Current issue: December 2014

Column/Opinion
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PACK EXPO recap

There’s nothing quite like PACK EXPO for getting a fix on where things in the packaging space might be headed. A few random observations, if I may.
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Kliklok-Woodman’s Ross Long, Vice President of Sales and Marketing (left); Big Heart Pet Brands’ Senior Manager of Packaging R&D Paul Baker (center); Charles Yuska, President, CEO, PMMI (right).
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PACK EXPO packs ‘em in

The 2014 installment of PACK EXPO International and the debut of Pharma EXPO 2014 ran November 2 to 5 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, and attendance topped that of 2012 by 6.5%.
Package Case Study
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Minimize global warming while soothing diaper rash

A new pediatric product from Mission Pharmacal, Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray in an aerosol can uses a propellant that offers a near-zero Global Warming Potential.
Package Case Study
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Standardized sports tape tins are sturdy, modern

SpiderTech is spinning its web of pre-cut kinesiology tape products into one, standardized packaging format to make the brand easily recognizable on shelf and provide consistent messaging.
Package Case Study
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Box for vegan truffles conveys purity, luxury

Gourmet vegan chocolatier selects 100% recycled kraft paperboard boxes that reflect the company’s commitment to wholesome, holistic ingredients and practices.
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Here’s to 20 more years!

With this issue our year-long series of 20th anniversary reminiscences comes to a close.
Octapharma, an independent manufacturer of human protein products worldwide, added the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation to Werum’s PAS-X at their production site in Vienna.
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Octapharma adds track-and-trace serialization aggregation

Developer, producer, and seller of human proteins requires a flexible and validated system for marking, identifying, and tracking its products.
Machine Product Brief
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Mettler Toledo: X-ray inspection systems

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #S-1706! Mettler Toledo’s X36 Series of X-ray inspection systems enable food and pharmaceutical manufacturers to inspect products for contamination and quality at up to 300 products/min on both single and multi-line operations, while reducing energy consumption.
Machine Product Brief
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Cozzoli: Mini monoblock

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #2541! The redesigned FSV50 Mini Monoblock from Cozzoli Machine Company is a small, reliable, high-performance machine designed to fill liquids and stopper containers in sizes from 1ml to 100ml at speeds up to 50 vials/min, in laboratories, clinical production locations, or other areas with limited space.
Machine Product Brief
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Arrowhead: Low-level case palletizer

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #N-5531! Designed to palletize a variety of packages including cases, trays, bundles, film-only, and display packs, Arrowhead Systems’ PriorityPal Low Level Case Palletizer series can be added to a single production line as a stand-alone machine, or it can be combined with a multi-level infeed and a rotary turntable or a shuttle car system to palletize multiple production lines simultaneously.
Machine Product Brief
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FlexLink: Wide belt conveyor is clean, quiet, safe

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #2501c! FlexLink Systems’ new WLX wide belt conveyor is a quiet machine that provides improved cleanliness with less cleaning time, as well as safety for line operators.
Machine Product Brief
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A.B. Sealer: Table-top beverage carrier erector

The affordable and efficient TT30 Carrier Erector from A.B. Sealer, capable of speeds up to 25 carriers/min, is easy to accommodate into any bottling line without taking up valuable space.
Machine Product Brief
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Focke: Robotic case packer

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #5133! Designed to provide particularly gentle product handling throughout the packaging process, the patented Highly Flexible Packer (HFP) from Focke & Co is a robotic case packer designed for use with a variety of shipping and display components such as regular slotted containers (RSC), half slotted containers (HSC), and trays with or without lids.
Machine Product Brief
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Multi-Conveyor: Rotary table/unscrambler

Able to adapt to products of varying size and shape, Multi-Conveyor's stainless-steel rotary table and unscrambler is suitable for many applications and is available in many diameters including 30-, 36-, 42-, and 48-in; top discs are stainless steel with machined backer plates for trueness.
Machine Product Brief
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Bossar: Vertical/horizontal f/f/s machine

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth #N-5536! Bossar’s BVH machine (Bossar Vertical Horizontal machine) is a servo-controlled machine that can form stand-up Stabilo-type pouches with the classic side-gusset folds and a stand-up base, and it can insert top spouts onto the pouches, making it suitable for liquids and free-flowing powders.
Machine Product Brief
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Linx: Continuous inkjet printer

See it at PACK EXPO, Booth # S-3300! (Diagraph Booth) Created following a major global consultation to research the needs of end users, the Linx CJ400 continuous inkjet printer from Linx Printing Technologies features an Easi-Change Service Module, which can be changed in minutes: scheduled maintenance can be carried out without the need for a trained technician or service call – a major advantage for smaller customers or those in remote regions.
Machine Product Brief
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Multivac: Vacuum skin packs

The new Multivac R 575 MF Pro thermoforming packaging machine comes with an integrated upper web forming station to produce skin packs for products with heights of up to 90 mm.
Materials Product Brief
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Fusion Packaging: Luxury stock containers

Fusion Packaging has added five new collections to its selection of luxury stock packaging with 19 new bottles and jars ranging in size from 10 ml to 120 ml: the Trace, Mod, Haute, Vibe, and Crescent collections offer a wide variety of single- and double-wall packaging solutions.

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