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February 2023

The Need for More Inclusive Packaging in the Food and Beverage Industry

February 15, 2023

Take the struggle out of opening every day consumer products By Brandon Bach, President at CCT We’ve all been there before – struggling to open a stubborn jar of pickles, pasta sauce or other favorite food item. Sometimes we call in reinforcements for help, while other times we try opening “hacks” like banging a jar…

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How Will Human Machine Interface (HMI) Shape the Future of Manufacturing?

February 15, 2023

People-centric Technology Empowers Workers to Interact With Machines Intuitively and Safely By Laura A. Studwell, Industry Marketing Manager, Food, Beverage & Packaging / Life Sciences at Omron Automation Americas As SKU proliferation continues, the ability to handle different product types and varying materials on one machine will become even more important to the packaging industry –especially among…

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Packaging Industry Aims to Boost Residential Recycling Rates

February 15, 2023

Campaign Encourages Manufacturers and Consumers to Help Recycle More Boxes By Mary Anne Hansan, President of the Paper and Packaging Board With the climate crisis looming larger than ever, businesses are increasingly searching for more sustainable packaging solutions. Replacing plastic is one of the big opportunities to make an impact. According to the Energy Department,…

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What Do Consumers Want From Cheese Packaging?

February 15, 2023

Reclosable Flexible Packaging Goes the Extra Mile By Gianni Holzem, Commercial Sales Director, Reynolds Consumer Products at Fresh-Lock® It is important for cheese packagers to captivate the consumer’s attention by differentiating their product on the shelf. When it comes to cheese, the sheer variety and their unique storage needs pose a special challenge for packaging.…

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Reliable Conveyor Performance Starts with Preventive Maintenance

February 15, 2023

How to Develop a Plan to Reduce Costs, Prevent Down Time and Extend the Equipment Life Span By Tim Hanson, Production Manager at Dorner  Conveyors generally have a good reputation of performance, i.e., plugging them in and letting them run. But this perception can lull plant operators into a false sense of security. While most…

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Suppliers Assume a Larger Role in Equipment Design and Integration

February 15, 2023

Project Management Adds Value and a Single Point of Contact During Packaging Line Changes By Naomi Holdvogt, Director of Marketing, Robotics & End of Line at ProMach The scope of packaging line projects can often change from time to time. That is nothing new. What is noteworthy is the manner of how some of these…

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App-based Controls Boost CPG Productivity

February 15, 2023

New Tech Makes Automation More Flexible and Efficient By Sean Spees, Market Segment Manager for Consumer Packaged Goods at Bosch Rexroth Corporation Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are always striving to increase the efficiency and flexibility of their end-of-line (EOL) operations. But with issues like labor shortages and constantly shifting consumer preferences, it’s difficult for…

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Discover How Beverage Packaging is Becoming More Sustainable at interpack 2023

January 9, 2023

By Doris Bünnagel, a freelance editor specializing in packaging  There is a huge range of choices for single use or multiple use beverage packaging, and options for materials including PET or glass bottles, aluminum cans, beverage cartons or maybe even a paper bottle. But which is the most sustainable? Ecological aspects of packaging have become increasingly important…

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