Current issue: February 2016

Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Column/Opinion
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Pixie Dust, you say?

You never know what you might come across at a trade show.
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Mace® personal defense pepper spray.
Package Case Study
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From clamshells to blister cards

Cleveland-based Mace Security International is a diversified manufacturer of personal defense and security products, including the company’s well-known Mace® brand personal defense pepper spray.
A new six-pack carrier for West Shefford's craft beer uses a retractable handle that enables stacking.
Package Case Study
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Craft-beer carrier with retractable handle is portable, stackable

A new six-pack paperboard carrier for Canadian craft brewer West Shefford uses a unique design with a retractable handle that enables stacking on pallets and at retail.
Mountain View 1
Package Case Study
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Grass seed stands up, and out, on shelf in cube-shaped pouch

For a new hi-tech grass seed product, Mountain View breaks from the standard layflat bag, using a cube-shaped flexible pouch that offers shelf impact and greater efficiency.
The design for the 0.25- and 1-oz lip balm pots is based on an Asian teapot.
Package Case Study
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3D-printed package styles proliferate at Anita’s Balm

Since introducing a 3D-printed, PLA balm jar in 2014, Anita’s Balm has developed a number of new 3D-printed packaging designs for its own use and for sale to other brands.
Pepsi Perfect 1
Package Case Study
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Great Scott! PepsiCo recreates Back to the Future II bottle

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future trilogy, PepsiCo launches a limited-edition bottle that brings to life a ‘futuristic’ Pepsi bottle featured in Part II.
Low headroom bag discharger
Machine Product Brief
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Material Transfer: Low headroom bag discharger

Material Transfer has debuted a patented system designed for discharging bulk bags in facilities with ceiling height restrictions.
Drop-in cylinder
Machine Product Brief
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PHD: Drop-in cylinder

Series OCQ drop-in pneumatic cylinders from PHD feature a compact design for applications where cylinder length is critical.
Spindle capping systems
Machine Product Brief
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E-PAK Machinery: Spindle capping systems

Spindle capping systems from E-PAK can accommodate a wide variety of cap and bottle configurations without the need for change parts.
Reliable mixing with heavy-duty spread bearing design
Machine Product Brief
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NORD: Reliable mixing with heavy-duty spread bearing design

NORD offers several variations of the VL-duty spread bearing designs, all which have specific features and advantages based on the specific mixing and agitating application requirements.
Horizontal pouch packager
Machine Product Brief
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Telesonic Packaging: Horizontal pouch packager

The new Ultra IM16-24 from Telesonic is an automatic horizontal pouch packer designed to fulfill the demand for larger quantities of free flowing products in three- or four-sided sealed bags, standup pouches with zippers, or spouts to be produced from web widths up to 60 in. at an average rate of 40 ppm.
Blow molder/unscrambler, filler, and labeler in one
Machine Product Brief
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Kosme: Blow molder/unscrambler, filler, and labeler in one

The Krones subsidiary Kosme has debuted the 3Bloc, a block configuration available in two different variations, for PET and for HDPE containers.
Automatic stretch wrap removal
Machine Product Brief
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Task Automation: Automatic stretch wrap removal

Wrap-X from Task Automation is a no-hassle machine that fits into an existing packaging line; it installs over existing conveyors, has almost no footprint, and features a two-minute cycle time.
Bulk bag discharger
Machine Product Brief
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National Bulk Equipment: Bulk bag discharger

National Bulk Equipment, Inc. (NBE) offers a process-specific bulk bag unloader with chain-style tubular drag conveyor, engineered and built to withstand rigorous duty cycles and stringent process demands.
 Package handling lift model
Machine Product Brief
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PFlow: Package handling lift model

PFlow Industries, Inc. has upgraded its DB Package Handling Lift, increasing the maximum achievable speed from 600 to 1,500 ft./min. to better serve the highest throughput, multi-level vertical lifting applications.
Case erector
Machine Product Brief
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A-B-C: Case erector

A-B-C has debuted the Model 300 case erector for 15-25 cpm production lines; a midrange machine that offers key production features of higher speed Model 330 erector to deliver 24/7 reliable operation, in a streamlined machine designed to ensure accelerated ROI.
Sleeve labeler
Machine Product Brief
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Sleeve Seal: Sleeve labeler

The Sleeve Seal SSL-1600 is setting speed records in the pro-modified, dual head vertical sleeve labeler category; the two-lane, dual synchronized head SSL-1600 provides unique speeds and can employ two independent functions for each labeling head.
Decoding algorithms
Machine Product Brief
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Microscan: Decoding algorithms

Microscan announces the availability of improved X-Mode 4.0 decoding algorithms with its newly-released MicroHAWK barcode reader platform.

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