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.
VERSATILE VARIETY. Gimbal's Fine  Candies markets a broad range of products  in various package sizes.
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Candy maker refines packaging flexibility

Fully automated, easily programmable form/fill/seal/print systems reduce labor costs and packaging material waste.
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INDUSTRY WATCH

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Markem and Imaje join to form Markem.Imaje

Dover Corporation announced the combination of two of its Dover Engineered Systems companies: Markem Corporation, Keene, NH, and Imaje S.A., Bourg-lès-Valence, France.
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A clean sweep for Sunny Delight

A beverage company cuts downtime and consumer complaints with hot-melt ink-jet coders that solve the problem of clogs, smudges, and ink spills.
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Industry Watch

COMPANIES:Hassia USA combined all of its sales and service organizations under the new corporate name, IWKA Packaging USA.
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Industry Watch

Companies:Pro Mach, Inc. has acquired Allpax Products, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of sterilization, material handling and automated controls systems for food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.  The acquisition will add retort and sterilization capabilities to Pro Mach's diverse portfolio of packaging equipment solutions.
vital versatility. The vertical flow-packer offers versatility to produce a broad range of bag widths and lengths.
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Achieving options and operations advantages

Dutch meat processor improves packaging efficiency and flexibility to meet growing, changing product demands.
Laser coder. A laser coder marks a carton containing a solid-dose pharmaceutical product.
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Laser coders efficiently hit their targets

A trio of laser coders give contract packager Reed-Lane Inc. the flexibility it needs to print on multiple substrates for its pharmaceutical customers.
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MARKEM acquired by Dover

MARKEM will be acquired by Dover Corp..
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New or Enhanced Web Sites

Shorewood Packaging, a business of International Paper's Consumer Packaging Groupwww.shorewoodpackaging.comThis new site makes it easier for customers to find information important to their businesses.
Fresh-Lock Zipper
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Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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High-speed RFID encoder/applicator

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Make2Pack speakers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas, left to right: ELAU's John Kowal, Fred Putnam of MARKEM, Douglas Machine's Joe Faust,
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Maxed out on packaging productivity?

P&G, Douglas Machine, MARKEM and ELAU joint Conference presentation at PELV documents benefits of Make2Pack modularity in packaging machine design, deployment.
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ELAU has published free PELV guides  highlighting examples of the best machines at the show, available at the Exhibitor Lounge,
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NEWS FROM PACK EXPO 2005

Guess what? There is a free lunch, at least for ELAU customers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas this year.
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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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RFID testing or compliance

Markem’s RFID SmartStart Desktop is now available in Test and Compliance package configurations.
Award-winning Uhlmann B1880 thermoformer has an unequalled output capabity of 1,300 blisters per minute.
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The road to Las Vegas: World's fastest blister packer, robots everywhere, ROI talk

This week’s PACK EXPO Previews: Uhlmann’s ultra-fast blister machine, how a new software library is transforming packaging robots, and a Conference at PELV track on productivity you won’t want to miss.
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Filling and retorting (sidebar)

Upstream from the robotic case packing and palletizing operation at Fresenius, pouches are filled and sent through a retort operation. As might be expected, the systems involved are every bit as sophisticated as those responsible for secondary packaging.
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interpack insights

The buzz at the über-sized interpack packaging show in Germany included integration, function-block technology, Rx ‘pens,’ simplicity, esthetics, and concern for machinery ‘made in China.’
Pearson Packaging Systems recently launched a rebranding campaign to reflect its commitment to continuous improvement, innovatio
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Companies

Pearson Packaging Systems recently launched a rebranding campaign to reflect its commitment to continuous improvement, innovation, and customer service.
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Understanding middleware

This RFID Antenna exclusive debuts Markem’s new whitepaper on understanding the ambiguous world of middleware.
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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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MIT's economical RFID field probe

The Auto-ID Labs have developed an inexpensive field probe that emulates an RFID tag, but yields much more robust information than simple trial-and-error, pass or fail testing.
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Companies

