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Alcan Packaging, a business unit of Rio Tinto Alcan, launched its global Sustainability Moments™ campaign to coincide with
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News from Pearson Packaging Systems

Two announcements from Pearson: The company is now offering the PackML machinery language platform as standard across much of their core product line; and Sean Spees has been hired as Regional Sales Manager, South East US.
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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At left in front row, Hershey speakers Joe Wagner and Wade Latz .
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Turning the tide in packaging automation

Our fourth and final Packaging Automation Forum report looks at the automation challenges still faced by packagers and how PAF participants are driving new technologies and standards to achieve their companies’ growth and profit objectives.
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William Henderson, Automation and Motion Div., Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc., was elected to the executive board of the Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC) Packaging Workgroup.
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Building flexibility into a machine's DNA

A key goal of the Make2Pack initiative—a joint effort by the World Batch Forum and the OMAC Packaging Workgroup aimed at better integrating the processing and packaging functions in manufacturing—is to get people to approach packaging machinery programming in terms of modular code or function blocks that can be reused and reimplemented.
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Next Make2Pack meeting in January

A total of 17 people from 13 different companies attended a Make2Pack workgroup phone conference November 30.
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Drive Integration with Standards

As companies find many reasons to integrate data from process manufacturing and packaging with each other and with the rest of the company’s business applications, engineers are turning to standards and models from the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA), OMAC Packaging Workgroup and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) for help.
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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.”
LMC Intl. (Elmhurst, IL) appointed John Molinaro to the position of regional sales manager.
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TricorBraun (St. Louis, MO) hired Mark Polivka as the vp of supply chain management.
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OMAC posts packaging guidelines

The OMAC Motion for Packaging working group carried out its scheduled meeting at Pack Expo Las Vegas on September 11, with more than 70 people attending.
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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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Who attended

More than 70 people representing at least 40 companies attended the recent OMAC Packaging Motion for Packaging Working Group meeting in March in Chicago.