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Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Column/Opinion
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This guidance document from PMMI's AIOE is all about hygienic machine design.
News
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AIOE guidance document facilitates hygienic machine design

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence (AIOE), founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.”
Bottle Bright
Package Case Study
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Pouched product a Shark Tank success

Clean Ethics LLC of Richmond, VT, is about to get a $75,000 infusion to help fulfill purchase orders and get its Bottle Bright product into retail.
Engro's Y Frooter is the first application of Ecolean's Air Aseptic Clear technology.
Package Case Study
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Clear stand-up pouch is a first

Pakistan’s Engro Foods, a Karachi-based producer of dairy products, frozen desserts, and fruit drinks, recently became the first to commercialize a clear version of an aseptically filled stand-up pouch that has some pretty unique characteristics.
rokz’ line of Infusion products
Package Case Study
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Bottle brings spice to craft cocktail category

As the craft cocktail movement explodes in bars and restaurants around the world, fans of these handmade, high-quality drinks are increasingly looking for ways to create cocktail recipes with exotic and fresh ingredients at home.
New PET jar has great shelf impact.
Package Case Study
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Slimmer jar packs a confectionery punch

A narrow jar that loses none of the on-shelf impact of its larger predecessor has been created for Tangerine Confectionery, based in the Yorkshire region of England.
Walmart announces plans to incorporate Keystone Folding Box Co.’s Ecoslide-RX 2.0 compliance package into its pharmacies nationw
Package Case Study
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Walmart first to adopt next-generation compliance/adherence package

Walmart announces plans to incorporate Keystone Folding Box Co.’s Ecoslide-RX 2.0 compliance package into its pharmacies nationwide beginning in 2015.
Libbs Farmacêutica Ltda.
Machine Case Study
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Pharmaceutical track-and-trace pilot program in Brazil

Pharmaceutical counterfeiting is a global challenge.
Recipharm
News
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Recipharm delivers serialization project in China

Recipharm, a contract development and manufacturing organization, announced its readiness for serialization after completion of a complex serialization project for China on behalf of one of its customers.
New Weiman floor cleaner package design
Package Case Study
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New floor cleaning bottle triples Weiman’s sales

Replacing a lime-green oblong bottle with a clean, soft-edged, ergonomic container that clearly communicates the product’s use, Weiman’s new floor cleaner bottle triples sales.
FDA safety
News
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FDA requests $4.9 billion budget for FY 2016

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a budget of $4.9 billion to protect and promote the public health as part of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget—a 9% increase over the enacted budget for FY 2015.
News
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Benefits of packaging line simulation

Philip R Lyman, Dir. Simulation, and David Burgos, Lead Packaging Engineer CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc., presented discussion of the advantages of packaging line simulation during Pharma EXPO.
Biohazard
News
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Are biohazard pressure bags meeting federal regulations?

Vonco Product, LLC, a maker of flexible medical packaging bags, reports that with an increasing number of infectious biological specimens and samples being transported through traditional mail and other commercial delivery services, ensuring they are packaged safely and securely is more important than ever.
IHS
News
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What technologies will transform the world?

Global information company IHS Technology gathered its leading experts representing the technology supply chain from electronic components to finished products across applications markets ranging from consumer, media, and telecom; to industrial, medical, and power, in an effort to nominate and vote for their top 10 most impactful technologies over the next five years.
70-ft long stainless steel, plastic belt conveyor
Machine Product Brief
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Multi-Conveyor: 70-ft long plastic belt conveyor for flat products

Designed for accumulating flat or low-in-height products, Multi-Conveyor’s 70-ft long stainless steel, plastic belt conveyor combines accumulation, a decline noser, and a shuttle-accumulation conveyor to provide accumulation while dynamically balancing production flow.
Squid Ink’s CoPilot 256 Ink Jet Printing System
Machine Product Brief
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Squid Ink: Ink jet printing system

Squid Ink’s CoPilot 256 Ink Jet Printing System features up to 2.8-in of total print height and the ability to print characters, barcodes, and logos on both sides of either porous or non-porous surfaces in a single pass.
The Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing press from AVT.
Machine Product Brief
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AVT: Digital press control solution

Featuring continuous quality monitoring to maintain digital printing quality, real-time feedback, and ongoing detection of missing, deviating, or weak printing nozzles, the Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing press from AVT (in partnership with Heidelberg and Gallus) combines the latest digital inkjet printing technology with the benefits of conventional printing and finishing technology by incorporating fully-integrated press control and quality assurance solution for digital inkjet presses.
S+S Inspection’s RAPICON Metal Detector Conveyor
Machine Product Brief
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S+S Inspection: Metal detector conveyor

Expanding its contaminant detection portfolio, S+S Inspection’s affordable RAPICON Metal Detector Conveyors provide high levels of detection for food safety with modular components, standard reject systems, and a full range of aperture sizes.

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