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Machine Product Brief
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Premier Tech: Open-mouth bagger

With a new hygienic design the patent-pending BFW Series Open-Mouth Bagging Machine with Bottom-Up Filler from Premier Tech Chronos is engineered for bagging powdery materials such as milk, whey protein, flour, bakery mix, and pharmaceutical powders, and can handle paper, polyethylene, and laminated polywoven bags at up to 10 bags/min.
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Machine Product Brief
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Squid Ink: High-resolution ink jet printing system

Squid Ink’s new PZ Pilot Touch hi-resolution ink jet printer provides high-quality printing as either an oil-based system for printing on porous surfaces like corrugated cases, or as a solvent-based system for printing on non-porous products like plastics, PET bottles, PVC pipe, metals and foils, blister packs, coated corrugate, and more.
Machine Product Brief
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Valco Melton: Hot-melt dispensing system

Designed to allow customers to use the same unit for all their packaging needs, the Kube from Valco Melton is a new melt-on-demand, hot-melt dispensing system that combines flexibility and retrofitting capabilities, and features three different machine mount configurations – panel, machine, and split – to optimize adhesive dispensing performance while using any adhesive brand.
Machine Product Brief
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Schneider: Horizontal cup/lid case packer

Schneider Packaging Equipment’s horizontal case packer (HCP) provides gentle product handling for sleeves of cups and lids, including environmentally-friendly Styrofoam replacement cups, and packs either sleeves of cups or sleeves of lids, or a combination of both into a case in standard or custom industry pack patterns.
Machine Product Brief
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Cama: Side-loading cartoner

Cama’s new side-loading cartoner, one of the company’s new Break-Through Generation of machines, provides maximum flexibility with minimal changeover, with emphasis on operator safety, accessibility, and enhanced sanitation procedures.
Materials Product Brief
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PhotoTape: Custom-printed tape

PhotoTape’s photo-quality custom-printed tape for e-Commerce and manufacturing companies features detailed product images, coupons, and even 2D barcodes directly on the packaging tape, engaging customers through differentiated custom packaging tapes.
Materials Product Brief
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Weatherchem: Polypropylene caps, flip-top lids

Designed for vitamins, minerals, and other supplements and other larger pills, Weatherchem’s one-piece NutraGen II closures come in 33-, 38-, 45-, and 53-mm sizes.
Materials Product Brief
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Avery Dennison: Label-on-label, tag stock solutions

Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials’ Select Solutions includes: the Piggyback portfolio label-on-label solution featuring multi-layer constructions in which a removable self-adhesive label covers a second label that remains fixed to the original surface; and the Tag Stock portfolio, featuring bright white, pressure-sensitive tag constructions suited for apparel and bedding, cosmetics, point-of-purchase and other applications that require sturdy, removable labels.
Materials Product Brief
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Sirane: Flow-wrap cooking bag

Able to be flow-wrapped and heat-sealed Sirane’s new nylon material – Siralon – can be used as a cooking bag or film, and is suitable for the oven or microwave.
Materials Product Brief
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Faerch: Paper absorber for fresh meat packaging

Able to extend the shelf life of fresh meat by 1-2 days, a new absorber placed underneath packaged meat from Færch Plast A/S in association with Paper Pak Industries (PPI), limits bacteria growth while enabling the meat to better retain its juices.
Materials Product Brief
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Stora Enso: Paper candy cups

Stora Enso’s paper candy cups, made from 100% renewable raw material, feature a variety of unique shapes and closing mechanisms that differentiate the candy cups from traditional candy packaging.
Materials Product Brief
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PaperFoam: Protective packaging is 100% compostable & recyclable

Designed to protect products in the electronics, cosmetics, medical, beverage, and food industries, PaperFoam packing materials are made using a patented injection molding process and can be easily incorporated into packaging lines using pick and place machines, robots, and feeders.
Column/Opinion
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From MSU to UPG—views of a freshly minted grad

John Herzig, a 2013 graduate of the Michigan State University's School of Packaging, is now Associate Packaging Engineer at United Pet Group. He talks about how MSU prepared him for a career as a packaging professional.
Column/Opinion
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Pondering packaging possibilities for pot products

There are so many surprising, fascinating aspects of the rapidly disintegrating illegality of marijuana in America.
Column/Opinion
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What's next in active and intelligent food packaging?

Among the types of active and intelligent packaging most commonly researched is antimicrobial food packaging. But when will we see commercialization and true marketplace impact?
Feature Article
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Coffee pod recycling in the U.S.: How likely?

A LinkedIn discussion around the likelihood of consumers bringing used coffee pods into a collection center, if given the opportunity, raises a range of issues.
COMBINATION PACKAGE.  By using both paperboard and plastic in its Bonus Pack carton, UPG was able to get a terrific combination of shelf impact, clarity, and cost optimization.
Package Case Study
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Visibility the key to Bonus Pack

For this special promo package sold exclusively through PetSmart stores, it was essential that the primary packs inside be clearly visible to the consumer in the store.
GANTRY PACKER. Among the new pieces of equipment in Line 1 is the top-loading gantry case packer.
Machine Case Study
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Optimized lines at Bacardi Beaucaire

At a historic facility in the south of France, Bacardi engineers have found a way to increase speed, efficiency, and flexibility by taking six lines down to two.

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