Contract Packaging Articles

VIAL PACKAGING. Allergy Labs installed a new vial filling and closing machine with peristaltic pump filling technology for water-based, easily soluble products such as injectable, sterile drugs.
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Peristaltic pump put to the test at Allergy Labs

Allergenic extract manufacturer opts for filling and closing equipment with peristaltic pump technology for greater product safety and fill accuracy, and lower machine maintenance.
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CLEANROOM DOORS. Contract packager PCI found ASI Technologies, Inc.’s doors for cleanrooms appropriate for its Rockford, IL, facility.
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PCI uses technology to gain competitive edge

Pharmaceutical contract packager increases its facility safety and efficiency with technology discovered at Pack Expo.
SMALL FOOTPRINT. Though the old (left) and the new (right) packs both hold eight razors, the food print of the new pack is dramatically smaller.
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Redesigned blister brings benefits throughout supply chain

By reducing depth of draw on a PVC thermoform, Energizer Holdings generated operating efficiencies and cost savings galore while racking up some serious sustainability points.
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Emerging print-related digital technologies could be game changers

In this exclusive survey conducted jointly by Packaging World and Cal Poly GrCI, there’s much to be learned about impending changes in the packaging supply chain.
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Contract Packager survey results

The Contract Packaging Association and SAI Industrial LLC (SAI), an international consulting firm specializing in business intelligence in packaging and allied industries, have come together once again to examine the State of the Contract Packaging Industry.
CASE PREP. Once cases are erected, they are sent to a partition inserter.
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Spirits producer brings packaging in house

At the heart of Proximo’s Line 5 is a compact secondary packaging cell flexible enough to handle anything from 200-mL PET minis to a 1.75 pyramid-shaped glass bottle.
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.
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.
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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
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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.
Diddy up!
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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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