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What's the value of open architecture?

I recently posed the following question to the LinkedIn group known as Packaging Machinery: Considering how often we hear that an open-architecture approach in controls platforms is a desirable thing when it comes to building packaging machines, do you agree or disagree; and if open architecture is such a good idea, who benefits from it-- machine builder or machine buyer?
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Industry Watch

A quick run-down on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people.
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Automated Packaging Systems acquires two more buildings in Ohio

Automated Packaging Systems is expanding its operations in Streetsboro, Ohio by acquiring 2 commercial buildings. 
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New president and COO for Automated Packaging Systems

Automated Packaging Systems has promoted Cliff Brehm to company President and Chief Operating Officer.
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Installs and start-ups

Advice from packaging machinery experts on what makes for a great install and a smooth startup.
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Thermal-transfer ribbon samples

Click to request samples of AutoLabel™ Thermal Transfer Ribbons from Automated Packaging Systems, the highest quality materials for optimum printing of high resolution graphics, bar codes, alphanumeric text and custom logos.
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Label design software downloadable demo

AutoLabel™ Designer 8 software creates custom bag labels with high-Resolution bar codes, text and graphics. Design your own labels--Try our demo.
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Automated Packaging Systems

 
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Estimate ROI and growth capacity with free online calculator

Use this simple Return on Investment (ROI) tool from Automated Packaging Systems to see how its bagging systems and materials can increase productivity.
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Hands-on packaging education

Kevin Lipsky, an instructor from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC), New Richmond, WI, provides an educational view of packaging. A graduate of WITC in 1979, Lipsky joined the faculty in 1986 after working in industry.
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Free sample pack: AutoLabel® Best Quality Printer Ribbons

Receive free sample pack of ribbons from Automated Packaging Systems designed for optimum printing performance. Includes thermal transfer, enhanced wax, and ultra wax ribbons.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES Thermo Electron Corp. and Fisher Scientific Intl. Inc. have merged to form Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., creating a provider of products and services in the high-growth life, laboratory, and health sciences industry.
SIMPLIFIED INTEGRATION. The bagging machine and eight counters are connected by a conveying system. All are networked via Device
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Integration of next-generation packaging systems simplified with devicenet

DeviceNet replaces traditional I/O hardwiring and signaling for simpler, faster, and more reliable system integration.
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Reduce Labor Costs and Automate Coding Requirements

Enable pallet manufacturers to automate the practice of applying the IPPC, International Plant Protection Convention, heat-treated logo as required by the ALSC, American Lumber Standard Committee, to pallets that have been properly heat treated.
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SidePouch bagging system

The FAS SPrint SidePouch bagging system from Automated Packaging Systems has a conveyor of pre-opened bags ready for immediate loading from a 60"-wide load area.
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Smurfit-Stone's VPS.5 merchandiser system

Smurfit -Stone’s VPS.5 Merchandiser System combines the innovation of display-ready designs with the production efficiency and superior performance of a machine-erected box.
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PACK EXPO Video: Accu-Count high accuracy counter

PACK EXPO : Automated Packaging Systems offers its Accu-Count high accuracy counters at its booth, S-2206, at Pack Expo International 2004. See video clip of this machine
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Traceable Solutions for Medical Packaging

The demand for safety and integrity in the area of medical packaging has taken on new and significant implications in the past two or three years. Always an area of concern, medical packaging has addressed issues like child safety, correct dosage, patient traceability, tampering and diversion of pharmaceuticals.
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Traceable Solutions for Medical Packaging (sidebar)

Counterfeiting…A Growing Concern
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Large bagging system

Automated Packaging Systems offers the new Autobag AB 255 Large Bagging System. Machine provides improved operating efficiencies for bags to 16”W, including faster operating speeds, enhanced reliability, built-in diagnostics, and minimized downtime, company says.
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Packaging in the U.K. and beyond (Part 6)

Plug-and-Pack™ update (Part 6 of a 6-part series)
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Smurfit-Stone's VPS.5 merchandiser system

Smurfit-Stone’s VPS.5 Merchandiser System combines the innovation of display-ready designs with the production efficiency and superior performance of a machine-erected box.
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Automated Packaging launches new baggers

Automated Packaging launched new products including the new Autobag AB 180 bagger, the PI 412c inline imprinter, and the next generation Autobag Print-n-Pack system capable of packing up to 80 bags/min, at its International Sales and Service Meeting in Akron, OH.
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Robot catalog

Automated Product Systems (New Freedom, PA) published a new 16-page catalog of APS Robotic Automation Systems. Systems can accommodate a range of applications in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, frozen product, industrial, and container manufacturing industries.
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Automated Packaging to help homeland security effort

Automated Packaging was chosen by the CDC to provide packaging technologies vital to the rapid deployment initiatives of the CDC's homeland security effort.
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Labeling flexibility

The Topmodul labeler combines multiple labeling technologies on a single machine, including p-s, cold-glue, and roll-fed. Working off its plug-and-label principle, packagers can use interchangeably Krones’ new APS2 p-s application head or the cold-glue aggregate or a hot-melt station for wrap-around labels.
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Bagger and printer integrate

Autobag® OneStep™ offers an all-in-one system that can label, load, seal, and ship in one step. Bag sizes from 2 1/2” x 5” to 10 1/2” x 22” can be accommodated with processing speeds of up to 30 bags/min.
Equipment was sold to the highest bidder in this one-day auction.
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Web Plus: Online auction gathers equipment buyers

More than 70 online bidders spent last Halloween bidding for “treats” that included used and new automated bagging equipment, printers, and conveyors.
All bidders were able to view the equipment that was up for sale before auction day.
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Demo equipment sold online via auction

For Harland, IA-based Molded Products, saving $2군 total on four machines it purchased was the highlight of participating in Automated Packaging System’s one-day online auction. MP bought a used/demo Autobag® Excel bagger and Precision™ thermal transfer imprinter, and two used/demo Accu-Count® counters.
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PMMI's 'train the trainer' program gets the boost from test (sidebar)

Machine training sessions scheduled
The LLDPE bags-on-a-roll are printed off-line with label formats stored on a PC. The spool of printed bags are then mounted onto
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Printer furnishes improved productivity

A furniture hardware distributor uses a thermal-transfer printer for bar codes, graphics and part numbers on its bagged hardware to cut costs and increase production.
Some parts of the hf/f/s machine, such as film infeed and folding, were left basically unchanged
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Testor blazes a new trail in paint packs

Flexible pouches for paints used by modelers cost less and perform better than glass jars with labels and caps. Custom-built packaging equipment had to be developed first.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Automated Packaging Systems, Comstar Div., (Streetsboro, OH) and Chemicraft Intl. Inc. (New York, NY) have announced a joint venture named Chemicraft Intl.
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Supplier news: Achievements

ISO 9002 certification: Klockner Pentaplast of America, Inc. (Gordonsville, VA) for rigid plastic films produced at its Gordonsville and Rural Retreat, VA, facilities; Automated Packaging Systems, Inc.
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Supplier news: Achievements

Automated Packaging Systems, Inc. (Streetsboro, OH) has received European CE machinery standards certification for its packaging machinery products.
Samples of the Marineland and Aquatech branded bags depict the products in action, reproduced in four-color process printing.
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Aquaria's new 'bait' catches more customers

New graphics on new bags packed in a new way have dramatically improved the look of aquarium filter packs. The appearance catches on with more retailers, too.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs