Current issue: October 2014

Machine Product Brief
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Filtec: PET bottle vision inspection system

See it at PACK EXPO Booth #S-2176! Filtec’s PETtec Vision System is an integrated full-inspection solution for PET bottles that uses up to three cameras for 360 degree imaging at up to 1,000 containers/min.
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Machine Product Brief
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Schneider Packaging Equipment: Robotic palletizer

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #2520! Schneider Packaging’s small footprint Robotic Palletizer featuring Fanuc’s new M-20ia/35 is a light-payload handling robot with a cable-integrated arm able to pack pallets up to 70 in.
Machine Product Brief
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Windmöller & Hölscher: Integrated f/f/s bagging machine

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #N4745! The TOPAS SL FFS from Windmöller & Hölscher, which combines a form/fill/sealer, palletizer, and stretch hooder, runs at speeds of up to 2,600 bags/hr.
SMALL FOOTPRINT. Though the old (left) and the new (right) packs both hold eight razors, the food print of the new pack is dramatically smaller.
Package Case Study
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Redesigned blister brings benefits throughout supply chain

By reducing depth of draw on a PVC thermoform, Energizer Holdings generated operating efficiencies and cost savings galore while racking up some serious sustainability points.
News
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FPA forecasts steady growth for U.S. flexible packaging

The Flexible Packaging Assn. envisions 2014 growth of 3.8%, for a total of $28.2 billion, making it one of the fastest-growing packaging segments in the U.S.
CLEANROOM DOORS. Contract packager PCI found ASI Technologies, Inc.’s doors for cleanrooms appropriate for its Rockford, IL, facility.
Feature Article
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PCI uses technology to gain competitive edge

Pharmaceutical contract packager increases its facility safety and efficiency with technology discovered at Pack Expo.
VIAL PACKAGING. Allergy Labs installed a new vial filling and closing machine with peristaltic pump filling technology for water-based, easily soluble products such as injectable, sterile drugs.
Machine Case Study
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Peristaltic pump put to the test at Allergy Labs

Allergenic extract manufacturer opts for filling and closing equipment with peristaltic pump technology for greater product safety and fill accuracy, and lower machine maintenance.
New design
Package Case Study
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Core values—real, honest, natural—conveyed by pet food pack

The Honest Kitchen redesigns the packaging graphics for its natural pet foods, using hand-drawn illustrations of key ingredients and copy to lend an artisan feel.
News
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Industry Watch—October 2014

A quick look on the latest supplier news, mergers, expansions, and people as listed in the October 2014 issue of Packaging World.
Column/Opinion
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Panning for nuggets in the Pack Expo gold mine

The economy is picking up and packagers are expected to rush into Chicago’s McCormick Place early next month to pan the idea streams and mine the technology veins of Pack Expo in hopes of finding operational gold.

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