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Pat Reynolds, VP Editor
Column/Opinion
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Unique IDs on every pack?

Unique identification codes have grown increasingly omnipresent because they represent our best hope in the fight against counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products.
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SkinnyPack container
Package Case Study
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Salsa container is both rigid and flexible

Salsa maker is the first brand in North America to use a new container that combines rigid and flexible packaging materials to reduce weight and material, and increase shelf appeal.
P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors
Package Case Study
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P&G’s trapezoidal carton wins PPC honors

Diamond Packaging earns Gold Award with this custom-designed carton with trapezoidal structural design and multi-layered, diamond-shaped holographic foil pattern.
Progresso chili
Package Case Study
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Chili in a pouch stands out

Progresso introduces two varieties of chili packaged in a convenient, flexible pouch decorated with graphics designed to appeal to ‘a die-hard chili cook-off contestant.’
Love Beets
Package Case Study
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Playful packs make beets more approachable

Love Beets ready-to-eat beets get a new package design that makes the traditionally hard-to-prepare vegetable more convenient and accessible for consumers.
Proud owners at McCourt Label pose beside their new digital label press.
Machine Case Study
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Digital label printing opens new business opportunities

McCourt Label of Lewis Run, PA, one of the oldest label printers in the U.S, recently introduced digital technology to their flexo-based label printing business by adding a digital label press.
Mocktails
Package Case Study
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Shaker-style bottle serves up fun beverages for non-drinkers

For those who don’t drink alcohol, being the partygoer carrying a bottle of water among those enjoying colorful drinks in swanky glasses can dampen the party experience.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administartion, “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Final Rule,” 12/3/14
News
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FDA updates drugs/biologics labeling system

Includes major revisions on pregnancy and breastfeeding, with labeling changes taking effect June 30, 2015. Prescription drugs and biologic products approved after June 30, 2015, will use the new format immediately, while labeling for prescription drugs approved on or after June 30, 2001, will be phased in gradually.
News
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Pharma EXPO session addresses counterfeiting

Companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb are understandably frustrated when they roll out a product only to find that counterfeits of that product are already on the market.
Suerte Tequila
Package Case Study
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Glow-in-the-dark treatment for special tequila

Boulder, CO-based Suerte Tequila has launched its limited-release, 100% Tahona-processed, five-year single-barrel Extra Añejo in a one-of-a-kind, glow-in-the-dark bottle.
Engineered plastics
News
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Engineering plastics’ properties drive adoption globally

Processing ease and toughness will help plastics reach $86.42 billion by 2020, predicts Frost & Sullivan.
MEMSCap smart electronic medication packaging system tracks each time the medication bottle is opened.
News
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Adherence packaging battles HIV/AIDS in Africa, India

Designed to help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa and India, MEMSCap smart electronic medication packaging system tracks each time the medication bottle is opened.
U.S. demand for rigid bulk packaging to reach $7.3 billion in 2018
News
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U.S. demand for rigid bulk packaging to reach $7.3 billion in 2018

Manufacturing output activity, insourcing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals all help build a post-recession resurgence, says Freedonia report.
Serialization technology
News
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Animal health medications benefit from track and trace

Serialization technology protects global pharmaceutical and biotech maker protect its flea-and-tick medications.
XTREME Sincro
Machine Product Brief
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Sipa: Injection/compression/stretch-blow molding system

Sipa’s XTREME Sincro, a preform compression molding system with a high-speed stretch-blow molding unit, combines the flexibility of a two-stage system with the convenience of a single-stage system to produce preforms that are said to be up to 10% lighter than even the lightest preform produced by conventional injection molding.
T818 shrink tunnel
Machine Product Brief
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Texwrap: Entry-level shrink tunnel

Suitable for smaller shrink operations where it may need to be moved to accommodate production changes, Texwrap's new T818 shrink tunnel features: a high velocity blower; master air volume control; adjustable flow controls to deliver more or less overall volume as well as to control flow to the top and bottom of the package as needed; automatic cool down; an AC variable speed conveyor drive; and digital temperature control.
Professional Series manual L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel
Machine Product Brief
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Eastey: Manual L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel

Available with either a hot wire or hot knife seal head, Eastey’s new Professional Series manual L-bar sealer and shrink tunnel features a powered takeaway mesh conveyor for easy product transport, and magnetic clamping and automatic cycle timing to ensure a proper seal.
CP-WCP Wrap Around Case Packer
Machine Product Brief
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AFA Systems: Wrap around case packer

The CP-WCP Wrap Around Case Packer from AFA features a gantry robot case erector system and Flat Stack Magazine to erect the wrap around cases, and includes servo driven changeover technology for the case magazine.

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