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Pack Expo Chicago 2012

Multi-touch panel HMI from Beckhoff offers "consumer electronics" experience
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Multi-touch panel HMI from Beckhoff offers "consumer electronics" experience

Industrial-strength HMI designed for harshest factory conditions, available in landscape and portrait format, allows operator to zero in on any part of packaging line for diagnostic troubleshooting. HMI leverages touch and swipe technology found on tablets such as the iPad.
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Laser coding system prints on OPP film without perforation
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Laser coding system prints on OPP film without perforation

Targeted at snack-food and candy packaging applications using oriented polypropylene film, the eSolarMark Fiber YAG laser coding system from Matthews Marking Products responds to the carbon ink on a package's film substrate to produce a brilliant, contrasting code, without causing film perforation.
IoPP’s MDPTC addresses labeling, sustainability, sterilization issues
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IoPP’s MDPTC addresses labeling, sustainability, sterilization issues

Karen Greene provides an update on the Institute of Packaging Professionals' Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee during Pack Expo 2012.
Protective packaging made from mushroom roots
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Protective packaging made from mushroom roots

Sealed Air's Restore™ Mushroom Packaging is a 100% renewable protective packaging made from non-food agricultural byproducts and mycelium, or mushroom roots. This is the first commercialized use of the technology developed by Ecovative Design and offers all-natural protective packaging that is home-compostable.
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High-speed palletizing robot
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High-speed palletizing robot

Fanuc's high-speed palletizing robot was doing a triple pick for about 45 cases/min.
Thermoformed clamshell beckons to consumers
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Thermoformed clamshell beckons to consumers

A new concept from HLP Klearfold offers not only tamper resistance but also ease of opening for consumers.
Vf/f/s machine switches from pillow bags to zipper packages
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Vf/f/s machine switches from pillow bags to zipper packages

The XYT bag machine from Triangle Package Machinery allows users to switch bag styles--from pillow bags with zippers to standard pillow pouches to a four-corner bag with or without zipper--on packages up to 15 in. wide. Machine boasts fastest zipper bag speed at 60/min for a four-corner bag with zipper.
Custom automation via Mechatronics at Work
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Custom automation via Mechatronics at Work

Bosch Rexroth's demos its custom Mechatronics @ Work technology, focusing on IndraDrive Mi integrated motor-drive system and its new Omega Linear Module OBB.
Stick pack machine for pharmaceutical applications
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Stick pack machine for pharmaceutical applications

Körber Medipak demonstrates its new StickPack packaging line from Mediseal, new to the U.S. market. The line controls stick packs during the entire process, using a side-load process into a unique carton style for pharmaceutical powders.
Liquid filler for free-flowing as well as viscous products
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Liquid filler for free-flowing as well as viscous products

An integral part of an integrated packaging line, the V300 Liquid Filler accommodates free-flowing to viscous products and a variety of container sizes and shapes.
Case taping adjusts for varying case heights
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Case taping adjusts for varying case heights

A new case taper on display at the 3M booth was notable for how readily it adjusts to different-sized cases.
Podcast

Chief editor Pat Reynolds' audio take on Pack Expo 2012 Day Two

Conformable labels on curved shampoo bottles; shrink sleeve label material that separates easily from PET flake; regenerative energy ideas on servo motors; new robotic software that simplifies setup; much higher barrier in pharma materials; and a specially designed vacumm pickup cup that could make robotic handling more popular in snack bag packaging--all this and more on day two at Pack Expo.
Bionic handling system with adaptive fingers
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Bionic handling system with adaptive fingers

Festo demonstrates the company's bionic handling system technology, which consists of three basic elements for spatial movement: hand axis and a gripper with adaptive fingers.
Color-changing sealant technology for flexible applications requiring security
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Color-changing sealant technology for flexible applications requiring security

Chevron pouches and lidding materials for trays are expected to be the first commercialized applications of Rollprint Packaging Products' Chameleon™ color-changing sealant technology for heat-seal applications, shown in this video by Rollprint's Dwane Hahn.
Faster, smarter bar-coding with UV
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Faster, smarter bar-coding with UV

Find out why a new carton feeder for bar code printing and verification uses water-resistant, UV curable ink for higher frequency jetting for faster, higher quality printing and more.
New hybrid printer for tablet blister packs adds serialization-capable digital printing capability
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New hybrid printer for tablet blister packs adds serialization-capable digital printing capability

New hybrid printer for blister machines features 2 modules, one that utilizes a print mat, and one that is digital. This system allows for multi-color, large coverage, and a low operating cost. Allows for serialization of data, including bar, matrix, and alphanumeric codes.
Reinforced packaging protects products with sharp edges during shipment
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Reinforced packaging protects products with sharp edges during shipment

Nomaco's Nomapack EPX edge-protection system incorporates a reinforced plastic channel to prevent sharp edges from breaking through packaging.

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