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Current issue: August 2014

Column/Opinion
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Cans bring nourishment to Guatemala's children

On countless forays north on I-90 out of Chicago, I’ve peered out the window at the Hormel plant in Beloit, WI, and chuckled at the giant storage tank masquerading as the world’s biggest can of chili beans. Now I have another can to think about when I drive by that plant: Spammy.
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Clever positioning of top and bottom tabs make this pack easy to open.
Package Case Study
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Senior-friendly lunch meat pack

A new kind of luncheon meat package that started reaching store shelves early this year comes from Atria Plc, one of the leading food companies in the Nordic countries, Russia, and the Baltic Region.
Package Case Study
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Label makes ketchup stand out

As Traina Foods launches its first retail product, a full-body shrink sleeve label is playing a key role in differentiating it from the competition.
Trapped blister uses RPET for the thermoformed blister component.
Package Case Study
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Spout attachment trapped in a blister

A trapped blister is the packaging format selected by Park City, UT-based Choomee Inc. for its Sip’n Soft Top product.
Machine Case Study
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Better nut butter quality

At its state-of-the-art, 40,000-sq-ft facility in Nunda, NY, Once Again Nut Butter Collective, Inc. produces more than 60 different organic products—from almond and cashew butters to clover and wildflower honeys.
WuXi PharmaTech aims to use covert security platform to address global counterfeiting.
News
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Invisible, edible barcodes for medications

WuXi PharmaTech aims to use covert security platform to address global counterfeiting.
News
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Healthcare Packaging named exclusive media partner of HealthPack 2015

Kellen Company announces that it has selected Healthcare Packaging (HCP) magazine as the exclusive media partner of its HealthPack 2015 conference, which is produced for professionals involved in the packaging of medical devices.
Package Case Study
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A Coca-Cola milestone

Looking back over the last 20 years worth of stories we’ve published, one can’t help but be struck by how many of those stories are about something that the Coca-Cola Co. did.
Flowcontrol means no glugging or spills.
Package Case Study
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Flowcontrol bottle for motor oil

A custom 5-L oil container for leading UK producer Millers Oils features a unique dispensing closure that allows the oil to be fully controllable and to flow freely and easily.
News
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Packaging comes to East Africa

The first processing and packaging exhibition catering to the entire East Africa macro region takes place when East Afripack unfolds September 9 to 12 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Machine Product Brief
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Clifton Packaging: Print inspection system

The PrintVision/Argus inspection solution on Clifton Packaging Group’s EVO XG8 HD Printing Press (from Flexotecnica) features a high-performance, flexible design on any web substrate, and employs a unique combination of line scan vision technologies to provide inline process control and quality assurance.
Machine Product Brief
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Motion Controls: Robotic case packer

The Ergobot from Motion Controls Robotics, in partnership with Combi Packaging, is an automated version of Combi’s Ergopack ergonomic hand packing station, integrating robotic pick and place technology with ergonomic hand packing equipment.
Machine Product Brief
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Digital Graphic Systems: Digital cutter for prototyping, short product runs

The DYSS V-PRO X5 digital cutter from Digital Graphic Systems (DGS) handles prototyping, sample-making, and short/medium run production needs of packaging and point-of-sale display companies.
Machine Product Brief
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Yamato: Semi-automatic weigher

Able to achieve combination speeds of up to 30 packs/min., Yamato’s TSDW Semi-Automatic Weigher helps increase production speed and decrease product loss by detecting the weight of products and selecting the best combination of items to achieve the targeted package weight.
Machine Product Brief
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Epson: Compact 6-axis robots

The new Epson C4 and C4L compact 6-axis robots with the new RC700 controller feature a unique compact wrist pitch as well as a slim body elbow design to deliver faster speeds and more payload capability than the C3 while keeping the SlimLine design.
Machine Product Brief
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Bergami: Constant motion cartoner with 4-axis pick & place robot

Bergami’s AS250 constant motion cartoner features simple and rapid format change-over; brushed stainless exterior; a full balcony design for ease of access, cleanliness, and GMP compliance; and automatic loading of products using the company’s fully integrated 4-axis robot.
Machine Product Brief
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Eagle Packaging Machinery: Automatic case erector and bottom tape sealer

The new BOXXER T-30 automatic case erector and bottom tape sealer from Eagle Packaging Machinery is an affordable and compact erector capable of running both regular-slotted and half-slotted style boxes, erecting and taping up to 30 cases/min.
Machine Product Brief
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Videojet: CO2 laser marking systems

Delivering high-quality simple and complex code across a range of marking speeds and suitable for a wide array of substrates, Videojet’s 3330 30 watt and the 3130 10 watt CO2 laser marking systems help boost productivity by improving line integration.

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