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Packaging World       Editor, Bob Sperber
SPONSORS: September 20, 2012 | Edited by Bob Sperber
Touch panel interface packs high performance features >>

Video on Proface HMI modular touch panel Model GP-4000M shows advances in high resolution, communications capabilities, and connectivity options, and enclosure size.

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Ultrasonic sealing technology that reduces materials, maintenance, and energy >>

Triangle demonstrates the versatility of its ultrasonic sealing technology in this video. The sealing technology is designed to reduce material consumption through a 50-80% narrower seal versus heat. There is also a reduction of package headspace and a potential reduction in secondary packaging.

Triangle Package Machinery Company

Beyond compromise - protecting your brand >>

Protecting brand identity is crucial in today's competitive markets. There are many ways in which your brand can be damaged, and it's important to be aware of them in order to make sure that your company is taking the proper precautions to avoid and combat these dangerous pitfalls.


Desiccant placing made easy >>

Dispensing desiccant, oxygen absorbers or other pouches has never been so easy and productive for line operators. With one touch of a color display screen, the AZCO VIP-100 threads and cuts material, adjusts discharge height and your packaging line is off to the races.


Embarking on a new packaging project? >>

Updated! We’ve picked the brains of leading packaging experts to bring you this must-have PDF e-book. In addition to extensive updates to our 2011 knowledge base, we’ve added an all-new section on sustainability. We cut through the hype and show you what you should be focusing on when it comes to sustainability.

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Attend contract packaging sessions at Pack Expo

The Contract Packaging Association (CPA) will deliver two presentations at IoPP's Packaging Learning Center as part of The Conference at Pack Expo, Oct. 29-31. They are:

Contract Packaging and Kitting as a Lean Packaging Strategy:

This session will be presented Oct. 29 by Kevin Hall, a packaging industry veteran who has worked on both sides of the contract packaging aisle. His 20-plus years in consumer goods supply chain management includes experience at Clorox Co. as well as at contract packaging and logistics services companies. Attendees of this session will learn how to define kit assembly as a lean approach to packaging, gain an understanding of the cost benefits of proper kitting and recognize where and how to unlock production efficiencies and gain speed-to-market benefits through the creation of kit packaging.

The Evolution of Contract Packaging within the Customer Supply Chain:

Eric Wilhelm, CEO of Coregistics, will deliver this presentation on Oct. 31. He will explain the trend of “late-state differentiation” of product, which has grown to 20% of the product volume going to retailers, and in which contract packaging can provide significant value. Attendees will learn about optimizing product and data networks, discerning future trends in contract packaging and reducing supply chain waste.

Click to find out more and get the full conference agenda >>

Need to get back to (machinery) basics? IoPP has a course for that

In addition to announcing its support for contract packagers by hosting CPA seminars at Pack Expo (see above article), IoPP, The Institute of Packaging Professionals, offers a seminar, "Packaging Machinery: Basics." It’s open to all packaging pros, but the association specifically pointed out that it “can help contract packagers who need machinery know-how.”

The course is led by John Henry of, a CPP and 25-year packaging and plant operations veteran.

The next seminar will be conducted October 8-10, 2012 at the site of Frain Industries, near Chicago’s O'Hare Airport. The 2½-day course will help you…

• Learn how to create effective packages by knowing how they run on line equipment.

• Discover how to deliver efficient packaging line performance that saves money.

• See how to integrate machinery into the overall packaging equation.

• Get "hands on" instruction, and see actual packaging machinery, all in the same place.

• Get focused information that helps you advance your career.

For more information, click to view complete course details, call IoPP's education hotline at 630.696.4011 or send an email to


Orthopedic co-packer expands in Memphis

Millstone Medical Outsourcing, Fall River, MA, announced on August 28 that it will expand its Memphis, TN, operations to a new facility in order to broaden services and capacity. The new facility will offer 150,000 square feet of operational space for advanced mechanical inspection, world-class loaner kit processing, innovative bone/tissue storage, cutting-edge packaging services, and distribution. Renovations and construction of a new building are already underway, and completion is targeted by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012. The new facility will be located in a suburb of Memphis, and will add 25 new hires.

Read the full article >>



Saddle Creek kudos

Lakeland, FL-based Saddle Creek Logistics Services, provider of services including warehousing, transportation, packaging and fulfillment, on September 18 announced that it has named Joe Maggio (pictured) as vice president of business development, based at the company’s Buena Park, CA, facility. Maggio comes by way of global third-party logistics firm OHL, and before that, other firms including Kuehne + Nagel Contract Logistics, Inland Star Distribution Centers, and APL.

Congratulations to Maggio – and while we’re at it, to Saddle Creek for earning multiple kudos in the press during the latter half of August: Inc. magazine cited the company as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America as part of the magazine’s 2012 Inc. 5000 rankings; and three industry publications – Inbound Logistics, SupplyChainBrain and Food Logistics – all included the company in their lists of top third-party logistics firms. For more details on all of these items, see the company’s news/press releases page.

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Dave Mason of Adept talks about the shortage of resources currently available for serialization projects at Mettler Toledo's Pharma exchange. Packaging development, project management and validation are key to success.
Upcoming events:

Attend the International In-mold Labeling & Decorating Conference & Exhibition located this year in suburban Chicago, at the Hyatt Rosemont Hotel, October 4-5.

Interphex Puerto Rico
Attend the Caribbean's premier event for life sciences manufacturing, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices and diagnostics at the Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Jose, PR, October 4-5.

PACK EXPO International 2012
With an expanded focus on processing and integrated processing-packaging systems, PACK EXPO International 2012 offers business solutions to stay ahead of the curve. This year's event is at Chicago's McCormick Place, October 28-31.

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