Current issue: July 2015

Column/Opinion
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Designing packaging for medical marijuana presents unique challenges

Marjorie Fischer is Brand Manager at Auntie Dolores, an Oakland-based leader in the medical cannabis movement and a producer of medical edibles sold through licensed dispensaries. She talks about what it’s like to develop packaging for such a new industry.
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Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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Pot marketers eating up opportunities, shaping regulation

The swift emergence of legal marijuana, for medical or merely recreational use, continues to be a story of fascinating challenges.
News
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Top trends discussed at reusables forum

Among the issues covered at The Reusable Packaging Forum in April were the impact of a smartphone-equipped consumer on the supply chain, justifying resuables, and tracking assets.
COMPACT & USER-FRIENDLY. The Freedom hot melt system requires minimal floor space and is easy to program and maintain.
Machine Case Study
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Pop-open cases eliminated

Programmable on-demand adhesive delivery systems avert glue charring/waste and greatly improve consistency of sealing integrity.
CURVED PACK. Icy Hot packages are consistent in their unique curved appearance and graphics that reinforce the brand and make it
Package Case Study
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Sanofi Chattem uses package design to launch Icy Hot Smart Relief

New product uses a wireless battery-powered device to address back pain. Package shape, graphics, and consumer input all play a role in on-shelf strategy.
MUSHROOM PACKAGING. Top and bottom cushions made from mushroom “roots” grown in a custom-designed mold protect RBW’s wall sconce
Package Case Study
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Brilliant move to mushroom packaging

Lighting manufacturer switches to protective packaging made from mushroom ‘roots’ for its wall sconces, enabling faster packing, damage-free shipping, and a more sustainable packaging solution.
Stephen Sikra, P&G Research and Development Manager
Feature Article
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P&G puts focus on PE film recycling

P&G joins the American Chemistry Council’s Flexible Film Recycling Group to develop and encourage local recycling programs. P&G R&D Manager Stephen Sikra explains why.
Cyber security
Feature Article
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Plant floor cyber security—is it on your agenda?

What is the cyber landscape for Consumer Packaged Goods companies? How great is the risk of getting hacked? Maybe it’s time we took a closer look at cyber security.
Controls platform. Since switching to servo motors for key axes of motion and moving to a new controller, cycle times on Ilpra’s
OEM Application Note
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Servos bring speed, energy savings, and reduced maintenance

Now that side gripper chain advance and the opening and closing of both thermoforming and heat-sealing tools are servo driven, the Formpack F1 offers a number of improvements.
Synchronous drive components
Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Synchronous drive components

New SureMotion line of power transmission products includes timing pulleys (or sprockets), bushings and timing belts that allow users to change speed and torque while connecting mechanically rotating components.
3-way electronic valves
Controls Product Brief
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Clippard: 3-way electronic valves

The Minimatic DV-3 line of electronic valves are precision-built 3-way control valves, utilizing a patented valving principle, flows to 70 liters/min., and designed to be suitable for many applications across diverse industries.
Gebo Cermex: Plant intelligence system
Controls Product Brief
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Gebo Cermex: Plant intelligence system

The EIT (Efficiency Improvement Tool) plant intelligence system monitors line events and status in great detail, giving operators real-time access to key plant data to optimize packaging line efficiency and to increase productivity.
 Pencil-type contact sensor
Controls Product Brief
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Keyence: Pencil-type contact sensor

Keyence Corp. introduces the GT2-P, the newest edition to the high-precision GT2 Series of contact sensors, featuring high accuracy measurement, a tough and rugged design, and flexible communication options, all combined into a body the size of a pencil.
Industrial matrix drive
Controls Product Brief
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Yaskawa: Industrial matrix drive

The U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive from Yaskawa enhances performance beyond that of a conventional AC drive, with extremely low harmonic distortion and regeneration in a space-saving design, without the need for additional components.
Unmanaged gigabit Ethernet switch
Controls Product Brief
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Red Lion: Unmanaged gigabit Ethernet switch

Red Lion has announced the addition of the N-Tron series 1008TX unmanaged Gigabit Ethernet switch to its industrial networking portfolio; the switch delivers plug-and-play wire-speed performance to industrial applications.
Industrial LED light bar
Controls Product Brief
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Banner Engineering: Industrial LED light bar

Banner Engineering introduces the WLB92 industrial LED light bar, featuring bright, high-quality and uniform light, and designed to increase worker productivity and ergonomics.
Controller upgrades for injection molding machines
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff: Controller upgrades for injection molding machines

Beckhoff Automation has announced the XMold and eMold controllers, integrated solutions to enhance automation in injection molding machines; leveraging high-end PC- and EtherCAT-based control technology, the XMold system is intended for the most complex injection molding machinery in the industry, while eMold is designed to suit cost-sensitive applications as an efficient yet powerful solution.
Ocean Vodka
Package Case Study
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Glass float bottle a win for Ocean Organic Vodka

Packaging for a unique vodka brand blended with ocean mineral water takes its cues from ‘ocean-only’ artifacts, including hand-blown fishing net floats.

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