Rockwell Automation opened a new radio-frequency identification (RFID) test lab at its global headquarters in Milwaukee. The lab is designed to help manufacturers facing production and inventory mandates from retailers understand how they can make RFID part of their distribution operations.
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Achievements

Uhlmann Pac-Systeme, Laupheim, Germany, has named Elau its Supplier of the Year for 2003.
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Achievements

Markem Corp. (Keene, NH) was selected as the Best Large company to work for in New Hampshire by Business NH Magazine.
This case erector is equipped with integrated case-printing technology.
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Ingenious integration

An integrated printing system helps this case erector manufacturer reduce machine cost, better meet floor space requirements, and lower maintenance expense.
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People

Afflink (Tuscaloosa, AL) hired Dennis Riffer (above) to the position of executive vp, business development.
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More Plug-and-Pack at Pack Expo Las Vegas

Machine builders and packagers buy into the Plug-and-Pack vision of "best practices" automation guidelines for maximum business benefit.
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People

Harold Bevis (above) was named president and CEO of Pliant Corp. (Schaumburg, IL).
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The Conference at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2003

A comprehensive three-day seminar organized into concurrent sessions each day, this conference is packed with information about the world of packaging.
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Print-and-apply labeler

The MP2000 print and apply labeling system for multi-pack packaging identification from Imaje USA was designed to print and apply labels at up to 60/min.
Siemens PLC (left) is connected to a Rockwell Allen-Bradley PLC (top, center). Both are programmed with the OMAC PackML state mo
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Interoperability demo: Profound implications for packaging machinery buyers

A Siemens PLC exchanges packaging data with a Rockwell Allen-Bradley PLC via a simulated packaging-line network.
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Pharma validation package

Markem offers a validation package for pharmaceutical applications intended to assist companies in performing validation of new coding equipment. It also ensures that a specific process will consistently produce a code or mark that meets predetermined specifications and quality attributes.
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Technical Innovation shines

Food packaging was well represented among the winners in the Technical Innovation category of this year’s FPA awards competition.
L to R: Pharmacia's Robert Martell, Elau's Patrik Hug, Norden Pac's Jonas Ewing, and Markem's Fred Putnam.
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Plug-and-pack a reality

A new crop of Plug-and-Pack™ packaging machines promises to simplify integration and facilitate line optimization.
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Plug-and-pack a reality (sidebar)

PackML explained
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PackML implementations at Pack Expo

Following is a brief round-up of PackML implementations Packaging World editors learned about at Pack Expo:
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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.
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Web Plus: Sites

New or enhanced Web sites
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OMAC gains in Europe

OMAC (Open Modular Architecture Controls) Packaging Workgroup, which is trying to simplify the development, installation, and operation of packaging equipment, reported significant progress at its April meeting at interpack 2002 in Germany.
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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People

–Len Kilby has recently been appointed to sales director for the North American market at SIG Doboy Inc. (New Richmond, WI). –CMD Corp.
OMAC's proposed model for standardizing how packaging equipment shifts into different states.
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OMAC standardizes machine states

The PackML “state model,” if widely adopted, promises to optimize line performance and reduce line integration costs through standardization.
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OMAC standardizes machine states (sidebar)

Simulate machine states on your PC
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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International agreements

Hassia USA (Morganville, NJ) has joined forces with Erca-Formseal (Les Vlis, France) and A+F (Kirchlengern, Germany) to offer thermoformer flexibility and end-of-line packaging to their customers.
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International agreements

Saint-Gobain Containers Inc. (Paris, France) and Robert Mondavi (Oakville, CA) reached a strategic alliance on a new seven-year wine bottle contract.
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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<a href="http://www.dotpackaging.com/news/general/01_02_02.shtml#gen001">Survey: Use-by confusion</a

EXCLUSIVE NEWS FROM OUR EUROPEAN PARTNER: Markem survey reveals 80% of consumers have a lack of understanding of 'use by' dates. Click logo for full article.
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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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.
Dietary supplements like these are typical of the kind of products NAI fills on Line One.
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Capsule-counting tech comes to NAI

New equipment at this California contract packager includes a tablet/capsule line with the latest in tablet-counting technology. On-line thermal-transfer coding shines, too.
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Notable web sites

