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April 4, 2014
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High-speed, random tipping handled with ease using GPI’s new servo rotary placer
See Sharp’s MAX 12™ & MAX 20™ Continuous Roll Bagging System in Action
End of Line Equipment Playbook
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April 2014
Cover Story
Gillette pushes new thermoforming technology
Package: A patented approach combines flexo printing and thermoforming in register to produce a tactile quality that really makes this thermoformed PET blister stand out.
Lead Off
Feature: How do we get today’s young people and their parents to understand that a two-year Associates Degree in the field of manufacturing could be a pathway to prosperity, while enrolling in a four-year College or University might be a one-way ticket to Debtville?
What's New
Dry vapor shippers help Liventa Bioscience deliver cell-based biologics
Feature: Strategic alliance with Cryoport for portable cold chain logistics allows longer shelf life for live tissue cells.
What's New
Pepsi promo can tells consumers to 'blipp it'
Package: Pepsi launches an interactive mobile marketing campaign around Super Bowl 2015 that lets consumers ‘blipp’ to enter sweepstakes and take a virtual picture with an NFL player.
Legal Side
Food label changes invoke nutrition, health, history
Feature: There were many reactions to the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its proposed changes to food nutrition labeling, announced with great fanfare by FDA and first lady Michelle Obama. My reaction was, it made me think of history.
Academic Angle
Cube matters
Feature: Packaging professionals know that geometry matters.
Greener Package
From plantation to mill: Asian paper company's 'unprecedented' sustainability commitment
Feature: A visit to Asia Pulp & Paper’s Chinese operations puts in context the company’s comprehensive sustainability commitments from plantation to pulp to paper.
Automation at Nestle brings back baby food line
Package: A range of shelf-stable, microwavable, ready meals for babies and toddlers showed promise a few years ago. But packaging operations had to be optimized to make it viable.
Metal detection upgrade enhances HACCP program
Machine: Detection system delivers contaminant prevention for a variety of products and flexible packages with high confidence and consistency.
On-case inkjet printer saves time, labor, and materials
Machine: Switch from hand-applied p-s labels expands flexibility and provides opportunity to print more data on much larger shipping case panels.
Flexible pack merchandises like a rigid container
Package: Formed from ‘exoskeleton’ rollstock on a vf/f/s machine, the PrimaPak combines benefits of a rigid container with the cost and sustainability advantages of flexibles.
PC-based control brings performance boost, cost reduction
Control: Getting its new vf/f/s system ready in time for Pack Expo Las Vegas was a challenge, but Matrix managed just fine. A bit of strategic retooling included One Cable Technology and EtherCAT.
Hybrid servo system brings positioning accuracy to palletizing
Feature: The L7 palletizer has standard AC motors and a machine control code accessed on a familiar PLC interface. But servo drives in place of VFDs bring big benefits.
New look and laser coding for Baileys
Machine: Diageo produces up to 7 million cases of Baileys cream liqueur each year. A striking new design featuring pressure-sensitive labels is aimed squarely at the brand’s 'adorers.'
Packaging technology on display at Pharmapack Europe 2014
Feature: Aseptic packaging, drug delivery systems, and syringe label that addresses sharps stand out as new venue enjoys successful debut.
Streamlined packaging key to future blood glucose monitor sales
Feature: Gaining diabetic patient adherence necessitates that meters and their packaging engage users by combining simplicity and functionality.
Shelf Impact
Morton Salt Girl birthday brings brand refresh
Package: Iconic Morton Salt packaging moves to a cleaner, simpler look to modernize the brand, while a limited-edition pack celebrates the Morton Salt Girl’s 100th birthday.
Shelf Impact
Bottle true to moonshine's roots
Package: Profiled on reality show “Moonshiners,” Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine whiskey goes legit, launching in a bottle that reflects his unique story and the culture of moonshining.
What Ali Baba really meant was “Access, Sesame!”
Feature: We packaging junkies are afflicted by a curious malady: we relate everything in life to packaging.
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