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Sponsors: January 2012

NEW Kallfass Servo Packer 500 >>

This NEW wrapper was built and designed to run with PLA films. So far, these very brittle films could not be used on conventional side sealers or forming plow machines. With the Servo Packer, these challenges are no longer an issue. Click to learn more.


How did this brand name bottler achieve automation ROI in less than a year? >>

Pepsi Bottling Ventures achieved dramatic OEE improvements using a combination of Lean/Six Sigma principles with various automation technologies. Hear from Pepsi at The Automation Conference, May 22-23 in suburban Chicago. Also presenting: Boeing, Chrysler, Bayer and other leading organizations. Click to learn more.

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Looking for a NEW package? Kliklok-Woodman can help! >>

The Vantage Multi-Bag Baler, is commercialized in the Americas! The Vantage provides a "new" much-sought-after presentation for snack food packaging and merchandising: multi-bag bales for snack foods and low density products providing a high pack density or firm bale.


Understanding the basics of automatic pressure sensitive labeling methods >>

Download this white paper from Label-Aire for a comprehensive primer on selecting an automated pressure-sensitive labeling machine. Compares and contrasts the three fundamental types of technologies: wipe-on, air-blow and tamp-blow.


Energetic Feed System for Small Energy Drink Bottles >>

  Shibuya Hoppmann's custom designed Bottle Feed System uses unique urethane scallops to singulate and orient empty 2 ounce energy drink bottles. The system then ionizes and flips them 180° and takes them downstream to filling operations at an output rate of 525 bottles per minute.

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January 2012

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First Person

 Stuart Leslie, president of New York City-based design and innovation firm 4sight inc., explains how to achieve innovation that helps drive sales and profits with low risk.

The Legal Side

 If you monitor legal developments over many years, you see, every once in a while, a development that seems to contradict, rather than complete, a previous trend.

Greener Package

 Summit Media Group's Greener Package™ and the Institute for Sustainability, a technological community of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), have announced plans for Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2012

 Shipper packaging for all-in-one customized, prefab bathroom components exhibits extra-added structural integrity to ensure intact product delivery.

 Renewable-resource film to be used in the thermoformed part of the clamshell package in which AT&T merchandises more than 300 SKUs of its wireless accessories products.


 As little as a year ago, informed observers were bullish on the growth of aseptically packaged low-acid beverages in plastic bottles. Now they're not so sure.

 Aimed at young people constantly on the lookout for the next cool thing, Ecolean Air Aseptic is a single-serve pouch that makes some strong environmental claims.

 Danish meat processor Himmerlandskoed sends a variety of modified-atmosphere packs to both retailers and wholesalers alike. So a versatile tray sealer was crucial.

 Simpler navigation, better design, bigger photos, related articles, and mobile/tablet friendliness lead the list of improvements.

 U.K. printer expands from conventional print processes to offer short-run labels that offer personalization options and high-quality finishing options at a competitive price.

 Brew kit marketer streamlines shipper packing operations and enhances product protection and presentation.

Shelf Impact

 The brand promise of crisp, natural refreshment is embodied in the package design for Something Natural sparkling water.

Professional Perspective

 Improving the sustainability (environmental friendliness) of packaging is a hot topic for packaging professionals.

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Join Contract Packaging Asssociation members at their annual gathering, held this year at Gran Melia Hotel & Resort, Rio Grande, Puerto, Rico on February 23-26.

Ipack-Ima provides technology solutions for processing, packaging, internal handling, logistics, warehousing and POS; the 2012 exhibition will be held at Fiera Milano, Milan, Italy on February 28-March 1.

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Pepsi Bottling Ventures achieves dramatic OEE improvement

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