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SPONSOR: Axon Corporation November 1, 2013 | Edited by Bob Sperber

Aurora Series shrink sleeve applicators offer high efficiency to packaging lines >>

With the addition of the new Aurora Wide, Axon’s Aurora line now covers a layflat width range of 50 to 400mm. Aurora delivers high speed and reliable performance by employing a servo automated film feeding and cutting system in a mandrel-style platform, using the latest controls technology and PackML standard.

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The EZ-Series, covering the widest film layflat width in the industry: 18 to 900mm >>

Introduced more than two decades ago, the EZ-Seal Series brings the highest value to packagers worldwide. Our patented, electro-pneumatic applicator is ideal for up to 150cpm speeds and offers low cost change parts, simplified changeovers and easy transition between TE bands, shrink sleeves and multipacks.

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The EZ-100H is designed for sleeving small diameter, cylindrical containers >>

The EZ-100H system has become a recognized solution for the cosmetics and personal care industries. This is an ideal shrink sleeve applicator for pencils, lipsticks, mascaras and other similar products that are difficult to convey in a vertical orientation.

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Axon’s heat tunnels offer optimum shrink performance while using minimum space >>

Our heat shrink tunnels are energy efficient, economical and easy to operate. They are configured in a range of sizes and offer cantilevered designs to provide optimum shrink performance in minimum space. Our convection, radiant and steam tunnels set the standard for performance and value.

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Styrotech is the first name in stretch sleeve labeling >>

Styrotech has more than 40 years of history and thousands of stretch sleeve machines worldwide. This line of machinery is the most simple, precise and energy efficient stretch sleeve technology in the industry. The ST-2650 is able to reach 80cpm with servo automated, intermittent feeding technology.

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CPA 2014 Annual Meeting kicks-off with a high-octane keynote

Have you ever attended a keynote presentation in which "you walk in quietly, the speaker speaks, and you walk out as quietly as you came in? Well, that's not gonna happen at the 2014 Contract Packaging Association's Annual Meeting," says Ted Janusz of Janus Presentations, LLC. As keynote speaker at the event, Janusz promises his presentation, "How to Build Effective Contract Packaging Relationships," will be "fun, interesting and most of all, beneficial."

Beyond the keynote, the conference, held February 27 to March 2 at the Omni Tucson National Resort in Tucson, AZ, is chock full of sessions and events focused on the theme,"Building a Bridge to Profitability."

For more information about the presentation, the full meeting, agenda, registration details, golf and more…

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Did you know you're eating 'HPP,' often co-packed, foods?

"You may not know this, but almost all of the sliced meats in the U.S. are actually being HPP-ed, even though it doesn't say that on the package, said Errol Raghubeer, vice president of microbiology & food technology with Avure Technologies, Franklin, TN, in a presentation at the Pack Expo 2013 Innovation Stage.

But what is HPP? High Pressure Processing is a non-thermal treatment for commercial sterilization. It is lethal to pathogens and bacteria such as Listeria, E.coli, and Salmonella in refrigerated products—but leaves the "good bugs," or healthy and nutritious microbiological constituents intact. Instead of heating, and often heating the food product to ensure that the "bad bugs" are killed, which can overcook the food product itself, HPP bathes the product in ultra-high water pressure, up to 87,000 psi, to disable pathogens. Best of all, the water bath can be as low as 10 or 15 seconds, which bodes well for production throughput.

Most companies, especially high-volume meat and poultry brands, do not own their own systems, instead using contract-manufacturing tolling services in Nebraska, Milwaukee, California and elsewhere at roughly eight U.S. sites. Hormel Foods, which has both branded and co-pack businesses, is one company using HPP…

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Outsourcing seen as 'strategic competitive weapon' in pharmaceutical market

“Outsourcing has become a viable and a beneficial business strategy that is enabling firms to transfer non-core activities to external partners in order to restructure their distribution networks, leverage resources, spread risk, focus on issues imperative to survival, competitive advantage, and future growth.” That’s according to Global Markets for Contract Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Research and Packaging, a new technical market research report from BCC Research.

The report says, “Outsourcing, once considered as a cost-saving initiative, is now viewed as a ‘strategic competitive weapon’ that offers flexibility in production, satisfies end users' growing demands, and enhances a company's competitive advantage.”

BCC Research states that the global market for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing, research, and packaging was valued at $219.9 billion in 2012, expecting that market to reach $242.2 billion this year. To find out where the market will be in 2018…

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Two trendy oat products and container formats; one choice to co-pack

Whether it’s PP sheet that runs through a form/fill/seal machine or a PET bottle being filled by a co-packer, packaging is the key to convenience in oat-based foods market—whether the product is co-packed or not...

St.Petersburg Russia-based Velle Oats manufactures and fills its own plastic cups; New York-based Wellness Works chose to go the co-packing route when it introduced its line of Oatworks beverages. There are numerous reasons a brand chooses to outsource—or not—but two convenient plastic container formats get a closer look in an article by Pat Reynolds, VP and Editor of Packaging World.

With consumers growing increasingly aware of the health benefits to be derived from oat-based foods, more and more variations of such foods are becoming available. Velle Oats’ fermented oat-based yogurt grew so fast that a packaging machinery upgrade was essential. The company switched from preformed polypropylene pots to new thermoform/fill/seal technology in 2012 “to increase profitability,” says CEO Yan Hervy.

Oatworks’ “oat-powered” smoothies, says David Peters, CEO of brand owner Wellness Works, “extend the appeal of oatmeal beyond breakfast throughout the day.” The product comes in PET bottles filled by Aseptic Solutions , and take a 38-mm injection-molded PP closure. For more details…

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