Current issue: July 2015

Lisa Shambro
Column/Opinion
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Industry Inflection Point, Part 1: The infancy of contract partnerships

I’m often asked, “What’s going on in the contract manufacturing and packaging industry today?”
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Bob Sperber, Editor, Contract Packaging
Column/Opinion
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The dangers of inattention

Outsourcing production to external supply chain partners is a relatively young practice. Partners both sides of service contracts must PAY ATTENTION or face potentially grave risks.
News
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Nonprofit co-packer adds new rotary sealer

SubCon Industries, Olean, NY, a private, nonprofit contract service provider founded in 1958, operates three sites, and recently bought a new rotary blister sealing machine to handle new high-volume packaging needs.
CARTONS DONE DIGITALLY. Boutwell Owens is among the first in the U.S. to install this fully digital carton creasing and cutting
Machine Case Study
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Digital printing, creasing, cutting come to carton converting

Folding carton converter Boutwell Owens & Co. is among the first in the world to combine wide-format sheet-fed digital printing and digital creasing with cutting.
Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Column/Opinion
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Consortiums worth knowing about

Since packaging is such an essential function of modern society, wouldn’t it be nice to know that packaging professionals around the world are collaboratively engaged in optimizing packaging in ways that are socially beneficial?
ShurSEAL case sealing system
Machine Case Study
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Tough-grip taping system puts pressure on cased product contamination

Thermoforming specialist Fabri-Kal Corp., headquartered in Kalamazoo, MI, recently found itself in need of taping equipment that could handle various case styles and sizes.
Package Case Study
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New mayo bottle designed to squeeze out the last drop

Hellmann’s debuts a new inverted squeeze bottle with three improvements that allows consumers to get more mayo out of the bottle with less waste, less mess, and more control.
Method 4X
Package Case Study
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Method is first with 100% RPET detergent bottle

Method overcomes design and manufacturing challenges to create a 53-oz 100% RPET bottle with strong shelf appeal and environmental benefits for its new laundry detergent.
Tetra Rex® Bio-based carton
Package Case Study
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Swedish milk brand launches 100% bio-based carton

Following in the footsteps of Finnish dairy Valio, Arla Foods of Sweden has become only the second chilled beverage producer to adopt Tetra Pak’s Tetra Rex® Bio-based carton, made entirely of renewable material—from carton to cap.
Fully certified compostable packaging make this a standout introduction.
Package Case Study
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Compostable film for coffee packs

Based in Modena, Italy, Caffè Molinari SpA is a speciality coffee company that recently introduced a Bio™ range of coffees in packs that incorporate fully certified compostable packaging.
PürPod 100
Package Case Study
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World’s first 100% compostable coffee pod

According to some statistics, the growing use of Keurig-style brewing systems has had a significant negative environmental side effect: It is estimated that in 2014, the number of single-serve pods sent to landfills could have circled the earth 11 times.
News
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Winners of IoPP scholarships announced

The Institute of Packaging Professionals is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 IoPP Packaging Education Scholarship Fund.
Vicky Smitley, CPA President
Column/Opinion
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A new CPA president helps members navigate life in the fast lane

Did you know this year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the CPA?
Tactile and thermochromic inks make this bottle's labeling special.
Package Case Study
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Beer label exudes mystery

Leading global brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev has launched a beer with a difference.
Jill Gabbert, CPA Account Executive
News
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CPA’S on the move

New board & expo news
Pressure-sensitive labeling system
Machine Product Brief
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Quadrel: Pressure-sensitive labeling system

Heavy duty, yet economically priced EconoLine automatic labeling system is designed specifically for glass beer bottles, and features all stainless steel construction, simple intuitive operation, tool free adjustments, full portability, and integrated accumulation conveyor.
Side seal reclosable flow wrapper
Machine Product Brief
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Harpak-Ulma: Side seal reclosable flow wrapper

The ULMA Artic Side Seal flow wrap packaging machine is designed to pack fresh food products such as sliced meat or cheese with modified atmosphere (MAP) for extended shelf life.
Bulk bag discharge system
Machine Product Brief
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Material Transfer: Bulk bag discharge system

Material Master bulk bag discharging system features a fork-lift loaded bulk bag lifting frame with a pneumatic bulk bag elongation system to assist with product discharge.

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