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Packaging Digest, Fall 2016

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42 NEW TECHNOLOGY // FALL 2016 www.PackagingDigest.com new products Pack Expo Double-duty labeler It's a shrink-sleeve labeler for single containers but it's also a multipacker. The updated R-300 system quickly and easily changes between two operations—shrink-sleeve labeling or multipacking—depending on product need at the time. This gives packaging engineers the flexibility to add multipacking capabilities to their packaging line at a minimum cost—and serve club-store customers in-house or develop and fulfill promotional campaigns for regular or online retailers. The versatile system handles rigid packages—bottles, cans, cartons—in various shapes and in sizes from 2 ounces up to 1 gallon. Output consistently reaches 400 containers per minute, even with films as thin as 1.25 to 2 mil (30 to 50 microns). No-tool changeover and splice-on-the-fly capability maximize uptime. PDC Intl., www.pdc-corp.com Pack Expo 2016 Booth N-5136 Robot picks variable, soft products A new kind of single end-of-arm tool (EOAT) can handle a range of objects without the need for tool changes or software modifications between cycles. Whether there is variability in size or shape or the item is fragile, the EOAT can grasp difficult-to-handle products with variable characteristics such as fresh produce, raw dough or filled bags using a single device. At Pack Expo 2016, the robotic grippers from Soft Robotics will be integrated with an Osprey robotic case packer in the JLS booth where daily demonstrations of a "kitting" application will be performed. JLS Automation, www.jlsautomation.com Pack Expo Booth N-5427 New products are the No.1 reason people attend tradeshows. Here is a preview of some of the many technologies that will be on display at Pack Expo 2016 (Nov. 6-9; Chicago).

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