Current issue: January 2015

PERSONALIZED MEDICINE. Britain’s University of Central Lancashire is developing a 3D printer that can produce a tablet with prec
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3D printing’s promise for medical devices

Don’t blink, because the world of healthcare packaging, particularly in medical devices, is undergoing dramatic innovation.
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ANNUAL MEETING. At PMMI’s Annual Meeting recently in Chicago, Greg Flickinger of Snyder’s-Lance laid out an eloquent argument fo
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How to develop an engaged workforce

Now being released by AIOE is ‘The Engagement Framework,’ a playbook of sorts on how to build a culture of actively engaged contributors.
FRESH FOODS. Applications of printed electronics are expected to become popular in areas like fresh, refrigerated foods, produce
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Putting the power of printed electronics in packaging

Printed electronics promises to revolutionize packaging. What’s out there already, and what are the barriers to future development?
3,500 PANELS. This rendering of the new Smithsonian museum, expected to be complete in 2015, calls for 3,500 bronze-style archit
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Building panels bound for Smithsonian stay safe

Metalworking company Element selects custom laminated paperboard packaging to protect specially finished, 135-lb architectural panels for a new Smithsonian museum.
SIX PRE-DOSERS. The customized modular linear filler features a portioning system that begins with six pre-dosers that fill cont
Machine Case Study
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Seasonings filled accurately and fast

Germany’s Maggi replaces outdated jar transport and filling system for its instant dry seasoning products to eliminate glass breakage, and improve dosing accuracy and speed.
FUN & FUNCTIONAL. Packaging for the Nature’s Habit line of granola products conveys the company’s personality, while providing h
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Private label: on-trend and growing

This year’s PLMA Show in Chicago boasted nearly 3,000 booths, many of which displayed the latest in good-for-you and good-for-the-planet products and packaging.
Cap liner. Among the machines built by MMC are those that cut and insert lining material into newly molded caps and closures.
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Machine setup time and footprint both reduced with PC-based control

PC-based control and EtherCAT Industrial Ethernet technology bring faster machine setup, a smaller controls cabinet, and other benefits to this maker of cap lining machines.
Line of the Future. Production of the iconic Oreo cookie is among the packaging operations that reflect the Line of the Future t
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Mondelez embraces the future with integrated control solution

Mondelez International is as global as it gets, so having an integrated line control and line performance solution suitable for global implementation means the world to them.
Optimal control. The modular BG software suite gives users optimal control of their material flows.
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Software suite brings optimal control of material flow

Material flow in a manufacturing setting is essential when it comes to getting cases out the door. This comprehensive software suite is a modular control system that gets the job done.
Automation PC 2100
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B&R: Controller and PC in one compact housing

Able to be used simultaneously as a high-performance industrial controller as well as a PC for sophisticated HMI applications, the new Automation PC 2100 from B&R can run Automation Runtime and Windows at the same time using Intel Atom multi-core processing technology.
MTR-ECI
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Festo: All-in-one DC servo motor/drive unit

Suitable for on-machine mounting and fast, precise format adjustment, Festo’s all-in-one servo motor and drive unit, the MTR-ECI is specifically designed for automating manual changeovers.
IronHorse worm gearboxes
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AutomationDirect: Aluminum worm gearboxes

Designed for use with electric motors for reducing output speed, increasing torque, changing drive direction, or running two loads from one motor in applications such as conveyors, packaging machines, and rotary tables, AutomationDirect’s aluminum IronHorse worm gearboxes line has been expanded to include five frame sizes, with gear ratios from 10:1 to 100:1.
NB HMI series
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Omron: HMI provides visual machine safety status

Omron’s NB HMI series can now be directly connected to its G9SP Programmable Safety Controller via serial communications, consolidating safety and low-I/O applications, allowing operators to easily monitor operations and details of errors provided by the G9SP controller, and contributing to reduced machine downtime and improved safety.
GEZ Series
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QA1 Precision Products: Fractured race spherical bearings

Manufactured using 52100 bearing steel, QA1’s GEZ Series fractured race spherical bearings are designed for high wear and increased load applications.
Drop-in replacement actuators
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PHD: Drop-in replacement actuators

Designed to meet machine builders’ performance requirements at a competitive price, the Optimax actuator product line from PHD, which includes OCG cylinders OSX slides, offers a wide range of economical, efficient, versatile, reliable drop-in actuators to provide an alternative to the company’s standard “built-to-order” product line.
M12 circular connectors
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Schneider Electric: Circular M12 connectors

Industry standard M12 circular connectors on Schneider Electric’s Lexium MDrive integrated motor-drive-controller-encoder system facilitate fast implementation of the system in new and existing systems and equipment, and further industrialize the system.
HAPPY CUSTOMER. Dan Crone, Project Manager and Maintenance Manager at Express Packaging, appreciates the quality printing achiev
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Coding systems debut at contract packager

This award-winning contract packaging service provider is finding that two new marking and coding systems are just the ticket for a harsh production environment.
Among survey respondents, 52.1% are involved in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biopharmaceuticals, vaccines, and diagnostic
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Survey uncovers key trends in temperature-controlled packaging

What to look for in the next two to three years in pharmaceutical logistics and temperature-sensitive healthcare markets.

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