Articles by Kevin T. Higgins, Senior Editor

One world, one image

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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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Asset Management: Aligning Man and Machine

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A coordinated approach to asset management has value for facilities, equipment and the people responsible for both.
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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: Membranes and milk

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Separation technology helps researchers isolate components in milk, but understanding precisely what those components do remains an active area for research.
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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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Automated Data Collection: Rapid Reporting On Demand

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Tablet PCs, PDAs and even Kindles are replacing clipboards for manufacturers migrating to automated data collection systems for quality control, including HACCP checkpoints.
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Plant Security: Access Granted

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The potential for malicious behavior in food manufacturing is an ongoing issue, but security concerns also extend to workers and the controls that run today’s plants.
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