equipment expo

The Thirteenth edition of Expopak, June 16 to 19 in Mexico City, now adds Procesa 98 for food and beverage manufacturers to enlarge its appeal to Latin American packagers.
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Recycling on the web

There are now several sites cropping up on the web where packagers and package manufacturers alike can either source or recycle scrap packaging materials.
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Looking for machinery trends? Read PMMI's numbers; forget DoC's

Ben Miyares is editor and publisher of the newsletter Packaging Management. He may be reached at 31408 Narragansett Lane, Bay Village, OH 44140. Telephone: 440/892-0998; Fax: 440/892-0208; e-mail: bmiyares@packmgmt.com.
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PMMI foundation adds partnership schools

The Education & Training Foundation of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has added two schools to its Education Partnership Program: Alexandria Technical College of Alexandria, MN, and The Oswego County Board of Cooperative Education Services of Mexico, NY.
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Pack Expo 98 selected for International Buyer program

The U.S. Dept. of Commerce has selected Pack Expo 98 to participate in the International Buyer Program. This marks the fourth consecutive Pack Expo to participate in the program.
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PMMI to co-organize interpack 99 pavilion

At interpack 99, the North American Pavilion will be organized by Dusseldorf Trade Shows and co-organized by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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HDPE-based Tropicana bottles project fresh, 'local dairy' image

In the first stage of a national roll-out, coextrusion blow-molded bottles for Tropicana FruitWise smoothies are finding a place in the refrigerated cases of supermarkets in Cleveland and several other markets.
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PMMI golf tourney scores big

Presented by Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Packaging World, The Freeman Cos., and Nordson Corp., the October 12 fundraising golf tournament in Henderson, NV, raised $50ꯠ for PMMI's Education & Training Foundation.
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Supplier news: Achievements

PMMI has elected its 1998 officers: Fred C. Erler (Nordson Corp.), chairman; Robert S. Potdevin (Potdevin Machine Co.), vice chairman; Rich Kalich (Imtec, Inc.), secretary-treasurer; Barry W.
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PMMI to revise machinery safety standard

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has begun the process of revising American National Standard Institute (ANSI) B155.1-1994. ANSI requires a standard developer to revise, reaffirm or withrdaw its standard every five years.
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Cultural differences important in Mexico

Lack of understanding how business is conducted in Mexico is probably the main reason why so many companies fail there, says one major packaging buyer.
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BrainForest stands out at Pack Expo West

Sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, Pack Expo West 97 drew 12겞 visitors to Las Vegas last month, up from 9걽 at the inaugural Pack Expo West in '95.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West

PMMI's second Western show will feature 25% more machinery than '95 during its run in Las Vegas, Oct. 13 to 16. Co-located International Exposition for Food Processors and Solutions 97 conference will add a processing flavor.
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Modest gain in packaging machinery sales

The U.S. packaging machinery industry grew 1.1% in 1996, according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's 3rd Annual Packaging Machinery Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Machinery receives 'heavy' emphasis at Pack Expo West (sidebar)

Pack Expo West 97 and IEFP
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Vendor partnerships on the rise

New research from PMMI shows why more packagers are forging special relationships or partnerships with materials and machinery vendors.
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Survey: training gap for packaging automation

PMMI's latest research reveals that packagers, awash in a sea of high-tech machinery controls, could benefit from more training and better manuals.
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Expopak lures a burgeoning market in Mexico

The market in Mexico for packaging is once again on the increase. So says Jorge Izquierdo, director of the Latin American office of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Speed and flexibility sought in equipment

A combination of speed with flexibility was cited as the most often selected approach to buying new equipment. So reports the research into packaging productivity conducted by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) that will be made public at PMMI's Productivity Forum, April 28 to 30, at the Wyndham Hotel near Chicago.
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Final score for '96: Productivity gains 41, productivity losses 6

Of 516 responses to the 1997 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator Survey, more than four in ten (41%) report productivity improvements in 1996, compared to just 6% who say their companies experienced losses in productivity.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA) elected the 1997 officer team: Barry Shoulders, chairman; Fred Erler, vice chairman; Robert S.
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The Web: still searching for relevancy

For many packaging professionals, today's Internet experience is both irritating and irrelevant. In our view, that's because packagers have been deluded into wasting time searching for data that's not there rather than focusing on finding what is likely to be "enWebbed." Packagers who log on to the Web to find a piece of market data, for instance, "how much aluminum foil was sold in the U.S.
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Productivity Forum to gather in April

The Packaging Productivity Forum shifts this year from fall to April 28 to 30. Participation in the Trends Indicator survey is up 20% over the last survey.
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PMMI launches education foundation

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute will launch its Education and Training Foundation January 1. The foundation gives PMMI a coordinated and flexible means of addressing a growing need in the packaging community.
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Only leaders need apply

In the year 2000, say Packaging World sources, the key ingredient in a director of packaging will be dynamic leadership skills. The candidate had better be a people person, too, and be able to wear a number of interdisciplinary hats.
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Shrinking U.S. glass container industry will likely raise prices next year

Paper. Metal. Plastic. Glass. In roughly that order, those are the materials from which packages have been made in the United States for the last half of the 20th century.
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Vendor training important to Pack Expo purchases

Training of operators and mechanics will play a big role in purchasing decisions, say attendees for Pack Expo 96 in Part Two of our exclusive survey.
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Slaying the technology beast (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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Supplier news: Achievements

Sherwood Tool, Inc. (Kensington, CT) won the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's exporter of the Year Award.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Barry Shoulders of BWI Kartridg Pak (Davenport, IA), chairman of the '97 executive committee; other committee members include Fred Erler of Nordson Corp.
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Pack Expo turns packaging concepts into production realities

