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The Packaging & Labeling Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about Automation & Control; Rigid & Flexible Containers; Labeling & Coding; Packing Machinery as used in the packaging industry. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Close Tolerance Punch Attachment Lowers Pouch Packaging Costs

Posted July 09, 2017 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Traditional zero-clearance punch attachments require frequent downtime for sharpening or replacement. The new UltraFlex HD offers pouch manufacturers an innovative, lower cost solution since interchangeable punch and die plates eliminate the need to replace the entire unit for maintenance. Read more


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A Network Approach to Packaging R&D

Posted October 30, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Dow Chemical's "Pack Studios" are designed to promote collaboration on packaging challenges, bringing together teams in package design, materials, brand owners, and equipment makers, among others. The newest Pack Studio will focus on laminating adhesive technologies, aiming to speed development and testing of approaches that could cut costs and shorten cycle times.


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Pressurized Liquid Poised to Alter Blow-molding Landscape

Posted September 07, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

In form-fill-seal production, each step in the process is designed and tweaked to squeeze the most productivity or efficiency out of beverage bottling. Traditionally, most blow-molding operations use compressed air to form the plastic bottles. But a new process introduced by Amcor and Sidel is gaining momentum. LiquiForm technology pressurizes the product liquid to form and fill the bottles in one step, promising to eliminate equipment and processing steps, and reduce waste and energy consumption.


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Fastener Packaging Trends: Solutions for the Bottom Line

Posted August 24, 2016 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Lost product, costly materials, inaccuracies, and rising labor costs are among the packaging challenges fastener manufacturers face on a daily basis. There are ways to control these packaging costs and, at the same time, create enough financial flexibility to address other needs within the company.

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Despite Recent Advancements, Robots Still Limited

Posted March 12, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

Experts estimate that programming consumes as much as 60% of robotic deployment budgets. In an effort to reduce programming time and improve overall versatility, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced a competition comprising task-related challenges common to industry. Goals of the simulation-based competition include improved failure identification and recovery, advancement of automated planning technologies, plug-and-play designs, and the ability to operate in fixtureless environments. Winners will be unveiled at this summer's IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Fort Worth, TX.


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