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PACK UNLOADING. On the 100-pack/min line, finished blister packs are removed from the blister-sealing machine via a ceiling-mounted robot and are placed in front of sensors for inspection.
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L’Oréal embraces automation for new blister-sealing lines

Multiple robots help pick-and-place blister packs of L’Oréal’s Baby Lips line of lip balms on two lines running 50 and 100 packs/min.
Trapped blister uses RPET for the thermoformed blister component.
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Spout attachment trapped in a blister

A trapped blister is the packaging format selected by Park City, UT-based Choomee Inc. for its Sip’n Soft Top product.
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Two-count blister packs for ‘smart pills’

Tucson-based Brainiac Supplements LLC wanted to market its Study Buddy nutrient-based study aid capsules in high-impact packaging.
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Table-top heat sealing machines

Alloyd Brands introduced two new table-top heat sealing machines for low-volume applications: the Aergo®1M and Aergo®1C.
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Storage case wins Best of Show

Bic won Best of Show honors at the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ (IoPP) 2006 AmeriStar competition for bringing originality to the permanent marker segment. The Bic Mark-it variety pack of markers comes in a reusable bi-fold clamshell from SCA Consumer Packaging (www.scapackaging.alloyd.com). The clamshell acts as a reusable storage case that draws attention to all 36 markers, providing a discernable new look on retail shelves.
Glove fit. The new form-fitting (below) tray provides a tighter, closer fit for the breast biopsy device, and for a specimen.
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Redesigned biopsy device tray fits like a glove

Thermoformer’s choice of film provides contoured shape to protect Sanarus Medical’s handheld breast biopsy device.
IJR's new blister packaging system incorporates ergonomic features that keep operators more comfortable.
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New pack foils thieves

With a single machine purchase, cartridge remanufacturer IJR, Inc., automated its packaging and reduced theft losses that had plagued its retailer customers.
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Shining a light on automation

By eliminating manual assembly from its packaging line, Peterson Manufacturing Company has increased sales, lowered production costs, and saved money on materials.
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Radio Shack drives clamshell to market

NASCAR enthusiasts could well be racing to their nearest Radio Shack store for new headsets from the Ft. Worth, TX-based electronics company.
Shown at left are all four pieces to the new package: 
precision white tray and inside clamshell (right), and exterior clamshell
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Sheet gives thermoformer an 'edge'

When this maker of cutting tools wanted a versatile new double-tray package, its thermoformer selected special sheet stock for difficult forming.
A customized pick-and-place arm places markers into blister cavities on the rotary table of an eight-station heat-sealing machin
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept

In-line marker assembly and packaging, featuring an eight-station automatic heat-sealing unit, helps manufacturer increase production, save labor costs and meet just-in-time needs.
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept (sidebar)

Initiating the ‘cell’ concept
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Sanford sold on 'cell' concept (sidebar)

Changeover changes
The bagged hip stem is twisted into place into an undercut in the inner tray (above). This secures the metal part for distributi
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Redesign puts twist into 'hip' trays

Smith & Nephew’s redesigned packaging for hip stems puts a product-securing twist to PETG trays, while foam inserts also keep the metal product secure.