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Video: Using high-speed video analysis to optimize scale and bagger efficiencies >>

Yamato has pioneered the use of ultra high speed video to analyze combination weigher and VFFS bagger geometries in order to optimize the entire system's speed and efficiency.


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

Maximize your packaging >>

The PI team specializes in creating innovative packaging solutions through vertical integration, with industry leading speed to market.

Plastic Ingenuity

The All New SD-900 is Applied Productivity >>

Glue Dots International (GDI) introduces the SD-900 adhesive applicator; a fully automated, inline adhesive applicator engineered to quickly, cleanly, and easily apply Glue Dots Brand Adhesives. Competitively priced versus most hot melt systems, the SD-900 reduces your operating cost and increases worker safety.

Glue Dots

Online only surplus auction: August 10, 2011 >>

Bidding August 10, 2:00 PM EDT

•Twin screw extruders
• High Speed Check Weigher
• Packaging Equip
• Arpac Tray Erectors
• Arpac Over Wrappers & Shrink Tunnels
• Plant Support & More!

Advanced Auctioneers & Appraisers

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July 2011

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the legal side

 When it comes to nanotechnology, (double pun alert), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking tiny steps, but the European Union is being particle-ular.

greener package

  In the soft drink wars, a new battle is being waged.

  An Ohio sauce maker's unconventional approach integrates a green manufacturing facility with an efficient filling and packaging line-and sales are up more than 15%.

  Here are some of the latest developments in holography from around the world, including one eye-catcher and another that puts the seal on an effective anti-counterfeit strategy.

sustainable packging

 The key to truly 'more sustainable' packaging design is to begin with a strategy. With a vision and goals specific to your company, you can successfully apply tools like LCA to make better design and purchasing decisions.

cover story

  Innovation is always the hallmark of this prestigious competition, but this year the winners have outdone themselves. One is actually grown in a mold.

 Whether you're a plant manager already or a plant manager wannabe, you would have found considerable value in this year's Packaging Automation Forum. Here are a few highlights.

  Pet food company installs versatile system to handle stand-up, zipper-close pouches in various sizes.

 ePoultry packager improves operating efficiencies, while slashing labor requirements and reaping rapid ROI.

  Upon learning that packaging veteran Dave Hoenig was headed for interpack, we asked him to put together some observations on trends noticeable at this massive event.

Professionl Perspective

 Have you noticed how waves of financial success, followed by strife, over time, spell a very unpredictable future for contract packagers? We are no different than any other segment of the packaging industry.


Online Auction: No Reserve Bids, No Minimum Bids

Advanced Auctioneers will conduct an online only auction of a snack food manufacturing plant for ConAgra Foods in Milton, PA on August 10, 2:00 PM EDT. Featuring: (3) Twin Screw Extruders; (13) Rotary Scales; (2) Cretors Popcorn Poppers; Coating Drums; SS Kettles; Metal Detectors; Conveyors; Packaging Equipment; Fork Lift; Plant Support & More!!

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Upcoming events:

Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop
Courtyard Marriott, Schaumburg, IL. Shelf Impact!'s Package Design Workshop is an interactive workshop covering package design strategies, trends, best practices and consumer insights for package designers, package development pros, marketing and brand managers, September 13.

International Dairy Show
The International Dairy Show features the latest trends and innovations in the dairy industry, and will be held in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center, September 19-21.

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.

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