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Materials Product Brief
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Spectra: Twisted square pack bottle

The new Ritorto Square twisted square pack bottle from Spectra Packaging features a unique twisted profile on two of its four faces to offer a distinctive packaging experience.
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Materials Product Brief
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Rollprint: Chemically-resistant film for pharma applications saves money, environment

Designed for pre-made or inline pouching, lidding, and flow wrap packages, Rollprint’s Exponent film is a chemically-resistant, clear flexible film for high-barrier pharmaceutical applications that features a reduced number of layers and gauge to offer cost-savings and create an improved environmental profile.
Materials Product Brief
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Plastic Technologies: Foamed PET bottle technology

Fi-Cell (fine cellular) foamed PET bottle technology from Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) through an agreement with Toyo Seikan Co. Ltd., gives carbonated beverages, wine, spirits, cosmetics, personal care, and other applications physical and visual properties not previously available in a monolayer bottle.
Materials Product Brief
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Pregis: Hybrid void-fill system

Suitable for traditional void-fill applications as well as dimensional-weight pricing, Pregis’ new AirSpeed Axis machine coupled with its new line of AirSpeed HLX hybrid low-density polyethylene void-fill pillows is capable of producing several different inflatable pillow patterns on one machine.
Materials Product Brief
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Zip-Pak: Resealable flexible packaging innovations

Zip-Pak’s two new resealable flexible packaging innovations include PresSure Lok – which provides improved consumer convenience for liquid products such as shampoo, detergent, beverages and condiments, and Fragrance-Zip – which offers a unique zipper closure solution designed to emit a customized aroma upon initial and subsequent openings of a flexible resealable package.
Materials Product Brief
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XanCan: Textured aluminum beverage cans improve grip

XanCan’s textured sidewall of aluminum beverage cans, which are suitable for all beverage types, and are available with endless pattern possibilities, improves the grip of cans caused by condensation or “cooler baths.”
Steve Russell, ACC Vice President of Plastics
Column/Opinion
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Plastics-to-oil’s potential

A new report from the American Chemistry Council estimates that plastics-to-oil technologies for non-recyclable plastic could add $9 billion to the U.S. economy. ACC Vice President of Plastics Steve Russell elaborates.
Column/Opinion
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Packaging and its partners

When packagers speak of packaging, frequently they are referring to the physical structure holding a product.
Column/Opinion
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Finding leaks with heat

Production of retort pouches, film-sealed trays, and other types of glued and fused structures is fraught with problems when taken to the production stage.
News
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Americans continue to recycle more plastic bottles

The “National Post-Consumer Plastics Bottle Recycling Report” shows a 4.3% increase in recycling of HDPE, PP, and PET bottles, to 2.9 billion pounds, in 2013.
FREE ADVERTISING. For e-commerce retailers such as Amazon and Zappos, branding on the outside of the shipper extends their marketing message throughout the supply chain.
Feature Article
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E-commerce packaging pitfalls & opportunities

Two studies look at those aspects of e-commerce retail packaging—product fit, package quality, and incidence of damage—that shape a consumer’s experience with the brand.
Machine Case Study
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Healthy rewards for Big Heart Pet Brands

Customized carton closing equipment for a package whose shape and graphics make it look like a toothpaste carton was a key to this year’s PMMI Packaging Line of the Year.
HIGH-VOLUME PRECISION. Touch-panel control makes it easy for operators to view and edit print messages.
Machine Case Study
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Improving egg carton printing efficiencies

Non-contact inkjet printers enhance print quality and consistency, while saving time and money.
Dr. Mehmood Khan, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and head of Global Research and Development, PepsiCo.
Feature Article
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View from the top

PepsiCo’s R&D transformation began about seven years ago with a leadership change, and now the firm is reaping the benefits of ‘growing the R&D investment.’
Alignment conveyor. The ARB alignment conveyor segment uses 16 ERD electric actuators to activate rollers on the belt to align moving packages in pallet layers.
OEM Application Note
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Electric actuators add speed, precision to pallet-layer former

A prototype development project for a maker of conveying and pallet-forming equipment has led to a whole new line of electric actuators for applications in food and beverage industries.
Controls Product Brief
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Wago: Compact, surface-mount terminal blocks

Suited for solid-state lighting applications that often utilize metal-core PCBs, including compact or miniaturized LED modules and LED bulbs, Wago’s 2059 SMT PCB terminal blocks series offer an extremely small (2.7 mm high), fast, cost-effective alternative to soldering leads.
Controls Product Brief
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GE Intelligent Platforms: Software upgrades

In order to provide access to accurate, timely production and process data, GE’s Proficy Mobile Tasks, Proficy HMI/SCADA – iFIX, and Proficy HMI/SCADA – CIMPLICITY have been upgraded, and new capabilities have been added that help users take full advantage of the Industrial Internet.
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: High-resolution light array

Designed for applications involving measurement and detection of multiple objects during manufacturing, packing, or quality control, the BLA high resolution light array sensor from Balluff identifies, compares, or sorts objects based on minimal size or height differences, object diameter, object position, gap width, gap position, edge position, and more.

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