Current issue: September 2015

Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Package Case Study
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Belgium’s talking bottles

For nearly 10 years a team of developers at KHS, a packaging machinery OEM based in Germany, has been working on a technology that permits direct digital printing on beverage bottles.
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Meal Kit
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Burlap bags find new life as insulation for meal kits

Meal-kit delivery service Plated switches from plastic insulation liners for its shippers to ones made from recycled jute, a rapidly renewable material that is also compostable.
Just six of the 200,000 unique labels digitally printed for the summer promotion.
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A-B InBev serves up 200,000 unique labels for summer promo

The customization/personalization bug has now bitten brand managers at A-B InBev.
Sileni Nano wine bottle
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'Nano'-sized wine bottle brings quality and class

A new single-serve wine option is clamoring for its share of the market in an increasingly robust category. Sileni Nano, from New Zealand winery Sileni Estates, not only capitalizes on the trend of small-size wine packages, but also on the exploding popularity of New Zealand wine in the U.S.—especially its Sauvignon Blanc.
Hot Shot
Package Case Study
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Labels drive cross marketing

Extended-text labels have established a strong foothold in pharmaceutical applications because they provide ample space for the sometimes lengthy regulatory information that is common in the pharma space.
Laser coding brings multiple benefits to Minhas.
Machine Case Study
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Printing upgrade at brewery

Minhas Brewery of Monroe, WI, has been busy upgrading its marking and date coding capabilities.
Viniq Web
Package Case Study
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Elegant glass bottle enhances shimmering liqueurs

E&J Gallo uses a clear glass bottle with a slim and elegant shape to showcase its new shimmering liqueur products, colored in deep, rich colors.
Noah's
Package Case Study
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Spring water gets noticed in resealable aluminum can

After 23 years in PET, Noah’s Spring Water gets favorable attention from consumers for its new 24-oz aluminum can with 38-mm resealable closure.
Shipping case with customer information
Machine Case Study
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Enhancing shipping case print quality/flexibility

Ambriola Company, West Caldwell, NJ, a subsidiary of Auricchio S.p.A. of Cremona, Italy, is an importer of Italian specialty cheese brands, including Ambriola, Auricchio, Colombo, Locatelli, Gran Moravia, and Luppi Prosciutto di Parma.
 retrofit platform for label converters
Machine Product Brief
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Colordyne: 3600 Series retrofit platform for label converters

Colordyne’s 3600 Series Retrofit platform is ideal for label converters looking to expand their client base by breaking into the growing short-run digital label printing market.
High-speed filling machines
Machine Product Brief
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Federal Mfg.: High-speed filling machines

Federal Mfg., powered by Pro Mach, has launched a new series of level filling machines for shelf-stable beverages and viscous foods; these new machines feature quick changeover, wide flexibility in container sizes, and 3-A certification for hygienic design, construction, and operation.
 MicroDot Needle Valve
Machine Product Brief
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Nordson EFD: MicroDot needle valve

Nordson EFD introduces the xQR41 Series MicroDot needle valve, featuring a 60% smaller form factor than standard valves, an exchangeable modular design for greater customization and process control, and a Quick Release (QR) clasp that allows easy removal of the fluid body to replace wetted parts in seconds.
High-speed 6-axis robot
Machine Product Brief
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Comau: High-speed 6-axis robot

Comau introduces a high-speed, 6-axis articulated robot featuring a payload of 3kg and a reach of just 630 mm; Racer3 addresses the growing market demand for fast, cost-effective robotic automation within small to medium-sized enterprises and emerging countries.
Liquid nitrogen dosing systems for oxygen reduction
Machine Product Brief
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Chart Industries: Liquid nitrogen dosing systems for oxygen reduction

Chart offers liquid nitrogen dosing systems to aid in oxygen reduction; systems address the many environmental, chemical and physical factors which can affect the stability, and thus the shelf life, of supplements and their ingredients.
Wrap-around packer
Machine Product Brief
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Gebo Cermex: Wrap-around packer

The WB45 wrap-around case packer offers an even better fit with the key market demands of flexibility, hygiene and ergonomics: now featuring new automation platform; belt drives for blank magazine and case transfer modules; servo drives; and quick-release systems for faster, simpler format changeovers.
Electron beam package sterilization
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Tetra Pak: Electron beam package sterilization

Tetra Pak has launched a filling machine that uses electron beams, not hydrogen peroxide, to sterilize packaging material; the E3 delivers a range of benefits to customers, including the potential to run up to 40,000 portion packages/hr.
Handling of excess sugar
Materials Product Brief
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Multipond: Handling of excess sugar

Multipond has developed a method for the removal and collection of excess sugar when weighing sugared products using multi-head weighers; it’s especially suited for the weighing of sugared gum sweets.
Aseptic syringe filling and plugging system
Machine Product Brief
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NJM Packaging: Aseptic syringe filling and plugging system

NJM Packaging introduces the Dara SFL syringe filling and plugging machine, a filler system for syringes or vials in a nest or tray; unit offers consistently accurate filling and plunger insertion, fast and simple changeovers, low maintenance, and the flexibility to easily add new package and tray formats.

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