'Why is PackML important, why is OEE important, and how can they work together in your machine-control scheme?'

Yaskawa's Meyer explains how PackML's modular, reusable code simplifies automation efforts

What you should know before choosing between metal and X-ray inspection

"If it floats, X-rays can't detect it," Mettler Toledo's Rogers said at Pack Expo.

Using the FDA Preventive Risk Cycle to understand FSMA and GFSI

FDA Preventive Risk Cycle

Automated changeover for better CIP

Schneider's Canna presents ProAdjust

'No more searching for manuals' with the latest process CIP systems

Flexible packaging machines serve a variety of food, chemical markets

Flexible packaging machines serve a variety of food, chemical markets

RFID encoder runs at 600 ft/min.

RFID encoder runs at 600 ft/min.

Coding/marking system reduces solvent evaporation

Coding/marking system reduces solvent evaporation
Servo motor facilitates quick, automated changeover
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Servo motor facilitates quick, automated changeover

New servo motor from Festo is specifically designed for packaging machinery. Offers Ethernet IP integrated controls. Motor and drive package are both in one compact, low-voltage unit.
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On demand label printer
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On demand label printer

With the four-color on-demand label printer they introduced at Pack Expo Las Vegas, Epson lowered the operating cost, increased print quality, and ramped up speed. Improved print head and the addition of black to the mix of inks makes a big difference.
Conveyor, layer former, and handling market
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Conveyor, layer former, and handling market

A Hartness case conveyor, high-speed layer former with Robo-Merge technology to increase throughput, and a layer-handling robot create a flexible palletizing solution for multiple industry applications.
Laser coder for metal or hard plastics
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Laser coder for metal or hard plastics

New laser coding machine from Markem Imaje is especially suitable for marking on metal, hard plastics, or foil. This permanent marking system can be integrated right into a production line.
All servo-driven labeler
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All servo-driven labeler

The new ProLine® 2000 for pressure-sensitive label application from Quadrel Labeling Systems features closed-loop control, integrated servo motors, and overhead AC and DC controls.
Stainless-steel drum motors suit hygienic applications
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Stainless-steel drum motors suit hygienic applications

AC drum motors from Interroll feature a stainless steel design and have been engineered for industrial applications in the food industry. The company offers a number of drum motor styles, from servo to AC induction, in various diameters and horsepower capabilities.
Get a pallet wrapping machine for free?
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Get a pallet wrapping machine for free?

Buy five pallets of wrapping film from Western Plastics and they provide a pallet wrapping machine for free. Coreless pre-stretched film contributes to sustainability goals.
Digital TIJ ink for non-porous substrates
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Digital TIJ ink for non-porous substrates

New ink from Code Tech for digital thermal ink-jet coding is for use in HP disposable ink-jet cartridges. This is a thermal resin ink that dries by adhesion as opposed to evaporation, which makes it suitable for a variety of non-porous substrates.
Robotic loading of clamshell blister sealer
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Robotic loading of clamshell blister sealer

Fully automatic eight-station rotary blister pack sealing machine from Starview Packaging can be integrated with an ESS robotic system that puts product into blister.
'Plug & play' robots require no safety guarding
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'Plug & play' robots require no safety guarding

Ed Mullen of Universal Robots demonstrates how the company's UR5 six-axis robot can be easily programmed via a touchscreen tablet or by simply grabbing the robot arm showing it the desired path of movement, for a pick-and-place application. Universal Robots' force control feature allows the robot to grip and handle objects of different dimensions and flexibility without crushing using variable force.
Replace corrugated partitions in big-box stores
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Replace corrugated partitions in big-box stores

Displayed by Hexacomb was a bulk pack concept that replaces corrugated partitions and cases when it comes to shipping. Layered system is especially suitable for big-box retailers.
Motor/drive combo capitalizes on recent trends
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Motor/drive combo capitalizes on recent trends

Gen 2 integrated motor and drive from Bosch Rexroth capitalizes on recent advances in the automation bus and on the advent of safety technology. Said to be the only integrated motor and drive where it's capable of tying in local I/O.
Hot melt adhesive with sustainability benefits
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Hot melt adhesive with sustainability benefits

H.B. Fuller's advantra Encore hot melt adhesive provides increased "mileage" benefits, reducing adhesive consumption. Performs across broad substrate types and service temperature ranges.
Top-loading case packer
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Top-loading case packer

Top-loading case packer puts standup pouches into a top-load case in either upright or lay-flat orientation. Does up to 200 pouches/min. Taper closes cases shut.
Podcast

Keith Campbell highlights new technologies that deserve our attention

Veteran packaging automation guru Keith Campbell discusses the advances he saw on this year's show floor with regard to two game-changing technologies: linear servos and additive manufacturing, otherwise known as 3D printing.
New high-speed inline palletizer is first of a new generation
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New high-speed inline palletizer is first of a new generation

The HL7200 high speed palletizer from Columbia Machine incorporates industry-leading safety package, ultimate flexibility and highest performance level in a robust and reliable palletizer that is easy to operate.
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How TPEs benefit consumers, brands and Mother Earth

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) provide ease-of-use, brand differentiation and sustainability benefits, Sharon Derbyshire of PolyOne told Pack Expo 2013 attendees.
Alchemy's Lee teaches how GFSI auditors think at Pack Expo 2013
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What GFSI auditors want to know from you and your employees

Prevent food safety audit failure by treating your employees as auditors do…as critical control points! And realize that training is key, according to this Pack Expo 2013 presenter...

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