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ALL-ELECTRIC. Shown here is one of the seven all-electric hot melt adhesive application systems running at the PepsiCo plant. The cost-effective stitching pattern is shown in the closeup.
Machine Case Study
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How to unclog adhesive application

An all-electric adhesive application system brings cost savings, glue savings, and better application performance while greatly reducing time spent on cleaning nozzles.
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TABLETOP SEALERS. Even the smallest of start-up food companies can make good use of tabletop sealing machines.
Machine Case Study
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Heat-sealed foil lidding helps start-ups grow

These start-up food companies have figured out how to navigate the delicate balance between conserving precious capital and providing professional-looking packages.
3D IMAGE. The toolkit allows GSG to transform its clients’ 2D concept drawings into 3D images, onto which graphics can be added, shrink sleeves can be realistically distorted, and more.
Feature Article
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Design tool visualizes package concepts in 3D

Creative production agency adopts 3D package design and visualization software to help its clients create better package designs, shorten time to market, and reduce costs.
Carton varieties. The cartoner handles a wide variety of carton sizes, so ease of changeover was a must.
Controls Case Study
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Punched up pita packing

New cartoning technology powered by an advanced electric drives and control solution is paving the way for growth at Milwaukee-based Kangaroo Brands, a rising maker of pita bread products.
Controls components. Also included on The F-16 is a PC-based controls package, including stainless steel panel PCs.
OEM Application Note
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Case former designed with wash-down in mind

From its pneumatic valve terminal to its PC-based controls, the F-16 case former was shaped by a trend in food and beverage packaging that puts a premium on hygiene.
Controls Product Brief
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Clippard: Electronic fill & bleed circuits

A combination of pneumatic valve components used to inflate a volume or apparatus in one controllable function, and to release or vent pressure in a second controllable function, Clippard's new EFB Series Fill & Bleed circuits are used in many applications where a particular pressure, firmness, or position can be controlled with the addition or venting of pressure.
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Ultra-compact panel PC

Available with single-, dual-, or quad-core processors, the computing power of B&R’s Panel PC 2100 – which uses the latest Intel Atom technology – is fully scalable, and can be used as a single, integrated control for standard machine control, HMI, CNC, and robotics.
Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Touchscreen operator interface panels

AutomationDirect’s EA3 C-more series 8- and 10-in micro-graphic operator touch panels are equipped with TFT LCD 800 x 600 pixel displays and a palette of 32K colors for customizing objects, screen backgrounds, and displaying bitmap graphics.
Controls Product Brief
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PHD: Electric actuators in new lead screw version

Designed to provide lower tier performance at a significant cost savings, PHD’s new lower-cost lead screw version of its series of PHD Plus line of electric cylinders and linear slides is now available; in addition to the existing ball screw design, the Series ECV Electric Cylinders, the Series ESK/ESL Electric Thruster Slides, and the Series ESG Electric Gantry Slides are now offered in lead screw designs.
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff: EtherCAT servo terminal

Bekhoff’s new EL7211 servomotor EtherCAT Terminal with integrated resolver interface or with the One Cable Technology (OCT) solution is a complete compact servo drive with an output current of up to 4.5 ARMS at 50 V DC integrated into a space-saving, 24-mm wide terminal housing.
Controls Product Brief
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Tsubaki: Cam clutches

Made of a special alloy steel that provides extended wear, increased fatigue life, and greater torque holding capacity, U.S. Tsubaki Power Transmission’s uni-directional/mechanical Cam Clutch product line locks the inner and outer races through the locking action of cams, transmitting torque in one direction of rotation while overrunning in the other.
Feature Article
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Emerging print-related digital technologies could be game changers

In this exclusive survey conducted jointly by Packaging World and Cal Poly GrCI, there’s much to be learned about impending changes in the packaging supply chain.
News
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Pack Expo has Leno and a whole lot more

Some 50,000 attendees eager to learn about the latest developments in packaging and processing will head to PMMI’s Pack Expo International 2014.
Machine Product Brief
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3M: Case sealers

See them at PACK EXPO Booth #4921! 3M’s new line of 3M-Matic Case Sealers, Random Case Sealer 7000r Pro, Adjustable Case Sealer 7000a Pro, and Adjustable Case Sealer 8000a Pro (pictured) are each designed with 2-in and 3-in interchangeable tape heads, and rugged dual extruded columns.
Materials Product Brief
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Avery Dennison: Label adhesive advances recycling

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #2671! Designed to advance the recycling of PET containers, CleanFlake from Avery Dennison is a range of label materials that includes an adhesive that separates from the PET flake upon recycling resulting in pure PET flakes, the conservation of virgin PET resources, and less landfill waste.
Materials Product Brief
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Bosch Packaging Technology: Coffee protection valve

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #S-3514! Applied on coffee packaging at a rate of 150 valves/min, the V55 external coffee protection valve from Bosch Packaging Technology prevents product deterioration and enhances product protection while offering material, logistics, and storage space savings as well as a changeover time reduction.
Machine Product Brief
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Harpak-Ulma: Tray sealing machine

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #S-3752! Darfresh on Tray, a joint technology development with Sealed Air, is a revolutionary new skin packaging technology involving the Mondini Trave tray sealer that generates zero scrap loss and eliminates the need for scrap wind-ups; Darfresh on Tray is enabled by the innovative and patented Mondini “Platform Technology,” which allows a single tray sealing machine to produce a variety of packaging formats with minimal change-over time.
Machine Product Brief
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CDA: Labeler

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #E-7712! The flexible, compact Ninon Mix labeler from CDA delivers clear labels with options to label cylindrical, flat, oval, square products as well as do top-labeling with up to 5 label dispensers.

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