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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.

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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Mass Producing Individualized Products

Posted January 11, 2016 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

This newsletter recently highlighted the rise of personalized packaging, focusing on advances in digital printing of containers and labels. But the individualization trend goes deeper than packages - to customized products for each customer or customer group. As leading-edge technology permits printing of ultra small batches of containers, it also enables varying product formulas on the same production line. This video details how Siemens and Optima use RFID tags, servo synchronization, and motion control software to produce unlimited perfume scents in a single production run, tailoring formulas as tightly as a batch of one, without having to shutdown and restart for new variations.


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