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Tokyo Pack 2012

Australian packaging editor picks top packs in Tokyo
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Australian packaging editor picks top packs in Tokyo

Lindy Hughson, managing editor PKN Packaging News (Australia), was one of the packaging journalists from the International Packaging Press Organization (IPPO) who recently joined Packaging World VP Editor Pat Reynolds at Tokyo Pack. In this video Hughson shows which packages caught her eye during an IPPO tour of an Aeon supermarket.
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It was Karaoke time and Springsteen was in the air on our houseboat dinner cruise of Tokyo Bay when I was reminded how lucky I am to be part of the international packaging community.
News from Tokyo Pack: Bubble-bursting lasers
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News from Tokyo Pack: Bubble-bursting lasers

A demonstration at the Toyo Seikan booth demonstrated a new technology that uses lasers to instantly eliminate the bubbles that slow down carbonated beverage filling lines.
News from Tokyo Pack: New twist on retail-ready packaging
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News from Tokyo Pack: New twist on retail-ready packaging

At the Crown Packaging booth, a great deal of emphasis was placed on a retail-ready packaging concept that Crown calls the Barritt Box. In-store presentation is clean and tidy. Perhaps more important is how easily the in-store personnel are able to remove the top of this package from the tray of primary packs and place the tray on its retail shelf.
News from Tokyo Pack: World’s first recloseable blister pack
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News from Tokyo Pack: World’s first recloseable blister pack

Developed by Blisspack Co. Ltd., this blister pack involves a proprietary easy-cut technology using special knives to create a small tear strip in the lidding material near the top of the container. Once this strip has been torn, the package contents can be dispensed. Then, thanks to the intricate yet user-friendly design of the container, the top of the package can be folded so tightly that no product can escape.
News from Tokyo Pack: Augmented reality brings a coupon to the consumer
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News from Tokyo Pack: Augmented reality brings a coupon to the consumer

OSP’s Smart Label takes advantage of augmented reality to show consumers a coupon that they can use for a discount on their purchase.
News from Tokyo Pack: Breakthrough case packing machine for E-commerce
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News from Tokyo Pack: Breakthrough case packing machine for E-commerce

Case packing at E-Commerce distribution centers is complicated by the wide variety of case sizes that must be filled, closed, and sealed. This system from B+ Equipment, represented in the U.S. by Sealed Air, is a clever solution.
News from Tokyo Pack: Candy package debuts augmented reality technology
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News from Tokyo Pack: Candy package debuts augmented reality technology

On display at the Dai Nippon Booth was a package of candy from the Fujiya Co. that takes advantage of augmented reality to engage consumers.
News from Tokyo Pack: Single-serve coffee concept
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News from Tokyo Pack: Single-serve coffee concept

Growing in popularity in the Japanese marketplace is this single-serve coffee concept developed by Fuso International. A tandem machine is fed two rolls of material and out the other end comes a coffee pouch inside a secondary package of metallized polyester.
News from Tokyo Pack: New automated pouch filling technology
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News from Tokyo Pack: New automated pouch filling technology

Pre-made pouches are gently but reliably handled as they go through this automated filling system from Yokohama Automatic Machine Co., Ltd.

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