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Package of the year.  Noven Therapeutics  Brisdelle is indicated for the  treatment of moderate to severe  vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated  with menopause. The Brisdelle compliance  design features calendarized dosing for 30 days  of therapy, with a designated area for the patient  to note the starting date of the therapy.
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HCPC names 2013 Compliance Packages of the Year

Noven Therapeutics Brisdelle wins top honors during RxAdherence 2014.
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CRISP PRINTING. The fully digital printer runs at speeds to 800/min and delivers clean, crisp printing.
Machine Case Study
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Ampule labeling gets a big boost

This German pharmaceutical manufacturer has discovered that digital printing of pressure-sensitive labels that go on ampules is a vast improvement over hot-foil printing.
The individually tailored balance between stocking on site and ordering via the E-Portal helped to improve planning procedures and also reduced the risk of downtime.

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Schwabe North America banks on stock optimization

Stock optimization analysis helps pharmaceutical company customize its spare parts handling process after relocating from Utah to Wisconsin.
CLOSE WORK CEO. Richard Hanley (center) fills the bottles via semi-automatic hydraulic filler.
Machine Case Study
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Semiautomatic labeling is perfectly suitable

Efficiently and economically fits the needs of incubator start-ups and other small-volume packaging operations.
Controls Case Study
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Implementing the Internet of Things incrementally

Optimizing existing technologies to integrate data is a way to increase productivity and efficiency, and it doesn’t have to all happen in one fell swoop.
Optimized combo. An optimized motor-gearbox combination is one of the keys to Multivac’s new lines of thermoforming machines and tray sealers because it enables these systems to produce secure film-to-film seals in packs like the one shown.
OEM Application Note
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Converting from pneumatics to servo

A number of advantages have been realized since this machinery manufacturer migrated from motion axes powered by pneumatic systems to axes powered by servo technology.
Controls Product Brief
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Beckhoff: Servo terminal supports One Cable Technology

Combining power and feedback signals into one streamlined cable, Beckhoff’s EL7201-0010 servo terminal supports One Cable Technology (OCT), which reduces material and servo costs in servo systems.
Controls Product Brief
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Balluff: Miniature metal inductive sensor

Designed for harsh environments and extreme applications, Balluff’s BES R04 block sensor is a small, low-profile metal-housed inductive sensor that also features a ceramic sensing face making it suitable for applications with weld spatter, metal debris, and vibration.
Controls Product Brief
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Wago: Terminal blocks with pushbuttons

Suitable for PCB-based LED lighting and industrial electronics, Wago’s 2061 Series SMD PCB Terminal Blocks with Pushbuttons provide connection for incoming power to an LED driver, or for higher power LED modules, and accommodates a broad range of conductors.
Controls Product Brief
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B&R: Servo drives provide repetitive control

By using predictive following error compensation, B&R’s ACOPOS line of servo drives now provide repetitive control to improve the accuracy of production processes with stationary disturbances: the performance of the machine or system is considerably increased simply by installing a firmware update.
Controls Product Brief
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Clippard: High-flow bidirectional electronic valves

Designed using a unique, patented valving principle, Clippard’s DV Series Minimatic electronic valves are compact, precision-built 2-way control valves that provide flows to 100 l/min.
Controls Product Brief
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Pepperl+Fuchs: Linear inductive sensors

Providing an alternative for standard cylindrical analog sensors, Pepperl+Fuchs’ PMI40-F90-U-V15 and PMI40-F90-I-V15 linear inductive sensors offer a 40 mm distance measurement suitable for vertical valve measurements and help deliver enhanced linear range, linearity, and accuracy.
Controls Product Brief
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AutomationDirect: Ultrasonic proximity sensors

AutomationDirect’s new UK6 series 18mm ultrasonic sensors are now available with shorter bodies for easier mounting in tight spaces.
MULTIFACETED REDESIGN.  The new clamshell package for Hypertherm’s consumables offers a more compact footprint, with 20% less material, and a more consistent, cleaner brand appearance on shelf.
Package Case Study
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Holistic thinking guides clamshell redesign

Hypertherm redesigns packaging for 220 SKUs of metal-cutting consumables for a more environmentally friendly clamshell that protects against product counterfeiting.
Machine Case Study
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Table maker speeds delivery with on-demand box making

Part of MityLite’s supply chain transformation, a new custom case-making system reduces material inventory, improves efficiencies, and shortens delivery lead times.
Package Case Study
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Soothing style quells tanning product fears

Package graphics for a new tanning lotion/skincare line feature a pattern of undulations, like swaths of silk, in hues of teal, gold, and magenta to convey a calming experience.
Package Case Study
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Design translates modern curry 'taste explosion'

New packaging for the Little Turban line of curry sauces takes a modern twist on traditional Indian patterns and lets the vibrant, flavorful product take center stage.
Column/Opinion
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Crucial things you may be overlooking in expanding your brand globally

Over the last 20 years, the economic landscape for companies producing fast-moving consumer goods has changed dramatically.

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