Current issue: March 2015

Materials Product Brief
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INX International: Low-migration inks, coatings

INX International Ink offers a portfolio of low-migration inks and coatings for non-food contact packaging surfaces that have been formulated to meet government regulations and compliance requirements.
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Materials Product Brief
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UPM Raflatac: Label stock for craft beverages

Designed for use on glass, PET, and aluminium, UPM Raflatac’s high-performance label stocks for the Americas craft beverage market, are suitable for beer, wine, liquor, and even non-alcoholic beverages, such as energy drinks, flavored waters, and specialty sodas.


Arjowiggins’ Alive fine paper with PowerCoat
Materials Product Brief
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Arjowiggins Creative Papers: Interactive fine paper

Ready-enabled for up-to-the-minute interactivity, shop-lifting deterance, stock control, useful information, or loyalty-building offers, Conqueror Alive, Curious Alive, Rive Alive, Pop Set Alive (and more) laminated papers are created by combining Arjowiggins’ Alive fine paper with PowerCoat, their interactive paper substrate for printed electronics that is FSC-certified, biodegradable, and 100% recyclable.
DS Container’s two-piece aerosol cans
Materials Product Brief
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DS Containers: New aerosol can sizes

DS Container’s two-piece aerosol cans are available in two sizes: 211x315 (66x120) geared towards the metered air freshener market, and 211x413 (66x142) suitable for shave cream and value sizes.
Materials Product Brief
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Videojet: Thermochromic & high-speed inks for CIJ applications

Videojet Technologies’ six new high-performance inks for continuous ink jet (CIJ) applications include thermochromic inks and high-speed inks designed to provide several benefits: improved print quality, penetration of tough surfaces, coding flexibility, endurance during high-temperature cooking processes, improved shelf-life stability, and more.
Elopak’s beverage cartons use second generation certified renewable polyethylene (PE)
Materials Product Brief
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Elopak: Beverage cartons feature renewable polyethylene

Consisting of at least 75% renewable paperboard derived from responsibly managed forests, Elopak’s beverage cartons use second generation certified renewable polyethylene (PE) made of European-sourced biomass (not in competition with the food supply), with the goal to replace all fossil-based raw materials with renewable alternatives as part of its Future Proofed Packaging Strategy.
Cal-Poly Packaging Program logo
Column/Opinion
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Bio-based and biodegradable plastics in packaging

Conventional polymeric materials play an important role in packaging.
Joe Pagliaro, Director of Innovation and Packaging, Heineken USA
Column/Opinion
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Speaking of innovation

What inspires packaging innovation? Why is it necessary? And how does the consumer fit into the equation? Joe Pagliaro, Director of Innovation and Packaging at Heineken USA, shares his insights and experiences.
Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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BPA good news doesn’t end the story

Publicity always trumps science, as I am fond of saying, so don’t get too excited that the Europeans have said current human exposure to Bisphenol A is safe.
Lucky Budda Beauty
Package Case Study
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Walmart expo spurs sustainable end-cap

Walmart collaborates with supplier of cellulose-based packaging material and Lucky Budda Beer to design a sturdy, recyclable end cap for select Walmart stores.
FILLER BLOCK. The 12-oz glass bottles typically run through the rinser/filler/crowner at a speed of about 350/min.
Machine Case Study
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Craft brewer returns to sweet home Chicago

CAGR is at 50% over the past five years, so Lagunitas is hitting on all cylinders. The future looks even brighter since the firm opened a new brewery on Chicago’s west side.
CAPACITIVE SENSOR. Since the capacitive sensor was deployed on the pressure-sensitive labeling machine, positioning accuracy has
Machine Case Study
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Clear-label sensor brings $15,000 annual savings

By switching from an optical sensor to one that measures capacitance, this flexible film converter obviates the need for eye marks on the clear label release liner.
SachetLite
Feature Article
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2015 FPA Silver Award Winners

List of the 2015 FPA Silver Winners.
Cryovac® Darfresh® On Tray
Feature Article
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Innovation marks the 59th annual FPA winners

Eighteen packages were recognized with 22 Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards within one or more categories, including Packaging Excellence, Printing and Shelf Appeal, Technical Innovation and Sustainability Achievement.
Minimal waste. The Hydroforma SP pouch maker relies on its programmable automation controller (Photo A), variable frequency driv
OEM Application Note
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Tight control reduces film waste

Water-soluble pouches have been a breakthrough in safety and convenience for the cleaning and laundry industries. They wouldn’t be feasible without tight machine control.
Clippard's all stainless steel cylinders
Controls Product Brief
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Clippard: All stainless steel cylinders

Designed for use in a broad range of applications including those in washdown and caustic environments, Clippard’s cylinders are constructed of durable 303 stainless steel, and include a Nitrile rod wiper to keep potential contaminants from penetrating inside the cylinder.
Siko’s new AG25 actuator
Controls Product Brief
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Siko: Compact actuator

Suitable for format adjustments with optimized setup times, Siko’s new AG25 actuator features the same special power and control electronics, absolute sensor systems, and integrated position controller as the AG05 positioning drive, but in addition to the data interfaces that have previously been offered, the industrial Fieldbus interfaces Ethernet/IP, Profinet and EtherCAT, Sercos III, and POWERLINK have been added to allow flexible design of a wide range of line and ring topologies.
Controls Product Brief
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Sato: Online maintenance service for printers

Sato Online Services (SOS) is a global maintenance service for printers that uses the Internet of Things to provide 24/7 connectivity and worldwide customer support, helping ensure the stable performance of the company’s cloud connected printers.

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