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Pack Expo Chicago 2012

High-res UV coding/marking
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High-res UV coding/marking

PACK EXPO 2012: MapleJet explains how its high-resolution inkjet coding/marking printers use quick-cure UV inks on a wide variety of different substrates--virtually any surface, the company says.
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Pack Expo 2012: Rockwell Pack Expo booth tour continues with focus on the elimination of cables and panels, reducing size of cabinet.
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Pack Expo 2012: Rockwell Pack Expo booth tour continues with focus on the elimination of cables and panels, reducing size of cabinet.

Kinetics 5500 servo drives, multi-axis, shared bus, one cable to servo motor includes feedback and power, reducing cabling for sanitary machine design.
Pack Expo 2012: Reduce Energy Consumption
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Pack Expo 2012: Reduce Energy Consumption

Mitsubishi demonstrates energy optimization as revealed by infrared cameras. Variable frequency drive optimized with Mitsubishi’s excitation control runs cool blue and green saving real dollars. VFD not optimized drives a motor that runs red--hot and inefficient!
Pack Expo 2012: Cognex Dataman 302 top side scanning of 1-D barcodes.
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Pack Expo 2012: Cognex Dataman 302 top side scanning of 1-D barcodes.

Reads through plastic, reads omni-directionally, including high-powered illumination for accurate reading of variable height packages. Readers can be networked together and integrated into a variety of systems.
Podcast

Pack expo exhibitor talks about education and skill set issues

Keith Campbell speaks with a PackExpo exhibitor who reflects on customer response and on the importance of PMMI education initiatives visible at the show.
Pack Expo 2012: ISTA announces Responsible Packaging by Design Guide
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Pack Expo 2012: ISTA announces Responsible Packaging by Design Guide

Learn more about the Intl. Safe Transit Assn., its step-by-step process management standard for the design, testing, and qualification of responsible packaging that meets industry, consumer, and regulatory expectations.
Pack Expo 2012: Molded fiber for foodservice, electronic, and disposable hospital products
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Pack Expo 2012: Molded fiber for foodservice, electronic, and disposable hospital products

The use of renewable molded fibers to create packaging and products continues to grow globally, fueled in part by both sustainability issues and advancing technological developments.
Pack Expo 2012: Stand-up pouch machine with top spout closure applicator
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Pack Expo 2012: Stand-up pouch machine with top spout closure applicator

Shown at the AlliedFlex Technologies booth is the Mespack H-220 stand-up pouch machine that automatically applies a special top spout closure for products including baby foods and applesauce.
Pack Expo 2012: Induction cap sealer takes technology to the Max
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Pack Expo 2012: Induction cap sealer takes technology to the Max

Enercon says improvements to its Super Seal Max induction cap sealer make this machine the "world’s fastest," with a 20% higher rate of performance. A new software-driven operating system, based on the company’s Super Seal Touch architecture, offers improved ease of use and response.
Pack Expo 2012: Cognex Dataman 302 top side scanning of 1-D barcodes
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Pack Expo 2012: Cognex Dataman 302 top side scanning of 1-D barcodes

Reads through plastic, reads omni-directionally, including high-powered illumination for accurate reading of variable height packages. Readers can be networked together and integrated into a variety of systems.
Wash-off labels for glass and PET bottles
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Wash-off labels for glass and PET bottles

Avery Dennison spokesperson Robin Bell demonstrates Fasson® Wash-off labels, suitable for both glass and PET bottles, providing label converters with a replacement for wet-glue product. Suitable for body and/or neck labeling of light and dark containers, as well as bottled water in glass and large containers in recyclable PET bottles.
Dual-infeed palletizer handles products from two different lines
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Dual-infeed palletizer handles products from two different lines

TopTier's dual-infeed Robotier robotic palletizer with integrated, concurrent stretch wrapping for case, bag, and bundle palletizing; receives two distinct products from two different product lines, wrapping loads as they're built.
Tape heads deliver secure seal
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Tape heads deliver secure seal

On the ShurSeal tape heads displayed by ShurTape, a 5-point wipe-down system means secure adhesion of tape to box as adhesive is driven firmly into the case.
Roll and blow tech for plastic bottles
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Roll and blow tech for plastic bottles

Printpack produces plastic rollstock that can be fed through a unique Agami system that rolls and blows bottles up to 500 mL. Non-barrier for dairy, or barrier for hot fill or aseptic filling.
Vacuum cups designed for snack bags
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Vacuum cups designed for snack bags

A specially designed skirt material on these vacuum pickup cups from Piab makes them uniquely suitable for picking and case packing flexible film bags of potato chips and other snacks.
 Case packer leverages vision-guided robotics
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Case packer leverages vision-guided robotics

Osprey case packing system from JLS greatly simplifies changeover, permitting a change in minutes, and sanitary design is a key characteristic.
Low-cost flexo printer
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Low-cost flexo printer

Hapa, part of the Coesia group, was showing the Go-Flex, which is described as the lowest-cost UV flex printer on the market. It's especially suitable for coding variable information.

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