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October 3, 2022

See New Technologies, Materials and Machinery in Action PACK EXPO International is the most efficient and effective way to discover packaging and processing solutions for over 40 vertical markets. For more information and to register, visit packexpointernational.com. Please link to: https://www.packexpointernational.com The event showcases entire production line solutions and offer attendees everything needed to compete…

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How a Supplement Company Eliminated Single-use Plastic Bottles

October 3, 2022

Switching to plant-based sustainable bags reduces emissions and plastic waste By Heather Florio, CEO of Desert Harvest Single-use plastic pill bottles contribute to plastic pollution and the associated impacts on climate change, from the greenhouse gasses emitted during manufacturing to the methane emissions from the landfills where empty bottles are discarded. According to Statista, Americans…

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How to Find the Right End of Line Inspection System

October 3, 2022

X-ray Systems Optimize Inspection of Glass and Plastic Bottles By Steve Nering, Vice President of Quality and Chuck Sprague, Vice President of Operations at Wellington Foods with Jonathon Vanderhorst of Pacific Packaging and Inspection Dietary supplement manufacturing and packaging involves a very high level of regulatory compliance – with extremely strict criteria for product safety…

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New Consumer Attitudes Are Driving Innovation

October 3, 2022

Investing in Digitization, Reusable Packaging and Sustainable Materials Can Elevate Brands By Caroline Hughes, Senior Global Product Line Manager, Packaging at Avery Dennison Fashion, and more specifically fast fashion, is often labelled as one of the most polluting of industries. Recent events such as COP26 intensified the very real need for businesses to make a…

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How to Stay Ahead of Beverage Market Trends

October 3, 2022

Sustainability, Flexibility and Production Speed Are Key Factors to Consider By Rich Clifton, Portfolio Manager, Beverage and Robotics, R.A. Jones Sparked by changes during COVID-19, beverage brands have shifted away from predominantly serving the foodservice industry, and are now catering to people who consume beverages at home. In fact, changes in consumers’ purchasing behavior and…

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Set Lasers to “Stun” and Go to Market Faster

October 3, 2022

Precise 3d Laser Scanners Expedite Packaging Design and Certification By Steven Kersen, President of NVision, Inc. Tasked with multiple responsibilities, including the need to meet tight tolerances, reduce material waste, and obtain prompt certification, more packaging manufacturers today are finding their one-stop solution in 3D non-contact optical scanning. These scanners capture, with a high degree…

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Hybrid Packaging Boosts Sustainability Benefits

October 3, 2022

New Solutions Reduce Reliance on Single-use Plastics By Jeff Minnette, Senior Director of Technology and Strategic Development, Jabil Packaging Solutions As climate change and consumer demands for environmental action have dominated headlines globally in recent years, most companies have found it necessary to make sustainability commitments to cut their carbon footprints, increase recyclability and reduce…

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Packaging is Evolving to Achieve a Circular Economy

October 3, 2022

Biobased Materials, Recyclable Packaging and Biodegradability Are Essential By Maria Ferrante, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies As consumers are making sustainability a key factor in their purchasing decisions, both consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies and packaging suppliers of both materials and machinery are investing time…

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PACK Expo International 2022: Make the Most of Your Experience

September 7, 2022

Six Tips to Map Out Your Plans and Discover the Events, Technology and Solutions You Need to See Oct. 23-26 in Chicago By Vicki McDonald Kastory, Editor of Packaging Technology Today PMMI is bringing together global packaging and processing experts and over 2,000 exhibitors from more than 40 vertical markets at PACK EXPO International at…

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Compatible Solutions for Green Pet Food Packaging

September 7, 2022

Collaboration and Compatible Machinery Pave the Way for Sustainable Packaging By Troy Snader, Sr. Vice President of Business Development, ProMach’s Secondary Packaging Group Walk through any pet store and you will see just how popular organic dog and cat food has become. According to petkeen.com, a staggering $22.8 billion was spent on organic pet food…

