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Machine Product Brief
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Omega: Manual case aggregation system

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #703! Designed for pharmaceutical companies and contract packagers, Omega Design Corporation’s Intelli-Pac Manual Case Aggregation System for serialized cartons or bottles processes loose or bundled bottles and cartons to integrate layered aggregation technology.
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Machine Product Brief
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Agr: Blowmolder management system supports aggressive lightweighting

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #3392! Able to simplify PET bottle production and facilitate aggressive light weight programs, the Process Pilot automated blowmolder management system from Agr International interfaces with the blowmolder to provide precise material thickness distribution management and defect detection for PET bottles while offering hands-off blowmolder control.
Materials Product Brief
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Rondo-Pak: Digital watermarking for folding carton packaging

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #683, with Korber MediPak! Using mobile technologies such as InvisiMarc (IM) code, imperceptible Digital Watermarks for folding carton packaging from Rondo-Pak provide multi-media customer engagement via smartphones without taking up print space on a package, and brand authentication and anti-counterfeiting strategies as an added layer of protection.
Machine Product Brief
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PneumaticScaleAngelus: Can seamer series

See it at Pack Expo 2014, Booth #S-2100! Angelus V-Series Can Seamers from PneumaticScaleAngelus (PSA) includes eight models equipped with between three and 18 seaming heads, and provides speeds from 75 to 2,500 cans/min.
Machine Product Brief
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HayssenSandiacre: Flow wrapper, and more

See them at PACK EXPO Booth #2106! The Rose Forgrove Merlin Flow Wrapper from HayssenSandiacre features a hygienic and easy-to-clean design, quick product changeovers, durable construction and waste minimization technology suitable for a wide range of challenging industries.
Controls Product Brief
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Werum: Manufacturing Execution System (MES) for pharma/biotech production

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #683, with Korber MediPak! The new PAS-X Manufacturing Execution System version V3.1.6 from Werum IT Solutions is a complete, scalable out-of-the-box solution for pharmaceutical and biotechnological production that widely automates actions previously performed manually.
Materials Product Brief
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Bilcare: Eco-friendly blister packaging

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #875! ECOmply blister film from Bilcare Research Inc. blends standard PVC film with a special additive that makes it biodegradable; the cost-effective film is also able to withstand the mechanical, thermal, and biological stress of pharmaceutical packaging production.
Machine Product Brief
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Oystar USA: Filling/sealing machine

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #3882! The new M-FS 30 Filling and Sealing Machine for pre-formed cups from Oystar USA features a chainless drive concept allowing automated format changes in less than 20 min, significantly improving equipment availability for production.
Machine Product Brief
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Parsons-Eagle: Linear scale

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #S-2001! A reliable, heavy-duty scale system for weighing free-flowing and semi-free flowing products such as sugar, ground meal, seeds, and more, the Parsons-Eagle Duplex E-Series HS Linear Scale is suited for large pre-made bag-, case-, and drum-filling of product from 10 lbs up to 110 lbs, and can be configured for semi-automatic applications or fully integrated high-speed production lines.
Machine Product Brief
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Tri-Seal: Induction seal technology

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #7847! Engineered to reduce costly and potentially dangerous seal-related product leakage from packaging closures, a proprietary, high-temperature wax technology from Tri-Seal, a Tekni-Plex company, bolsters the stability of two-piece induction seals, helping to ensure closure seal integrity for components stored or shipped in high-temperature environments.
Machine Product Brief
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Circle Packaging: Bagger produces 4-side-sealed sachets

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #S-2001! Designed to package thin to viscous liquids, pastes, powders, or granulated products at speeds up to 1400 packages/min, the Flexibag Si-500 from Circle Packaging Machinery is a space-saving, compact bagging machine that creates 4-side-sealed sachets with a multitude of contour sealing possibilities and easy opening devices.
Materials Product Brief
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Constantia Flexibles: Easy-open container protects pharmaceutical devices

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #7805! The Constantia Safemax from Constantia Flexibles is a deep-drawn aluminum container that protects pharmaceutical devices against moisture ingress during global distribution, and features conveniently peelable lidding foil for easy opening.
Machine Product Brief
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Uhlmann: Integrated blister-cartoner line

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #651! Less then 10 meters in length, Uhlmann Packaging Systems’ Blister Express Center 500 (BEC 500), an easy-to-operate, double-lane, integrated blister and carton module, allows complete changeovers in less than 30 minutes, and can process up to 500 blisters and 500 cartons/min – making it suitable for packaging medium-sized batches of standard solid-dose products using conventional forming materials.
SYNCHRONIZATION. Modern industrial Ethernet systems now make it possible to implement high-precision, high-performance synchronization in time frames of 100 nanoseconds, enabling packaging machinery OEMs to achieve reaction times in their machines as fast as 60 microseconds.
Feature Article
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What’s next for packaging machinery automation?

Contributing Editor Keith Campbell scoured the miles of aisles at interpack 2014 to deliver this insightful view of what might be next in the world of packaging machinery controls and automation.
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Package Case Study
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Revitalized graphics support Tang's new mission

Kraft Foods jettisons outdated package graphics for its Tang orange drink, replacing them with a luscious, energetic design that supports its new ‘Win Morning’ positioning.
USING THE FORCE.  Lego’s licensing partnerships with the likes of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and a number of superhero brands appeal broadly to kids who are fans of these strong entertainment properties.
Feature Article
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Create a brand new world with packaging

If you wanted, as a marketer, to create a unique brand story that would be avidly adopted by a group of consumers, how would you accomplish that?
Ease of operation. Flexible and easy to configure, the programmable safety controller now used by S&R Robot Systems is operator friendly.
OEM Application Note
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Safety controller fits robot integrator

Taking safety inputs and keeping track of them redundantly to prevent harm to operators—it’s an important task in today’s increasingly sophisticated machines.
Machine Product Brief
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Smart Vision Lights: High-speed strobe lights for machine vision applications

Smart Vision Lights’ XR256 Series High-Speed Strobe Lights are designed for industrial and machine vision applications requiring high-speed, high-power, pulse-initiated, or pulse-following strobe lights.

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