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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
Tray-sealing system
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Tray-sealing system

New tray sealing system from Reiser runs up to 15 packages/min and is built with cost effectiveness and durability in mind. Suitable for a variety of meat, fish, or poultry products with or without modified atmospheres.
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Non-destructive leak testing for bottles
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Non-destructive leak testing for bottles

The Sepha BottleScan from Service Industries tests up to 4 bottles at once for leaks. It has a tool-less design and allows for fast, easy-to-read test results.
Fully integrated turnkey serialization retrofit for existing packaging line
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Fully integrated turnkey serialization retrofit for existing packaging line

Acsis' Serialization in a Box solution allows for management of serialized and non-serialized product simultaneously through the bundle to the case and all the way out through packaging and distribution.
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Hear our chief editor's audio report on Pack Expo 2013 Day One

A new flexible packaging group aimed at reducing the fragmentation that has stymied uptake of flexible packaging applications in the U.S., news that the founder of Elau is now a part of the Beckhoff Group, a smart servo motor that takes advantage of Near-Field Communication and smart phones, energy savings through better conveying connections, and a new entry in the print-on-demand corrugated case category--this and much more was on display at Pack Expo Las Vegas on day one.
Sanitary auger filler for high hygiene standards
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Sanitary auger filler for high hygiene standards

The Spee-Dee Sanitary Auger meets hygiene standards of regulatory agencies that preside over sensitive powder packaging. Applications include infant formula, whey and dairy powders, and pharmaceutical powders. Filler interfaces with virtually any packaging system, including conveyor, hf/f/s, vf/f/s, and rotary equipment.
Half pallet meets multiple usage needs
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Half pallet meets multiple usage needs

CHEP introduces a 40x24-in. half pallet made of wood, with metal blocks allowing for 21-in.-wide pallet jack entry. Offers opportunities for retailers to replenish products on store shelves and build promotional "retail-ready" displays to help build sales.
Smart motor for conveyor applications features Near-Field Communications
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Smart motor for conveyor applications features Near-Field Communications

Servo motor efficiently delivers great starting torque and can be programmed from a smart phone via Near Field Communication. The constant speed of the Smart motor can be set steplessly between 500 and 2600 rpm.
Fully-automatic filling & closing system
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Fully-automatic filling & closing system

This highly flexible system from Groninger can process jars, bottles and cosmeceuticals all on the same machine. With an output of 3,600 units per hour, the MFCS 201R can handle container heights from 30-100 mm and diameters from 10-100 mm.
Multi-axis demo for pick-and-place, palletizing
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Multi-axis demo for pick-and-place, palletizing

B&R featured a live demo of a multi-axis ActuatorLine from Rollon. The unit demos a 5 actuator - 3 axis of motion infrared target practice game that is driven by B&R controls. Rollon X-Y-Z gantry is an out-of-the-box solution for pick and place, packaging, palletizing and depalletizing, delivering flexible, reliable, accurate linear motion controlled by B & R.
Palletize at speeds of 2 secs/bag
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Palletize at speeds of 2 secs/bag

New robotic system from Fanuc is capable of palletizing 30+ bags/min and is suitable for cases or bags. The unique benefit is that this palletizer breaks the two second barrier for bag-to-bag palletizing.
Blister design service for pharmaceutical packaging
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Blister design service for pharmaceutical packaging

BlisterPro® is Klockner Pentaplast's next-generation design service that allows package designers, technicians, and engineers to explore the effects of tool geometry, film types, and process conditions, as well as predict the protective barrier properties of the trial package without expensive and time-consuming line trials.
Robotic cartoning with collating and nesting
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Robotic cartoning with collating and nesting

Delkor's C1 Robotic Packer is a result of that company's cooperation with Tetra Pak. System can pivot alternating containers to nest them in a carton in order to minimize unused space and maximize pallet density.
Servo motor has field-replaceable encoders
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Servo motor has field-replaceable encoders

The 1FK7 servo motor from Siemens is developed with field-replaceable encoders that make for quick and easy on-site service with no special tools or recalibration required. Modular design permits the swapping of incremental encoder with an absolute encoder right in the field, without sending the unit back to the factory. Also shown is Sinamics S120M that integrates motor and drive right in the same unit, ideal for vertical form/fill/seal machines, flow wrappers, rotary capping machines, filling machines, and other packaging equipment.
DuPont's Siddiqi will address food waste at Pack Expo Las Vegas.
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Pack Expo session to address food waste

Among the sessions at the Food Safety Summit Resource Center during Pack Expo Las Vegas will be one aimed at challenging packaging industry leaders to step up their contribution to ending food waste.
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Pack Expo Las Vegas—cut loose, give back, learn a lot

Kenny Loggins will be rockin’, and all ticket proceeds go to K9s for Warriors. Brand new, too, are CTT and SMB FastTrack. Do not miss this show.
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Technologies for keeping baked goods fresh

Pack Expo Las Vegas will showcase a wide variety of packaging machines and materials that can play a key role in keeping baked goods fresh.
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Industrial Internet comes to Pack Expo

Smart controllers, skillful manipulation of Big Data, and people power—these are the three legs of the Industrial Internet stool as outlined by GE Intelligent Platforms. And what, pray tell, is this Industrial Internet?
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Food safety education a highlight of Pack Expo

At Pack Expo Las Vegas September 23-25, The Food Safety Resource Center's newest sponsor will present critical educational sessions on how advances in technology and software can contribute to food safety in manufacturing and packaging.

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