Contract Packaging Articles

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Clever layout enhances bottling efficiency

At the San Manuel Bottled Water Group’s new plant, one automated line requires just five operators for 350 bpm output. See in-plant video
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Distributors remain big factor in purchases (sidebar)

Survey participants
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Contract Packaging Inc: Contract Packaging Inc: Plastic ampoules

James Alexander Corp. (Blairstown, NJ) offers a plastic ampoule created specifically for contract packaging. Glass-free system is composed of a 1-piece molded polyethylene or polypropylene unit that remains intact and sealed until activated by the user.
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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Women's work (sidebar)

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Packaging buyers find that researching online is the most valuable internet tool.
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Survey says researching is the #1 online tool

In a recent Packworld.com survey, 71% of the packaging buyers who responded said that of all the uses they have for the Internet, doing research is most valuable.
Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher
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Avail Medical: Upgraded vf/f/s pharma poucher

At this contract packager of medical and pharmaceutical products, isolated in a curtained area, the vf/f/s machine drops the six-up packets to a takeaway conveyor at a rate of 60 cycles/min.
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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Consumers power packaging

An exclusive Packworld.com survey shows most packagers test packaging with consumers, though the majority of packagers do so with modest investments.
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Consumers power packaging (sidebar)

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Q&A: Promotional multipacks

Steve Ruble, senior packaging engineer at Lexington, KY-based Ashland, Inc., owner of the well-known Valvoline brand motor oil.
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Suppliers focus more on contract packagers

Many packaging suppliers have realized a shift in sales toward contract packagers. Some say CP business has helped ‘sustain’ their companies.
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Suppliers focus more on contract packagers (sidebar)

Which companies participated
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Are packaging jobs secure? (sidebar)

Equipment purchase plans remain steady
Stanford Personal Care: Filling from start to finish
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Stanford Personal Care: Filling from start to finish

On a new shampoo line at this contract packaging facility, bottles are metered into and out of the filler from Pacific Packaging Machinery via starwheels. Shampoo is filled volumetrically in continuous motion into bottles that rest individually on cam-operated platforms.
Joseph L. Angel, VP/Publisher
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The Business of Packaging

Packaging World welcomes the New Year with a reformatted size and a contemporary new look. We’ve adapted to better serve the informational needs of our readers and today’s more portable business lifestyles.
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Laser coding excels at Excelda

Excelda Mfg., a contract packager of lubricants and other products sold in the automotive aftermarket, has turned to laser coding to improve legibility of the single-line date code it uses on the plastic bottles it fills.
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The state of contract packaging

As manufacturers seek to improve market response time, contract packaging becomes an important production strategy. End users forestall investments in equipment and labor while they test new packages.

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