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Meeting Regulatory Standards With Eco-friendly Packaging Technology

November 10, 2023

Eliminating PFAS with Cleaner Chemistry By Sean Hael, General Manager, Marketing & Sales, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical America Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” have been widely used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the mid-20th century. Once favored for its oil and water-resistant properties, this practically unbreakable compound has recently…

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Setting Parameters for Packaging Materials

November 10, 2023

Lighter Packaging Materials Will Are Becoming The Norm By Edwin Borrero, Product Manager at Packsize Historically, packaging technology providers have designed equipment and machines to work with the materials that the majority of customers are used to – standard corrugate. As packaging evolves, digitized, automated packaging solutions have to continue to work with those average…

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Safe and Sustainable Solutions for Food Packaging

November 10, 2023

Transferring injection compression molding technology to thin wall packaging production creates more solutions. By Bart van der Aar, Sr. Scientist Technology & Innovation Rigid Packaging, SABIC and Reto Gmür, Application Manager Packaging, NETSTAL Maschinen AG The packaging industry is facing several challenges, including reducing weight and costs, improving sustainability and complying with more-stringent food safety…

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Protecting the Integrity of Brands

November 10, 2023

How the Industry Can Keep Up With the Pace of Packaging Innovation By Nash Lawson, global product line director at Industrial Physics The global packaging industry is currently experiencing a significant level of transformation, and the integration of technologies, such as automation, can support the industry in meeting key quality and safety objectives. To capture…

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Why Robotics and Automation are the Perfect Package for Manufacturers

November 9, 2023

Human machine interface ensures goods make their way through the factory floor. By Mikko Urho, CEO, Visual Components Packaging equipment comes in many shapes and sizes. Cartons, bottles, boxes and sacks are just some of the containers used to house goods and send them down the supply chain and into the hands of consumers. Alongside…

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Implementing a Digital Thread in Packaging

November 9, 2023

Specification Data is the Key to Connectivity By: Ayman Shoukry, Chief Technology Officer at Specright Digital threads are changing the game when it comes to revolutionizing packaging across industries. Deloitte defines a digital thread as “a single seamless strand of data and computing power that stretches from the initial design concept to the finished part,…

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The Road to IT and OT Integration

November 9, 2023

Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities in Modern Manufacturing Environments By Barry Turner, Technical Business Development Manager, Red Lion Controls (www.redlion.net) The worlds of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) in manufacturing plants have traditionally functioned independently of each other. The goal of OT was to keep the plant running smoothly, while IT managed all…

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Digital Transformation of Packaging

November 7, 2023

Today’s consumers are increasingly incorporating technology and digital tools into their everyday lives. They use smart devices to stay connected and informed, manage work and personal lives, and assist in household and shopping tasks. According to a recent GlobalData survey, consumers are very interested in digitally advanced solutions, with 64% saying they look for “high-tech”…

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Creating a Unified Digital Thread

November 7, 2023

The Crucial Role of Coding and Marking Technology in the Packaging Industry By Josh Roffman, senior vice president marketing and product management at Loftware The packaging industry has undergone a significant transformation in recent years. While these changes have been influenced by various factors such as shifting industry demands as well as the evolving regulatory…

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Transferring Injection Compression Molding Technology to Thin Wall Packaging Production

November 7, 2023

Increased lightweighting, down-gauging and savings in both energy and materials compared to conventional injection molding can create interesting sustainable solutions for Thin Wall Packaging production Bart van der Aar, Sr. Scientist Technology & Innovation Rigid Packaging, SABIC Reto Gmür, Product Manager Packaging, NETSTAL Maschinen AG The packaging industry is facing several challenges, including reducing weight…

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Pairing Automation and Sustainability

November 7, 2023

Unlock New Opportunities in Fulfillment Packaging By Ryan Germann, Director of Global Product Management for Mailing Solutions at Pregis, LLC. A profound momentum in the use of automation is propelling a wave of transformation across industries, fueled by the surge in e-commerce induced by the pandemic. Even before it met this dynamic environment, environmental sustainability…

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How 2D Barcodes Are Changing the Packaging Game

November 7, 2023

The Transition to Next Generation Barcodes By Devna Dayal from Matthews Marking Systems, with Steven Keddie senior director of GS1 standards  The familiar linear barcode we’ve used for five decades is in transition. It’s had a good run, revolutionizing supply chains and retail processes. But the pressures for data to support the need to track…

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Reap the Benefits of Shelf-ready Packaging

November 7, 2023

How to Choose the Right Case Packer By Billy Goodman, managing director of Cama North America Retail-ready packaging, also known as shelf-ready packaging, has been around just a mere 18 years or so and its popularity is growing rapidly. In 2021, this market was valued at $62.9 billion and is projected to grow across the…

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Due Diligence in Food Manufacturing

November 7, 2023

Food Manufacturers Must Maintain High Product Quality, And Prevent Litigation, Recalls and Customer Complaints By Robert Rogers, senior advisor of food safety and regulations at Mettler-Toledo Product Inspection Group In this day and age, it’s more important than ever for food manufacturers to ensure their products are safe, free from foreign material contamination and accurately…

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The State of Cybersecurity in Manufacturing

November 7, 2023

New Vulnerabilities Require New Solutions By Maria Ferrante, vice president of education and workforce development for PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies The concept of cybersecurity is not a new one. Every connected device at an operation—from phones to computers to wearable smart devices—can potentially be exploited in a cyberattack. Manufacturers must be…

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Smart Technology Empowers Manufacturers

November 7, 2023

Three Ways Digital Solutions Transform Hybrid Food and Beverage Packaging Operations By Jennifer Williams, Product Marketing Manager of Hybrid Markets at Emerson  Hybrid food and beverage manufacturers face increasingly complex challenges to produce and package products under one roof. Against shrinking margins, rising material costs and ambitious sustainability goals, manufacturers also face evolving consumer and…

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Adapting to Dynamic Change

November 7, 2023

Robotic Automation for Greater Packaging Productivity By Chris Caldwell, Product Manager at Yaskawa America Inc. – Motoman Robotics Division The quest to optimize equipment efficiency, ensure consistent quality and lower operational costs while empowering a stronger workforce continues to permeate the industrial landscape. While challenges persist, the transformative potential high-performance robotic automation is bringing to…

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