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In this newsletter • Labelers: rebuild vs replace • Case study: Caribou Coffee • New machines & materials
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GS1-128 and Print & Apply: Perfect Partners GS1-128 and Print & Apply: Perfect Partners
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TalkingRain Beverage Company created a stronger brand presence on- shelf for its ActiVWater® brand with new square bottle, full-body shrink sleeve label, and package redesign. Printed with metallic inks, the new label design has easy-to-read graphics, bold flavor-specific colors, and displays well at retail.
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White Paper Examines Operating Costs For Automatic Vs. Manual P-S Labeling White Paper Examines Operating Costs For Automatic Vs. Manual P-S Labeling
White paper from Label-Aire examines pressure-sensitive labeling applications, and makes the case for lower operating costs and increased flexibility for fully automatic labelers.
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Watch this video to discover how you can get full-body impact with your existing roll-fed labeling machinery—Pentalabel® roll-sleeve films from Klöckner Pentaplast.
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Watch this video to see how Tripacks' automated shrink labeling systems handle 600 ppm, how they handle various tamper evident configurations and do single and multi-packs with ease.
November 7, 2012
Determining when to rebuild or replace a labeling machine
By Paul Zepf, P.Eng., M.Eng., CPP, Zarpac, Inc.
Here are some warning signs that may indicate it's time to either rebuild or recondition your labeling machine:
  1. Speed and efficiency reductions. Gathering data to document these reductions is the only way to justify a return on investment on something new.
  2. Quality decreases. The number of out-of-spec or rejected containers increases.
  3. Changeover time increases. The cost associated with this type of downtime can really add up.
  4. Jams and failures due to damage and deterioration. On a rotary glue labeler, glue build-up on each station tends to be a problem. Sometimes, operators then unwittingly damage the labeler by using screw drivers or other tools to scrape away the glue. This damage over time can contribute to increased jams and failures.
  5. Maintenance increases. Some companies use specialized maintenance software like MP2 to not only help keep maintenance running smoothly and avoid surprises, but to track equipment maintenance trends to provide the big picture.
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Case study
Packaging helps Caribou Coffee support CancerCare
A limited-edition package for Amy's Blend Collection includes a peel-back label that commemorates the company's original roastmaster.
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Supplier News
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Transparent Container acquires Richardson & Edwards >>
xpedx to exhibit flexo solutions at LabelExpo Americas >>
Payne appoints Martin Dallas managing director, Packaging Solutions >>
New Machines & Materials
EPI Labelers ExxonMobil Chemical Company ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Integrated case taper/labeler Squeezable, conformable film for pressure sensitive label applications Metalized film for pressure-sensitive labels
ADSI Allen Datagraph Systems, Inc. Tripack Universal Labeling Systems, Inc.
High-speed label system T-perforation shrink sleeve label system Print & apply labeler
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Stacked Wines
Off The Shelf: Sophisticated solution for portable wine packaging
Stacked Wines introduces a portable four-pack format for wine, where specially selected varietals are packed in a stylish, stemware-like PET container that provides up to a 14-month shelf life.
Store Brands' Main Event
You're invited to PLMA's 2012 Private Label Trade Show, where store brands taken all comers! See the quality, assortment and innovation of today's store brands at this year's event on November 11-13 at the Rosemont Convention Center, Rosemont, IL.
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