Current issue: February 2016

Direct printing for plastic containers
Machine Product Brief
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Krones: Direct printing for plastic containers

Krones AG has premiered the DecoType direct printing system for decorating plastic containers; when compared to labeling, direct printing offers significantly more freedom for attractively individualised design of containers.
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Decoding algorithms
Machine Product Brief
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Microscan: Decoding algorithms

Microscan announces the availability of improved X-Mode 4.0 decoding algorithms with its newly-released MicroHAWK barcode reader platform.
Epson UltraChrome Ink
Materials Product Brief
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Epson: Instant-drying ink for high-speed glossy printing

New ink technology enhancement from Epson helps manufacturers achieve high-end graphics on glossy label media for the first time.
Qosmedix hermetic jars
Materials Product Brief
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Qosmedix: Hermetic clear glass storage jars

Qosmedix has a new collection of traditionally styled glass hermetic jars.
Corbion PLA Coffee pods
Materials Product Brief
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Corbion Purac: Versatile PLA homopolymer bioplastic resins

Corbion Purac expands applications for biobased PLA resins in extrusion, thermoforming, injection molding, and fiber spinning.
Materials Product Brief
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Constantia Flexibles: Reclosable composite closure for flexible packages

Innovative ReLap presents reclose solution for more convenience in flexible packaging.
PE Stand-Up Pouch
Materials Product Brief
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Dow: Polyethylene stand-up pouches

Polyethylene Stand-Up Pouches provide sustainable gains in innovative monomaterial packages.
Ball Color Cans
Materials Product Brief
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Ball Corporation: Can ends and tabs with colorful options

Expanded array of colored ends and tabs by ball makes colorful differentiator at point-of-sale.
AnC Precision TTS-1000
Materials Product Brief
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AnC Precision: Tube sealing analysis and certification

New lab services from AnC Precision resolve “faulty squeeze tube sealing” issues.
Alex Guillen, Director, Fisher Clinical Services’ Global Cold Chain
Column/Opinion
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Biologics, 'cold chain' among key issues in clinical trials packaging

Fisher Clinical Services’ Global Cold Chain Director Alex Guillen discusses developments in clinical trials packaging, including sustainability and cost issues.
Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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FDA un-regulates pizza packaging products: A good example or a bad one?

Today’s lesson: What’s true today might not be true tomorrow.
SPC Logo
News
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Biodegradability additives may cause environmental harm: SPC

The SPC takes a formal stance against biodegradability additives for petroleum-based plastics noting a lack sustainable advantages and the potential for environmental harm.
The triangular carton facings stand out conspicuously on store shelves, vigorously inviting consumer attention.
Package Case Study
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Distinctive, intricate gift packaging wins top PPC award

Mondelēz has a patent pending on this unconventional carton shape/form.
Bernadine Tay, Founder of Quinteassential Fine Teas, has been described as ‘a storyteller with tea as her medium.'
Package Case Study
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Art and science combine in multisensory tea pack

U.K.-based Quinteassential Fine Teas redesigns its packaging with all five senses in mind. Carton includes stunning artwork and a QR code that links to music selected for each blend.
iStock puzzle graphic
Feature Article
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Can we solve the flexible film recovery puzzle?

Industry groups have begun looking at strategies to develop multilayer flexible film recovery systems. But can they overcome the challenges that exist in every step of the process?
Seventh Generation has launched its dishwash pods in a fully recyclable, all-PE multilayer flexible stand-up pouch.
Package Case Study
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Seventh Generation introduces recyclable, flexible SUP

The new pouch is a multilayer PE structure that provides functional and aesthetic advantages comparable to a mixed-material structure, but solves the recycling challenge.
Shown here are two of the three new combination scales that were part of Keystone’s packaging machinery upgrade.
Machine Case Study
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Snack maker boosts output with forward-thinking solutions

Three identical weighing and bagging systems—along with metal detection and bar-code scanning technology—are keys to this turnkey, single-supplier packaging upgrade.
Like so many other components in the traversing print head system, the servo motor is made of 300 Series stainless steel.
OEM Application Note
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Traversing print head is made of stainless steel

The washdown environment common in so many food manufacturing plants is a harsh one that causes equipment to corrode. So this OEM opted for stainless steel.

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