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March 2014
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FPA winners are all about performance
Feature: The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) judged 81 package entries featuring innovations that integrate consumer trends and needs with technical advancements in materials, graphics, structure, and sustainability to produce outstanding flexible packaging solutions.
Lead Off
From Illinois to India, LinkedIn discussions know no boundaries
Feature: I’m not the biggest fan of LinkedIn. But once in awhile I’m pleasantly surprised by the lively exchange of ideas generated by a LinkedIn group discussion.
What's New
Upside down salami pack wows consumers
Package: Norwegian salami manufacturer Grilstad has met consumer demand for an exciting new packaging format.
What's New
PackML Workshop is not to be missed
Feature: Recently added to the already dynamic mix of content at The Automation Conference is a PackML Workshop on May 19, one day ahead of The Automation Conference.
What's New
Brightly colored, heart-shaped bottles hold scented sunscreen
Package: Consumers just love the new collection of Brightly Scented Sun Care® products from Miami-based SolScents, packaged in heart-shaped, perfume bottle-inspired containers in vivid colors that correspond to the seven scents.
Legal Side
Food fraud (and related issues) to the forefront
Feature: We’re still early in 2014, but “food fraud” might be this year’s hot phrase.
Academic Angle
Design for intuitive use
Feature: In the late seventies, the perceptual psychologist James Gibson altered the field of visual perception by proposing that objects have functional meaning to an observer.
Greener Package
Substantial growth expected for sustainable packaging
Feature: The global market for sustainable packaging is forecast to reach $244 billion by 2018, according to a new market report from Smithers Pira, “The Future of Sustainable Packaging to 2018.”
Metal detector ensures top quality for Gematria’s nutritional supplements
Machine: Machine virtually eliminates potential contamination from getting into any of the company’s bottles, before they’re shipped out the door.
Pallet banding keeps berries free of damage
Machine: Vibration resonance during shipping was causing unacceptable levels of damage to Driscoll's pallets of berries. A unique banding system has made a huge difference.
interpack beckons from the banks of the Rhine
Feature: Running May 8 to 14 at Germany’s massive Düsseldorf Fairgrounds, interpack offers 19 exhibit halls of packaging innovation to visitors from around the world.
New pharmaceutical packages protect proteins and prevent counterfeiting
Feature: Biopharmaceuticals present challenges for packaging. Here’s a preview of some new technologies to watch for at interpack 2014.
Stripped-down drive works wonders
Feature: A leading maker of leaflet inserters greatly increased machine speed and doubled accuracy by embedding a stripped-down servo drive in its friction feeder.
Shelf Impact
Appeal to the subconscious through package design
Package: In order for packaging to work as an effective branding tool, it must evoke positive emotions, memories, and personal context in a conscious and subconscious manner.
Shelf Impact
High-protein products: The new American superstars
Package: How well do you understand what drives purchase in this competitive category?
Shelf Impact
Color consistency is key in gum rebranding
Package: Brand life-cycle management agency oversees the rebranding of three of Mondelez Europe’s gum brands, ensuring color consistency across 11 countries and 700 SKUs.
In-house-generated color labels save time, money
Machine: Dynamic product lines require quick-change printing versatility.
A fresh approach to packaging education
Feature: Consumer goods manufacturers need work-ready packaging professionals to meet the growing demand for technical innovations in both developed and developing markets.
GM, Sierra Nevada Breweries, Sherwin-Williams, Sprint, 3M and other leading manufacturers take the stage
Join leading technology end-users May 20-21 in Chicago, and learn how to leverage automation to drive efficiency at your operation. Over 20 educational sessions for discrete manufacturers, packagers and process automation pros. Register now for early bird discount >>
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