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January 28, 2014
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Paragon Labeling Systems and SATO bring ultimate productivity to any print apply solu
The PLS-500 solution from Paragon Labeling Systems is modularly designed for maximum expandability. Combine with a SATO Lt408 or S84 thermal print engine for a complete print / apply solution - perfect for mission critical installations.
See Sharp’s MAX 12™ & MAX 20™ continuous roll bagging system in action
Use bags up to 12" or 20" wide and up to 40" long with our MAX 12™ & MAX 20™ automatic bagging systems. Recently updated, they are faster than ever with technology advancements that include HMI, a networkable touchscreen PC running Windows® 7 embedded, plus an Allen-Bradley MicroLogix 1400 PLC.
Packaging Machinery Automation Playbook
Whether you work at a packaging machinery builder or a consumer packaged goods company, download this 85-page playbook now to find out how and why thought leaders are updating their automation strategies to gain first-mover advantage.
Primary Packaging Line Equipment Playbook
Looking to assemble equipment for the front half of your packaging line? Leading packaging experts helped us update this must-have, 128-page PDF e-book, jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.
End of Line Equipment Playbook
Looking to assemble equipment for the back half of your packaging line? We picked the brain of leading packaging experts to compile this must-have, 114-page PDF e-book jam-packed with strategies for success, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid.
Flexible Packaging Playbook
Your vital resource is here! Have you been confronted with a flexible packaging assignment and don’t know where to start? Here you’ll find best practices and helpful hints—and pitfalls to avoid—on your next flexible packaging project. Leading packaging experts from every part of the process have contributed their up-to-the-minute insights.
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January 2014
Lead Off
Looking back—and forward
Feature: Can it really be twenty years ago this month that Packaging World was launched? My, how the world has changed in those two decades.
What's New
Custom 'squeeze & measure' closure accurately doses floor cleaner
Package:A fitment-free closure with a built-in squeeze-activated dispenser makes measuring 1-oz doses of concentrated cleaning solution accurate and mess-free.
What's New
H.R. 3204 bill signed into law
Feature: Establishes national track-and-trace/serialization system and brings more federal oversight to large-volume compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications in bulk.
Legal Side
Off-label uses: some can talk about them, some cannot, and something’s gotta give
Feature: When it comes to FDA regulation of ‘off-label’ uses of legally marketed drugs and devices, there’s a lot that’s odd.
Academic Angle
Tips on package design
Package: For this month’s column I’ve elected to share key insights on package design from Bernie Hadley-Beauregard, principal owner of Canadian design firm Brandever, and Laurie Millotte, Brandever’s creative director.
Greener Package
Biobased resins demand to rise 19%/yr through 2017
Feature: Global demand for biobased and biodegradable plastics will rise 19% per year to 960,000 metric tons in 2017.
Doritos Gamer Packs function on multiple levels
Package: Teaming up with Microsoft to build excitement about the release of the newest Xbox gaming system, Frito-Lay comes up with a one-of-a-kind limited edition package.
HPP extends shelf life of fresh dips
Package: Because it ‘busts up the bacteria’ with minimal loss of flavor or nutritional value, High Pressure Processing made it possible for these hummus and lentil dips to go nationwide.
New plant feeds growing Greek yogurt trend
Machine: A new plant for Alpina Foods produces primarily Greek yogurt, with a capacity of 39,000 cups/hr, offering capacity for the company’s own brand as well as co-packed products.
Secondary packaging done offline at Carlsberg
Machine: Carlsberg Germany creates offline center for secondary packaging of nonstandard packaging formats, replacing manual packing and increasing output to 14,400 bottles/hr.
'Packaging as art' approach guides Hello Products' oral care line
Package: Suppliers partner to speed ‘seriously friendly' oral care products to market in innovative packaging that employs shapes, colors, and recycled materials.
Shapely new Domino Sugar bottle is a first
Package: Domino Foods introduces a ‘table-worthy’ bottle, with a graceful, carafe-like shape and easy-dispense closure for two varieties of its Domino Sugar and C&H Sugar brands.
C&BC solutions shine at Pack Expo Las Vegas
Feature: Once again we asked Dave Hoenig, a veteran of the Cosmetics and Beauty Care industry, to report on packaging trends and developments that he found noteworthy in the aisles of Pack Expo Las Vegas.
Pocket Shot hunts for pouch sealing solution
Machine: Ultrasonic sealing virtually eliminates leakers attributable to a previous hot-seal/cold-seal approach.
Hirzel doubles down on aseptics
Package: This fourth-generation Ohio marketer of tomato products believes there is a certain segment of U.S. consumers who want a package format other than a can.
'Oven Box' design delights Thelma's Treats
Package: Company bakes homemade cookies fresh to order, delivering them in a keepsake folding carton that resembles and opens like an old-fashioned oven.
Show Preview
WestPack turns 65
Feature: When WestPack is held February 11-13, 2014, at the Anaheim Convention Center, it will mark the 65th edition of this popular western packaging exhibition.
Let's close the skills gap
Feature: Manufacturing jobs across the country are unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers, and this situation will only grow more problematic as the baby boomers retire. It’s time to take action.
Perrigo—propelled by AGVs and organizational readiness
Machine: Attention to detail, excellent use of controls and information technology, and a keen appreciation for ‘the people element’ are the foundation of this automation initiative.
Building a better interface and taking it mobile
Feature: ADCO, a leading builder of end-of-line packaging systems, went to Pack Expo Las Vegas with a brand new HMI and a mobile app that wowed show attendees.
Eighteen robotic palletizers ensure quality at tobacco company
Machine: Lorillard Tobacco Co. installs 18 robotic palletizers to speed the in-house identification of nonconforming product and enable product tracking for 40 billion cigarettes/yr.
Japan’s packaging sector: still leaking, but weathering the storm
Feature: A well known consultant and industry observer of the Asian packaging supply chain brings an update on how Japan has fared since the devastation of the 2011 earthquake.
Cancer diagnostics firm automates bottle filling, capping, labeling
Machine: Dako’s compact robotic bottling system frees up vital production floor space, increases speed, and reduces labor costs, filling different bottle shapes and sizes with no mechanical setup between production runs.
Skin-tight seafood packaging
Package: New tray system technology produces high-efficiency, high-barrier, high-visibility packaging for griller products.
Extended-text label serves up Slime in seven languages
Feature: Tire sealant producer moves from a crowded label and instructions insert to an extended-text label with seven languages to successfully market its Slime brand to an international audience.
Easy integration of new flow wrappers for cookies
Machine: Guatamalan plant adds two new flow wrappers required to integrate easily with existing cookie creamers and provide product configuration and packaging material flexibility.
Craft brewer automates to grow
Machine: From an overhead depalletizer that handles both cans and bottles to a robotic case packer that greatly reduces the risk of broken bottles, new capabilities at Troegs are impressive.
Shelf Impact
Design overhaul for auto care products
Success Story: Automotive appearance and maintenance products packaging gets a redesign for its entrance into the competitive retail market.
Professional Perspective
Don't be a 'Dim' wit, know your GAD
Feature: In today’s environment of fuel surcharges and offshore manufacturing, it’s important to understand how carriers determine billable weight for shipping charges.
Learn about automating brewing operations from the brewers themselves!
Join Highland Brewing Company (John Lyda, pictured) and Sierra Nevada Brewing at The Automation Conference, May 20-21 in Chicago. Hear these technology end-users and many more, as they share their experience using automation to drive efficiency in packaging, manufacturing and processing. Early-bird registration savings now available >>
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