Current issue: November 2014

Package Case Study
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Digital watermarking assists in Cooking Light

Time Inc.’s Cooking Light brand—including its monthly magazine and line of prepared meals for retail—prides itself on giving its consumers the tools to make it easier to get healthy, delicious meals on the table.
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Column/Opinion
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What I learned from a day with Toyota

During a September conference of the Foundation for Strategic Sourcing (F4SS), we were very fortunate to offer members the opportunity to spend a day at Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky (TMMK).
Column/Opinion
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Meet us at Biscayne Bay in February to capture lightning in a bottle

Are you ready to catch “Lightning in a Bottle?”
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Association news and details on the upcoming meeting in Miami

Get a shot of education, inspiration and relaxation in Miami with the CPA this coming February. Read on for details on that, the new RFQ process and more...
Machine Product Brief
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Branson: Ultrasonic power supplies for advanced applications

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth # N-6129! (Emerson Industrial Automation Group booth) Designed for the packaging, food, textiles, and automotive industries, two new models in Branson Ultrasonics’ DCX family of ultrasonic power supplies – DCX A and DCX F – for automated assembly systems provide: enhanced flexibility via multiple weld modes; increased process and automation control with limits and actuator I/O options; improved performance via closed-loop amplitude control; and user-friendly configuration and weld setup through Ethernet communications.
Machine Product Brief
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Garant: Flat, satchel bag making machine

The Matador NG flat and satchel bag making machine from Garant Maschinenhandel (part of The Windmöller & Hölscher Group) produces bread bags, gift bags, die cut handle shopping bags, and snack bags in a wide range of sizes: widths from 2.36-in to 14.96-in, cutoff lengths from 6.3-in to 30-in, and maximum gussets of 5.5-in.
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ProSys: Plastic & metal tube combo filling/sealing machine

Able to fill up to 70 tubes/min with products as varied as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, adhesives, sealants, and greases, the RT60 Metal & Plastic Tube Combo Filling & Sealing machine from ProSys Innovative Packaging is designed for plastic and metal tubes, features a servo-driven metering system, and a servo-driven lift mechanism for a vertical, air-free bottom up fill.
Machine Product Brief
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Markem-Imaje: Inkjet printer

The Markem-Imaje 9028 inkjet printer for small industrial applications features many innovations over its predecessor (the 9020) including a completely new clean, easy-to-use, and recyclable ink circuit – the M6 –which will run non-stop for over 2 years (assuming an annual operating time of 3,000 hours).
Machine Product Brief
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Thermo Fisher Scientific: Vision software enhances food inspection x-ray platform

With the addition of customizable product verification vision software, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s NextGuard X-ray platform helps food producers meet an even broader range of food safety and quality requirements including missing pieces or components, and under/over fills – in addition to inspecting for contaminants.
Machine Product Brief
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Apex: Cost-effective strap printer

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #1844! A simpler, less expensive version of the company’s more complex unit, the S-11-C Strap Printing System from Apex Machine Company is capable of providing high-quality, cost-effective strap printing in one to six lanes at speeds up to 300 ft/min per lane.
Machine Product Brief
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Fowler: Inspection/rejection capping solution

The failsafe inspection/rejection capping system from Fowler Products, powered by Pro Mach, Inc., can cap and inspect more than 900 bottles/min, and provides verification that every cap is properly applied to the bottle; bottles failing inspection are shunted off to a reject lane before they leave the capping machine.
Machine Product Brief
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Graphic Packaging: Labeling system with renester

Designed for food and agricultural processors, Graphic Packaging International’s reciprocating clamshell labeling system can pick clamshells, label, and renest labeled clamshells at 60 placements/min, and can run a full range of plastic clamshells up to 10-in wide x 20-in long x 3 ½-in deep.
Machine Product Brief
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Enercon: Corona treater improves ink adhesion

Designed to improve ink adhesion on high-speed flexographic presses and digital printing applications, Enercon’s CoronaFlex corona treater meets the diverse needs of narrow web printers by offering flexible integration options, the ability to improve wettability on a wide range of substrates, and an intuitive touch screen that guides operators to improved treating performance.
Machine Product Brief
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Domino: Digital UV inkjet label press

Domino’s N610i digital UV inkjet label press provides 600 x 600 dpi native print resolution, operating speeds up to 246 fpm (75 m/min) in rapid production mode and up to 164 fpm (50 m/min) in high-quality mode, and up to seven colors including opaque white.
Machine Product Brief
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Somic: Wrap-around case packer

See it at PACK EXO, Booth #E-8722! Somic America’s model 424 wrap-around case packer features a modular, ergonomic design, tool-less changeover, and a small footprint, and produces retail-ready cases at speeds up to 40 cases/min.
Machine Product Brief
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Muller: Stretch wrap seaming device secures “tails”

Muller’s No Touch No Tail (NT²) seaming device, a unique way to secure stretch wrap film tails without contacting the load, is now available on both new and existing Octopus ring wrapping equipment.
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Arpac: Wraparound case/tray packer

Arpac's rugged Performance-Series PC-2500 is a continuous motion wraparound case/tray packer capable of reaching speeds of up to 25 cases or trays/min.
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Heat and Control: X-ray inspection system for overlapping product inspection

See it at PACK EXPO Booth # N-4706! The new Ishida IX-G2 X-ray inspection system for overlapping product inspection from Heat and Control uses a unique dual energy process that compares absorption of x-rays on two levels to improve detection of low-density objects in overlapped products; the system also detects thin pieces of metal, glass, rubber, hard bones, and other foreign objects in products that have uneven surfaces, like cereal and certain frozen foods.

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