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Materials Product Brief
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TricorBraun: Low-profile tube/closure solution

Designed for personal care products such as skin care, sun care, cosmetics and hair care products, the Eco low-profile tube/closure solution from TricorBraun is a lightweight, low-profile 2-in. tube and closure solution that improves sustainability, transportation efficiencies and costs, and reduces lead times – all without requiring brand owners to change their filling operations.
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Essentra: Double-sided clear film tape

Duraco Red double-sided clear film tape from Essentra Specialty Tapes (formerly Duraco Inc. and Duraco Express) is a versatile tape that provides permanent bonding and accurate positioning in a variety of manufacturing applications.
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PolyOne: Liquid color concentrates for PET containers

Designed to use with conventional gloss preform and blow molds, PolyOne’s InVisiO suite now includes a new collection of liquid color concentrates that infuse PET containers with shimmer and frost effects that can enhance brand and deliver shelf impact across beverage, personal care, and household product packaging applications.
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3C!: Printed foil lidding film for blisters and more

3C! Packaging’s foil lidding for blisters, and printed foils with extruded plastics for sachets, feature enhanced printing.
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Kortec: Plastic cans with 5 year shelf life

An attractive alternative to metal cans, Klear Can from Kortec, Inc. is a multi-layer BPA-free PP plastic can that provides brand owners with a clear, see-through container for fruits, vegetables, soups, meats, and other products, and features extended shelf life of up to five years.
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Dufaylite: Recyclable anti-slip board for pallet packaging

Suitable for layer pads used in fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) pallet packaging, Dufaylite’s new Anti-Slip board, part of its Envirolite packaging range, uses the brand's durable, 100% recyclable paper honeycomb technology, and features a simple yet effective coating which forms a film on the surface of paper, allowing for slip angles of up to 45°.
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Coveris: Plastic-paper combination packaging

Suitable for yogurt, ice cream, snacks, pet food and more, DuoSmart from Coveris combines the advantages of both plastic (PS, PP, PP/EVOH, PLA, or PET) and a paper sidewall, presenting a functional, secure, and highly-decorative packaging solution.
Materials Product Brief
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Sealpac: Reclosable plastic tray/lid in one

The EasyLid system from Sealpac is an innovative seal-and-lid-in-one solution that uses less packaging materials, and provides hermetic sealing and lidding of trays in a single step.
Column/Opinion
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Understanding 'Millennial Moms'

Eric Staples, Senior Creative Strategist for Bluedog Design LLC—the company responsible for designing the packaging for Beech-Nut’s new 100% natural baby food—shares insights on the challenges of designing for 'Millennial Moms.'
Column/Opinion
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Dude! Gluten rules!

Gluten rules, as the surfers might say, but not in the way they might mean it. It rules the lives of those who have to avoid it for health reasons, and even some who avoid it for the wrong reasons.
Column/Opinion
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E-commerce resurfaces

E-commerce currently accounts for about 8% of total retail sales and is predicted to outpace sales growth of brick-and-mortar stores over the next five years with an anticipated $370 billion in e-retail sales by 2017.
News
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Report highlights CPGs' sustainability achievements

Industry association publishes report on the successes of some of its members in making sustainability advancements in the areas of air, waste, and water.
DOUBLE ACTING. Using tooling like this, the 20-head capping system now running in Truesdale, MO, pushes the aluminum capsule down onto the top of the bottle and also gently rolls on the cap, in the process forming the cap threads and tamper-evident band.
Machine Case Study
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Coca-Cola masters ROPP cap on aluminum bottle

Groundbreaking work with roll-on pilfer-proof technology has helped Coke move from an impact-extruded aluminum bottle to a much lighter drawn and ironed bottle.
OPENING IT. To open the innovative PET container, consumers tear the perforated shrink label strip, twist off the closure, and peel open the foil/film membrane; the closure can also be used as a coaster.
Machine Case Study
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Single-serve PET stemware for wines

Induction sealing and the addition of an oxygen scavenger help ensure success of this innovative container approach in retail and foodservice venues.
RIVA, an automated compounding system from Intelligent Hospital Systems, prepares IV bags 50 mL to 1,000 mL, and can also prepare low-concentration dilution bags for pediatric dosing.
Machine Case Study
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GHS automates sterile IV compounding

A new pharmacy is equipped with two automated compounding systems that serve the South Carolina health system’s five locations, improving patient safety as well as internal productivity and efficiency.
INDUSTRIAL POUCH. Ecolab’s new pouch is a 6-mil coextrusion that offers users a safe, tight, collapsible pack for liquid industrial products.
Package Case Study
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Award-winning pouch excels for Ecolab

Coextruded pouch structure replaces laminated version, yielding multiple benefits for this provider of water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services.
Machine Product Brief
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Omega: Manual case aggregation system

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #703! Designed for pharmaceutical companies and contract packagers, Omega Design Corporation’s Intelli-Pac Manual Case Aggregation System for serialized cartons or bottles processes loose or bundled bottles and cartons to integrate layered aggregation technology.
Machine Product Brief
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MG America: Tablet checkweigher

See it at Pharma Expo Booth #677! MG America’s MG2 SELEKTA high-speed checkweigher and sorting machine for the production of tablets can check up to 500,000 units/hr. and handles a wide variety of product shapes and sizes, and delivers 100% weight verification, according to the company.

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