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Materials Product Brief
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Flint Group: Over-printable opaque white rotary screen ink

An upgraded version of Flint Group Narrow Web’s CombiWhite improves printer safety; the C3 version is easily over-printable on all types of substrates.
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Innovia's BOPP film for mineral oil barrier
Materials Product Brief
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Innovia: BOPP film for mineral oil barrier

Innovia Films launches Propafilm RCU—its first BOPP film that has been officially proven to provide up to 1.5 years of protection from mineral oil migration.
FLEXcon’s optiFLEX Reseal Barrier
Materials Product Brief
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FLEXcon: Moisture barrier film for resealable food packs

FLEXcon’s optiFLEX Reseal Barrier answers growing demand for resealable food packaging with PVDC-coated film that prolongs freshness and shelf life by controlling moisture.
Pregis' intelligent interface for FIP
Materials Product Brief
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Pregis: Personalized foam-in-place technology

Pregis introduces Maxwell intelligent foam-in-bag equipment interface for personalized experience.
San Jose State logo
Column/Opinion
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Validation is a useful tool for most disciplines

Because the FDA requires validation of package and process in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, it’s tempting to think that validation is somehow less applicable to other industries.
Mark Atwater, Director of Vendor Relations, CARiD.com
Feature Article
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Packaging materials reduce damages for wheel/tire shipments

Mark Atwater, Director of Vendor Relations, CARiD.com, discusses the importance of packaging, and how working with the UPS Package Design and Test Lab reduced parts damage during distribution.
Eric Greenberg
Column/Opinion
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Updating nanotech a little

The still-emerging science of nanotechnology is especially relevant to packagers because many early adoptions of this exciting new technology are for packaging and food uses.
Eureka! bread bag
Package Case Study
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Bread bag is 36% bio-based

Eureka! Organic Bread switches to bread bags made of 36% sugarcane-based PE when introducing its products to the East Coast market for marketing and sustainability benefits.
PERFORATED PET. The PET blister has a perforation that runs around its entire perimeter.
Package Case Study
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Gillette presses the limits of thermoforming

A perforated PET lid plus easy-open tear tab is what men get in Fusion ProGlide Flex Ball, while a razor for ladies includes a PET lid that’s printed and then formed in register.
Total Compensation in 2014
Feature Article
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Earnings, satisfaction rise, reveals 2015 Salary Survey

Average earnings jump 3.54% in 2014 compared with the previous year. Compensation increases for 74% of respondents, with an average bump of 3.7%.
PREFORMED BAGS. Preformed, preprinted, and pre-perforated bags are supplied to FMR fanfolded in a case, from which the bag film
Machine Case Study
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Hermit crab 'accessories' now packed automatically

The switch from manual packaging of hermit crab products to an automated filling and sealing bagger speeds production, lowers labor costs, and ensures product quality.
•	2014 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year: Astra Zeneca SEROQUEL XR® 14-Day Sample Kit for Acute Bipolar Depression from MWV.
Feature Article
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Astra Zeneca, Eli Lilly, Novartis win HCPC honors

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council unveils the most innovative pharmaceutical packages designed to improve patient adherence.
Nine lines. The modernization project involved nine packaging lines.
Controls Case Study
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Safety management

When it came time to modernize packaging operations, Swiss potato chip manufacturer Zweifel Pomy-Chips sought a reliable partner in addressing safety requirements.
EtherCAT I/O solution for circuit boards
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff: EtherCAT I/O solution for circuit boards

EtherCAT plug-in modules from the Beckhoff EJ series offer a highly efficient I/O solution to implement platform concepts in large-scale machine production; these “plug-in” modules feature the performance and functionality of the well-known EtherCAT I/O system, while their efficient design enables them to be directly attached to circuit boards.
Easier connection for compact hybrid motor starters
Controls Product Brief
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Phoenix: Easier connection for compact hybrid motor starters

Phoenix Contact has added its push-in connection technology to the CONTACTRON ELR-H3 and ELR-H5 hybrid motor starter family, reducing insertion forces up to 50% compared with traditional screw termination and requiring no tools for installation.
Space-saving HVAC matrix drive
Controls Product Brief
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Yaskawa: Space-saving HVAC matrix drive

Yaskawa’s HVAC Matrix drive (Z1000U) provides extremely low harmonic distortion in a space-saving design, along with the same HVAC-specific features as the standard Z1000; unit achieves excellent low distortion levels all by itself, without the need for additional countermeasures such as passive filters or multi-pulse arrangements.
Capacitive label sensor
Controls Product Brief
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Lion Precision: Capacitive label sensor

Lion Precision’s new LRD6300 capacitive label sensor has easy one-button setup and a lower price: unlike its predecessors, it features push-button controls with one-click AutoGap setup; a sensor that includes EasyCheck Verification; and a simple system of bright LEDs that make it clear, even at a distance, if the sensor is operating correctly.
Versatile configurable control system
Controls Product Brief
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Pilz: Versatile configurable control system

The configurable control system PNOZmulti 2 from Pilz can be used as a stand-alone or as a modular expandable alternative: instead of wiring, users can simply configure their safety circuit on a PC.

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