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'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
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Where have all the parts gone?

Keith Campbell makes twin observations about an important trend in packaging machinery design that he sees markedly manifest on the floor of Pack Expo. And it's a good thing. Hint: This isn't your father's packaging machinery anymore.
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Anti-counterfeiting technology for medical device/pharmaceutical applications
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Anti-counterfeiting technology for medical device/pharmaceutical applications

Rollprint Packaging Products, Inc.'s new Ghost process creates an integrated, repeating watermark embedded in the composite flexible packaging material that makes it technically and economically challenging to duplicate for chevron pouches, blister packs, packets, and packaging for other security-driven or luxury items.
Jerky pack transformation brings sustainability, shelf impact benefits
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Jerky pack transformation brings sustainability, shelf impact benefits

Meat snacks manufacturer Jack Link's switch from a round PVC canister to the paper-based StrataGraph club-store carton from Great Northern Corp. enabled the company to deliver attention-grabbing graphics and cost-effectiveness while meeting club-store requirements for strength and stackability.
Versatile automatic sachet machine
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Versatile automatic sachet machine

The Beta 200 sachet machine for cosmetic and pharmaceutical applications can dose for powders, granules, pastes, liquids, and wet wipes of various shapes and sizes.
Cold-environment metal detector guaranteed for up to three years
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Cold-environment metal detector guaranteed for up to three years

The APEX HD (heavy-duty) metal detector from Thermo Scientific has been specially designed for cold-packaging applications, such as meat, poultry, and seafood, where the equipment requires frequent washing with hot water. A special filling compound on the APEX HD allows for machine durability for up to 10,000 cycles.
High-speed, low maintenance coder
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High-speed, low maintenance coder

The Linx SL302 laser coder is equipped with a 30W laser codes high quality text, graphics and Data Matrix codes onto a wide range of materials. New LinxVision display clearly shows the selected message to print, reducing user errors.
Seal quality test using airborne ultrasound technology
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Seal quality test using airborne ultrasound technology

Seal-Sensor® 512 ultrasound seal-sensor technology detects the quality of the seal with a pass/fail rating. This year, Seal-Sensor® 512 received accreditation from ASTM Test Method F3004-13 for testing the final seal.
Automated traverse system moves printer over product
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Automated traverse system moves printer over product

System from Leibinger works with company's JET2SE and JET 3 printers, and easily imprints single or multiple products in a row. This system works on tubes, PCB, steel and plastic products.
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Chief editor Pat Reynolds' Day Two coverage of Pack Expo 2013

PackML news from Rockwell and P&G, a notable acquisition in the ranks of the automation suppliers, observations on a new communications trend in packaging machinery, a glimpse at interpack 2014, and the work being done on developing a more sustainable thermoformed single-serve coffee capsule--these were the highlights of Pack Expo Las Vegas on Day Two.
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A new paradigm on industrial robots?

Keith Campbell's first look at new technology from two companies, Universal Robotics and Rethink Robotics. These companies are taking a completely different approach to robotics, offering units that are inexpensive, flexible, adaptable, and easily retrained. Will they work in packaging?
Verification technology ensures readable barcodes
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Verification technology ensures readable barcodes

Microscan's latest identification and inspection solutions for product traceability and quality compliance allow packagers to incorporate barcode readers and smart cameras into their packaging lines and machinery to track and record critical data on products, labels, and secondary packaging. Microscan's technology ensures mislabeled cases, poorly printed text, and unreadable barcodes never make it to the customers' site.
Affordable, compact unit dispenses desiccant packets
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Affordable, compact unit dispenses desiccant packets

Azco's desiccant dispenser has a small footprint and combines affordability with handy features for the packaging, converting, food and medical industries.
Recyclable PP coffee cup keeps contents hot, surface cool
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Recyclable PP coffee cup keeps contents hot, surface cool

Under development for six years, Berry Plastics' new Versalite™ thermal management technology for hot or cold beverage cups allows for superior insulation, keeping hot beverages hot and cold ones cold, while keeping the surface temperature cool for consumers' hands. The reusable, durable, laminated PP cup allows for 10-color reverse flexo-printed graphics and full recyclablility.
Printed shrink film offers brand visibility
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Printed shrink film offers brand visibility

Exopack rollstock films are available as mono-layer, co-extruded or laminated structures. Company's printing and graphic capabilities are geared toward delivering maximum shelf appeal versus traditional paperboard carriers.
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Four-legged Pack Expo attendee turns heads

Skip, one of the K-9s for Warriors four-legged ambassadors, stopped by the Packaging World booth at PACK EXPO this morning to share the good news of last night's successful fundraiser. Six dogs were secured for six veterans thanks to the PACK Gives BACK Opening Reception and fundraiser, featuring Kenny Loggins.
Full line of adhesives ranges from hot melts to UV curables
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Full line of adhesives ranges from hot melts to UV curables

RS Industrial distributes and manufactures industrial adhesives, coatings and tapes, in addition to their original Adhesive Squares™ brand adhesive dots, available in over 1,000 sizes.
New controller accepts 250 I/O modules
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New controller accepts 250 I/O modules

Wago has introduced a new PFC200 controller that can have up to 250 I/O modules connected to it. Comes with an Ethernet port and an SD card that stores up to 32 gigabytes.
Industrial-grade vision system for serialization
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Industrial-grade vision system for serialization

Cognex In-Sight vision system inspects, identifies, and guides parts. Offers integrated track-and-trace technology to help meet unit-levels erialization needs.

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