Current issue: September 2015

Electron beam package sterilization
Machine Product Brief
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Tetra Pak: Electron beam package sterilization

Tetra Pak has launched a filling machine that uses electron beams, not hydrogen peroxide, to sterilize packaging material; the E3 delivers a range of benefits to customers, including the potential to run up to 40,000 portion packages/hr.
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Semi-automatic carton aggregation
Machine Product Brief
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Antares Vision: Semi-automatic carton aggregation

The new Matrix Station from Antares Vision utilizes advanced hardware and software to aggregate cartons to shipping cases through a top view of Data Matrix symbologies, accommodating various pack patterns and layers to make manual packing operations more reliable, flexible, and productive.
Checkweigher/metal detector combo
Machine Product Brief
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Yamato: Checkweigher/metal detector combo

The Checkweigher/Fortress metal detector combination features Yamato’s precise load cell technology, delivering accuracy and high-speed weighing.
Pharma blister pack leak detection
Machine Product Brief
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Sepha Ltd.: Pharma blister pack leak detection

VisionScan Max offers the capability to leak test full production batches of blister-packs with minimal operator input, giving pharmaceutical manufacturers the ability to deliver significant quality improvements and cost savings during production.
 RFID print and apply labelers
Machine Product Brief
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Fox IV: RFID print and apply labelers

All-in-one print and apply labelers with fully integrated RFID compliance encoding include models for printing and encoding high frequency (HF) tags, as well as models for a range ultra-high frequency (UHF) tags such as UHF EPC Gen 2.
Tekni-Plex wine liners
Materials Product Brief
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Tekni-Plex: Laminated foam liners for wine closures

A new laminated aluminum foil/foam barrier liner was designed for ROPP wine closures.
Greiner Combi Can
Materials Product Brief
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Greiner Packaging: Combination oil/gas container

Greiner puts its easy-to-handle expertise to the test with the Husqvarna Combi can for chain saw users.
Verstraete's Matt IML
Materials Product Brief
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Verstraete: Matt IML with natural paper look

Matt IML by Verstraete produces “look” and “feel” options that evoke natural, retro, and paper impressions.
Flair's PLATiNUM 2.8 Easy Peel
Materials Product Brief
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Flair: Peelable barrier film for thermoforming

PLATiNUM 2.8 Easy Peel film expands Flair’s line of non-forming high barrier films for thermoforming systems.
LaserSharp PrimeVent
Materials Product Brief
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LaserSharp: Steam release film for pouches

LaserSharp FlexPak Services offers a hermetically sealed PrimeVent package solution for microwavable pouches.
Parker Wide Mouth PET
Materials Product Brief
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Parker Plastics: Wide mouth blow-molded PET bottles

New blow-molding machinery creates PET bottles with neck finishes up to 130 mm.
Magic Star Twist Up
Materials Product Brief
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RPC Bramlage: Controlled lotion dispensing

Magic Star Twist Up dispensing technology offers controlled dosing and hygienic application.
Qosmedix Large Mesh Pouch
Materials Product Brief
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Qosmedix: Large meshed cosmetic pouches

Qosmedix expands its Simply Mesh collection with large, nylon mesh bags with metal zippers.
Column/Opinion
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Design thinking in packaging education

Scientists and designers use different approaches to problem solving.
Joe Zembas, Director of Engineering & Technical Services, The J.M. Smucker Co.
Column/Opinion
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Align expectations for project success

According to Joe Zembas, Director of Engineering & Technical Services for The J.M. Smucker Company, the success or failure of any new packaging operation project hinges on how clearly expectations are defined upfront by all stakeholders.
Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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Animal product regulation is a complex creature

When it comes to keeping track of regulatory requirements, sometimes it seems like it’s raining cats and dogs. And cows and chickens.
OGX
Package Case Study
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Materials make a difference

Haircare products maker Vogue Intl. switches to thinner labels for its bottles, reducing the environmental impact of its packaging by 26% to 34% in a number of categories.
Honeyville uses a dual drop volumetric cup filler with staging gate to fill two containers at a time.
Machine Case Study
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Accuracy in complex filling

When small amounts of an ingredient need to be blended into a rice, grain, or dry baking mix product, accuracy and reliability are an absolute must. Honeyville gets just that with its auger fillers.

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