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Materials Product Brief
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Stora Enso: Paper candy cups

Stora Enso’s paper candy cups, made from 100% renewable raw material, feature a variety of unique shapes and closing mechanisms that differentiate the candy cups from traditional candy packaging.
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Materials Product Brief
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PaperFoam: Protective packaging is 100% compostable & recyclable

Designed to protect products in the electronics, cosmetics, medical, beverage, and food industries, PaperFoam packing materials are made using a patented injection molding process and can be easily incorporated into packaging lines using pick and place machines, robots, and feeders.
Lisa M. Shambro
Column/Opinion
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What happens when suppliers grade customers with Two-Way Scorecards?

Contract manufacturing and packaging of consumer packaged goods (CPG) can be seen as having “been born” about 10 or so years ago.
Column/Opinion
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From MSU to UPG—views of a freshly minted grad

John Herzig, a 2013 graduate of the Michigan State University's School of Packaging, is now Associate Packaging Engineer at United Pet Group. He talks about how MSU prepared him for a career as a packaging professional.
Column/Opinion
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Pondering packaging possibilities for pot products

There are so many surprising, fascinating aspects of the rapidly disintegrating illegality of marijuana in America.
Column/Opinion
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What's next in active and intelligent food packaging?

Among the types of active and intelligent packaging most commonly researched is antimicrobial food packaging. But when will we see commercialization and true marketplace impact?
Feature Article
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Coffee pod recycling in the U.S.: How likely?

A LinkedIn discussion around the likelihood of consumers bringing used coffee pods into a collection center, if given the opportunity, raises a range of issues.
COMBINATION PACKAGE.  By using both paperboard and plastic in its Bonus Pack carton, UPG was able to get a terrific combination of shelf impact, clarity, and cost optimization.
Package Case Study
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Visibility the key to Bonus Pack

For this special promo package sold exclusively through PetSmart stores, it was essential that the primary packs inside be clearly visible to the consumer in the store.
GANTRY PACKER. Among the new pieces of equipment in Line 1 is the top-loading gantry case packer.
Machine Case Study
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Optimized lines at Bacardi Beaucaire

At a historic facility in the south of France, Bacardi engineers have found a way to increase speed, efficiency, and flexibility by taking six lines down to two.
Package of the year.  Noven Therapeutics  Brisdelle is indicated for the  treatment of moderate to severe  vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated  with menopause. The Brisdelle compliance  design features calendarized dosing for 30 days  of therapy, with a designated area for the patient  to note the starting date of the therapy.
Feature Article
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HCPC names 2013 Compliance Packages of the Year

Noven Therapeutics Brisdelle wins top honors during RxAdherence 2014.
CRISP PRINTING. The fully digital printer runs at speeds to 800/min and delivers clean, crisp printing.
Machine Case Study
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Ampule labeling gets a big boost

This German pharmaceutical manufacturer has discovered that digital printing of pressure-sensitive labels that go on ampules is a vast improvement over hot-foil printing.
The individually tailored balance between stocking on site and ordering via the E-Portal helped to improve planning procedures and also reduced the risk of downtime.

Feature Article
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Schwabe North America banks on stock optimization

Stock optimization analysis helps pharmaceutical company customize its spare parts handling process after relocating from Utah to Wisconsin.
CLOSE WORK CEO. Richard Hanley (center) fills the bottles via semi-automatic hydraulic filler.
Machine Case Study
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Semiautomatic labeling is perfectly suitable

Efficiently and economically fits the needs of incubator start-ups and other small-volume packaging operations.
Controls Case Study
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Implementing the Internet of Things incrementally

Optimizing existing technologies to integrate data is a way to increase productivity and efficiency, and it doesn’t have to all happen in one fell swoop.
Optimized combo. An optimized motor-gearbox combination is one of the keys to Multivac’s new lines of thermoforming machines and tray sealers because it enables these systems to produce secure film-to-film seals in packs like the one shown.
OEM Application Note
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Converting from pneumatics to servo

A number of advantages have been realized since this machinery manufacturer migrated from motion axes powered by pneumatic systems to axes powered by servo technology.
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Servo drives provide repetitive control

By using predictive following error compensation, B&R’s ACOPOS line of servo drives now provide repetitive control to improve the accuracy of production processes with stationary disturbances: the performance of the machine or system is considerably increased simply by installing a firmware update.
Controls Product Brief
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Clippard: High-flow bidirectional electronic valves

Designed using a unique, patented valving principle, Clippard’s DV Series Minimatic electronic valves are compact, precision-built 2-way control valves that provide flows to 100 l/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Pepperl+Fuchs: Linear inductive sensors

Providing an alternative for standard cylindrical analog sensors, Pepperl+Fuchs’ PMI40-F90-U-V15 and PMI40-F90-I-V15 linear inductive sensors offer a 40 mm distance measurement suitable for vertical valve measurements and help deliver enhanced linear range, linearity, and accuracy.

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