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New partition inserter with dual servo drive. See it in action >>

Delivering top performance and reliability and NO-tools changeover! See how this partition inserter will benefit your packaging line.

A-B-C Packaging Machine

Learn How to Save Time and Money with Fogg Filler's Recovery Trough >>

Click here to watch how Fogg Filler's Recovery Trough can save you time and money by cleaning your filling valves in place (CIP) and virtually eliminating the need for manual removal and cleaning.

Fogg Filler

See the MB4C improved with Servo Compression from Optima >>

The Optima MB4C (Mini-Bagger IV C) is a fully automatic bag-opening, filling and sealing machine, equipped with servo compression for soft disposable products. The MB4C package dimensions are between 100x100x80 mm and 500x540x180mm. Production output 10 packs/minute. Check out the video of Optima's MB4C in action.

Optima Machinery Corporation

Our commitment: Transferring more value to you. >>

The SmartDate X40 represents a transparent, advanced TTO coding solution. Based on our industry-leading experience in TTO technology, the X40 delivers long-term cost control through strong warranties, planet-conscious design that meets or exceeds standards, greater uptime, and enhanced performance on the line.


NEW Clippard pneumatic custom solutions brochure >>

If you need a miniature pneumatic product that fits your application perfectly, Clippard has the capability to design or modify it's standard products to suit your exact needs. Our dedicated staff is devoted to providing you with the best solution available!


Some things just fit better in a "Pouch" >>

Rennco's Vertic.L-PP pouch packing system provides a reliable, versatile cost effective alternative to pre-made bag operations. Rather than counting or bundling by hand, the Vertic.L-PP bagging system offers an easy load method for packaging your loose bulk items.


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March 2011

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the legal side

 It might soon get easier to be OK with the 510(k).

greener package

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released its annual report for 2009 on municipal solid waste (MSW) in the U.S., which includes a wealth of information on national recycling and composting trends.

cover story

 Necco Sweethearts have been an American favorite since 1902, but even the most iconic confectionery can benefit from a packaging upgrade.

 It's the largest packaging show in the world and will unveil a number of new pavilions, including a Save Food congress developed in cooperation with the UN.

 Consumers are showing a keen interest in this tray-style packaging concept for sliced, shingled cheese. It's all about ease of use and convenient re-closeability.

 The Hawaiian maker of craft beers expects to double production volume in 2011, and a new can carrier applicator is helping to dramatically increase line speed and cut costs.

 Rx-to-OTC switches, and a shift of top execs from CPGs to retailers, increase the emphasis on package design to help store brands gain greater market share.

 Notable advances in sustainability, shelf impact, laser micro-perforation, and shelf life extension are all on display in the Flexible Packaging Association's Gold Award winners.

 This manufacturer of thermoformers and trim presses finds multiple benefits in its newly developed PLC-based controls platform.

 The newest bottled water line at Ice River Springs blows and fills 1,200 half-liter bottles/min for private-label customers that include Walmart and Loblaw.

 Leading provider of protein salads, cooked meats, and sauces doubles productivity, improves versatility, and reduces packaging failure with new bulk-liquid packaging system.

 The drugstore chain's private-brand sales double as redesigned stores, repositioned brands, and feels-like-home package designs win back New Yorkers with 'attitude.'

 Product concept and package structure remain strong companions, and some recent packages take it further through waste minimization or added convenience.

 If you're looking for package design and branding ideas, or even inspiration for your creative team, this year's FUSE: Design & Culture | Branding Identity & Packaging conference will provide a variety of topics to meet your needs.

 A brand extension can make sense in a hot category when the objective is to find new consumers and build sales.

 Microsoft is synonymous with product innovation. Now the company is innovating through packaging as well by integrating product development with package development. A great recent example is the December 2010 introduction of the Arc Touch Mouse.

 The Chinese packaging market is projected to surpass the U.S. packaging market volume by 2015. With the attention this news has attracted, packaging manufacturers may be overlooking equally attractive opportunities in another BRIC country, Brazil.

Upcoming events:

Sustainable Packaging Symposium
Hyatt Regency Chicago, IL. Sustainable Packaging Symposium, produced by Greener Package and the Institute for Sustainability, will examine the pivotal role of packaging in implementing sustainability across businesses' supply chains, from March 16-18.

NACD 2011 Annual Convention
La Quinta Resort & Club, Palm Springs, CA The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) annual convention will be held April 6-10, 2011.

Packaging Automation Forum
Westin O'Hare, Rosemont, IL. Packaging Automation Forum, produced by Packaging World and Automation World, features peer-to-peer education about how to increase productivity, flexibility and performance using state-of-the-art packaging controls and information technology, April 26.

Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops
Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Princeton, NJ. Healthcare Packaging Conference & Workshops, produced by Healthcare Packaging magazine, will feature operational and package design strategies for pharmaceutical and medical device packagers, May 26.

Sustainable Packaging Symposium


Innovation Starts At ProMat® 2011

See and compare solutions for your manufacturing and supply chain operations and network with your peers at ProMat 2011 March 21-24, 2011 at Chicago's McCormick Place. Discover equipment and systems solutions. Learn about the latest innovations. Explore 700 exhibits and 80 Education Sessions. Learn more >>

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