Contract Packaging Articles

ROBOTIC APPLICATION. Protective corrugated cornerboards are applied automatically by this robotic system just before stretch wrap is applied to the pallet.
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Robots finish mac and cheese line

A multi-axis ARBOT palletizer forms layers of shrink-wrapped trays on a pallet and then hands the pallet off to a stretch wrapping cell where corner boards are also placed robotically.
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One of 19 locations: Findlay, Ohio
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With Ohio Logistics, B4B Alliance adds 19 more sites

New member joins partners including co-packer Accu-tec, Shippers Supply Company, a distributor of packaging and safety materials, and 3PL Mercury Logistics.
Gaffney
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Coke supply chain exec named COO at Coregistics

Eric Wilhelm, CEO for the packaging and supply chain services company, says the best way to get closer to the packaging and supply chain needs of top brands is to hire one.
The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report, 3rd ed.
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Contract Packaging industry has doubled since 2008

This is just one of the findings in the 3rd Edition of The State of the Contract Packaging Industry report, now out.
BOTTLE TRACKER. As bottles travel up to the BottleTracker by conveyor, an outsert machine applies a topsert on top of the bottles. This is a folded leaflet applied to the top of each bottle that contains information related to the product.
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Apace sets the pace in pharmaceutical serialization implementation

Contract packager sees investment in serialization on its bottling and blister thermoform/fill/seal lines as an opportunity to gain business and a competitive edge.
Alan Scharfstein
Supplier News
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The contract packager's dilemma: Do I sell or do I grow?

The economy is changing, and standing still is not an option. Co-packers must choose between several financial paths, including investment in growth, M&A activity and cashing in.
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Pack Expo preparations and the new industry report lead the Summer CPA news

Following last year’s enhanced presence at Pack Expo, the association announces a further expanded presence for the upcoming 2014 expo. Also, the CPA’s eagerly awaited research report is now available. Here’s what you need to know…
Christopher L. Nutley, CPA President
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Successful entrepreneurs run their businesses with a combination of artfulness and hard data

For more than twenty years, I’ve had the good fortune to grow a business from a startup into a well-established, one-location, small contract packaging firm...
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Packaging materials: Who 'owns' the co-pack supply chain?

There are three scenarios to manage material purchasing functions in a contract-packaging partnership. Experts in the field discuss best practices and tips to protect the brand as well as manage innovation and profitability.
Lisa M. Shambro
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What happens when suppliers grade customers with Two-Way Scorecards?

Contract manufacturing and packaging of consumer packaged goods (CPG) can be seen as having “been born” about 10 or so years ago.
Supplier News
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Logistics firm improves supply chain connections with videoconferencing

Conferencing technologies—teleconferencing, video conferencing, and web conferencing—have proven beneficial to supply chain companies. Competitors including GoToMeeting, Polycon and Google Hangouts and Zoom, offer varying features and benefits.
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Co-packer ‘Demo Day’ stresses trend toward machine customization

In late June, an event dubbed “CPA & CO-PACKER Demo Day” brought together leaders from more than a dozen firms, all contract packagers and all members of the Contract Packaging Association.
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Contract packager adds warehouse space, bottling line

Reed-Lane expands warehouse capacity by 30% and adds new 48-slat bottling machine.
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Contract Packagers increase presence to brands at PACK EXPO 2014

The Contract Packaging Association Sourcing Center will debut at the big expo this fall in Chicago
Inventory counting is a benefit gained by Sharp Packaging.
Machine Case Study
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Sharp Packaging to gain 10-month ROI on tablet counter

A successful validation study leads to a pharmaceutical contract packager’s use of tablet counters on all its bottling lines and small-quantity bottle filling.
Trapped blister uses RPET for the thermoformed blister component.
Package Case Study
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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.
STRIKING APPEARANCE. For flawless shrinkability on the globe-shaped bottles, that’s a function of the PETG film specified for the job.
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Shrink-sleeve label is a hit with kids

New line of zero-calorie beverages aimed at kids takes full advantage of Disney-licensed graphics, which spring to life thanks to special PETG label material and VSOP offset printing.
Column/Opinion
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Your line is watching you

You’re co-packing drink mix stick-packs in sixteen different flavors.

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