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Packaging World       Editor, Bob Sperber
SPONSORS November 21, 2011 | Edited by Bob Sperber

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Industry White Paper — Packaging & Adhesive Industries Share Raw Material Woes >>

Rising crude oil prices and falling natural gas prices are setting the stage for tight supply and higher costs for raw materials usage in packaging. Understanding these forces can help packaging professionals better prepare for the challenges of potential supply disruptions and certain rising costs that lie ahead.

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How support and field service works for inspection equipment >>

Watch this short, engaging video that describes how Thermo handles customer support and field service for checkweigh, metal detection and x-ray equipment.

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Case Study: How Hershey's thwarted SKU proliferation with hybrid palletizing solution >>

Detailed case study from Intelligrated highlights the drivers behind Hershey's decision to automate from manual palletizing, including high labor costs, an explosion in SKU's and pack pattern configurations, and worker safety concerns.


Fully automated case forming and sealing >>

The Little David LD-24 from Loveshaw is the latest in a series of industrial grade high performance case sealers. Designed to meet the case sealing demands of customers with high volume runs of the same box size. It's compact design is perfect for customers looking to take up less real estate between conveyors.


Rocket Man to keynote CPA 2012 Annual Meeting

Mike Mullane, former Space Shuttle Commander, will deliver the keynote at the Contract Packaging Association's 2012 Annual Meeting February 23-26 at the Gran Melia Hotel & Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Contract packaging may not be rocket science, but teams of all sorts still face plenty of challenges in setting high standards, maintaining high performance and at times, acting on instinct. Mullane - astronaut, member of the International Space Hall Of Fame, author and TV host - will discuss his experience as a Space Shuttle Astronaut and its relationship to vital team interaction.

And who doesn't like a good, inspiring astronaut book? Interested readers might wish to read Mullane's book, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, and raise your hand during the post-keynote Q&A.

Click here for fuller event details, agenda and registration.


Medical device package testing case study

Jim Butschli, Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Packaging, writes that test inputs, material selection, and machine compatibility play a significant role in approaching medical device packaging: "Say you're a packaging engineer and your package-testing mission involves a surgical device made of high-carbon steel that's corrosion-prone, requires gamma radiation, must work with current thermoform/fill/seal machinery, offer a five-year shelf life, and be cost-effective.

"What do you do? A good first step would be to check the regulatory framework, particularly ISO11607-1 and 2, as well as FDA quality system regulations for medical devices. That was a recommendation from Karen Greene, Life Packaging Technology, LLC, a customized packaging engineering services firm. Greene discussed this case history during a Webinar Nov. 15, entitled, 'Developing and Validating Barrier Shelf Life for Medical Device Packaging,' presented by the Institute of Packaging Professionals and sponsored by Healthcare Packaging."

There's much more; read the full story here.


PacMoore up and running with new-again hf/f/s line

PacMoore Products, a leading dry ingredient contract manufacturer and packager based in Hammond, Ind., is singing the praises of its new, used horizontal form, fill and seal machine. The system is centered on a used Bartelt hf/f/s machine rebuilt, from bushings to servos and software, by Advantage Control Systems.

The machine is equipped with three fillers: a 10-head rotary scale, a cup filler and a servo-driven auger filler. These provide a high degree of flexibility, further aided by the machine's ability to handle packages of varying dimensions. PacMoore also has vf/f/s and retail cartoning capabilities. On the manufacturing side, PacMoore offers dry blending, spray drying, sifting, repacking, and bulk material handling.

CEO Bill Moore credits multiple fillers, advanced weighing systems and digital signal processing technology among the features that help the company serve its customers. "At PacMoore, we pride ourselves on providing excellence through high-performance equipment operated by a highly trained team of problem solvers," said Moore. The company serves General Mills, Kraft/Nabisco, Pinnacle Foods and other well-known companies.

See a short video of PacMoore's hf/f/s machine in action here.


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Upcoming events:

Experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment, meet suppliers, and compare solutions at WestPack at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA on February 14-16.

Contract Packaging Assoc. Annual Meeting
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.

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