Current issue: May 2015

Easier connection for compact hybrid motor starters
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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.
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Over 27,000 unique gearmotor SKUs produced at Tennessee facility
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Brother Gearmotors: Gear motors and reducers

Brother Gearmotors, offering a wide range of ultra-reliable, sub-fractional AC gearmotors and reducers for the food and beverage, packaging and material handling industries, is touting the opening of its U.S. assembly facility in Bartlett, TN, which will house on-site assembly of over 27,000 unique SKUs and serve as a maintenance and repair hub for the Gearmotor division.
Laser sensors
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Banner Engineering: Laser sensors

Banner Engineering has expanded its L-GAGE LE family of laser sensors with two new models, designed with the same robust housing, intuitive interface and linear array technology as Banner’s analog models.
PN three-wire 10-30 VDC series inductive proximity sensors
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AutomationDirect: Proximity sensor line

AutomationDirect's new PN three-wire 10-30 VDC series inductive proximity sensors are IP 69K-rated short-body sensors with metal housings, are equipped with LED status indicators and are available with an attached two-meter output cable or M12 quick-disconnect.
Bottle sample
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A closer look at Carlsberg’s fiber bottle

Though more work remains before a bottle sits on a store shelf, the fiber bottle that Carlsberg has been working on is beginning to round into shape. Here’s a peek at what to expect.
FULLY RECYCLABLE. Consisting of two PET bottles—one inner and one outer—the 20-L BrewLock is fully recyclable and is 25% lighter
Package Case Study
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Recyclable PET beer keg locks in quality

Heineken USA launches a one-way recyclable PET beer keg for on-premise sales that offers consistent carbonation, 100% evacuation, a smaller footprint, and less expense.
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Automated data collection to boost packaging line OEE

The topic of equipment effectiveness through root cause analysis took center stage at PACK EXPO East in Philadelphia.
CONTAINER CONVEYANCE. Mushrooms are packed in HDPE and RPET tubs or corrugated folding cartons in 8-, 12-, 16-, or 24-oz weights
Machine Case Study
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Easy-clean conveyor network

Monterey Mushrooms installs multiple conveyors to ramp up six-lane packing line speeds and simplify sanitation operations.
COMPACT SOLUTION. ARA chose a rotary vf/f/s system, equipped with a multihead weigher, metal detector, date coder, and labeler t
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Vf/f/s system suits snack maker’s flexibility needs

Tropical snacks maker increases capacity, improves efficiency, and realizes flexibility with a new vf/f/s system, equipped with a multihead weigher, metal detector, and date coder.
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Redesigned sunscreen label conveys brand essence

Clearing the clutter on the label for its line of mineral-based sunscreen products, Goddess Garden Organics emphasizes the brand while organizing product benefits.
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Industry Watch—May 2015

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the May 2015 issue of Packaging World.
Pierre Pienaar, CPP
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Designing cost-effective packaging strategies

I would love the opportunity to consult a reliable crystal ball and see what lies ahead for this very important business we call packaging.

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