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As the saying goes, 'You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube.' But, think of all the things we do to get it out. We roll it, squeeze it and scrape it against the counter top, just to make sure we get everything we can out of that tube before we throw it away. LiquiGlide, a Boston-based company that manufactures a permanently wet coating that allows products to easily slide out of their packaging, recently released a survey indicating just how much consumers hate wasting product and the often hilarious lengths they go to make sure no drop ends up in the garbage can. This week, we're also taking a look at how robots can assist in automating a flexible packaging operation, and we have the lowdown on the REVO Digital Flexo Revolution, an exciting new technology that brings digital control to flexo printing. And from the entire team at packagePRINTING, have a happy Thanksgiving and thank you for reading!

The Side Effects of Consumerism
From New York Times
 
Recycling Bags  

Across the business world, more companies, mindful of the environment and their bottom lines, are scrutinizing their packaging and cutting the excess. Less packaging means fewer raw materials to buy and lower shipping costs. The changes can also add up to fewer climate-warming carbon emissions and less garbage in landfills.

“It’s good for Cisco, it’s good for our customers and it’s good for the environment,” said Kathleen Shaver, director of sustainability, risk and compliance at Cisco Systems, which says it has eliminated 1.9 million pounds of packaging this year.

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New Child-Resistant Packaging Meets Requirements and Consumer Needs
From PharmTech
 
Child-resistant (CR) packaging may be middle-aged; it dates from the passage of the US Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) of 1970. Nevertheless, development efforts continue.

In fact, a CR design developed by Ecobliss and marketed by Locked4Kids was recognized as the Best Innovation in Packaging in the Pharma Awards competition at CPhI Worldwide in October 2014 in Paris. The reclosable Locked4Kids carton consists of tear-resistant laminated paperboard and features a polyethylene terephthalate blister tray that locks in place. Available in various sizes, the pack runs on conventional cartoning machines at standard speeds. more »
 
 
Survey Reveals Just How Much Consumers Hate Waste
 
LiquiGlide Inc. has announced survey results that clearly demonstrate consumers' intense dislike of product waste and the extreme measures many of them take to get the last few drops of everything from food items like peanut butter and mayonnaise to health and beauty items like toothpaste and body lotion, including picking through garbage and even physically injuring themselves. more »
 
 
Novolex to Acquire Packaging Dynamics
From Recycling Today
 

The newly formed company will operate under the Novolex name and be comprised of 35 manufacturing locations in North America, as well as a plastics recycling facility. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, Novolex says.

Novolex, formerly known as Hilex Poly, changed its name Nov. 3, 2014. The company was acquired by the private equity firm Wind Point Partners in 2012.

In announcing the acquisition, Novolex CEO Stan Bikulege says, “Packaging Dynamics has an outstanding reputation for product innovation and allows Novolex to significantly expand our presence in the foodservice market.”

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Adaptable Robots Provide Packaging Automation
From Bastian Solutions
 
Robotic packaging   With shorter production runs between SKU and packaging material changes, flexibility is a key feature in a manufacturing environment, especially when it comes to packaging automation. This is why industrial robotic systems are an excellent option. They provide highly adaptable and efficient solutions when changes arise. Let’s take a look at a few of these scenarios. more »
 
 
Brand Owners Want Sustainable Packaging
From TriplePundit
 
Brand Owners Sustainable Packaging   What we need is a two-pronged approach to achieve our economic and environmental objectives. First, we must move toward a circular materials economy, a system that addresses resource limitations by radically improving resource efficiency from the beginning of the product lifecycle. Second, we should use a lifecycle analysis to make informed decisions around product packaging design — one which considers recyclability and renewability. more »
 
 
LOI: The Letter and the Spirit
By Paul V. Reilly
 
Paul Reilly   When a buyer and a seller reach the letter of intent (LOI) stage, they'll have agreed that the potential fit looks good and that due diligence—the research phase that structures and certifies the transaction—can begin. In this post, we'll review the steps the seller should take once both parties have signed the LOI. more »
 
 
REVO Brings Digital Control to Flexo Presses
By Noel Ward
 
The REVO Digital Flexo Revolution, collaboration of eight industry leaders has resulted in a new approach to flexo printing that may well delight flexo press owners. AVT, Adare, APEX, Dupont, ESKO, Flint, GIDUE and UPM Raflatac have teamed up to put the flexo printing process under digital control. more »
 
 
Automated Wrapper Boosts Output More Than 60 Percent
From Packaging Digest
 
Yourbarfactory   Its A-to-Z business model for private-label bar production has been so well received by clients that Yourbarfactory in Montreal, Canada, has enjoyed 30 percent growth from 2004 to 2014. To keep up with this rapid increase in demand, Yourbarfactory recently added more automation to its packaging line. Prior to making the upgrade, Yourbarfactory’s processing and packaging lines were decoupled and bars were manually collected after they were formed. The products were then transferred to the packaging area to be manually fed into horizontal flow wrappers for packaging. more »
 
 
Packaging & Dielines: A Free Resource
From luxcrux.com
 

As packaging design continues to grow as a discipline and a community, Design Packaging’s ideology of idea-sharing led to creating our first e-book containing some of our more popular structural designs, as well as tried and true standards. For students and professionals alike, the easy-to-use e-book can be imported into Adobe Illustrator to scale, edit, and print.

Each dieline comes with photos, a brief description, and basic design guidelines to illustrate the structure and become a quick reference for packaging designers. 

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Ten Things A Brand Must Have
From Branding Strategy Insider
 

Brands thrive when they are based on meaning, trust, relevance and delight – but of course they must deliver that meaning, trust, relevance and delight to the buyer, not the seller. Otherwise they risk narcissism.

Every brand must pursue a life of its own – not affirm the life of a manager. And to me, that integral sense of being an asset in its own right hangs on 10 things.

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RotoMetrics Acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners
 
Sentinel Capital Partners, a private equity firm that invests in promising companies, has announced its acquisition of RotoMetrics, a global provider of precision rotary tooling and accessories. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “We are extremely excited to partner with RotoMetrics, a company with a 57-year history of providing great products and services to a longstanding and loyal customer base,” said Jim Coady, a partner at Sentinel. “Under its current management team, RotoMetrics has undergone a fundamental transformation to a global leader with a strong financial profile, and is superbly positioned for future growth.” more »
 
 
Color-Logic and 3D Visualization
 
The Color-Logic file format necessary to print the widely used Process Metallic Color System is now supported by CGS 3D visualization software. Brand managers and their designers using the system can see dramatic special effects and metallic colors on their monitors and visualize package prototypes and other materials as they will appear on the finished product. more »
 
 
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Diversifying with Packaging Services: Unlocking Hidden Profit Potential
Author: C. Ted Namur
 
Diversifying with Packaging Services: Unlocking Hidden Profit Potential   Understand the market drivers and industry culture of packaging and how to successfully add packaging as a profitable complement to your existing print business. Written by industry insider Ted Namur, former executive at Kraft Foods, this is a "must read"... more »
 
 
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Author: Gregory S. D'Amico
 
Customer-Centered Marketing   Learn how to create added value, develop strategic alliances and transform customer relationships into profit-generating partnerships with Customer-Centered Marketing.... more »

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