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Sponsors: May 2013

Bulk bottle handling made easy… >>

See how A-B-C’s M108 depalletizer efficiently unloads and single files 22 oz. beer bottles in one smooth, harmonious operation…ensuring a continuous bottle supply for your line.

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Changeover Whitepaper: How to Increase Conveyor Line Efficiencies >>

Discover mistakes to avoid and real-time changeover conveyor technology in order to increase line efficiency.


Automatic ID solutions >>

A five-sided scan tunnel from Cognex handles a conveyor speed of up to 650 ft/min to provide automatic ID solutions in the logistics industry.


Dual-head robotic picking >>

The Motoman Robotics Div. of Yaskawa Americas featured a dual-head robotic picking system that handles up to 185 picks/min.


New approach to sortation >>

The SpanTech Transorter offers a unique way of sorting ultralight items or anything weighing up to about 55 lb.


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May 2013

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Lead Off

  In a recent edition of the online Machine Automation Insights newsletter that I produce, I presented a summary of a Webinar in which Bryan Griffen, manager of electrical and automation engineering at Nestle and chairman of the OMAC Packaging Workgroup, outlined Nestle’s perspective on the business value of OMAC PackML.

What's New

  A simplified design with bold graphic elements to appeal to teens and young adults is launched for Doritos chip packaging, with flexibility to adapt to regional preferences.

Academic Angle

  The world is now more accessible to open trade than ever before in history.

Legal Side

  General recognition of safety is a bedrock concept underlying food safety and regulation.

Greener Package

  The feedstock needed for bioplastics production accounts for only a minimal fraction of global agricultural area, according to new data published by European Bioplastics.

  Automated packaging systems at Jewelry Television’s fulfillment center create easy-open, custom-size envelopes for each order that securely contain a range of jewelry products.

  Rieber & Son of Norway are such big fans of microwave pasteurization as a means of extending refrigerated shelf life that they recently installed their third line.

  Restructured international pharmaceutical markets demand new manufacturing strategies. To ensure efficient packaging processes, Aenova and Romaco take a fresh approach.

  Mars Africa finds a better way to package its line of instant dry soup mixes by replacing foil in its laminated structure with a coextruded barrier polymer.

Cover Story

  Packaging pros saw a 3.49% average pay increase in 2012 compared to 2011, with job security and job prospects strong, according to respondents to the 2013 Institute of Packaging Professionals/Packaging World Salary Survey.

  A leading robotic integrator and maker of secondary and end-of-line packaging equipment, Schneider Packaging Equipment makes a line of Robotic Vertical Carton Loaders that are suitable for food, pharmaceutical, personal care, and other industries.

  Avive, Med-ic, and Strattera earn top honors from the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council at RxAdherence.

  First came an automated line for lip balm, which was followed by last year’s installation of a liquid line for lotion and sanitizers. Growth—and Kisstixx—came as a result.

  The 2012 edition of Expo Pack Mexico occupied 18,475 net sq ft of floor space, which was 13 percent larger than previous editions.

  Bonfire Brewing Co. buys bright stock cans and self-decorates them with shrink sleeve labels. Thanks to digital printing, ‘we can change graphics at the drop of a hat.

  Consisting of seven parts in addition to the injection stretch blow molded PET container, this innovative plastic keg has a 30-day shelf life once it’s been tapped.

  Nonni’s Foods installs a wraparound case packer for its boxed biscotti products, resulting in increased production and flexibility, and consistent product presentation.

  Automated fanfold shipping case former saves furniture manufacturer time, labor, money, and storage space.

  Drum filling upgrade and turnkey system automation helps cut handling and transportation costs.

  Consumers like fish, and they’ve read about the health benefits associated with having more fish in their diet. Now Orca Bay Seafoods is making fish at home easy.

  Dutch consumers see a whole new approach to packaging of house paint, as stand-up pouch plus colorant tube concept maximizes color varieties available in a small foot print.

  New enhanced label designed to fit the curved edges of Australian Gold’s Moisture Max 30 sun-care product package leads to a 5% increase in product sales.

  Johnson & Johnson speaker examines package failures, the decline of sterilization experts, and more complex products among a changing landscape in healthcare packaging.

Shelf Impact

  ‘Fresh Alchemy’ is the guiding concept for whimsical package graphics used for new farm-fresh Indian spice brand that reflects founder’s passion and exuberance.

Shelf Impact

  Thoughtful selection and nurturing of each element of new ALTAR herbal martini line leads to brand that marries old-time apothecary with California contemporary.

Upcoming events:

Meet world-class suppliers and learn about the latest technologies at this design, manufacturing, and packaging trade show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA, June 18-20, 2013

BioPlastek Forum 2013
Plan now to attend this interactive forum on bioplastics today and in the future, at the San Francisco Hilton, San Francisco, CA, June 26-28, 2013

IFT Food Expo
The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo brings together professionals in both the science and the business of food from industry, academia, and government. Plan now to attend at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, July 13-16, 2013


PackExpo Las Vegas 2013

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013 will bring together over 26,000 packaging and processing professionals and more than 1,600 exhibitors for the three most productive days of your year. Las Vegas, NV, September 23-25, 2013
Learn more>>


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 >>

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