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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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.
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.
Materials Product Brief
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Spectra: Twisted square pack bottle

The new Ritorto Square twisted square pack bottle from Spectra Packaging features a unique twisted profile on two of its four faces to offer a distinctive packaging experience.

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