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'Stellar' year for packaging machinery shipments

U.S. packaging machinery shipments surged 9.3% to an estimated $5.344 billion last year according to the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute’s 11th annual Shipments and Outlook Study.
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Cracking down on counterfeit packaging

Legislation expands criminal law to specify counterfeit packaging and labels for the first time.
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Packaging helps patient compliance

Blister packs have long been touted for their ability to help with patient compliance, but a recent study showed that by using the packaging, patients also received a health benefit.
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ISU gains big assists from industry (sidebar)

ISU’s R&D lab has a lot on the ball
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Bosch Packaging Technology: Blister pack feeding

The Variofill product feeding system for blister lines, from Bosch, is the newest in the company’s flexible TLT 2800 packaging line. Capable of handling products with complex geometry at high speeds while ensuring complete blister filling.
Wilpak scores in the highest categories for facilities inspections. The company  attributes this success to its quality and cont
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Complexity simplified

Wilpak sustains double-digit growth by operating ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ of traditional contract packaging roles to integrate the supply chain.
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The John Henry Packaging Group and Nutec Systems enter strategic marketing partnership

The John Henry Packaging Group, a provider of label, carton, insert, and blister packaging, and Nutec Systems, an ink-jet printer distributor specializing in Hewlett Packard thermal ink-jet technology, have formed a strategic marketing partnership that will allow them to offer high-quality, secure, digital online printing technology to help companies protect their products from tampering and their distribution systems from diversion.
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Digital Design Inc: Digital Design Inc: Digital Design Inc: New printer lines

Advanced Labeling and Marking has added several new distributors whose products use Hewlett-Packard high-resolution inkjet printing technology. The company now offers 4 new product lines: HSA USA line of inkjet printers; Digital Design Evolution Printer; PTS line of web press inkjet printers (shown); and the VIP full-color inkjet label printer.
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Pester USA: Continuous motion packaging machine for pharma production

Pester introduces its PEWO-Wallet Continuous Motion Packing Machine designed for wallet card production in the pharmaceutical industry. Machine can produce up to 200 heat-seal wallets or up to 300 hot-melt wallets per minute.
On-shelf storage of bins at CCI: Item-level RFID from bin contents will be associated with bar code identification of storage lo
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Rx distributor turns to internal RFID

In-house UHF RFID at Cesar Castillo marries item identification with storage location to address inventory errors and inefficiencies.
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Grote Industries puts ISU to the test

The Indiana Packaging Research and Development Center, located on campus at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN, was formed in 2004.
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MGS Machine Corp.: High-speed blister card machine

MGS Machine Corp. introduced its High Speed Blister Card Packaging System. This third-generation machine is designed with an emphasis on modular design and ultimate flexibility for size changeover.
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Package security--action replaces talk

Drug firms start RFID tagging, and anti-counterfeiting tactics expand as packagers get more aggressive to protect brands.
Diagram shows the complete controls system overview.
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Automation software makes real-time adjustments

With an industrial PC operating as its main controller, this blister-pack machine recalculates cam tables with each cycle.
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MGS Machine Corp.: High-capacity loader

MGS has introduced the ECP (Extended Capacity Pre-feeder), a labor-saving automatic loader that extends the magazine capacity for packaging materials such as folded literature, outserts, blisters, and nested trays.

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