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Sweets with a Twist

September 7, 2022

Cannabis Edibles Are Trending – and Challenging Conventional Packaging Processes By Eric Aasen, Product Group Sales Manager – Horizontal, Robotics and Systems Portfolio at Syntegon Packaging Technology, LLC For a long time, cannabis was forbidden and also taboo in many countries. But this didn’t prevent people from using it for medicinal and recreational purposes, although…

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The Evolution of Form and Seal Packaging Technology

September 7, 2022

Customers, Business Partners and the Planet Benefit From Sustainable, Safe and Secure Cannabis Packaging By Thom Brodeur, CEO, N2 Packaging Systems Potato chips and pioneering technology are not frequently used in the same sentence. However, in 1926, when Laura Scudder of California first ironed together pieces of wax paper to keep her potato chips fresh…

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Thinking Outside the Box with RaaS

September 7, 2022

Robots as a Service Packaging Workcells Deliver Benefits to Businesses and Consumers By Mandy Dwight, Vice President of Business Development at RIOS Intelligent Machines End-of-line packaging automation has been around for decades. Automated systems that provide polybags or boxes to human operators enable more rapid pick and pack operations, and have proven to be tried…

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Shaping Traceability in Food and Beverage Packaging

September 7, 2022

Trends, Challenges and Strategies to Gain Real-time Data By Laura Studwell, Industry Marketing Manager, Food, Commodities & Packaging at Omron In the food and beverage packaging industry, authenticity is essential. Since both public health and consumer satisfaction heavily depend on product integrity, the food and beverage packaging industry is highly regulated. One of the main…

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Workforce Shortages Remain a Top Priority—And So Does Automation

September 7, 2022

Robots and Cobots Help Mitigate Labor Shortfalls and Boost Productivity By Jorge Izquierdo, VP of Market Development, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies Staffing remains a major challenge for consumer packaged goods companies (CPGs) and OEMs alike. In fact, last year it was listed as their top priority, according to “Key Challenges for…

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On The Fly Tray Loading Technology Increases Efficiency

August 8, 2022

Vision Guided Robots Replace Traditional Collate and Load Systems By Jerry Buckley at BluePrint Automation (BPA) It takes more than speed to increase packing line efficiency. In fact, traditional racetrack collation often creates jam points that significantly slow down case and tray packing operations and create line downtime. The next generation of vision-guided robots solves…

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Debunking Misconceptions About Tubular Drag Conveyors

August 8, 2022

Cable and Disc Systems Complement Food Packaging Systems for a Wide Range of Materials and Conditions By Del Williams and Karl Seidel, Marketing Director at Cablevey Conveyors As food packagers produce increasingly flexible materials and sizes, end-of-the-line packaging equipment must be paired with complementary conveyors on the production floor that can gently convey a variety…

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Printer Applicators Drive Cost Savings and Efficiency

August 8, 2022

Benefits Include Labor Reduction, Inventory Control and Accurate Product Tracking and Sorting By Chris Cocanig, Manager, Enterprise Printing Solutions, Peak Technologies Wherever there is a label on a food good or product, there is a potential need for printer applicators. These products need to be tracked to their final destination or retail shelves. With bar…

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Yogurt Cups: Why Material and Size Matters

August 8, 2022

Strategic Packaging Choices Boost Branding and Sustainability By Fabien Jégo,  Design Leader of Packaging & Packaging Industrialization at Synerlink Yogurt cups seem simple. Consumers may not know why one brand’s food cup is more appealing than another, why a cup looks and feels the way it does, or how it ends up conveniently face-out on…

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Collaborative Automation Powers Palletizing Tasks

August 8, 2022

Cobots Reduce Costs and Complexity, While Improving Performance, Quality and the Employee Experience By Kristian Hulgard, General Manager – Americas, OnRobot Despite the massive growth in automation adoption over recent decades, many important end of line tasks such as palletizing are still performed by humans. In large part this is due to the cost, complexity,…

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