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Machine Product Brief
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ProSys: Syringe tip-filling system

Designed for table-top mounting, the ProSys ATV Manual Syringe Filler is a pneumatically-driven micro-dose volumetric dosing system for tip-filling 1ml up to 20ml syringes, delivering up to 20 doses/min.
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Machine Product Brief
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Lachenmeier: Film unwind system for stretch hood machine

Lachenmeier’s patented Unwind System for its stretch hood machines helps eliminate thin and fragile film on palletized loads, and keeps film corners roughly 30% thicker compared to other stretch hood systems, according to the company.
Machine Product Brief
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MG America: Integrated coding & verification unit for bottle serialization

MG America’s compact ACE-BT300 Coding & Verification Unit for bottle serialization provides track & trace capabilities at unit-level, can handle round, square, and rectangular bottles from 22-120mm in diameter at a rate of 300/min., and can be smoothly incorporated into existing bottling lines.
Materials Product Brief
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MACtac: Adhesive for squeezable film labeling applications

Developed for film labeling applications of squeezable and rigid containers in the health, beauty, food, beverage, and household cleaner industries, MACtac MP880 adhesive is a clear, permanent acrylic with excellent tack and ultimate adhesion.
Materials Product Brief
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Intertape Polymer: High-quality adhesion paper masking tape

Designed to adhere to water-based and ultra-high slip release agents, SMT1 from Intertape Polymer Group, is a patent-pending paper masking tape coated with a unique silicone adhesive, suitable for applications where traditional masking tapes do not provide proper adhesion.
Materials Product Brief
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Klüber Lubrication: Lubricant for high-temperature applications

A white, homogeneous long-term grease based on a perfluorinated polyether oil (PFPE) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Klübertemp GR AR 555 from Klüber Lubrication is a multi-purpose lubricant offering corrosion protection and high evaporation stability for applications that involve pillow blocks/bearings, seals, rotary joints and ball bearing chains, as well as circulating fan bearings.
Materials Product Brief
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Michelman: Water-resistant coating for paper, corrugated

A versatile and economic water-based coating that is FDA compliant, Michelman’s HydraBan 430 for paper and corrugated imparts a high degree of water repellency, helping to maintain the structural integrity of corrugated shipping boxes while they are in service or in transit, while also protecting the contents of the container.
Materials Product Brief
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Performance Packaging of Nevada: Safer cap for flexible pouches

The SipP cap for flexible spouted pouches from Performance Packaging of Nevada uses horizontal and vertical air-ducts to allow critical air-flow in case of accidental lodging of the cap in the mouth or throat, and features a visible tamper-evident band when the product is opened that remains on the cap and not on the spout where it could potentially come off.
Materials Product Brief
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Stull: Easy-open closure for squeezable products

Stull Technologies’ disc top cap is an easy-open closure for squeezable products that is suitable for a variety of products including shampoo, soap, lotion, polish, and more.
Brandon Dickerson, Proximo Spirits
Column/Opinion
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A controls perspective

Plant Engineer Brandon Dickerson of Proximo Spirits, whose North American headquarters is in Jersey City, NJ, talks about changes he’s seen lately in the controls space.
Column/Opinion
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Eye-opening developments in chemical safety

If you’re trying to keep an eye on regulatory programs dealing with the safety and environmental effects of chemicals, it’s hard to know which way you should be looking.
Feature Article
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Key trends driving bioplastics for packaging

Among the trends driving the market for bioplastic packaging materials, the competitive cost and availability of fossil fuels will have the largest impact and their commercial production and use.
BAGGER, CARTONER. Pouches of fruit snacks move through a combination scale.
Machine Case Study
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Vertical cartoners cope with 24,000 lb of pouched candy per hour

A custom control system and a clever arrangement of sensors developed by Ferrara engineering control help Ferrara’s five cartoners keep up with pouched candy.
CASE PREP. Once cases are erected, they are sent to a partition inserter.
Machine Case Study
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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.
TAIPEI VENUES: The Taipei International Food Expo was divided up into two venues—the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall (shown above), and the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall.
Machine Case Study
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Equipment tailored to Taiwan's needs

At Taipei Pack 2014, exhibitors display packaging equipment designed to meet the health, safety, cost, automation, and convenience requirements of Taiwan’s CPGs and consumers.
Package Case Study
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Hummus & chip snack pack served up in a can

Tribe Mediterranean Foods introduces a new snack combination of hummus and pita chips packaged in a composite can designed for convenient, on-the-go consumption.
ROBOTIC APPLICATION. Protective corrugated cornerboards are applied automatically by this robotic system just before stretch wrap is applied to the pallet.
Machine Case Study
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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.
New Eufora Smooth'n collection
Package Case Study
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Custom hair care bottle radiates elegance

The reorganization of salon hair care brand Eufora into four collections prompts a package redesign that builds on an existing structure, but adds a simple, elegant ‘waterfall’ feature.

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