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Packaging World December 13, 2013
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Laser coder for metal or hard plastics
New laser coding machine from Markem Imaje is especially suitable for marking on metal, hard plastics, or foil. This permanent marking system can be integrated right into a production line.
Cartoner for hand loading of product
Econo 60 is a new cartoner from Econocorp that operators activate by stepping on a foot switch. Uses a Nordson hot melt adhesive application system and runs at speeds to 60 cartons/min.
Top-loading case packer
Top-loading case packer puts standup pouches into a top-load case in either upright or lay-flat orientation. Does up to 200 pouches/min. Taper closes cases shut.
Three positioning solutions...which one's right for your application?
This demonstration from Bimba Manufacturing shows basic, intermediate and advanced solutions for positioning. Which is right for you? Pneumatics, servo-pneumatics or a double electric-actuator solution? Watch this video for the pros & cons of each.
SCARA robots in ceiling-mount and conventional configurations
Watch this video to get a glimpse of the latest RH Series SCARA robots from Mitsubishi, which offer speed, precision and ease of integration in ceiling-mount and other configurations.
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Running ‘like clockwork’ at Bob’s Red Mill
Machine: With steady growth comes the challenge of routinely adding new packaging lines. It’s a challenge that employee-owned Bob’s Red Mill has been able to meet head on.
Lead Off
Recycling is the new green
Feature: In 2011, while interviewing Ryan L’Abbe, Vice President and General Manager of Blue Mountain Plastics, the recycling arm of Canadian water bottling company Ice River Springs, he told me something that has stuck with me ever since.
What´s New
Boxed set for vodka celebrates Stones’ 50th
Package: A boxed set commemorating the Rolling Stones 50th anniversary features Crystal Head Vodka presented on a stage-like platform and double doors outlined with a gold zipper.
Academic Angle
Big Data payoff?
Feature: Packaging, packaging materials, and packaging lines have been getting smarter...and quieter.
Legal Side
Rules are rules and are a lot of work
Feature: It’s a lot of work.
Greener Package
Pacific Foods donates 24,000 cartons of soup per month for food bank
Feature: Kudos to Tualatin, OR-based organic food and beverage company Pacific Foods for taking a proactive approach to the challenges of food waste and food insecurity in the U.S. Last August, 2,000 cases of soup rolled off the lines at Pacific Foods, but they weren’t heading to the grocery store.
View From The Top: Taking time to tinker at Gillette
Feature: From breakthrough technology in packaging made from renewable resources to brilliant RPET thermoforming techniques, Gillette’s R&D group is hitting on all cylinders.
New sanitary auger fillers improve filling accuracy
Machine: Whole food supplement packager Standard Process Inc. reduces powdered product overfills, meets sanitary guidelines.
Shelf Impact
Let your packaging be the ultimate brand storyteller
Package: Packaging that appeals to consumers´ emotions provides a memorable experience that builds trust and a connection with the consumer. Does your packaging tell a story?
Shelf Impact
To every brand, there is a season
Package: Find creative new ways to celebrate holidays, seasons, and special occasions through your product and packaging to keep your brand top-of-mind all year long.
Shelf Impact
Common design architecture strengthens global brand
Package: Infection control products provider A.R. Medicom unveils a new global brand identity and a common packaging architecture that brings cohesiveness to its thousands of SKUs.
Remote I/O modules optimize flow of data on air conveyor lines
Feature: With a 16-point remote I/O module located every 60 feet, these air conveying lines are distinguished by minimal wiring and smooth transfer of data from sensors to controller.
New angle for high-end product blister and carton combo packaging
Package: Containers for cell phone protective cases get inventive makeover to send loud and clear marketing message of distinction.
Automated packaging solution upgrades e-commerce efficiencies
Machine: Pet care products marketer/shipper reduces labor, packaging materials, and delivery costs, while increasing output speeds.
In-store printing on demand benefits Bello Tea
Feature: With its new in-store printer, Bello Tea can print labels on demand rather than order large quantities of preprinted labels at its two Chicago retail outlets.
High-profile, easy-open clamshells deter pilfering
Package: NuFletch Archery adopts cost- and time-efficient packaging concept that targets in-store theft, while luring sales.
Evolving trends shape packaging mix
Package: From direct printing on bottles to can-to-carton conversions, packaging trends are fascinating to watch.
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