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SPONSOR: Columbia Machine, Inc. January 5, 2012 | Edited by Bob Sperber

Combining the simplicity of conventional palletizers with the flexibility of a robot >>

Columbia's R-Factor combines the simplicity of conventional palletizers with the flexibility of a robot. This hybrid technology allows handling of challenging package types, and is also able to position cases upright just prior to layer formation.

Columbia Machine, Inc.

FL1000-SW floor level palletizer + sretch wrapper >>

FL1000-SW palletizer includes an integrated stretch wrapper that concurrently wraps the product while building the pallet load. Providing the ultimate in performance and flexibility with countless layout possibilities and the ability to palletize and wrap multiple package types and sizes. Watch the FL1000-SW now!

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SP4000 high level palletizers >>

The SP4000 is a small footprint, high capacity palletizer that is capable of forming patterns with gaps in both directions using a bi-parting stripper apron. Combined with Columbia's state-of-the-art Product Manager Controls package offers users an easy-to-operate palletizer meeting current and future pattern needs!

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Palletizing systems integration >>

Columbia's complete systems integration capability ensures your Columbia palletizing solution works perfectly with your upstream and downstream equipment. We make sure that the process goes smoothly, the result is outstanding, and you don't have to juggle multiple equipment vendors.

Columbia Machine, Inc.

Load transfer solutions >>

Transfers product from one pallet type to another pallet; including wood to in-house "clean" pallets, plastic to wood, or other combinations including pallet to slip sheet. Increase lift truck productivity, reduce operating costs, prevent injuries to warehouse personnel and do more with one of our flexible LTS models.

Columbia Machine, Inc.

Stretch your CapEx budget by managing risk

In the latest print edition of Contract Packaging and on the Web, Mary Ann Falkman, Contributing Editor, explains some of the options that can come from tight brand/co-packer partnerships and careful planning that allow both parties to finance assets, minimize risk and make the most of their respective budgets. Some highlights:

Chris Nutley, president of MSW Packaging, Lawrenceburg, IN, notes that "sometimes a shared approach between supplier and customer to equipment investment is an option." Another of many options is for the brand owner to create a 'buy-back' scenario in which the co-packer fully owns the equipment after an agreed-upon volume threshold is reached.

Greg Flickinger, vice president of manufacturing and corporate engineering for snack food-maker Snyder's-Lance, does "selective outsourcing" for a small share of its products, and prefers its co-packers own their own equipment. The company also does some contract work for "a number of big companies" for whom it will purchase equipment only for sufficiently long-term contracts.

Seeking some hands-on tips for CapEx partnering? Lisa Shambro, Executive Director of F4SS, the Foundation for Strategic Sourcing, provides a list of eight approaches for financing investments and offers insights on navigating disclosures under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

Read the full story here on the web


Ten packaging machinery trends for 2012

"With the North American economy beginning to show some positive signs," writes Pat Reynolds, VP/Editor of Packaging World, "there is a pent-up demand for new packaging, new products, new acquisitions, and new technologies to increase packaging line productivity." To discern a Top 10 list of packaging machinery trends coming into 2012, Reynold's spoke with John Kowal, packaging market development manager for B&R Industrial Automation, and board member of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute and automation standards group OMAC, the Organization for Machine Automation and Control.

The trends (drumroll please) are:

• Serialization will gain ground

• Condition monitoring will add value

• Accelerating software convergence in packaging

• Brazil will be on your radar

• Retail ready or not, here it comes

• Safety firstand next

• Plant seeds now to win big later

• Advanced technologies for turnkey systems

• Better interaction with operators on individual machines

• NA and EU OEMs consolidate

Of course, you'll want to better grasp the meaning of this short list by clicking to read the full story here


Multi-Pack Atlanta hires new ops manager

Multi-Pack Atlanta, a division of Multipack Solutions, hired Frank Garriott as operations manager over its two facilities, which encompass 180,000 square feet of production and warehousing. Garriott brings 33 years of experience working with liquids and powders at a national cleaning-chemical firm. His hire is part of the company's plan to "become the premiere liquid contract packaging company in the country," said John Panaseny, vice president and general manager. Multi-Pack Atlanta, formerly known as Automated Packaging LLC, provides liquid contract packaging, raw material sourcing, formulating, testing, batching, filling, labeling, and shipping of finished product. The division serves segments including cleaning products, automotive and pet care products.


AAIPharma hires 30-year industry vet to oversee contract services


AAIPharma Services, a provider of pharmaceutical product development services based in Wilmington, NC, appointed Kevin Flanagan to vice president of packaging services to oversee packaging and distribution operations. Flanagan, who has 30 years of experience in pharmaceutical packaging components and contract services, most recently served as president of Compass Pharma Services, another pharmaceutical co-packer. In announcing the hire, Patrick Walsh, AAIPharma CEO, cited Flanagan's packaging smarts, particularly in product design and distribution.


Package All gains second GMP certification with NSF International

To help it better serve OTC generic pharmaceutical and nutraceutical customers, Package All, a stocking distributor of rigid packaging based in Bayport, NY, earned NSF certification for current U.S. FDA Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) at its Fontana, CA, distribution center. This followed the March certification of its distribution center in Ronkonkoma, NY, NSF International's first such certification for a U.S. packaging distributor. NSF International maintains a long registration listing of GMP-certified companies, including co-packers dealing with dietary supplements here.



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