Materials Marketplaces B2Boxes.com is a corrugated marketplace/supplier locator site. Buyers can locate a local box manufacturer from an extensive database.
After cups are filled, they index to a station where plastic lidding is heat-sealed to the containers (right), before an overcap
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Renovation reaps rewards for yogurt maker

New cup filling, accumulating, coding, cartoning and case packing equipment help Stonyfield Farm double yogurt capacity at its Londonderry, NH, headquarters facility.
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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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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Imaje Ink Jet Printing Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has opened a regional office in Fullerton, CA, which will provide sales and technical support to customers throughout the western U.S.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Imaje Ink Jet Printing Corp. (Kennesaw, GA) has opened a regional office in Lakewood, NJ, which will provide sales and technical support to customers in the Northeastern U.S.
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.
Natrel?s St. Laurent, Quebec, plant?s sophisticated UHT processing/aseptic filling line includes three separate rinsing machines
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HDPE-bottled dairy beverages 'milk' 90-day shelf life

Canadian dairy products marketer Natrel is the first North American user of an ultra-high-temperature processing/aseptic filling line. The process permits Natrel to launch single-serve milks and shakes with a 90-day refrigerated shelf life.
A side view of one of Mount Rose?s two vf/f/s machines (left) shows the scale buckets that feed a custom-designed discharge hopp
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Mount Rose weighs gains from vf/f/s equipment

Two custom vertical form/fill/seal machines help frozen pasta co-packer Mount Rose Ravioli handle the output from processing equipment, increase its speeds and save more than $200ꯠ/yr through reduced labor and product giveaway costs.
One applicator arm applies two separate labels to the end of each case (top, opposite page) and the side (left
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Corner-wrap labeling without the wrap

A pair of easy-to-use adjacent-panel labelers each relies on one applicator arm to apply two separate labels, reducing material costs compared to corner wrap labels.
After each bag is coded, it passes through a metal detector and is discharged onto a turntable for manual case packing
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Tortilla packs always get a date

La Siesta Foods tested a new ink-jet coder designed for food processing plants. Better reliability, easy cleaning and operation, and improved portability cut downtime for tortilla bakery.
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Stand-up pouch stands out on the shelf

Canadian marketer of coffee, nuts and spices jumps ahead of the competition by installing a versatile pouching system for nuts and coffees. Private-label packaging beckons.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Markem Corp. (Keene, NH) has sold its U.S. Customark bar code and label business to Imtec Corp. (Bellows Falls, VT).
Seven-color gravure printing and designer graphics give the Decas pouch an upscale look
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Decas does cranberries elegantly

Early tests showed real promise, so Decas Cranberry forged ahead with a stand-up, zippered pouch. Gravure-printed graphics in seven colors project premium quality image.
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Maximizing its Orbitz

Orbitz, the new beverage that employs patent-pending "suspension technology" to keep "vegetable-based gel spheres" floating within it, hardly needs a fancy package to get attention.
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Supplier news: Domestic acquisitions, agreements

Markem Corp. (Keene, NH) acquired Spectra Inc. (Hanover, NH).
Shown here are just five of the 12 different bottles currently filled on the Yoshida line
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Yoshida sauce line sizzles

Yoshida's gourmet sauce is so popular at club stores in the U.S. and export markets around the globe, its packaging needed increased speed and versatility.
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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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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.
The three photos above show two 24-count trays shrink-wrapped into a single retail pack (top), a single 24-count tray with prot
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Shrink wrap system provides big retail thrust

A shrink wrapper overcomes heat and packing obstacles to bundle two 24-count trays of mr. big candy bars, enabling Neilson Cadbury to satisfy Canada's retailer demand for a 48-count pack.
Small two-ounce vacuum-packed ?bricks? will be produced on Superior?s new form/fill/seal system at its Harahan, LA, coffee roast
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Superior takes control in small coffee packs

Thanks to growth in specialty coffees, Superior's new plant installs a first-in-North-America vacuum/valve packager that offers a wide size range and precise controls for ground or whole bean coffees.