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Pack Expo Chicago 2012

Material-reduced Kellogg's club-store pack gets graphic punch
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Material-reduced Kellogg's club-store pack gets graphic punch

The StrataGraph division of Great Northern Corp. supplies Kellogg's with a laminated SBS solution for its club-store packs of Pastry Crips that offers enhanced package graphics, while reducing material use and providing superior structural strength.
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Corner, edge protector results in sustainable, temporary rack display
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Corner, edge protector results in sustainable, temporary rack display

PACK EXPO 2012: Great Northern Corp.'s Laminations division has employed its VBoard edge-protection product to create the preformed PalletTop display for applications requiring a sturdy, industrial solution. VBoard laminated paperboard is made from recycled, recyclable materials.
Stretch hooder for pallets
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Stretch hooder for pallets

Latest control technology on this stretch hooder from Beumer provides optimal efficiency, and the protection afforded by the stretch hood format keeps pallet loads of product protected even if they are stored outside.
Heat-sealing machine with six stations
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Heat-sealing machine with six stations

PACK EXPO 2012: Sonoco Alloyd’s Aergo™ 6 heat-sealing machine is NFPA 79-compliant and is equipped with one heat-seal station, one eject station, plus two open-load stations that can be used to accommodate up to two feeders for easier material loading.
Medical packaging heat sealer
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Medical packaging heat sealer

PACK EXPO 2012: The Packworld USA PW5400 Touchscreen with TOSS technology is a heat sealer for medical packaging, R&D, and production applications. It has the ability to seal and cut bags up to 72 inches and can be converted as needs change.
New software for palletizing robots
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New software for palletizing robots

PACK EXPO 2012: This family of robots is designed to handle a variety of payloads, and ABB's Robot Studio Palletizer Powerpack software eliminates writing of code for the robots.
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Nestlé reveals the math and science of sustainability

Some smart tools and a 20-year commitment to green ideals span benefits from lightweighting, recycling and bioplastics, to a smaller global carbon footprint.
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How Wrigley and others prevent package recalls

Did you know that a pack of Orbit gum has at least 13 distinct components? Here's how Wrigley and others address recall risks from chemical migration, off-odors and other hard-to-spot factors.
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Will California's ePedigree compliance dates slip again?

This and other serialization questions continue to circulate. Consultant Dirk Rodgers has answers...
Blister packaging system wows attendees
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Blister packaging system wows attendees

At the Starview booth at Pack Expo, the FAB8-1418 fully automatic blister packaging system was shown packaging fishing line in the MWV Natralock format.
An array of hot melt application solutions
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An array of hot melt application solutions

Some new applications, new technology, and new concepts were all on display at the Valco Melton Pack Expo booth, including the D4-E Hot Melt Handgun Kit.
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"Magnetic" personality Jones retires from Eriez

Congratulations to Keith Jones, Eriez Magnetics on his pending retirement. Here at Pack Expo 2012 with Joe Angel, Vice President/Publisher, Packaging World.
Fast-changeover robotic case packer
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Fast-changeover robotic case packer

This recipe-driven robotic case packer from Z Automation features a robotic infeed and lets the user change carton or case size in 10 minutes or less with no tools required.
Auger filler: a breakthrough in ease of cleaning
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Auger filler: a breakthrough in ease of cleaning

On this new servo-driven auger rotary filler from Spee Dee Packaging, magnets are used to hold funnels in place, which brings a whole new level of convenience to no-tool funnel change.
Unique spouted fitment for aseptic pouch
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Unique spouted fitment for aseptic pouch

From IPN is an unusual spouted fitment on a 200-mL standup pouch that lets consumers drink without spillage. The foil-based package is made on a Volpak form/fill seal system with rollstock from Constantia.
High-speed pharma cartoner
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High-speed pharma cartoner

Promatic PC 4000 continuous-motion, high-speed cartoner for the pharma industry operates at speeds to 400 cartons/minute.
Sustainable PVC-free films for pharma solutions
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Sustainable PVC-free films for pharma solutions

Tekni-Plex features sustainable PVC-free films for pharmaceutical solutions. Made of copolyester, films can be used on existing pharmaceutical equipment, and run at considerably lower temperatures than PVC. Full range of barrier available for either moisture or oxygen.

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