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Machine Product Brief
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Videojet: CO2 laser marking systems

Delivering high-quality simple and complex code across a range of marking speeds and suitable for a wide array of substrates, Videojet’s 3330 30 watt and the 3130 10 watt CO2 laser marking systems help boost productivity by improving line integration.
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Machine Product Brief
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Ossid: Thermo form-fill-seal machine

The 8000S thermo form-fill-seal machine for medium-to-high production environments from Ossid, powered by Pro Mach, is a horizontally-oriented machine that can produce flexible, foil-foil, semi-rigid, rigid, ambient, vacuum, modified atmosphere, and reclosable packages at up to 20 cycles/min.
Machine Product Brief
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Bosch Packaging: Intermittent horizontal cartoning machine

Designed for use with pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food products, the CUT 1405 intermittent horizontal cartoning machine from Bosch Packaging Technology features standard modules that can be flexibly combined to accommodate a variety of products (such as bottles, vials, syringes, ampoules, etc.) and packaging, and the latest servo and safety technology at reduced costs.
Machine Product Brief
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Simco-Ion: Updated pinner charging bar series

Simco-Ion's updated Pinner Charging Bar Series, suitable for temporarily pinning or bonding materials together, features ruggedized construction, improved electrical insulation, new versatile mounting options, and new high-output bar models.
Machine Product Brief
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Matrix: Multilane stickpack machine

The Inever BY300 multilane stickpack machine offered by Matrix, powered by Pro Mach, delivers laser scoring and marking combined in one system, lowering operating costs through savings in consumables, and improving the overall appearance and consumer friendliness of the stick pack.
Machine Product Brief
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Tsubaki: Cable & hose carriers

Delivering IP54 protection ratings, the TKA Series Cable & Hose Carriers from U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission reliably protect cables against dirt, chips, and circulating spray water while also preventing the ingress of coolants and lubricants.
Materials Product Brief
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HLP Klearfold: Bio-PET plastic folding carton

Delivering the same appearance, quality, and performance as Klearfold PET cartons, HLP Klearfold’s PlantBox is a new plastic folding carton made from box-grade bio-PET (bio-based polyethylene terephthalate), up to 30% of which comes from plant-based sources.
Materials Product Brief
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Placon: Eco-responsible thermoformed plastic food container

Combining an eco-friendly recycled material and tamper-evident design with revealing package clarity, Placon’s FDA food-grade, 100% recyclable Crystal Seal reFresh packaging eliminates unnecessary sidewall ribbing for strong visual appeal and versatility in fresh, cold, and dry food.
Materials Product Brief
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Sun Chemical: Oxygen barrier coatings

Sun Chemical’s SunBar Oxygen barrier coatings are designed to enable lightweighting of packaging by removing the metal foil and one layer of adhesive from packaging, as well as offering improved laminate flexibility.
Materials Product Brief
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Bemis: Shrink bag for bone-in meat

Bemis Europe’s ClearShield PRO a PVdC-free fully coextruded bag uses a new technology platform that protects bone-in and hard surface cuts of beef, lamb, pork, and processed meat, that significantly reduces high leak rates and features a bone guard.
Materials Product Brief
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Intertape Polymer Group: Water-activated packing tape

Red Alert MD water-activated tapes from Intertape Polymer Group create a strong bond for shipping valuable items in cartons and cases, while providing secure tamper evidence: If tampered with, the tape “alerts” the end-user by leaving a visible red bottom layer behind.
Materials Product Brief
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Mondi: Food-safe, uncoated, wood-free board

Suitable for paper packaging such as folding boxes and shopping bags, YBBS premium board from Mondi is a new, uncoated wood-free packaging solution that is said to fulfil the highest environmental and food safety standards, with board grades ranging from high white to ivory, or colored boards to cupstock.
Materials Product Brief
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Label Impressions: Extended-text labels

Label Impressions, Inc. has enhanced its ability to provide extended-text labels and booklet labels since it installed a Nilpeter13” dual-web added content press with glue system, dual web, and overhead tower, all of which was designed to dramatically reduce set up and run times for coupon labels, folded booklet labels, and expanded content labels.
Materials Product Brief
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Domino: Yellow ink

Designed for its easy-to-use, A-Series range of CIJ (continuous ink jet) printers, Domino Printing Sciences’ new 2YL912 yellow ink is suitable for a wide range of challenging applications across a variety of sectors, and remains highly reliable even at elevated temperatures of up to 45°C.
Materials Product Brief
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Ampac: Single-serve snack food packaging

The E-Z SnackPak from Ampac is a unique and convenient flexible pouch packaging solution for single-serve snack foods that transforms into a serving tray upon opening to provide an alternative to the typical single-serve v f/f/s snack food bag.
Nick Kurkjy, Research Associate, Lux Research, Inc., examines the significance of mHealth devices and their packaging needs.
Feature Article
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Packaging and the growing mHealth device market

Nick Kurkjy, Research Associate, Lux Research, Inc., examines the significance of mHealth devices and their packaging needs.
Column/Opinion
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Poison packaging is an ongoing process

If you take a quick glance through the list of household products the law requires to have child-resistant packaging, you might think you’re looking at a game where the object is to make a list on which each thing has the least imaginable connection to the thing before it: aspirin, furniture polish, methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen), controlled drugs, and so on.
Column/Opinion
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Humanize package design

There’s an amazing opportunity for innovation when it comes to packaging design today.

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