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Packaging Digest 10/08/2019 21:51
Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has announced that it’s switching the carriers on its multipacks from shrink wrap to paperboard to reduce packaging waste. CCEP estimates this change in its beverage packaging will remove about 4,000 metric tons of single-use plastic per year from its current supply chain. Flexible packaging materials used for shrink wrap are typically challenging to recycle. In contrast, CCEP’s paperboard multipack carriers will be made from recyclable, sustainably sourced paperboard. The material will be certified via either the (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (). The change of secondary packaging material aligns with Coca-Cola’s Sustainability Action Plan, which focuses on making all o.
Packaging Digest 10/04/2019 12:26
Packaging robotics advocate and changeover wizard John Henry didn’t see everything he wanted to see at the recent Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019 show. But he witnessed these noteworthy developments you should know about. I used to be able to walk the entire Pack Expo show in its earlier days. Then, as the event grew, I would walk a lot of it and worry about what I was missing. Now I just see as much as I can because it is no longer possible to see everything. I did get to see a lot of really nifty stuff though. I saw some new technologies, new uses of old technologies and upgraded technologies. Here are four that stand out:. 1. One of the more interesting technologies helping to advance robotics in packaging is machine vision or camera systems. Th.
Packaging Digest 10/04/2019 10:33
Plastic waste is becoming a more pressing concern for today’s consumers than it has ever been in the past. Research tells us that an average of eight million metric tons of plastic waste and that this plastic waste can impact the health of the oceans, marine life and maybe even human health. The growing body of research on marine plastic pollution, along with news about upheaval in recycling export markets, has led to increased awareness among the public of the challenges at the end of life for plastics. Legislators in some jurisdictions have responded by proposing or passing bans on single-use plastics (the European Union, Canada and California) or bans on single-use plastic bags (seven U.S. states and many local governments). As customers.
Packaging Digest 10/04/2019 10:02
Companies that sell medical devices face far more stringent packaging requirements than the average consumer packaged goods (CPG) brand owner. To meet the needs of medical device manufacturers, family-owned Dordan Manufacturing Inc. has expanded its thermoforming plant in Woodstock, IL, to include a fully enclosed ISO Class 8 cleanroom. Packaging Digest senior technical editor Rick Lingle toured the Woodstock facility and wrote about the new cleanroom in a recent article for our sister publication PlasticsToday . The following details about the initiative are excerpted from his PlasticsToday . Dordan, which is ISO 9001:2015 certified, initiated the cleanroom project to enhance its existing expertise in medical packaging. The company also de.
Packaging Digest 10/02/2019 09:21
TC Transcontinental Packaging helps brands rewrite their flexible packaging story using recyclable and compostable materials. Packaging professionals and many more millions of people outside this dynamic market know well the importance of sustainability in all walks of life. From the viewpoint of a packaging editor, this eco-minded approach is frequently front and center for numerous press releases and, usually negatively, in mass media reporting.
Packaging Digest 10/01/2019 18:40
Such a daring initiative, the new Loop shopping platform is all about reusable/refillable packaging. In June, TerraCycle CEO and Loop inventor Tom Szaky enthralled a standing-room-only audience during EastPack 2019 with his insights into the consumer dynamics fueling sustainability today—and Loop’s answer to circular economy challenges. Since , Loop activities continue as it rolls out to . At MinnPack 2019, on Thurs., Oct. 24, from 2:15 to 3:00 p.m., Anthony Rossi, vp, global business development at Loop, will give us another update in his presentation “Consumer Packaging: Why Big Brands are Revisiting the Milkman Model.”
Packaging Digest 09/27/2019 15:23
PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America is modernizing the look of Lay’s potato chips with a new packaging design—the brands’ first pack redesign in 12 years. The new look debuted in September 2019, rolling out first in the United States and China. Other countries will follow in the coming months and years. Photography on the front of the bags plays an important role in the redesign. Unlike photos on the previous packaging, the new photos were shot from the top down (looking straight down at the food, that is), the same way savvy Instagram photographers shoot food. Additionally, the Lay’s logo is smaller and placed nearer the center of the package, with monochromatic rings seeming to radiate from the logo. In the redesign, Lay’s has retained the
Packaging Digest 09/26/2019 14:47
No expensive servos. No time-consuming and labor-intensive manual detents. Guess what enables the mere-seconds changeover on the new Auto Adjust Rails? Seen yesterday at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019, the Auto Adjust Rails from Morrison Container Handling Solutions use pneumatic air to position container guide rails on an entire packaging line in about 30 seconds, says Morrison inside sales representative Seth Licke. This compares to the typical two- to three-hour job to reset guide rails on a full line. The return on investment of this short changeover can immediately be recognized in both personnel savings and increased product output. Air pressure provides the motion to reposition the rails to within +/- 1 millimeter for bottles or +/- 5mm fo.
