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Packaging Line Innovation

Packaging line innovation: Reaching for higher efficiencies

Robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.
Food and beverage manufacturers continually seek packaging machinery designs and process improvements that cut costs and boost productivity.


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Printed magnet recloses gum pack

An inline coating process, developed by ASG, applies the magnetic strip to the paperboard to create a secure reclosure mechanism.
The stick gum from Mondelēz International(formerly Kraft) is expected to complete its global rollout by the end of 2013.


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Labeler boosts productivity

The largest sauerkraut producer in the world relies on flexible equipment that handles frequent changeovers with minimal downtime.
When a labeler could no longer meet production requirements, company personnel began looking for a replacement that could handle frequent changeovers and multiple size and material changes.
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Recycling Assistance

Standardized label helps consumers recycle packaging

Nearly all packages will carry a How2Recycle Label by 2016 if the developer of the labeling system achieves its goal.


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Packaging

Clear packaging shows off snack bar

A new flavor helped inspire a transition from opaque to clear film packaging.

A new flavor, coconut chocolate dipped mixed nuts, helped inspire thinkThin, Los Angeles, CA, to transition from opaque to clear film packaging so consumers could see the natural ingredients in its Crunch bars.


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Packaging

On edge beverages

A functional beverage deserves an equally functional package.

A functional beverage deserves an equally functional package like the Tetra Brik Aseptic Edge carton SunOpta Inc. chose for the launch of its Sunrich Naturals brand SoL Sunflower Beverage.


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Packaging

Prize-winning packs

Microwaveable bacon package wins Product of the Year Award.

A microwaveable, susceptor-equipped bacon package for Embotits Espina, a 102-year-old maker of cold cuts headquartered in Vic, Spain, earned the Product of the Year Award.


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Packaging Materials

Multifaceted empowerment

New packaging materials add functionality, improve sustainability, lengthen shelf life and enhance shelf impact of food products.

Innovative packaging materials and concepts give new and established products greater functionality, sustainability, shelf life and shelf impact.


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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

Podcasts

Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Food Engineering

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2015 January

In this January 2015 issue of Food Engineering, we explore how robotics can play a role in pick-and-place, packaging, case packing and palletizing processes, and know where to implement robotic automation.

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