Current issue: March 2015

Stora Enso:  Bright white liner for corrugated packaging
Materials Product Brief
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Stora Enso: Bright white liner for corrugated packaging

Usable for applications with direct food contact, Stora Enso’s MediaLiner, a bright white graphic top-liner for corrugated packaging, displays and other laminates, is designed for both offset and flexography, and is suitable for pre-print and direct printing using either sheets or reels.
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Materials Product Brief
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Coveris: Packaging reduces fruit/vegetable waste

Coveris’ Freshlife flexible and rigid packaging format solutions provide shelf-life enhancement, waste reduction, and improved freshness, with controlled formats such as its AP Atmosphere Packaging, precision engineered polymer solutions, and its MMP (Modified Moisture Packaging) range of films, which manage both in-pack moisture and respiration rates for a range of produce categories including, soft fruit, berries, tomatoes, mushrooms, and potatoes.
Vijuk MV-11 Triple Knife Outsert System from 3C! Packaging
Materials Product Brief
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3C! Packaging: 294-panel outsert system

Using its Vijuk MV-11 Triple Knife Outsert System, 3C! Packaging’s 294-panel outserts provide a nearly 10% increase in copy space for pharmaceutical product information and instructions, and comply with new FDA mandates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SachetLite
Feature Article
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2015 FPA Silver Award Winners

List of the 2015 FPA Silver Winners.
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.
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.
Aerotech’s QNP-XY series piezo nanopositioning stages
Controls Product Brief
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Aerotech: Nanopositioners for extreme precision applications

With resolution to 0.15 nm, linearity to 0.007% and repeatability to 2 nm, Aerotech’s QNP-XY series piezo nanopositioning stages provide the resolution, linearity, repeatability, and high dynamics required for demanding applications from microscopy to optics alignment.
Controls Product Brief
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Rockwell: Process automation system

Rockwell Automation has added new virtualization, batch management, and integrated motor control capabilities to its PlantPAx process automation system, extending the capabilities of its modern distributed control system (DCS) platform to simplify the system’s design, deployment, operation, and maintenance.

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