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Machine technology that slashes changeover

In this second report from our survey of changeover trends, readers describe how new equipment technology like control programming and tool-free adjustments helps them attack downtime.
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No uniformity in changeover demands

Almost any way you measure packaging line changeover, the answers from Packaging World readers vary widely. The major agreement is that more changes are being demanded-and less time is available for doing them. However, the strategies for hastening change
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Of communion cups and stand-up pouches

These three FPA award winners represent different industries to be sure, but they all have one thing in common: Their use of flexible films to meet packaging challenges.
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Shrink label gives this mule a kick

From Russia by way of the U.K. comes a vodka-based drink called the Smirnoff Mule in a glass bottle with a label that's nearly as exotic as the beverage itself.
A single camera on a packaging line can be used to identify proper lot and expiration dates on a labeled container. Inspection
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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
In a dramatic display of efficient small-part handling, 3-mL containers are delivered to the monobloc?s turret via a chute (ab
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Thinking small pays off big

High-accuracy monobloc filler/dropper tip inserter/capper at CP Packaging handles thin, softwall bottles and lightweight tips at 60/min for 3-mL containers of diagnostic reagents.
McKesson is among the first in the U.S. to use this handled six-pack bundle (left); the Crystal brand is one of three sold by th
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Six-pack bundles get a handle on water market

In its new bottling line, McKesson Water tries a six-pack concept common in Europe but still new to the U.S. Shrink wrapping and tray-packing also shine.
McKesson runs three sizes (left) through its new line, typically keeping size changes to about once per week. Immediately after
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McKesson brings PET packing in-house

Fast-growing California water bottler is learning to appreciate the advantages of in-house filling, after long relying on contract bottlers for its half-, 1- and 1.5-L PET bottles.
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Slaying the technology beast

Packaging engineers must grapple with increasingly complex packaging technologies while simultaneously mastering the science of line efficiency to squeeze out costs in an ultra-competitive future.
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R&D managers urged to see the global picture

Packaging research and development managers will need to expand their view beyond the four walls of the corporate fortress. That means paying closer attention to the economics of R&D decisions, and understanding the company's international role.
The vinyl base material unwinds to a pre-heating station to initiate the thermoform/fill/seal process. The pharmaceutical-grade
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'In-sourcing' revitalizes Gumtech

By thermoforming, filling and sealing blister packs of nutraceutical gums in-house, Gumtech can package products as needed, replacing the two- or three-week advance notice necessary for a contract packager. Payback in 18 months justifies the equipment purchase.
Full-height corrugated trays are used for six packs of PET gallons. It?s a packaging format that has been a huge success in club
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Tropicana tries shelf-stable OJ in PET

Hot-filled orange juice in 1-gal heat-set PET bottles have been selling at a brisk pace at club stores nationwide since Tropicana launched them about a year ago.
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'Flexibility' sought in machinery at Pack Expo 96

Versatile machines that will allow manufacturers multiple packaging options was one of the frequent answers in Packaging World's second exclusive survey of Pack Expo registrants. Large buying teams and longer visits are also planned this year.
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Pack Expo Plus: Seminars, conferences and allied shows

High-tech packaging solutions, new resin technologies, healthcare packaging, and better sealing technologies are just a few of the areas covered in conferences and seminars during Pack Expo week.
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Toothpaste in a pouch

Thanks to their minimal environmental impact compared to rigid containers, flexible pouches have made steady inroads in one product category after another.
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Mixing into the marketplace

Originally a producer of iced tea concentrate for foodservice, Beach Brew Beverage Co.'s first retail introduction comes in an attention-getting package: a die-cut pouch resembling a pitcher and containing a liquid iced tea concentrate.
The graphical touchscreen interface allows an operator to request help and instructions on the various phases of the changeover
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Bass wraps up market flexibility

A highly flexible multipacker wraps 4-, 6- and 10-count bottles in paperboard to help Bass meet demands of disparate retail markets at home and abroad. Automatic servo-driven dimensional changeover takes 15 seconds.
Hot melt adhesive is applied to thetrailing edge of labels as they?re applied to jars
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Seaforth puts label on versatility

Upgrade of a hot melt system results in improved labeling for private label manufacturer Seaforth.

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