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Sponsors: April 2013

See how the SD-900 improves productivity and safety. >>

The SD-900 Video Trial Program provides a comprehensive evaluation of your automation process. Giving you a realistic evaluation of how the SD-900 can improve your process without committing valuable engineering time or financial investment.

Glue Dots

Large-character printer for nonporous, coated board >>

The large-character Diagraph IJ3000 ink-jet printer uses a Trident-based print engine, printing on nonporous, coated material with solvent-based ink. Technology is said to be easy to use and easy to program.


Ink-jet printer requires no maintenance >>

The A420-CIJ printer from Domino requires no maintenance beyond changing consumables. New quick-change module replaces ink and filters in 10-min. Easy for operators to select, verify, and send message to printer with easy-to-see interface. Printhead guarantees clean, error-free printing.


An affordable workhorse for water-soluble pouch packaging >>

Introduced with half the speed and half the cost of its predecessor the HydroForma f/f/s machine for water-soluble pouch packages, the HydroForma SP is Cloud Packaging's small-platform machine, which still can package three to five times the pouches per minute of any competitive vertical-style machine.

Cloud Packaging

Primary Packaging Line Equipment Playbook >>

The go-to guide for packagers with a packaging line project, NEWLY UPDATED for 2013!

Primary Playbook

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April 2013

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Lead Off

  Never ones to stand pat when it comes to the packaging shows they organize and produce, the folks at PMMI have cooked up something brand new for Pack Expo Las Vegas this year: the Center for Trends & Technology, or CTT.

What's New

  Packaging for new HONEST Fizz, a line of naturally sweetened sodas from Honest Tea, uses whimsical product shots and lots of bubbles to convey fun and effervescence.

Academic Angle

  The inclusive design movement is known by many names: design for all, universal design, accessible design, trans-generational design, participatory design, and barrier free design among them.

Legal Side

  The notorious Salmonella outbreak in 2008-2009, in which Georgia-based Peanut Corporation of America was alleged to have supplied contaminated peanut products to makers of hundreds of food products, has finally resulted in criminal charges, as many observers had expected.

Greener Package

  New online brochure urges the packaging industry to think more broadly about the role that packaging plays in the total system that it supports.

  Stand-up, reclosable five-sided pouch provides competitive differentiation, shelf presence, and consumer benefits.

  Automates removal of broken tablets and fragments upstream of packaging for Canadian maker of vitamins, minerals, and supplements.

Cover Story

  The outer carton boasts a ‘beautiful opaque yellow’ while the inner tray that holds the cell phone protector is made of up to 100% post-consumer recycled PET.

  Fave Juice’s careful selection of new bottling system protects product shelf life and triples sales forecasts

  Conspicuous at Pack Expo International last fall, linear servo motors may be evolving in a manner similar to that of the coordinated multi-axis rotary servos that preceded them.

  End user productivity went up 30% after a state-of-the-art retort-basket unloading system was designed as a replacement for a largely mechanical predecessor.

  Toad-Ally Snax installs pouch vf/f/s and case coder upgrades to accommodate growing product demand.

  Home office/entertainment furniture maker eliminates replacement glass breakage during shipping with a custom solution that combines laminated paperboard and honeycomb.

  Healthcare Packaging Publisher Jim Chrzan shares observations from Cool Chain Logistics Europe in Basel, Switzerland.

  Sanofi-Aventis speaker points to multiple challenges in shipping medications by air, land, and sea.

  The first full day of presentations at The Packaging Conference includes details on the Absolut Unique vodka project, digital package printing, and PET recycling initiatives.

  More intuitive color scheme and attention to communication hierarchy helps Contac maintain consumer trust amid a clutter of competitive products in the cold and flu aisle.

 New package delivers consumer convenience with easy foil-liner removal, more hygienic scooping of the powder from the SmarTub.

Shelf Impact

  New graphics for Cisco’s Linksys routers alleviate consumer confusion in an overly complicated category and communicate the powerful potential of the technology.

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ISTA announces Responsible Packaging by Design Guide
Learn more about the Intl. Safe Transit Assn., its step-by-step process management standard for the design, testing, and qualification of responsible packaging that meets industry, consumer, and regulatory expectations.
Upcoming events:

The 59th International Instrumentation Symposium
For almost 60 years, ISA's International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) has provided professionals with a forum to learn, advance, and share information on instrumentation techniques. Cleveland, OH. May 13-17, 2013

15th Annual Electric Power Conference and Exhibition
Electric Power 2013 will provide entire conference tracks dedicated to each of the leading fuels – coal, gas, nuclear and renewable energy, and multiple tracks filled with cross-cutting content like environmental regulations and technology. Rosemont, IL. May 14-16, 2013

freshPACKmoves 2013
The program for this premiere Cal Poly Packaging Seminar, freshPACKmoves 2013 is focused on giving your company the critical edge in the competitive arenas of packaging innovation, food safety & traceability, sustainable packaging solutions, and cold- chain logistics for fresh perishables. Monterey, CA. May 20-21, 2013


The Automation Conference

Featuring two days of education and networking for management and engineering professionals in the discrete manufacturing, packaging and process automation industries Attend The 2013 Automation Conference on May 14-15 in Chicago, IL.

Free registration >>

ProMat 2013


Sensors Expo

Sensors Expo is one of the world's largest gatherings of engineers and scientists involved in the development and deployment of sensor systems. Rosemont, IL June 4-6, 2013

Register now >>

The Packaging Conference
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