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Packaging World       Editor, Bob Sperber
SPONSOR: Columbia machine, INc. September 19, 2011 | Edited by Bob Sperber

Booth #C-3223 continues the tradition of unveiling new technology at Pack Expo >>

A new flexible palletizing innovation that stacks even your most challenging package types can be found at Pack Expo Booth #C-3223 this year. Columbia's latest palletizer is designed to quickly adapt to changing packaging requirements with ease.

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!

Columbia Machine, Inc.

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!

Columbia Machine, Inc.

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.

In Chicago Nov. 7-8: CPA Fall Workshop

The Contract Packaging Association's Fall Workshop will be held November 7 and 8 at the Chicago Marriott O'Hare. If you're involved in buying and selling contract packaging services, the event includes Educational tracks with presentations focused on how to increase operational efficiency; tabletop exhibits from CPA Associate Member suppliers to the contract packaging industry and networking events for maximum peer-to-peer interaction. From the start, the schedule of events gets "hands-on" immediately, with a free tour of the nearby 1.2 million square-foot facility of the Frain Group, North America's largest used packaging equipment and processing machinery dealer. (Signup is free to registered Workshop attendees.)

The full roster of speakers is impressive, featuring presentations on both buyer and seller sides of the contract services equation, delivered by and for executives and managers across operations, procurement, quality control, and the entire business enterprise.

For more information on the agenda, click here. For more information and registration details, visit the Workshop homepage, e-mail Mary Von Qualen at or call 630-544-5053.


Packaging World releases two iPad apps

Apple's April, 2010 launch of the iPad put tablets into the hands of more than 25 million people, "and that's nothing compared to what's to come," writes David Newcorn, Vice President of Digital and Custom Media at Summit Media (publisher of Contract Packaging Magazine and this newsletter). His survey of readers found that more than a third of Packaging World readers have an iPad, nearly half own some form of tablet computing device and "even more astounding, nearly 80 percent of respondents are expected to own some form of tablet computer in the next 12 months, with over half represented by the iPad."

In response, two free iPad apps have been released, free for the downloading (with Android-based apps slated to bow later this year):

Packaging World Magazine replicates the print magazine, with embedded links as well as videos alongside articles that reference them. Download the app to get the current version; click on automatic notices when a new edition is released.

Packaging World Real-Time, patterned after the acclaimed USA Today app, displays the latest articles, news, new products, and videos in an easy-to-scan format. It automatically updates itself with the latest content from the website site every time you launch it; articles appear on your screen instantly, without waiting for further downloads.

Much more information on the apps and the research that led to their release is in the September print edition of Packaging World (p.118) and on the Web here.

Download either or both apps by visiting and following the iTunes Store links, or searching the iTunes Store for "Packaging World."


Co-packer speeds changeovers with multiple, identical lines

C.P.M. Contract Pharma GmbH & Co. KG of Germany co-packs pharmaceuticals and related products including ointments, creams, gels and pastes. Jim Butschli, Editor of Healthcare Packaging, shares details of the company's experience using three Noack N 921 blister lines from Romaco, to speed product changeovers and increase line efficiency; and a Promatic cartoner from the same vendor that switches from continuous to intermittent operation. The equipment handled C.P.M.'s need for frequent product and batch changeovers, the use of multiple, identical lines provided benefits of compatible tools, parts, training, software, process parameters and technical documentation. Want more details? Click to read the full story.


Pack Expo pre-show highlights

The clock is ticking… Pack Expo Las Vegas arrives September 26-28 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. More than 1,600 exhibitors will be on site, and exhibit space has grown to more than 600,000 net square feet. Following a keynote speech by former Secretary of State and retired General Colin L. Powell, and in addition to exhibit floor, this most comprehensive packaging and processing convention in North America features special exhibit pavilions including The Brand Zone, The Processing Zone, The Pharmaceutical Pavilion, and The Reusable Packaging Pavilion packed with exciting and innovative exhibits… and much more. Click here for a fuller preview from Packaging World.

Packaging World Showcase


Looking for a new packaging machinery or materials supplier?

Packaging World's PACK EXPO 2011 Showcase digital edition is filled with detailed information about packaging machinery and material suppliers. Search from the convenience of your laptop or PC; click hotlinks for direct access to advertiser websites and print or email supplier information to colleagues. Check out our 2011 edition. Click to view >>

Upcoming events:

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2011
Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV. North America's largest packaging and processing event includes a Pharmaceutical Pavilion, Processing Zone, Brand Zone, Confectionery Pavilion and more, September 26-28.

Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum
This event, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, examines the modern cold chain as well as evolving sectors such as medical devices and diagnostics, generics, APIs, clinical and biologics and cell therapies, September 26-30.

Process Expo
The industry's only single-destination food equipment expo featuring end-to-end food processing and packaging machinery and services across all food sectors, held at Chicago's McCormick Place, November 1-4.

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