Packaging containers tend to be the milestones by which packaging advances are measured. But thousands of packagers coming to Pack Expo 96 (November 17-21, McCormick Place, Chicago) will assure you that there would be no visible packaging advances without the unseen contributions of packaging equipment.
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Machines to fuel the future

New exhibit space at McCormick Place in Chicago lets Pack Expo 96 grow by over 21%, compared to '94. Greater international emphasis truly helps create a world show.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Raising the bar on training
Charts 2, 3 and 4
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'Flexibility' sought in machinery at Pack Expo 96

Versatile machines that will allow manufacturers multiple packaging options was one of the frequent answers in Packaging World's second exclusive survey of Pack Expo registrants. Large buying teams and longer visits are also planned this year.
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Machines to fuel the future (sidebars)

Pack Expo 96 at a glance Pack Expo 96 will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., from Sunday, Nov. 17 through Wednesday Nov. 20. On Thursday, Nov.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future

The most popular handtool for future packaging mechanics may well be a laptop computer, our experts say. Electronic controls have already arrived in many machines, and are expected to dominate by the turn of the century.
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Expanding the scope of the operator

With computer and technological advances, the role of the packaging machinery operator continues to evolve as the year 2000 nears. Flexibility is key.
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Big changes in tools for mechanics of the future (sidebar)

Packaging World's experts
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INDUSTRY INDICATORS--The Flexible Packaging Assn. is reporting an 11.1% rise in the dollar value of new orders in the first quarter 1996. Meanwhile, according to data compiled by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, packaging machinery shipments grew about 11% in 1995, reaching an estimated $3.82 billion.
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Pack Expo eye-openers scheduled

Attendees at Pack Expo 96 can pick up unique insights on future packaging challenges by attending three Eye-Opener Breakfast Sessions. All three sessions will run from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.
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Now beverage cans will open wide-- really, really wide

Suddenly, it seems, U.S. brewers are looking to change one of the most popular and endearing features of their cans--the easy-opening features. Last month (See PW, August '96, page 8), we reported on the conversion by Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI, from its standard, easy-opening stay-on tab (SOT) end to a large opening end (LOE) developed for Miller by Reynolds Metals Co.
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Made in the USA?...well, maybe

FTC reconsiders its minimum standards for copy claim. The need for multiple packaging lines is a major issue with some packagers.
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Supplier news: In Memoriam

Wilhelm B. Bronander passed away on April 8, 1996. He is recognized for more than 40 years of service to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and was instrumental in the formation of Pack Expo.
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Mexico beckons U.S. packagers

More visitors from South and North America are expected for Expopak '96, Mexico's largest packaging exhibition, planned for June 25 to 28. U.S. and U.S.-related companies will play a major role.
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True payback calculation isn't simple

The editors at Packaging World got a little lesson in computing machinery investment payback, thanks to Liz Hobbs, a reader and project engineer at Chattem Consumer Products, Chattanooga, TN.
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interpack 96: more reasons than ever to go

The world's largest packaging trade show, interpack 96 in Dsseldorf, adds more conferences to its May agenda. But new equipment and machinery from around the world is still the big attraction.
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SECOND EDITION OF LABELING

PMMI'S SECOND EDITION OF LABELING--The Packaging Machinery Manufacturer's Institute's second editiion of its self-instructional manual called 'Labeling' is now available.
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Does purchasing drive partnerships?

The results of the PMMI's Productivity survey show that few packagers regard their relationships with machinery makers as partnerships. And purchasing executives are most likely to initiate partnering.
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How packagers decide on machine controls

Research from PMMI shows that electronic controls are a growing part of packaging responsibility. Here's a look at their penetration, and who 'controls' them in the plant.
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New Year's promise: Internet packaging data

Imagine this. You get a sample of a stand-up pouch used to market salad dressings in Australian food stores. Marketing is pushing to introduce such a product/package ASAP.
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Packagers say systems up to date

The average packaging system is either state-of-the-art or comparable to the top 10% in its industry. So says a survey of 434 packagers conducted by Industry Insights for the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA).
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Keeping service technicians off the road

Machinery service technicians may be about to give up their frequent flier miles. Two new approaches to reducing the costs and the downtime caused by machinery servicing were shown recently at two fall meetings.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Mark Jacobson, chairman of the board of directors.
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PMMI to explore packaging trends, solutions

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute's (Arlington, VA) second Packaging Productivity Forum, Nov. 6 to 8 at the Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, will unveil the results of the 1995 Packaging Productivity Trends Indicator survey.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (Arlington, VA): Jerry Welcome, vp of member services.
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Convinced container shape sells,Coke to change can's contours

The long, hot summer much of the U.S. and Europe has been enduring this year has generally been good news for soft drink makers. In the U.S., supermarket sales of Pepsi products were up 5.1% early in July, according to Information Resources Inc.
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Packaging pros take Greeley's advice and "Go West!"

If you want to test new packaging concepts, evaluate the latest in packaging technology or determine what new consumer packaging ideas are likely to be flowing through the American manufacturing-to-consumption pipeline in the next year or so, go West now.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

PMMI (Arlington, VA): Dinah Sprouse, exposition mgr.
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Scholarship update

The Chicago-based Petroleum Packaging Council is funding a new scholarship for a Michigan State University junior and senior student electing to major in MSU's School of Packaging.
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From show to shining show

At the November 13-17 Pack Expo 94, visitors (51꽘) were up 15% and the number of exhibiting companies (1곥) climbed 11% over Pack Expo 92 numbers, reports the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.