Packaging

One world, one image

By Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor
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China has a hybrid economy, and its food sector also borrows the best approaches to both packaging and production.
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Surf's down for bottles

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Slip sliding away applies to both glass bottles and workers in many bottling departments because of the need to keep conveyor belts lubricated and containers upright while they twist, turn and accumulate.
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Drop the knife

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Sealed Air’s Cryovac division began introducing Grip & Tear bags for different food applications in 2007, with varying degrees of acceptance.
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Oxygen sucker meets flow-wrapper

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For manufacturers who would rather take out the air than add in preservatives, a combination of vacuum and modified atmosphere packaging provides an option.
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Jolly green babies

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The Jolly Green Giant, Winnie the Pooh and other licensed characters are cropping up on packages of infant and toddler foods from Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp.
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Engineering R&D: First-ballot inductee

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The Packaging Hall of Fame Class of 2010 includes professionals from a number of walks of life but only one inventor: Bob Dodrill.
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Plant Profile: Filling Local Demand

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Flexible new Kleinpeter Farms Dairy ice cream facility mixes up homegrown success.
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Space: sustainability's final frontier

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Container lightweighting and recycled materials are all well and good, but the real action today is in squeezing more units into less space.
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Geometry drives content

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Artfully folded paper is the essence of origami. Inventively folded cardboard is the essence of Smurfit-Stone Container Corp.’s Meta boxes.
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Recession? What recession?

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If the mood seemed upbeat to visitors and exhibitors at November’s PACK EXPO show in Chicago, it was for good reason: Nine in 10 end-users of packaging machinery report their purchases of additional equipment increased or remained the same in 2010’s third quarter, compared to a year earlier, with food and beverage packagers leading the way.
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The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

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