Packaging Digest 09/22/2019 11:42
Hygienic designs, robotic automation and improved inspection are among the key attributes of packaging systems engineered for demanding food applications. Of the more than 2,000 exhibitors at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2019 (Sept. 23-25; Las Vegas), here are 10 new packaging machines attendees who are looking for solutions to their food manufacturing needs can see in person. Page 1.
Packaging Digest 09/20/2019 15:05
The crusade to reduce plastic in beverage and food packaging continues, with PepsiCo Inc. announcing this month (September 2019) that it aims to reduce use of virgin plastic by 35%—essentially eliminating 2.5 million metric tons of cumulative virgin plastic—by 2025. The reduction will occur across the company’s beverage portfolio, which includes the Lifewtr, Bubly and Aquafina brands.
Packaging Digest 09/20/2019 14:46
When biopharmaceutical company Bilthoven Biologicals (BBio) in the Netherlands recentlyimplemented a label management system (LMS), its pharmaceutical packaging operation reaped myriad benefits, including lower labeling costs; reduced downtime; and streamlined IT support, label design and label inventory. BBio wanted an LMS that would be compatible with its new SAP S/4HANA enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, integrating label printing with master data.
Packaging Digest 09/19/2019 12:50
When you (literally) hit a wall when laying out your packaging line, you could get creative Tetris-style. But that might introduce gaps or other hiccups at transfer points, which could limit line speed and, hence, output. Or you could just buy smaller equipment that fits in the space you have! “Compact” is fast becoming a necessity rather than a nice-to-have in packaging machinery. Another benefit—especially of systems designed from the ground up to be smaller—is that the internal workings are often engineered to be simpler, with fewer parts and less complicated mechanics. And that translates into easier maintenance and less money spent on replacement parts. From previews of products to be shown at the upcoming Pack Expo Las Vegas show (Sep.
Packaging Digest 09/19/2019 11:02
Does cold and flu season inevitably generate packaging waste? Consumer brands can step up to treat people and planet, as TerraCycle and Loop CEO Tom Szaky enlightens us. A new example is the RB Health & Nutrition Recycling Program, a national network for health-and-wellness package recovery. Cough, cold and flu season is right around the corner, and in a world of year-on-year population growth, over-the-counter (OTC) wellness is only expanding. Millions of people annually manage seasonal symptoms with health products available without a prescription, items available at most convenience retailers, supermarkets and pharmacy stores at affordable prices and easy-to-use configurations. Packaging plays a huge role in this. Single-use plastics mak.
Packaging Digest 09/19/2019 10:48
The new AV Slat View is designed to provide 100% inspection of tablets and capsules bottled with a slat filler. The scalable inspection machine from inspects uncoated and coated tablets, in addition to single- or two-color capsules, and comes in widths for 12 to 48 inches of coverage. It is suitable for handling pharmaceuticals, including over-the-counter (OTC) products, nutraceuticals and vitamins. Designed to work with a variety of manufacturers’ slat-fillers, the AV Slat View is a turnkey unit offering ease of integration and simple setup. The unit enables quick, easy setup of product recipes, and unlimited recipe storage for rapid, reliable changeover down the road. It works with slat fillers reaching speeds up to 300 bottles per minute.
Packaging Digest 09/16/2019 16:34
The context in which a package is used should always be a consideration in packaging design—and never more so than when the product in question is designed for emergency medical care in an ambulance or other prehospital setting. Jiyon Lee, a doctoral candidate in the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Packaging, will delve into that subject in a presentation at , to be held Oct. 9-10 at the James B. Henry Center in East Lansing, MI. At HcPIE, medical packaging professionals and healthcare practitioners come together for a collaborative, active-learning experience.
Packaging Digest 09/16/2019 16:22
Whether you have two years of experience in your packaging career or 20, your unique insights can help your peers—and the industry as a whole—advance. In this latest installment of the Packaging Digest /LePoidevin Marketing Pack Expo Video Series, senior account executive Steve Staedler makes the case, in less than a minute(!), for sharing what you know. Have an idea for an article? Contact Lisa Pierce at or 630-481-1422. Also see other videos in this series:
Packaging Digest 09/11/2019 11:14
Coca-Cola European Partners commits to 100% recycled plastic bottles for Honest teas, Glacéau Smartwater and Chaudfontaine brands—and to trialling refillable glass bottles. Different continents, different tactics. In August, Packaging Digest reported Coca-Cola Co.’s new broad-based sustainable packaging plan for Dasani packaged water that includes major moves into hybrid bottles and aluminum cans (see ). The company’s counterpart in Europe, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), is taking a different, more concentrated path to greater sustainability. Earlier this summer and together with The Coca-Cola Co., CCEP announced that Honest teas, Glacéau Smartwater and Chaudfontaine bottled water brands will be sold in bottles made from 100% recycled

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