Current issue: November 2014

IMPROVED EFFICIENCIES. The individually pouched cookies are packed in 6-counts per carton.
Machine Case Study
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VF/F/S bagger for single-serve snacks

Saves time, labor, and packaging material costs.
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Inspection system. The 3D Gocator inspection system (above) is at the heart of the overall inspection system in the schematic shown here.
OEM Application Note
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3D vision inspection assures cup quality

A sophisticated vision inspection system that provides nearly 130 profiles per cup at 600 cups/min is used for quality assurance in the commercial thermoforming of yogurt cups.
Controls Product Brief
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Brother Gearmotors: More bore sizes for gearmotors

See them at PACK EXPO, Booth #7020! Brother Gearmotors, a division of Brother International Corporation, is offering new bore sizes to widen the range of its line of ultra-reliable, sub-fractional AC gearmotors and reducers for the packaging, food & beverage, and unit handling industries; the gearmotors feature compact size and energy efficiency, and are sealed for life.
Controls Product Brief
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Bimba: Rotary actuators

Suitable for a broad range of general light-duty automation processes including pick & place, material transfer, clamping, camming, and indexing, Bimba’s new MHRQ double-rack, rack & pinion series of extruded pneumatic rotary actuators includes a robust, clean and compact extruded aluminum body for maximum mounting efficiency.
Controls Product Brief
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Mesa Labs: Torque analyzer

Delivering a rugged aluminum design and simple, intuitive operation, the SureTorque ST-H01-25 Cap Torque Analyzer from Mesa Labs measures application and removal torque of bottle caps up to 100 lbFin [11.5 Nm].
Controls Product Brief
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Bosch Rexroth: Motion control technology minimizes unwanted movement

Bosch Rexroth’s Adaptive Systems technology in the company's IndraMotion MLD motion control platform provides the intelligence to enable predictive maintenance to minimize unwanted movements like oscillations and vibrations, helping increase process throughput by up to 50%.
Controls Product Brief
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Carlo Gavazzi: HMIs

Carlo Gavazzi’s CGHMI Series of HMIs is available in four different sizes, constructed in one of up to three different housing bezels – economical plastic, durable aluminum, or rugged, wash-down resistant stainless steel – and offers extensive connectivity and dozens of serial/Ethernet drivers.
Controls Product Brief
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Pepperl+Fuchs: LED scanner provides 2D distance measurement

Suitable for automated storage and retrieval (ASRS) tasks in the material handling and logistics industries as well as machine and plant engineering applications, Pepperl+Fuchs’ Multi-Beam LED Scanner R2100 combines the company’s exclusive Pulse Ranging Technology (PRT) with ultra-IR LEDs and multi-beam scan to deliver two-dimensional measurement over an entire area rather than just one point to help ensure precise and reliable distance measurement and detection of irregular surfaces.
Controls Product Brief
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Optimal Engineering Systems: Pick & hold modules for solenoid control electronics

The compact (3.00 in x 3.00 in x .85 in) PH-ET Pick & Hold module from Optimal Engineering Systems, a very low-cost solution for solenoid control electronics, is a reliable module suitable for driving valves, relays, actuators, DC motors including voice coil and moving magnet linear motors, hydraulics, electromagnets, and LEDs.
Feature Article
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Make your sustainable packaging stick

To design successful sustainable packaging, follow these tips to determine your objectives and execute your resulting strategy.
Package Case Study
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Skincare balm comes in 3D-printed, PLA container

Anita’s Balm founder brings package manufacturing in-house, creating a custom twist-up container resembling a mini amphora jar, made from compostable PLA resin.
Feature Article
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Boston 'cold chain' event moves toward supply chain integrity

Regulatory issues, GDPs, logistics, and ‘last mile’ issues dominate discussion at the 12th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum in Boston.
SCAN, TAPE & TAMP. Label data is scanned for verification and accuracy and routed to the tape-sealing and servo-tamp labeling application station.
Machine Case Study
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Automated labeling improves shipping efficiencies

System elevates simplicity and accuracy of labeling operations.
New design
Package Case Study
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Betty is reimagined for the modern mom

A redesign for the complete Betty Crocker baking product line puts desserts in inviting kitchen contexts to appeal to the modern mom’s desire for classic values and authenticity.
News
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Industry Watch—November 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the November 2014 issue of Packaging World.
Column/Opinion
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Broader skill sets: the new face of the packaging professional?

Mike Marcinkowski, a packaging engineer at Gillette, explained in a recent IoPP webinar how the company reduced the packaging structures for its Venus brand of women’s razors from nine to two.

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