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2007 Pack Expo selects winner

Fold-over blister for Shure Music Phone Adapter from Shure Inc. received the highest number of votes in the 2007 Pack Expo Selects competition sponsored by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute.
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Views of a contract drug packager

Andrew Billington, operations manager at Brecon Pharmaceuticals in Wales, addresses recent trends in packaging.
Video: Brecon betters blister packing
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Video: Brecon betters blister packing

Both thermoforming and cold-forming of foil are routinely done on this new and highly versatile blister-pack line at contract packager Brecon Pharmaceuticals in Wales.
Video: AstraZeneca relies on robotics
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Video: AstraZeneca relies on robotics

Robotic case packing and palletizing of Nexium blister- and wallet-packs at AstraZeneca's Sodertalje, Sweden, facility improve productivity and reduce manufacturing costs.
Horizontal cartoning machine
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Horizontal cartoning machine

Z Automation is displaying its Model CH7.5-250C horizontal cartoning machine at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2007.
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CSAT Americ: Blister printing

CSAT America will feature its DTS 1200 Blister Printing Unit, a pharmaceutical-grade printer
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Powder-filling blister packing

The B 1240 Blister Machine with powder filler from Uhlmann features the technological standards of the company’s larger blister machine.
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Sustainable PET film forms 'tented-blister' three-pack

Soap products company strives to keep environment clean with innovative multi-pack structure.
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U.S. packaging student winners tour Italy

In June, eight U.S. packaging students visited Pharmintech 2007 (www.pharmintech.com) and
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High-visibility theft-prevention packaging: A love/hate relationship

So you come home from the store with a new toy for your child’s birthday. You know exactly what it looks like because you can see it through the package. You were actually able to play with it at the store in the package to see if it was "cool enough" and the right level for your child. The clear all-plastic thermoformed sealed clamshell package allowed you to touch various controls on the toy through strategically designed slots. The high visibility functional pack has significantly enhanced the shopping experience and aided the purchase decision, all without opening the package. When your child unwraps the present he or she can get a good feel if they like it or not by playing with it (at least to a degree) through the package.
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The wrap-up: Wacky packages

They're back: Those wacky stickers that parodied consumer products have never really gone away.
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The vinyl frontier: Dispelling myths about PVC and sustainability

Assessing the facts about polyvinyl chloride ends up dispelling myths about this oft-maligned, but invaluable polymer used extensively in packaging.
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Upskilling: Is your workforce packaging technology savvy?

As packaging machinery becomes more sophisticated, training and education, or ‘upskilling,’ becomes a growing concern for managers at Pepperidge Farm and elsewhere.
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Anti-counterfeiting strategies begin to take shape

From the automotive aftermarket to personal-care products to pharmaceuticals, new brand authentication and anti-counterfeiting initiatives are swimming into view.
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Cephalon's RFID pilot

Cephalon Inc. is in Phase 3 of an RFID pilot program that will involve live testing at its manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, UT. Based out of Frazer, PA, Cephalon is a mid-sized biopharmaceutical company with $1.8 billion in sales last year. Its products include Actiq, Provigil, as well as Fentora, which is the product that is the focus of the current RFID pilot. Cephalon started its RFID pilot program in 2004.

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