Current issue: February 2015

Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Column/Opinion
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'Green' tray for takeaway food

Operating the Churchill’s, Fishnchicken, and Bankers brands, Chesterford Group is the UK’s largest independent chain of fish and chips shops.
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Instant Knockout supplement
Package Case Study
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Supplement product & package deliver one-two punch

For a new weight-loss supplement targeted toward men, Robert Parker, owner of Roar Ambition in the U.K., sought a dramatic package format that would help his product stand out in the crowded supplements field.
RxBar
Package Case Study
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Revised approach to packaging takes protein bar to new levels

The RxBar is a 1.83-oz protein bar formulated to be simple and delicious without compromising nutrition.
Drug compounding
News
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FDA issues guidance for outsourcing facilities

On Nov. 21, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued three additional policy documents to assist entities that compound sterile human drugs with registering as outsourcing facilities.
Unilever Dry Spray Antiperspirants
Package Case Study
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Custom actuators deliver dry spray antiperspirant

Unilever introduces dry spray antiperspirant to the U.S. market, launching it across five brands and 27 variants, each housed in its own custom-designed bottle with actuator.
Pharma innovation
News
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Is a new innovation platform needed for the pharmaceutical industry?

Fastraqq President Dan Balan’s keynote address during the recent PACK EXPO International event in Chicago was an eye-opener.
Consumer with 3M Scotch Tape carton
Package Case Study
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'Empty' box design delivers brand message

A seemingly empty box for 3M’s Scotch Magic Tape holds five rolls of replacement tape, emphasizing the ‘invisible’ nature of the adhesive product through packaging.
A stunning glass bottle that exemplifies 'a complete design."
Package Case Study
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Outstanding glass bottle wins award

The Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition Bottle has been awarded the ‘Best Bottle in Glass’ at the 2014 World Beverage Awards.
Spiral conveyors
Machine Product Brief
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Ryson: Spiral conveyors go higher, handle more weight

Ryson’s new spiral conveyors handle double the capacity of its regular spirals, can optionally have loads enter and exit the spirals at intermediate elevations, and feature load capacity of 75 lbs/linear ft of conveyor for speeds up to 200 FPM.
NEHCPCL-36 compact unscrambler
Machine Product Brief
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New England Machinery: Compact unscrambler meets pharmaceutical requirements

The NEHCPCL-36 compact unscrambler from New England Machinery (NEM) features a fully-integrated hopper elevator that saves floor space while allowing the product to be fully contained in a covered environment.
VeriSens XC series vision sensor
Materials Product Brief
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Baumer: Vision sensor provides color identification/inspection

Suitable for automation tasks in packaging, pick and pack, assembly monitoring, product encoding, and quality assurance applications, Baumer's expanded VeriSens XC series vision sensor portfolio includes the new VGA and 1.2 megapixel models which are capable of color identification and inspection.
NBE fully-automated bulk container dumper
Machine Product Brief
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National Bulk Equipment: Bulk container dumper

Designed specifically for processing applications handling non-free flowing, high bulk density materials, National Bulk Equipment’s (NBE) fully-automated bulk container dumper features specially milled 304-2b stainless steel sheet that has a greatly reduced coefficient of friction relative to typical flat sheet, for improved material release during infeed, and faster, more thorough cleaning during changeovers.
Eastey’s SB-2 EX side belt case taper
Machine Product Brief
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Eastey: Side belt case taper

Eastey’s SB-2 EX side belt case taper is an affordable solution for sealing uniform lightweight or heavyweight, narrow or small boxes, and comes equipped with dual 1/4 hp drive motors, aggressive industrial strength drive belts, and roller tables.
SP3HSL Series Automatic Film Splicer
Machine Product Brief
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Butler Automatic: Automatic film splicer runs at speeds up to 450 ft/min

Designed for packaged goods and pharmaceutical shrink sleeve packaging operations, Butler Automatic’s new SP3HSL Series Automatic Film Splicer helps increase line efficiency by eliminating film roll change downtime, and increasing line efficiency by 9% or more according to the company.
 Intermittent motion cartoner
Machine Product Brief
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Douglas Machine: Intermittent motion cartoner

Compact and economical, Douglas Machine’s Vantra IM intermittent motion cartoner is easy to setup; it loads and closes cartons and trays at speeds up to 55/min within a single platform.
American Film and Machinery’s LX-150 Tamper Band and Shrink Sleeve Label applicator
Machine Product Brief
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American Film and Machinery: Tamper band and shrink sleeve label applicator

American Film and Machinery’s LX-150 Tamper Band and Shrink Sleeve Label applicator is an in-line single-head mandrel style labeling system designed for low to moderate production rates (300 products/min) and is suitable for industries including food and beverage, pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, health and beauty, consumer goods, chemical, and other manufactured goods.
Plastic Suppliers’ Polyflex transverse direction orientated (TDO), heat-stable oriented polystyrene shrink (OPS) label film
Materials Product Brief
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Plastic Suppliers: Heat-stable shrink label film

Plastic Suppliers’ Polyflex transverse direction orientated (TDO), heat-stable oriented polystyrene shrink (OPS) label film for shrink label converters features less than 0.4% shrinkage at 95 degrees F for 24 hours, and offers virtually the same shrink curves and machine direction (MD) growth as PETG-based shrink film.
Chromatic Technologies’ line of sun-powered inks for the metal deco/can industry
Controls Product Brief
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CTI: Sun-powered inks for cans

Chromatic Technologies’ expanded line of Sun Light sun-powered inks for the metal deco/can industry are photochromic inks that provide fast kinetics which turn on rapidly when sunlight hits it, repeatability which enables the ink to turn on and off, a broad color spectrum palette, and durability in the sun.

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